Some recent sketches from my personal sketchbook. Some are life drawings others are conceptual. The Indian architecture is for a personal 3D environment project.
The first Vlog for The Environment Guy. Jeremy talks about new paintings and sketches, a quick look at his current home studio space and an overview of recent events at TEG.
Photographic reference helps thinking up new environment ideas, so in this week some interesting things found was a train station in plastic wrap… I thought it was interesting. Along with that there are some interesting architectural items in this weeks selection.
Something that’s going to change in future photos on TheEnvironmentGuy.com is a reduction in branding scale. I feel the previous overlay elements are too distracting and take away from the true purpose as reference/inspiration. There is also a plan to make themed photo selections so that its easy to search the site for a specific reference, such as if you wanted to make a light fixture you could do a site search and get images of lite fixtures.
Last week was getting hands dirty finishing off sculptures and painting on textures that have laid around for a few months. It was also the first time in a while painting textures as well as the first time painting concrete. The rock for the terrain was a significant improvement over past work as well. There is so much to improved but schedules must be met.
I have found schedules work well for getting work done. For these images I take a blocked in scene and for one day I sculpt, retopologize and unwrap the surface. The second day is making some fine edits and painting a texture. Right now painting takes about 4-5 hours per object using either Photoshop or Mudbox. These were all Photoshop but next week there will be some rock sculptures painted with Mudbox.
Something to work on in the future is to speed up the process using different brushes.
-The Environment Guy
The tenants of the environment artist. As a child I practiced as part of a Tae Kwon Do team for six years and one thing every martial artist will learn are the tenants of their art. These tenants apply to everything in life and are in a way the ‘keys to success’. The Chinese philosophy of martial arts (Kung Fu) is especially profound with the view that everything is Kung Fu. Like Tao or Yin and Yang the foundation of an arts tenants are the recipe for life.
Last week I was frustrated trying to paint a rock texture on a sculpture, so this weekend I tried some relaxing 2D painting in Photoshop to practice. Ever since discovering concept art a year and some ago in college I have wanted to bring the painted look into 3D. Something that stopped me for a long time was that I didn’t believe it was possible. A lack of competency stalled my efforts too recreate the beauty of gesture and inaccuracy.
Its still a long ways off but after making images like these and looking back a year there is no doubt that it can be achieved. With this we unlock a tenant of artistry, Persistence. The artist must acquire a taste to move forward with confidence even when overwhelming or inadequate.
For the next five days I will have persistence and complete painting the rock sculptures. Next week the results will be posted on TheEnvironmentGuy.com 🙂
Part of persistence is too share the results no matter what. I know my work still isn’t to the professional level that must be achieved however I will risk its judgement here even if its being weighed by my future employers because doing so will bring the feedback that fuels the persistence machine.
-The Environment Guy