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Friday Fan Art

January 13, 2012

This weeks Friday Fan Art features a talented animator named Brittany, who was inspired to create a 3-D model of my old pal, Ted.  Brittney recently graduated from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and is currently trying to break into the animation industry.  Check out her marvelous rendition of the jovial mischief-maker and a few in-progress images to help guide us through her process.

A sneak peak at the final product and now for a look at a few key points on how Brittany created her masterpiece…

Brittany begins by virtually “sculpting” Ted.  Throughout her 3-D model making process she uses a few different programs including Maya, Zbrush, Mari, & Maya Mental Ray Rendering.

Next step Brittany sheds Ted of his accessories and begins to add his illustrious texture and color.   She’s done a great job giving him that lovely pink complexion that we all know so well.  Looking good!

A wire frame is added to help give this wacky gent some structure.  You can see the virtual wire stretch over Ted’s larger body parts.  Looks like he’s gotten into those raspberry treats again…

And with a bit more work and dedication Ted is complete!  I love how Brittany relaxed his ears and rendered him to such a welcoming pose – inviting us to whatever party he’s off to next.  This young artist has much talent and I am sure she will do awesome in her future career.  Thanks for all your hard work Brittany, I wish you the best of luck!

Keep drawing, keep creating, keep dreaming!





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Never Abandon Imagination Tony DiTerlizzi: Never abandon imagination.

Imagination is a world of possibility that exists within each of us. It is what makes us uniquely human. It is our creative fingerprint that touches and influences the world around us. Imagination is essential to art and science; to innovation and prosperity. It gives us hope, calls us to action and leads to change.

Whether it’s fairies, dragons, robots or aliens, all of my children’s book characters are siblings born of my imagination – an imagination strengthened through years of encouragement from family, teachers and friends. While so many others abandoned it during their transition from childhood to adulthood, I fiercely held onto mine, hoping for a day when I could share it to inspire the next generation of dreamers. Innovators. World changers.

Imagination empowers us to envision and create a reality of what could be. We must hold it dear, foster it and never abandon it.