To gain a better understanding of 3D lighting systems, I made this small project to test the differences in behavior of light objects versus luminance channels. “On & Off” is an experimental scene that displays the different effects on transparent, glossy, matte, and textured materials. Cinema 4D’s robust lighting parameters are seemingly endless, so learning a basic understanding of how to use these systems is key. This project allowed me to experiment with a wide range of materials and see how certain techniques could be executed for future designs.
Cinema 4D / Photoshop – 2015
While working as the Assistant Production Director for KCSC Radio, I was introduced to EDM Producer Jason Lyman. Jason and I worked together to design the artwork for his 2014 release of “Iris.” The case and CD consist of a 3D extrusion that serves as an abstract representation of the eye.
Art, 3D – 2014
I started by drawing a set of abstract lines in illustrator that would be the surface of the iris. Once that basic shape was complete, I brought those paths into Cinema 4D for shaping and extrusion. The majority of the scene is built and lit within Cinema, but a small amount of color correction was done afterwards in Photoshop.
In early December I found myself with a laser cutter at my disposal, so I seized the unique opportunity by producing a small series of Christmas gifts for friends and family. The inspiration came from a previous design that I had done earlier in the month. The final result is a set of letter blocks made from layered wood and acrylic, assembled within a custom painted shadowbox frame. Each letter is the first name initial of the recipients. In total, six letter pieces were produced and gifted away during the holidays.
Art, Design – 2015
Each letter block consists of 4 basic sections made using the laser cutter. First I create seven cuts of each letter on 1/8″ basswood, then glue these together. Next I make the filigree relief on one layer of basswood and one layer of white acrylic. Finally, the entire piece is capped in a 1/2″ layer of clear acrylic and secured with brushed aluminum fasteners. Clear acrylic spacers sit between the frame back panel and the letters to give a floating effect. Using multiple coats of white acrylic paint and a circular brush stroke gives the back panel its unique texture that captures light in interesting ways depending on your angle of view.
In late January I met up with Master Printer Ben Engle at the Kala Art Gallery in Berkeley, CA. He and artist Emilio Domingo paired up to produce a small batch of black and white relief prints using a process known as etching. This method involves chemically staining plates of metal (copper in this instance) to make monochromatic reliefs which can then be inked and pressed onto paper. I captured this unique process using an Olympus OM-1 35mm, shooting with black & white Ilford HP5.
Photography – 2016
VRTU is part clothing label, part artist community. Alex Superlative, founder, combines designers, musicians, and creative thinkers from across California to collaborate and produce cross-platform works for their local communities. I linked up with Alex and Chico artist, Ian Coogan, to record their latest creation.
Premiere / Canon 7D 35mm – 2015