I created the cityscape, animated BG traffic, pine-covered hills, and sky using a mix of digital illustration, 3d modeling + texture, lighting, rendering, and compositing for this early world-building experiment

I was onboarded to visually translate early world building concepts, production design, and inspiration from illustrator Charlie Harper.  Set in a hybrid world that features both futuristic technology and heavily medieval aesthetics, designers and VFX Supervision agreed that free discovery using 2D, 3D, and the gray in-between would find the best blend of cinematic illustration, and result in ideas that help the larger pipeline prioritize visual outcomes rather than just accept the understood limits of technology.   Find out more in the interactive art book.

Rendered Images in front with animated bg hybrid (environment featuring both modeled, rendered, and painted elements) behind that shows a project feature: gradual shift by distance into pure illustration

L O S  = Level Of Style
One of my main explorations was to help discover, define, and lay out a scalable recipe to execute the gradient of detail between foreground, midground, and background objects.   This became referred to internally as "LOS" or Level of Style. 

Study - change silhouette and retain core characteristics

Level of Style 2 high-rise exploration showing graphic textures to imply detail for windows, floors, etc.  This sheet features original designs and designs adapted from other team members

In-Progress BG Environment that features many of style hallmarks: abstraction for implied detail, large graphic shapes, and strong medieval silhouettes through a long lens (300mm).

Hand-painted building swatches to give both a graphical and bespoke quality.  Imperfections added to the impression of an illustrated world.

Distant traffic was boiled down to the most graphic elements - dots

A daytime exploration mixing between graphic 3D to hand painted abstract BG

Developing in 3D as well as 2D.  Many of these models would eventurally go onto play a role in the Set Extension team's re-usable illustrations and 3D environments.

Exploration on keeping energy, imperfection and gesture in 3D when trying for an illustrated look.  Stripping out small noisy details like twigs or attaching berries to stems to see if people would visually fill in the gaps.  Light is purely "additive", allowing local texture to carry the weight.

I sculpted, textured, lit, and rendered this study on based on a design from Katy Wu into an early tutorial for the Modeling, Texturing, and Lighting Teams.  I tried to not just present philosophy, but also a potential recipe to show how to achieve the results.

The Set Extension team - Final BG Paintings, Environments, and Hybrid approaches
Beyond VisDev, I lead the Set Extension team in moving exploratory work directly into the final images with as few stops in between as possible.  This is a collection of my favorites: using any and all 2D and 3D to get the Art right and result in a movie that has moments of illustration and magic.  Environments, by any means necessary.  While I am featuring my own work, I want to shout out the inspiring, wonderful, and brilliant friends who played a role on the team at different points:  Olivier Dubard, Chris Wesselman, Eric Urquhart, and Brian Handler.
And even though this isn't focused on tools, much of the blended discovery approach seen throughout this page would not have been as easily achievable without intuitive 3d programs (Blender), realtime GPU rendering (Octane), and my trusty Nespresso machine.

A stylized bathroom.  My mom is proud of this one.

A stylized 3D bathroom.  Magic.

Here is an assortment of unsorted studies, style exercises, explorations, and silliness.
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