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Behind the Scenes: Rockland // Rouge

Combining motion, CG, and beautiful editing, this is a behind the scenes in motion showcasing how much effort was put into something like this. 

No wonder it takes entire teams to create beautiful visuals like these, with the level of detail and skill it takes for every aspect, if any one element fails, it can be disastrous to the whole effort. 

It’s beautiful to see, especially because it produces the behind the scenes view as it progresses. 

Thanks to Benjamin Von Wong for sending this in!

The Visual Geniuses: Leviathan Experiential Reel 2012

Roger Darnell from the amazing group at Leviathan sent this to me directly. This is all the work they’ve done in the past year.

Leviathan is a design-focused production studio specializing in the creation of large-scale visual experiences across all media. The emerging studio’s leaders are champions of breakthrough design and branding who draw from backgrounds within the world’s leading digital agencies, production companies, visual effects and motion studios.

Also leveraging the talents of extraordinary storytellers, software developers, producers and artists, Leviathan develops cutting edge content that maximizes the greatest capabilities of today’s media platforms, from broadcast to experiential installations.

Leviathan is the same group that was behind Amon Tobin’s amazing visuals for ISAM, one of my favorite visual performances to date:

You can check out all of their work here:

They are doing things that I only wish I could do. If I could drop my proficiency in retouching and trade it for their talent, I would right now. 

Thank you Roger! That was beautiful. 

Photography: Optional

It looks like I’m seeing more and more CG work in place where photography used to be. 

Here’s an example in the automotive industry. These images traditionally were taken without the aid of a computer (you know, with cameras!), now it looks like they’re starting to rely on rendering more and more, even for internal shots. 

A few years ago I started seeing the exteriors done with renderings, now this is somewhat new to me. Is it really cheaper to do the entire thing digitally rather than hire a photographer? I guess so. Apparently the advantages are that you can showcase various color schemes too. 

There goes another job for photographers. 

CG attacks from one angle and video attacks from another. I’m also starting to see images used in magazines being pulled from stills in a video. Not sure what I mean? Then see this. That’s right, that was the cover of Esquire pulled from a video.

These images aren’t comforting to see.

Should we hire a photographer for the job? Nah, we’ll just get them rendered - Greg, our usual guy, usually charges too much anyway. Plus, we can change angles and colors too! It’s not like the public cares. 

Entering the Stronghold
(HD and full screen please) 

I think in the abstract, there is no point A to B for me, that is how my mind is wired. If I could materialize the abstract visuals my mind paints, this would be it. 

There’s no better way to communicate the way two artists think by visualizing it. 

Enjoy this piece. 

Wacom’s New Product: Inkling

Wacom finally launches their awaited new product, Inkling. 

What is Inkling? Here’s a great short video to get you up to speed:

The Inkling digital sketch pen captures a digital likeness of your work while you sketch with its ballpoint tip on any sketchbook or standard piece of paper. Designed for rough concepting and creative brainstorming, Inkling is ideal for the front end of the creative process. Later, refine your work on your computer using an Intuos4 tablet or Cintiq interactive pen display.

In addition to capturing your sketch, stroke by stroke, Inkling allows you to create layers in digital files while you sketch on paper. Digital files are transferred to your computer using the Inkling Sketch Manager software, and later, exported to applications such as Adobe® Photoshop® and Illustrator®. Files can also be opened with the included Inkling Sketch Manager software to edit, delete, add layers or change file formats.

- Wacom

Essentially, Inkling allows you to take real life drawings and render them digitally. You attach the primary device to anywhere you draw, and start drawing with their given pen. Finally, if you want to add new layers, you simply push a button and whatever you draw thereafter is digitally separated. In real life, it will still be one drawing, but once you import your drawing, it will be separated into layers as designated. 

Personally, as someone who used to draw, the only downside is I would like the option to use a lead end to replicate pencil, and also allow for erasing possibilities. 

With Inkling now on the market, it brings another realm of possibilities for future products. 

I would also like to see Wacom release a tablet you can take with you (iPad like) where you can sketch in layers on the screen itself. You could then also include nibs to replicate the feel of pen and pencil. And much like Corel Painter, have the ability to change brush stroke qualities and properties depending on what you prefer. The final output can then be similar to Inkling (exporting in layers in vector format). 

For more on Inkling, you can visit the Wacom site here:

All in all, I think Inkling is a great idea that many sketch artists will be glad to see! I am curious to hear your input on what you think of this and if you are planning to buy it. 

Something New Comes to Wacom

Something new comes our way from Wacom, with just a day from the big reveal. What could it be? Let us know what you think in the comment section below on what you think it could be.


1. …It’s a designer’s tool,

and that means more than just cool looks

2. …Work with it like usual, 

using layers to separate your worksteps…..

3. …Do it in vector graphics

4. …On the go…

Just take it with you, and don’t lose an idea… 

5. …you can sketch with the new thing…

6. …and it’s not a tablet…