Brazil-based 3D artist Gustavo Soares specializes in turning pop culture characters, like Chewbacca, into cartoon-inspired creations, whether they be on the more realistic side, or complete fantasy. "I love art, independent the kind of art (traditional, digital). I love art history and I'm a big fan of the masters of the Cinquecento (Rafael Sanzio, Leonardo DA Vinci)," said Gustavo. continue reading for more.
Disney Research has developed the first real-time high-fidelity facial capture method to enhance a global real-time face tracker, which provides a low-resolution face mesh, with local regressors that add in medium-scale details, such as expression wrinkles. The team discovered that although wrinkles appear in different scales and at different locations on the face, they are locally very self-similar and their visual appearance is a direct consequence of their local shape. Therefore in order to train local regressors from high-resolution capture data, they proposed an automatic way to detect and align the local patches required to train the regressors and run them efficiently in real-time. Click here for the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of a true all-screen smartphone.
Los Angeles-based artist Marisa Livingston is a big fan of the show "The Office", and what better way to pay tribute than by reimagining the characters in an animated series? Whether it be Michael Scott, Dwight Schrute, or Stanley Hudson, you'll find them here. However, she isn't the first character designer to put them in cartoons, as Cartoon Network did something similar a while back, but with the X-Men added in. Continue reading for more.
Aleksandr Petrov's Oscar-winning "The Old Man and the Sea" animated short all started in March 1997, when he and his son, Dmitri Petrov, started hand-painting each of the film's 29,000+ frames. They used the pastel oil paintings on glass technique, which has only mastered by only a handful of animators in the world. Petrov even used his fingertips in addition to various paintbrushes to paint on the various glass sheets positioned on multiple levels, each covered with slow-drying oil paints. Continue reading for another video and more information.
Self-taught digital artist Tatiana specializes in taking famous cartoon characters, such as Violet Parr from "The Incredibles", and transforming them into realistic human versions, but with an edgy twist. "Tatiana is a 19-year-old self-taught digital artist that is better known on the internet as TatiMoons. The artist has created digital paintings since June 2016, but she was interested in drawing from a very young age," reports BoredPanda's Hidreley. Continue reading for more pictures.
Artist Armand Dijcks partnered with award-winning photographer Ray Collins to bring his incredible wave photography to life in the form of animated cinemagraphs. Armand, a cinematographer and photographer from Rotterdam, The Netherlands, specializes in this type of moving photo, and for those who have never heard of cinemagraphs, they are basically still photographs where a minor and repeated movement occurs, a short video clip of sorts. Continue reading for more.
Without Ralph McQuarrie, there would be no Star Wars because George Lucas himself reached out to the artist to help visualize the planets, vehicles, and characters he only saw in his head. The duo created some amazing artwork that not only helped convince studios to fund Star Wars, but McQuarrie's style crafted the visual design of the entire galaxy to come. The DAVE School in Orlando, Florida created a trailer based on this artwork to shows what such a film would look like. Continue reading for two more videos, artwork and information.
Some normal portraits may not be the most flattering images, but artist Lance Phan aims to change that. Simply put, he takes normal photos of a person and transform them into Pixar-like creations, whether it be a simple selfie, someone playing the guitar, or an image shot by a professional, just about everything works. Continue reading to see more. Click here for a few bonus images.
The "Gods of Egypt" film may not have broken any box office records, with filming took place in Australia under the American studio Summit Entertainment, but it did feature stunning visual effects. For those who haven't seen the movie, it basically portrays a mortal Egyptian hero who partners with the Egyptian god Horus to save the world from Set and rescue his love. The gods in humanoid form are 9 feet (2.7 m) tall and in "battle beast" form are over 12 feet (3.7 m) tall, so you can imagine the digital wizardry that went into the scenes. Continue reading for another video and more before / after pictures.
Auto enthusiast Jerry Patrick, who owns a tuning shop, has been transforming cars into classic cartoon and movie vehicles for over a decade. He's been obsessed with the Mach 5 since the 60s, and decided to do something about it. "Back in 1967-ish when the cartoon came out, I was really enthralled as kid to watch it. And I thought, 'One day I'm going to be driving a Mach 5'. For the Mach 5 logo we had to take a few creative liberties with it, obviously you're going from a cartoon to a real car, so we made it pop as good as we could. It's still as cartoon accurate as it can be, so at the end of the day we got it as close as we could and I think it turned out awesome," said Patrick. To build his own replica, a pristine 94 Chevrolet Corvette was torn apart, before a new fiber glass body was placed over it. Continue reading to see a video of the real deal. Click here for a few bonus images of a Pontiac Fiero turned Lamborghini Reventon replica of sorts.