Creature and Character Design | Illustration


Sep 15, 2014


Some more work I did wen creating the TRIBES for Animation Mentor. Here's Sloan's final modeled design and texture mock up. Bellow is some of the work that went into Sloan's creation, before we got to the final design.

Firstly we wanted to determine, what type/size of dog Sloan was going to be. I had already designed Stella by then, so I used her to figure out the size relationship of Sloan with the rest of the TRIBE.

Once we settled for a rough size and type of dog, the time came to solidify the design. Eventually getting to really fine details and variations. 

Once the "shape" of the design was locked, I got to explore some different looks and texture choices. Always within the brand's look code as "the TRIBE" and also within Animation Mentor as a whole.

Then I was lucky enough to be able to bring exquisite modeler Ander Liza into the project. Him an I worked very closely to achieve Sloan's final model (Bellow). It seems like it should be a piece of cake, right? Wrong! Often the most subtle models are the hardest to pull off. This was like designing a car and finding those "perfect shapes". If you're into car design, you know what I'm talking about (more so than me... I just like car design ;)

 But work was not over for me just yet. In order to regain Sloan's design's look, I did some texture paintovers on the plain model, to visualize how it should look when finely rendered. You can see some with/without paintover images bellow.

This was a super fun character to create; but once again, the most rewarding moments come after the character is released, when it comes to life in the hands of the Animation Mentor students. Bellow is an awesome use of Sloan in an animation by Hernan Giraldo. Just magical.

Dog chasing laser from Hernan Giraldo on Vimeo.

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Haven't posted in a while, I know. I've been busy with Paramount and also designing Animation Mentors upcoming rigs! Which reminded me I have a bunch of design work from the TRIBE characters that I still haven't shared with you. So here goes some of that: Bellow is the final Birball design and how it came to be :)

At the beginning we weren't sure what type of character we were gonna end up with... the basic idea I was given to work from was "a ball with legs". It still needed to be exciting, though.

Once we decided that a long legged bird was going to be on of the "ball with legs" characters (along with the Squirrels and Monsterball), I just had fun with different shapes until we found what the one. 

Eventually we settled on the design above. This being the final model sheet I passed on to the modeler. The best thing about having designed these characters is then seeing them come alive at the hands of countless students... each with their own unique take. Here's a sweet cycle animation I found by Mexican Animation Mentor student Adela Covarrubias... Love it! And Thank you for stopping by!!For more stuff like this, you can follow DEISIGN on Facebook | Twitter | Blogger | Vimeo | Youtube

Jul 13, 2014

Carlos Baena short film: La Noria

Concept Art by Dice Tsutsumi  

Give some love to upcoming short film La Noria's Facebook Page, still in the making and being directed by my good friend (I'm so happy to be able to say that) the awesome Carlos Baena! You haven't seen a CG animated short film like this before, I tell you. Check out some stills bellow!

I was SO VERY LUCKY to meet Carlos through this short film something like 3 years ago, and we have been working together on and off ever since. I had the privilege of designing all of the characters for the short film, after some early character sketches had already been done by the likes of Sergio Pablos and José Manuel Fernández Oli (yeah, no pressure), but everyone was very encouraging and made me feel at home. I can't wait to show you it when it's finished! Above all, it's been an amazingly enriching experience for me working with such a talented team. Oh, and yeah, that's a Dice Tsutsumi painting at the top of the page. told you, crazy team.

If you want to be in the know about this short film, go ahead and like the page! Thank you for sticking around over here too  Your support is golden.

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