The working mans screen caps

As I work on stuff, I every time I have something that I like, I screen capture it. Just a single image, then most of the time I let myself forget the context and continue working at a fervent pace. Here’s some of those recent captures with maybe a little bit about them. If I remember.Screen Shot 2015-10-08 at 10.15.11 PMStarting easy, this is from tonight. I’m a little nervous about tomorrow’s 3d work since it’s been a month or so since I’ve really used more than 2.5 dees. So my solution is to do style renders tonight so I can go in tomorrow and look like I know what I’m doing on the fly.

Screen Shot 2015-10-02 at 11.57.48 AMThe other day the store didn’t have pumpkin pie. So I drew my own.

Screen Shot 2015-09-27 at 5.51.03 PMPokemon fusion¬†understands me like nothing else. I’ve been adding backgrounds to these sprites in my fleeting spare moments. I’ll make a dump of just these soon as I have enough.

Screen Shot 2015-09-24 at 5.17.01 PMWell this is just shameless self promotion. A reel leftover.

Screen Shot 2015-09-11 at 6.50.03 PMI don’t remember what this came from, but I’d bet dollars to doornails it was tracking.

IMG_1614This is a shitty selfie from playing bikes. I don’t actually think this belongs here.

Screen Shot 2015-09-05 at 4.43.43 PMA warm up sketch from an illustration I got to do for a Discovery Channel show.

Screen Shot 2015-09-21 at 5.11.22 PMSide by side before and afters of a tele that I used. I redid some colors, and made the screen 1:1 instead of 4:3.

Wine LabelsSomething from an early round of ideas with a wine video. I think these may have gotten scrap or reinvented.

Screen Shot 2015-09-03 at 2.32.13 PMA still from another spare time project to figure out how to set up a physical render with GI and AO to have stable shadows. It’s gotten close, but so very far at the same time.

Tune in next time for rotoscoped graphics without the video layer!

The 2015 Reel!

This past year in a nut shell.
I’ve been extremely fortunate this past year to work on a ton of awesome projects. I was able to wake up excited for what I was doing more often than ever before, which honestly just makes me more excited for what the future holds. I was able to make new friends, work in some very cool offices, learned a couple good lessons on how to avoid all nighters, pulled at least a dozen all nighters, I got to see my graphics across screens the size of a football field, watched a least 100 hours of tutorials, had several things on the telly, and still had time for biking, hiking, reading, and video games.
Now I pour one out for the past year and raise a glass to the next!
…shit… don’t pour glasses out at your computer desk

The Graphic Moving Portfolio of Joseph Towey 2014

I’m not usually one for posting videos, but hot damn this was a lot of work. This is a general sampling from jobs I’ve done in the last year. Watching this for me is just a rush of memories.

 

While for the most part I only selected things that could fit in smoothly, there is one spot where the music stops and there’s a little segment of two icons talking. Though it breaks the flow, I really wanted to include that because that job took just over 250 hours on its own. All the speaking bits were animated with facial motion tracking and tons of key frames. For doing the motion tracking, I ended up over at my parents house at 10pm lip syncing the commercial several times in front of a camera. Even just getting that job, I had found a neat AE expression for attaching puppet pins to nulls about half an hour before I got word of it. When my intermediary client came through the door, and asked if I could make animated talking icons, I had just thing I wanted to try! That job also had about a million rounds of changes and change backs.

For me, most of the brief clips in that video have stories, ideas, trials, and solutions attached to them. Some funny, some arduous, some otherwise. This is the first time that I’ve cut together an actual reel, (I’ve made just graphic demos for clients in the past) and it’s certainly strange to see a year summed up into just over three minutes.