Lux Lucidus is: Motion Graphics, Animation, Design, 3D and Visuals by Sean Siegler

I haven’t exactly been active on this site much over the past year. It is mainly due to a few different factors. One being that most of the motion graphics work I have been doing has all been pieces I can’t share online, which kind of sucks. That is just one of the downsides of working on stuff for medical industries.

The work I have been doing that I can share online, is all being posted over at , which was mainly set-up to showcase my “everyday” images, of which I have now been doing for over 1 year. That means I have somewhere near 380 images from last year, the majority of which I actually like. Though there are a few really pieces of serious crap in there.

Oh yeah, and to get personal for a moment, I also spend the last year planning a wedding and getting married, and now I am trying to buy a freakin’ house! So yeah, life just flows on!

Cheers!

In The Pocket

It is now official.
I am moving my everydays over to PocketSnacks.com. I love the URL and figure that using it for little things, like daily images and Instagram pics, is appropriate given the “pocket” and “snacky” nature of the name.

It may take a while for me to set up a gallery over there with the entire collection of images, but it should happen eventually.
So for all none of you who weren’t wondering where the everydays went, or if I had given up on them, I did not stop making them, I just moved ‘em.

At some point last week I decided that I should put one of my dusty URL’s to better use. PocketSnacks.com has been sitting dormant for some time now, so it occurred to me that maybe it would make sense to post all of my “everyday” images over there, as well as various Instagram images.


There are a number of really simple, yet elegant and slick, grid based Word Press themes out there, and it just seems like a steady stream of images is more suited to something like that. So that is where I am going to move the “everydays”.
We’ll see… This could just be a dumb idea and a waste of two good weekend nights.


Anyhow, check out pocketsnacks.com. It will be mostly eye candy. Plus it is kind of an awesome name for a website.

Infected

My site got infected by some malware last week so that was fun. It is all clean and proper now and back to normal.  Anyhow, that kind of threw off the posting of my everydays. I kept making them, just not sharing them with the world (and by world I mean all of the zero people that visit this site). So that being said, I will be posting a few of the everydays all on one day, which when you think about it, is pretty mind blowing.

ToasterFaxRobot

Today’s everyday image… Let’s call it ToasterFaxRobot. Made using the procreate iPad app.

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Line of Sight

I just discovered San Francisco filmmaker Ethan Indorf and his monthly “Line Of Sight” videos, which are an edited video re-cap of the previous months worth of travel, work & play. I am kind of loving these and they fall in line with the doing-something-everyday mind-set.
Head over to Vimeo for more months of videos.

LINE OF SIGHT: DECEMBER, 2012 from ethan indorf on Vimeo.

Last year I was asked by my good friend and C4D whiz, Jen Rizzo, to do technical review for a Beginner’s Guide to Cinema 4D book she was writing. Seeing as how I was in contract/freelance mode, and had a somewhat open schedule at the time, I said “Yes”.

The review process was kinda cool, and gave me a bit of insight into what goes into making something like this. I’m not sure how much my feedback helped, but I gave it anyhow, because, ya know, that’s what I was asked to do. Oh and I got a lil’ blurb in the front of the book.

On to the book itself. If you are someone just trying to jump into C4D for the 1st time, then this is a great place to start. It really does cover the basics and almost all the major functionality of Cinema that a noob would need. The way Jen presents the information is really nice because she is able to provide lessons that hit on a wide variety of common techniques and solutions, in a nice linear flowing way. Having taken a class Jen taught, a few years back, I can attest that she really knows her stuff and is great at conveying that info, and she was able to translate that into this book as well.

The only downside to this book is the quality of the print. The pictures are pretty grainy and low quality and at times look like they were made on an office printer that has a wonky toner cartridge. The e-book version however, is clear and colorful and frankly just looks better. And I have to say, when trying to learn software, it can be a bit easier to put the ebook on a 2nd monitor or an iPad or something, and read along that way. So maybe this is a case of going digital over  analog.

http://www.packtpub.com/cinema-4d-beginners-guide/book

 

I am only about two weeks not my everyday drawings, and so far it is enjoyable. I am taking too long with most of them, and really they are digital paintings more than drawings. I’m using the Procreate app on my iPad and find it to be quite amazing. It is a finely crafted digital tool.
I’m also having a hard time coming up with things to draw/paint as well. gonna have to work on that.
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Test render

I’m working on a still scene at the moment and thought I would share a part of it. This is just one element from the shot and I think it came out very nice, and has a pretty good degree of realism. I’ll post the whole thing as soon as it is finished.