1. Mom & Pop v. Big Box
    Just some Modo practice for a project.

  2. Reel-to-Reel Player, 2014
    Ortho Front

  3. Reel-to-Reel Player, 2014.

  4. Work in Progress
    Reel to Reel Player

    I have spent the last few days working on this model and wanted to post an update. It’s looking pretty good! I have been thinking a lot about the world while I work, too. I am going to set it down for a few days, but will pick it up again for texturing and final rendering. The image shown is a cooked screenshot (1 min or so), not a render.

    For the most part, I’ve been eyeballing measurements from reference photos. I prefer the look of the large reels over the standard ones. They just feel good, so I am going with them. I am still debating materials for the reels. I like the brushed aluminum/matte finish, but I also like the idea of a clear plastic, especially so you can see the dark shiny tape when it’s all threaded up. I am going to recreate all of the labels and logos in Illustrator/Photoshop. 

    The obsessive compulsive in me is annoyed by the asymmetry of the interface, but the Artist in me really thinks it’s honest and even a little charming. The large black center piece, for example, is bulky and slightly off-center. The knobs and levers that surround it are placed for optimal function, not aesthetics, yet, the materials and textures are clearly crafted for curious eyes and fingers! I really love how it encourages exploration. I love the satisfying feeling of turning a dampened knob or flipping a weighted switch. This has it all.

    As I model each part, I think a lot about its design and purpose. What I love most about the device is that it just is what it is. No bullshit. It’s very revealing and brave for a device to show it’s functionality so openly. I am intrigued by this and think I will explore it in some future concepts.

    What classic devices do you love?

  5. Work In Progress
    Reel to Reel Tape Player, Practice

  6. Modo Practice
    Learning a ton of new stuff and practicing every day. I will post more of the practice work as I get deeper into it.

  7. Elk River Bottled Water, 2014

    Twitter: #wvwatercrisis

    The massive chemical leak into the Elk River in Charleston, WV has been heavy in my heart. The lack of media coverage and general apathy has been disheartening. I am worried about the future of America. I am very concerned about the future of NC, too. Fracking is coming. Profits, not people, are driving these reckless, destructive decisions that will ultimately impact many of us. I know that I am not alone and that many of you share my frustration and anger.

    We have to do something. We have to keep our water clean and our environment healthy, by any means necessary. The damage these industries are doing to our environment and water supply is exactly what our government warned us terrorists could do to us. So why is this allowed? This is not a republican/democrat argument. It’s a basic human survival issue. In the near future, our neighbors in WV will not be receiving any more bottled water from the government. This is not something that is going to go away. This is the water supply and the great people of WV are our neighbors. 

    So, my latest work imagines what could happen if we choose not to fight. 

    I hope you will join in the fight using your best tools and skills. Contribute whatever you can, peacefully, in any way you can. Your voice matters. I know some of you are probably thinking, “What’s your stupid art going to do?” Well, I don’t know if it will do anything, but I have to try. It’s easy to do nothing and give up. I also know in this day and age, an image can be worth a thousand swords. 

Thanks for sharing. 

    Elk River Bottled Water, 2014 by Scared of Salad is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

  8. Snail (Name Unknown), 2014.

  9. MODO, Day One & Beginning 2014.

    I have decided to learn MODO

    It seems like a good fit for me. The features are strong, it feels more focused on the Artist, and they feel like a bit of an underdog (which I really like), even after being acquired by The Foundry. I really like the renderings I have seen come out of it, especially for product designs, which I can use in my daily work as an Interface and Product Designer. 

    So, I jumped in, followed a few tutorials, and here’s my first model and composition in MODO! The first thing I learned to create was a coffee mug. Since I have a thing for Caribou Campfire Mochas, I decided to give them a little love on my first mug. The image is completely rendered in MODO and not retouched in any way. I know it’s not perfect, but I am pretty stoked about the possibilities after only a few days of immersing myself in research and reading materials. Not only has my deep ZBrush knowledge been invaluable, it’s actually made the process of learning the concepts behind MODO much easier and faster. It feels like it will be a lot easier after I get over the UI humps associated with first time uses. I am still very much in the humpy stage. It’s intimidating, but I can already see the light at the end of the tunnel.

    There are a few things that concern me, primarily the (seemingly) lack of detailed (and fun) support for beginners. My immediate reaction was that I should make some tutorials for noobs once I feel comfortable using it. I have already read most of the only book that seems to exist for MODO 701 (it’s only $5 until January) and I have been watching a ton of tutorials over the last few days. The book is ok so far. There are missing details (assumptions that the reader understands how to perform certain actions before performing others, cropped screenshots that do not show where the items are on the screen and other oversights that can lead to frustration), but I have been able to follow it, thanks to all of my ZBrush training over the last 2 years. I have not explored the community enough to know if it is active and thriving, like the ZBrush community. If there is one, please let me know about it or share links with me on my Facebook page. I want to be a part of it!

    So to wrap up this year, it feels like I am starting all over from the beginning, learning new software, and it’s exciting! I cannot wait to see what happens next year. Maybe animation? Maybe toys? I am getting the itch to step up my game and whatever happens, I think it’s gonna be fun and get pretty weird. Thanks for all of your support.

    Daniel of the Salad

  10. Happy Holidays!
    Keep up with me in 2014 here and on facebook.