Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Creating 3D avatars for the upcoming film "Ready Player One"

A recent project called for avatars to be created for the upcoming Steven Spielberg film, "Ready Player One". I had a few that were in various states of completion from previous clients and other projects. I created two original avatars, ElectroNaga and Exosius Mistwalker.

ElectroNaga is the avatar of a grad student who loves gardening and animals. She also wears a patterned hoodie and a backpack. ElectroNaga is 5.5 meters, or 18 feet, from nose to tip of tail, and 1.9 meters, or 6.25 feet, fingertip to fingertip in her relaxed pose.

Exosius Mistwalker is a half dark elf, half dragon. He's a powerful techno-mage and is a renowned teacher and crafter of arcane objects. In the Oasis, he makes avatars and custom virtual items for select clients. Exosius stands 7.5 feet tall, or about 2.3 meters, from his feet to the top of his scaled head crests.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Sketch to Design to Product

A sketch I drew a while ago finally got traced into vector format and now is available on several new items!

Products with this can now be obtained from my Zazzle online store! 

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Project: Book Cover Art for 'The Servant' by Robert Gonko.

Author Robert Gonko commissioned cover art for his new novel. We first went through several very rough layout ideas. 

The author selected a version with the gun and a Bible on the cover. 

Next, I created the text in Adobe Illustrator and assembled some different ideas in color. The gun is a 9mm Beretta, specifically referenced and used in the book. I used a public domain image from Wikimedia for the gun. The sketch called for a Bible and the gun to be on the front cover, but the layout was awkward with both elements. I decided instead to make the entire cover reminiscent of a bible, and use the gun as a solitary element.

The author chose the black cover with gold and silver text effects.

A few spacing, lighting and alignment corrections later, and we had the final version.

And here is the electronic book cover version.

You can purchase this book from

Monday, January 6, 2014

Alien Monster Head for Second Life

This alien was commissioned by a client in Second Life. This head, once complete and textured, will be added to a avatar body and space suit, and sold in the Marketplace. 3D modeling in 3D Studio Max. The first version's head was too small, and the client wanted it much larger. The second alien head was too large. The third alien head was just right!


Friday, November 8, 2013

3D StereoLithographic Print Model

A client in Australia needed a 3D head model similar to an Asaro head, except symmetrical (the Asaro has a 'young' side and an 'old' side). It will be used to teach facial proportions, as well as lighting on the planes of the face. I created a low-poly head model using standard proportions and androgynous reference images. I also chose a five-pointed base shape, so that an artist can line themselves up with ten points of view around the sculpt, and arrange lights easily as well.

To show lighting, I rendered this video for the client.


The final output will be printed in multiple sizes.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

New Grammar Poster! "The Homophones"

I've finally created another poster in my Grammar series - The Homophones!

As with the others, you can purchase this poster here at Zazzle!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Information Literacy Evaluation Site

For the Information Literacy course at Valencia College, I assisted in the creation of a fake website called "Obesity-B'-Gone" which used several examples of questionable claims designed to be evaluated for veracity. I came up with a fake diet pill and also posed for the pictures of "Dr. Eduard Hall." The module has since been replaced at Valencia but it is still in use at Santa Fe College in Gainseville, Florida.
Using spelling errors, poor overall design and loads of questionable unsourced claims, this site challenges students to evaluate the trustworthiness of the information contained in it.