This project was a lot of fun. I wanted to simulate painting, and to give the work itself some say in the way things would go. After a lot of experimenting with various techniques, I decided to work with boid particles, and dynamic paint using particle systems to generate brush strokes.
The boids needed some motivation in order to achieve the sort of aesthetic that I was going for. I generated to groups of particles, assigned each one a color, and made them mortal enemies. Boids operate on a set of very basic rules, and by manipulating the variables for each particle system and sculpting the terrain on which the face off in battle, I could control the outcome of work to a degree without interfering in the actual composition.
These images were printed to duratrans and backlit for display at the 2016 Idaho State University College of Arts and Letters New Years Gala.
This project was a lot of fun. I set out with the idea to reveal a secret history in the landscape. The hidden world only existed as a series of personal connections and memories associated with the land. With the help of modern technology I was able to uncover these places and create a visual representation to share. I hope you enjoy the body of work that is the result of 2 months of focus.
Truth be told I came up with this idea to make beautiful landscape photos, and then to augment them with unique CG assets. I generated these assets using hard edge modelling and photogrammetry. I textured the assets by taking photos on location and extracting diffuse, specular, normal, displacement, ambient occlusion, grunge, and crack maps from them. I also made procedural textures when there was no reference available in the field.
Went out to McTucker Pond with X Finney to shoot landscapes for an upcoming series. Here is one of my favorites from the session. I was shooting handheld so i am pretty happy with the level of clarity in the shot.
This assignment was interesting. I do not usually convert my photos to black and white, but I found that many of my photos work really well as grey scale images.
This little road is very intriguing. The road goes a quarter mile out of the way to circle this tree. I think this photo looks great in black and white. I really like the way the green filter makes the grass and trees fade into the distance.
This photo was taken out in Bone, Idaho during a major thunderstorm. I found this old farm just off the road after a short hike. I think this photo looks pretty cool in black and white, but I really like the green grass.
This photo is great in black and white. I haven’t really looked at black and white lightning photos before, but I like the way this turned out.
This is the Harvest Moon from City of Rocks in Malta, Idaho. This image is great in black and white. I did not think it would look better with out color. I really like the colors in the sky, but I think the BnW works better.
This is a cool tree in Moscow, Idaho. I like the way it feels in black and white. The texture in the leaves is interesting through the infrared filter.
I really like the way this looks in black and white. The detail is transformed into a weird surreal style that I find very interesting. I was surprised again, because I really love the color in this panorama.