Thursday, February 25, 2010

Things to Come...

Future Bris B from Pete Mullins on Vimeo.

'Things to Come' is an old movie I have always wanted to see in its entirety...hmmm...maybe Youtube...

I really can't remember why I had to create this. Photoshop, Maya and After Effects were the tools of choice once again. It's the standard... 'like those Hollywood movies except with a two day budget' scenario.

I think it went at the end of a quasi-historical documentary about transportation in Queensland. You know the last line is: ' What does the future hold?...'
or 'Where will it end? Perhaps Artoo, it will never end.'
That sort of thing....insert nerd alert here.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Tatooine Graffitti

 A couple of sample pages done for Dark Horse comics years ago. Needless to say I didn't get the gig! Bummer!
I can't remember if this was from an original story we were pitching at the time. I have a vague recollection about a storyline set on Tatooine detailing the adventures of Luke and Biggs.
Kind of a 'Tatooine Graffitti'. I thought it was a cool idea, anyway.

Monday, February 15, 2010


When I had heard years ago that they were doing another Dr. Who series I got to thinking about the good Doctor's arch nemeses the Daleks. Surely they would HAVE to be updated for a more savvy 21st century viewer. I did a couple of sketches along these lines.

Nah...what was I thinking...

There was nothing 'broken' about the designs as they were.

Sure enough, when the series aired my favorite aliens were back larger than life and looking pretty much as they had for decades. They're still cool and wonderfully scary.

future bris from Pete Mullins on Vimeo.

I posted this ages ago...but very small...I thought I would also show the original plate that I had to work with.
It took a couple of days (usual budget for this sort of thing). Fun gig, wish there were more like this.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Go Ape!....another one... we go again. This kit was my first ever Ebay purchase. I thought it might make a suitable companion to the gorilla kit I had completed.

I'm not sure whether he will be Cornelius or his son, Caesar. The ruins around him would make him more likely be the latter. Straight away I really didn't go for the pose recommended on the box.

I decided to add some good 'ol fashioned 'ancient sacred scrolls' to make the pose work a little better. That's blu-tac standing in for fingers there for the moment.

The feet also needed some attention. I guess the original sculpt for this was in the late sixties early seventies when thongs or flip-flops were all the rage. What appears to be bare feet in the films are actually 'ape boots' shaped like the simian's feet. I've started filling in the areas with Tamiya putty.

I really love the detail in the face. It's going to be a challenge painting this guy. I want to get across the subtle detail that was present in the chimpanzees' make-up on the show. The color scheme for this will be ochers and olive greens. I was also going to try for a sandy environment around him. I haven't exactly figured out how to do that just yet.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Space Jockey....finished!

I'm fairly happy with the end result. I shot these images on my workbench lit withmy desk lamp. I blurred any off-shoot areas in photoshop. I think the colours I ended up using are kinda close to the film.

In fact, it was quite hard to find any good reference for colour, particularly for the Jockey's base. It's funny... I used to be a big fan of  the spacesuits in Alien, having seen a load of photo reference of them in closeup they come off looking a bit crappy. I guess it's a testament to the brilliant way Ridley Scott shot the film that these things all look as good as they did.

The little figures were TINY! I made good use of my magnifier painting them. Anyway, I'm glad it's done....

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Arctic Park

dinos_004 from Pete Mullins on Vimeo.
More dino animation. This is another one of those animations I have already posted at much lower res.

dinos_003 from Pete Mullins on Vimeo.
This one was quite a challenge. It was certainly helped along by an excellent matte painting by my colleague Darren Roach.