October 22, 2010

Custom brush testing

I made some custom brushes in Photoshop trying to replicate charcoal and conte, these are just some early tests put on paper textures. I wanted the brush to act like the side of a conte stick so I could block in a form and still have lots of texture show through.

October 3, 2010

Hollywood uses elephants.....secretly

Here are some examples of elephants used in movies that you never even knew were there.


The Bantha wich appeared in the first Star Wars movie, A New Hope, was played by an female Asian elephant in a large custom made costume. However, during shooting the elephant would frequently take off the costume because it wasn't accustom to the extra warmth generated from wearing it in the California heat.

The Bantha as it appears in the film.
Bantha production photos source.

The same elephant was used as reference by ILM when they were working out the locomotion of the Imperial walkers.

The sound of the tie fighter is a mix of an elephant call and a car driving on wet pavement.


The roar of the T.rex is a combination of a baby elephant cry, a tiger, an alligator and its breathing was the sound of a whale's blowhole. Elephant rumbles and trumpets were also used in some of the T.rex scenes.

ILM also studied elephants for the brachiosaurus scenes where it rears up on its hind legs.

The roar as it appears in the movie.

A roar of an Asian elephant for comparison. First is a sharp trumpet, then some rumbles, then the roar.

Most people think that elephants only trumpet but they have a wide range of vocalizations as demonstrated in this video clip.