Sketchfab, the most amazing online service to visualise 3D models in any browser or mobile device, hosted the “Refreshing Summer Challenge” a few weeks ago. The challenge was modeling a summer themed piece with a part of the piece made by simulating fluids (with your preferred method and tool). There were amazing entries and I’m so honoured and humbled to have won. Sketchfab also offered me the chance to explain how the piece was made and published the process in an Art Spotlight. You can see it all clicking right here!
I used Autodesk Maya and its nparticle system to simulate a surprise sweet filling exploding from this summer-y tropical ice pops in the middle of the summer heat! Textures made during a really scorching night here in Barcelona using Substance Designer. See in full 3D here…:
This is Gravinertio, my entry for the CalARTS Game Design Specialisation I’m enrolled in. The task is to design a board game that fits completely in one sheet of A4 paper, for one player with only 2 dices and 1 token required to play. I’ll be posting the updates as I iterate on the game after each week’s assignment from the course.
First of all, this is not a new year’s resolution post or anything. I don’t like those. I feel it’s unrealistic and unfair to put so much pressure on your future self when you don’t even know if the situation will be appropriate for what your present you is demanding right now. You need to learn, evaluate, adapt. Which takes me to why I’m making this post: it’s a coincidence. It turns out I began studying an Interaction Design specialisation with the University of California San Diego just a month before the turn of the year. And it already has begun changing the way I think. So let’s say that I feel like taking 2017 as a year to apply what I’m learning (and then learn some more. A whole lot more). You see, nowadays people love to say […]
So, you know how it is: we entrepreneurs have to learn 1000+1 things when fighting for our startups. In my case, aside from all the agile, scrum and business-y stuff, I’ve gotten old-school and spent a few nights awake learning some “hardcore” CG software. Since summer began I threw my claws towards Substance Designer. For those of you who don’t know what it is, it’s an amazing node based software that lets you create procedural textures. Errr… maybe that was still to technical. Ok: it’s a program that lets you create tillable textures (textures than can be repeated without the edges being noticeable) by “mixing” patterns, other textures and different effects. I knew NOTHING about it. Complete noob. But trust me: it’s a breeze! It’s a wonderful program and I can spend hours upon hours looking for ways of achieving the […]
Like… many years ago, enough for the past to bite back if you go there, I bought a t-shirt at a certain super popular store about pulling and a bear (sad, I know) that had a rather cool design for a change: a pixelated lighter and a big, bonfire-fire coming out of it. At the bottom the t-shirt read: “BURNING ALL ILLUSIONS TONIGHT”. Many years later (but still a few ago) I wore that t-shirt for my first San Juan festivities here at Barcelona. Since then, that phrase on a mass marketed cheap t-shirt has been stuck in my head every June 24th. So I felt like doing up something real quickly to keep the flame alive. The logs are complex and colourful, like our dreams, our illusions, our desires. And in nights like tonight, we just burn them up, […]
Back in spring, here in Barcelona, the trees seemed to engage in a massive explosion of lush, effervescent green foliage. I remember walking down Rambla del Poblenou all enchanted, looking up like I was beholding the most beautiful sight in existence. I must admit I love nature and plants. And take my word for it: the trees were just beyond spectacular. So I took my handy smartphone and shot a panorama looking straight up from one of the Ramblas intersections. The resulting image stayed forgotten for all summer and out of nowhere I found it again now, in October, when those once lush leaves are now deliciously cracking beneath my feet as I walk the autumn dressed streets. With the help of a bit photo manipulation, fantasy music and a certain spicy chili + red pepper + cherry tea… this […]