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.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 Artstation Page

Here is a link to my Demo Reel:

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Friday, October 31, 2014

Fire Ant Animation Test

I rigged and animated my fire ant model. This was the first animated render I've done using Octane for Maya. The Vimeo compression reduces the detail in the online version, the uncompressed version looks much better so bear that in mind (I need to tweak my compression output settings). In any case I was pleased with the results. The frames at 1280 x720 took about 20 minutes to render (using Direct Light Kernel in Octane). But this is with IBL lighting, inderect lighting, soft shadows and, mos importantly, motion blur! Currently I am working this shot an others into a larger animated short concerning fire ants.

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