Me: Eric Keller

Hi and welcome to my Blog. This is a hastily compiled record of my digital art and computer graphics experiments. I am a freelance CG artist living and working in Hollywood CA. I have written several books on Maya and ZBrush. Below my blog you'll find links to the books and tutorials I have authored and co-authored. I also occasionally teach at the Gnomon School of Visual Effects in Hollywood. Soon I will get around to posting my demo reel and resume. I named my blog "Bloopatone" in honor of my first dog "Blue". She passed away a few years ago and I still miss her even though she was very grouchy and liked to bite me!

I'm proud to be an instructor at The Gnomon School of Visual Effects in Hollywood. Take a look at the work of our students and instructors on the Gnomon School Blog and the Gnomon Workshop Blog

Here is a link to my Demo Reel:

Niche: Experiments in Speculative Entomologial Animations from Eric Keller on Vimeo.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Photoreal rendering tests

I set up my ZBrush Big Head fly (Eudorylas) model in a simple scene in Maya and rendered with mental ray (OK it took a few more steps than just that). Here is the result. The DOF on the extreme close up is a bit much and a little too grainy so I may redo that one later today if I get a chance. Over all though she's looking pretty good. Not bad for polygons.

Here are some images of teh ZBrush model and Maya set up (Maya version 2014, rendering in mental ray)


  1. Thanks for the comment Brian! LANHM is a huge inspiration for me! Also Stephen Marshall's book "Flies".