Nightingale and Canary

These new bird sound animations were commissioned by Europeana Creative and funded by the EU. The video was created using sound recordings from the archives of the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision.

 

Here is the inspiration for the work. Insects, orchids and birds. Insects eat the plants, birds eat the insects….humans eat EVERYTHING! copywrite andythomas 2014

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And some sketches

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I will create a detailed explanation of how I created this, in the mean time here are a few quick screen grabs. Main tools used: XSI ICE with emfluid, empolygonizer, 3dsMax, After Effects, and rendered with Vray.

Basically I use simple geometry activated with the audio float controller in 3dsmax. This geometry is used as an emitter object or a surface constraint object in particle setup in fume fx,  XSI ICE, and Realflow.

Ice Particles in XSI

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Particles polygonized

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here is one of the ice trees. This is what drives the behaviour of the particles. Multiple ice trees were used in each simulation.

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3dsmax setup with Vray. Alembic was use to go back and forth between programs.

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Insect Fridays

This one is a peppermint stick insect, photographed at Cape Tribulation Queensland Australia.

Peppermint Stick Insects are unique amongst Australian phasmids for several reasons. Their name comes from their ability to squirt a milky-white chemical in self defence which smells very much like peppermint. In the wild, they feed exclusively on Screw Pine, Pandanus tectorius, and are limited to only a few areas despite the plant being relatively widespread. They are found only in north Queensland around Cape Tribulation, Innisfail and the Mission Beach area.

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An abstract formation of insectoid forms. This drawing does not specifically relate to stick insects.

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Seaweed Study

Yesterday when the tide was out (much further than usual) I went down to the beach with my macro lens and took these beautiful shots of the newly exposed seaweed. I am going to mix this with some photos of moss and lichen and also create some CG forms in Zbrush and render them with a translucent material in Vray, and try and match the same lighting. I am going to use these for my new piece “Strontium tree part 2″ So the tree and ground is covered in an alien like glowing organic structures. I might even go down again this morning with a little light to add the glowing element in the photos.

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I was particularly taken with the textures on these starfish

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Insect Fridays

This is a leaf Katydid that I photographed at Karanda in North Queensland Australia. They are well camouflaged in plants with similar leaf shape and colour. They feed on leaves.

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An abstract sketch of Katydids and Grasshoppers.

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Microbe and Amoeba studies

Here is a compilation of microbe and amoeba studies. Looking at a spherical living form, that could possibly have things growing on it. Symbiont life, depending on one another for survival.

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A few years ago I did some experiments with zbrush creating a number of different versions of the same structure and morphing them together. I’m keen on revisiting this soon.