The Rigging Dojo’s Artist in Residence Program

This past Thursday, I had the pleasure of presenting in a Rigging Dojo, AIR (Artist in Residence) session.

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The Rigging Dojo is an online school for learning the art and science of CG rigging. They are well respected within the industry, and I would highly recommend them to anyone looking for a career as a rigging artist.

My presentation was titled “Simple Solutions to Complex Problems,” where I discussed my approach to  inventing new rig tech, while in the confines of a production schedule.

You can checkout my presentation, and an archive of others, by going HERE and subscribing to the AIR program.

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First Photo

Here is the first photo I’ve decided to post on my art blog.

Tranquil Evening at White Rock

I don’t intend to post too many photos here. You can just head over to my ShootingPrettyThings.com website if you want to keep up with all the pictures I do take. What I plan to do here is post the ones that have some particular significance.

This photo was one of the first I took when getting back into photography. It was an eye opener into what can be done with modern cameras. Sure, I had been using digital cameras for years, and rented out a couple high end DSLRs back in college, but this was the first time I started shooting RAW, and really understood what that meant — technically and artistically. Got to love that smooth dynamic range!

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Compositional Voids

I’ve learned to be careful with leaving empty compositional space in my pictures. My friend Jeff has a habit of adding robot doom wherever he finds space available :)

This for instance is a photograph my brother took:

fixeditWhich then delightfully became this at the hands of Jeff:

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I then felt the urge to breath life into it like so:

fixedit_movedIt_webThere was much giggling / maniacal laughter throughout this process.

 

 

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Shooting Pretty Things (with my camera)

ShootingPrettyThings_webSplashLast year, I got the itch to get back into photography. I originally fell in love with it as a hobby in my early teens, back when using a camera involved long, bad tasting strips of ribbon. My weapon of choice then was the Canon AE-1

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This beautiful contraption taught me a lot about patience and how to cope with failure :)

I’m now wielding a Sony a6000, and finding that taking pictures is a much needed creative outlet for me. I love producing art, and in the past that has mostly meant sitting in front of a computer to create pretty things from scratch, but with a camera, I get to go out, explore the world and hunt down the pretty things, and shoot them! (with my camera…)

I’ll start posting  my photos here on a regular basis, but you can also checkout my photography site: www.shootingprettythings.com to see as a whole, where they are also available for purchase :)

 

 

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FREEBIRDS

Reel FX’s first full length feature animated movie! Happens to have been mine too :)

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Had a blast working on it, and very proud of the way it turned out.

You can check it out here:

Also, it was on NETFLIX last time I checked :)

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