Thursday, December 30, 2010

Pkd Animation Final!

Hello everyone! The new semester is just around the corner and the holidays are in full effect! Just this last semester, I had the pleasure of working with two really awesome guys Jeff Beckman and JB Anthony. We created a 30 second spot for an organization that for many has been heard about. The PKD foundation! Here is the animation:

Monday, December 20, 2010

Animated short film screenshots!!

thought I would post some screen shots from my short film I worked on this semester. Really enjoyed working on the backgrounds.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Randoms !!

Here is a painting I did about a year ago as a gift for a special someone !!

Character Design

Here's a character design i worked on a couple of months ago!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

School Portraits !!!!

Remember back in the day when you took those super cool school portraits with the weird backgrounds? It was always fun picking which one I thought was the coolest. That's until you got them and realized they were not!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Almost that time of the year!!!!!!

Christmas is upon us!! what does that mean for me ? A break from school! The semester is pretty much about done. It was a busy one, but it was fun! I completed my animated short film today. There are still some minor tweaks that still could be done, but overall I'm happy with it.

Enjoy my friends!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Hey There!

The semester is just about over! I've been extremely busy and can't wait for some time to recharge my batteries! I am going to spend the next couple months getting my portfolio ready which means visiting all my old work and polishing them up. Here is a lip sync animation I did in my advanced 2d class last semester. Enjoy!!!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Hey there!!!

So the semester is more than half way over and I just keep plugging along. Learning tons and doing tons! Strange to think, but next semester is my last semester[that's if i pass all my classes :)] This has been quite a journey I must say and along this journey I have learned a lot. I wouldn't trade this for anything in the world. Enough about that though, Here is a little medical animation I had to do for this week in my 3DFX class. The bones could be better! Enjoy.

Sunday, October 31, 2010


No matter how old i get I still want to go out trick or treating. Here's a little spook I made to celebrate this wonderful day!!!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

mmmm toast!!

Here's a little something I worked on. Had an hour in between classes and figured I'd model something. The first thing that came to mind was a toaster. (don't ask me why!) Anyhoot, I'm hoping to play around with this a little more to make it better. Maybe add some steam coming from the toast, Burn marks on toast etc.... Keep a look out eh!! Tootles.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Happy Saturday!

Hey y'all ! The semester is rolling along and so far it's what I expected; (TONS OF WORK, SO LITTLE TIME!). I've been working on tons of stuff and should have plenty of goodies up in the coming month. Here is a little treat from my animated short I've been working on. It's a story of losing a friend and feeling like there's nothing left ! Sounds pretty sad, which it is but I wanted to add a little brightness in a sad situation. Here some photo stills from the dream sequence in the short! ENJOY.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Run Kidney, RUN

A little piece I made at work during my break. A buddy of mine at work liked it so much he asked if he could have it. I did him one better and inked it up for him! Enjoy!

Heres the rough.

and the inked.
Been looking through a couple of last semesters stuff and realized i haven't posted any of it up so figured I'd let you all enjoy some short animated pieces i made in my Advanced 2D class.

Untitled from john lopes on Vimeo.

Untitled from john lopes on Vimeo.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Hey there!!!

Boy it's been a while since I last posted on the blog. School is kicking my butt and finding time for anything but school work almost seems impossible. I've got some pretty cool things going on this semester and I hope to post some in the near future.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Tuesday, July 20, 2010


Well after two weeks of modeling and putting my scene together, We were given another week to make changes to our scene for extra credit. I changed the lighting around and added a couple more models in the scene! Check my last post and see if you can find the differences! :)

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Hey there!!

It's been a while since i last posted something. No need to worry, i haven't stoped working. It's been a very busy sleep lacking semester thus far and my posts have taken the backseat until now!!!! keep your eyes peeled for some new treats coming soon!!! Here are some stills from a 3D workspace I've been working on in my advanced 3D animation class. The video will be up in a few days! Tata my friends!!!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

25 year relationship!!!!!!

Well the new semester has begun full force and free time is a distant memory!!! Havent really posted anything in a while, but there's plenty to come! Here's a little homage to a relationship that has spanned over 25 years!!


Tuesday, April 27, 2010

2D Animation Intro !!

So a While back I posted some Character designs and backgrounds that I had worked on in previous classes. My plan was to put them together in my 2D Animation class and create an intro to a show. Well after a long semester and alot of learning from my mistakes(lol) here is what I came up with. Hope you all enjoy!!! I hope to create a couple animated shorts with the characters in the near to distant future. A good friend of mine provided me with the music in the animation. I had everyone humming this tune all semester long. It was quite amusing! The man has talent. shout out to Carlos (aka Rekademix Beatz).

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Stay Puft Turnaround Video!

A little taste of Mr. Stay Puft himself! I want to bring in the video and stills into after effects and create a sweat looking presentation piece. Unfortunately my personal computer is without the program at the moment. Hope to have it up soon! Until then, enjoy my friends!


Sunday, April 18, 2010

Flintstones Z-brush Final

Here's what I did for my Z-brush final! Yabba Dabba Doo!!!! I'll post the video as well as the Stay Puft one soon! Enjoy!


Who Ya Gonna Call ?

Semester if finally over and let me say thank the good lord! I've got about 3 weeks to recharge my battery and then it's on to the next one!!!! Here's a little goody I just finished up. Stay Puft Marshmallow Man!!!! I began it for my Z-brush contest. We had to model and sculpt a character from the 80's! technically we have to have two characters for the contest. I just really wanted to pay homage to one of the best franchises in the whole wide world, GHOSTBUSTERS! Enjoy my friends new videos will be posted very soon! so come on back.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Animator business Card!

So for my 3D final, we have to create a demo reel showcasing our work during the semester. For those of you who are unfamiliar with what a demo reel is, It's how people in the animation industry get work! While prepping for the final, i made a mock business card to go along with it! Funny To think soon enough I'll be passing them out like Chinese workers pass out samples at the mall! :)

And yes, the model in the image is a stock rig we use for animation, the piano and the glasses are my models!! Enjoy...

Monday, March 29, 2010

Hey hey Hey!!!

Well the semester is just about over! 3 weeks and counting! Good News: I can see the finish line and boy does it feel good. Bad News: Finals Finals Finals!!!! lets hope I come out alive! :) Well enough of that nonsense. Here is a little homework assignment i just completed today for this week! I like the way it came out. I will admit, looking back at the beginning of this semester, my work has gotten a whole lot better. I guess the money is paying off! :) (it Better!) Enjoy my friends and have a Happy Easter!!

Monday, March 8, 2010

What a thief!!!

So it seems like I've been using a thief for every class this semester. 2D, 3D and even Z-brush!! Don't know why but it seems like that's the theme for this semester!! Here are some of the stuff I've come up with so far. Just the other day I posted my stills for my Z-brush class. Here is the super awesome turnaround video accompanied by Kings of Leon and my 2D crime heist, or lack of!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

For my mother!!

over and over again, my mother keeps asking me to draw her a picture of our dog peanut! So here it is MOM! :)


Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Sleep Sleep I wanna Sleep!!

So that's the new song I've been singing as of late! Just when you finish one thing something is right there waiting. Ah life, got to love it! Any hoot, mid terms are done and where already prepping for the finals! The good news is I've got a couple of goodies for your eyeballs to see. Here is my Z-brush character that I started for mid terms. I posted the low poly version a couple of posts ago. Now here it is all done up and posed! Enjoy. As always thanks to everyone who stops by periodically to show me some love. Keep coming back!

much love back my friends!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Just a typical day in the lfe of an Animator !!

This is how I seem to spend every minute of my day !!

Saturday, February 20, 2010


Mid term time is here so that means a lot of stuff to do in a minimal amount of time! geez! I feel like as an art student, assignments are that much tougher than most other majors. We need to create life! I know sounds kinda crazy but it's so true. We need to be able to express emotions and feelings in our work and if we do not succeed than it's looks like crap and therefore makes the work we do unbelievable to our audience. There is nothing worse than handing in something that fails to convey that realism of life. I handed in an assignment this past week that was mediocore and everyone including my teacher could see it lacked realism and believability. No worse feeling than knowing you failed to do that! let this be a reminder that if half ass a project, there's no way to get by. people will notice. That being said, here is a model im working on for my Z-brush mid-term. The extreme details will all be done in Z-brush! have a gander and stay tuned!!

Monday, February 8, 2010


Hey friends!! It's me again. So I've been taking Z-brush now for about three weeks , and boy is it really cool. For those of you who don't know exactly what it is, here is the quick description. It's basically a program that allows you to model your existing poly models that you create in another 3d program. It's sculpting, but on a computer! It allows the artist to add in any detail imaginable to your models. Everywhere from the pores in a characters face to the cracks in a pavement. I've been playing around with it and learning alot of cool things. Here are a few goodies i've created so far. Enjoy!!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

more cool videos !!! YAY!

This was last semesters finals for 3d modeling. enjoy as well as the videos down bottom. The first is a model of my kitchen at home. When I first started this project in 3dsMax I had no idea what I was doing. Not bad I think! not bad! The second one is my self portrait. Spent a lot of time during the semester trying to get this thing to look like me. Personally it still needs work. Maybe on some down time, I'll try to open it back up and work some more. Enjoy!

Hello Friends!

So the semester is moving along and the work continues to pile on! The balancing act takes some getting used to, but as long i manage my time right, it usually ends OK. That being said, Here are a few of my animation assignments i have done in the past couple weeks. Some are good some are bad but that's the way it usually works out. Over the course of this semester my progress and skills should see vast improvement (that's what we hope!!!) anyways, it''s been real now it's time to go write a paper! chow!

Monday, January 25, 2010

School, School, School !!!

Well i'm back to school! Boy do i already miss the vacation! This semester should not only be difficult, but it will also be very interesting. 3d animation and 2d animation should bring some cool short animations along the way this semester. Keep your eyes peeled. Oh yeah, thank you to all who stop by and see how i'm doing. It's much appreciated !! This is a very intersting part of my life right now and i appreciate you watching me grow as an artist.