|Developer Spotlight: Aknzrdude of "Rebel in Action"
I am Gabe, commonly known as ‘aknzrdude’
in the coolclones forums. I reside in Silicon Valley in California,
so enjoy nice weather for most of the year. Have 3 kids, oldest
son dabbles in video editing; second son is an aspiring rap
artist and soccer player, plays for one of the top teams in
California; and the youngest daughter is also a soccer player
and participated in the regional Olympic development program
this past summer. I love sci-fi, techno thrillers and fantasy
books, so this is reflected a lot in the stuff that I do.
I first got turned on to 3D animation a few years back using
Truspace and Poser. Spent much of the time learning the software
rather than creating anything. Maybe I created a picture or
two here and there. Between my regular job (big PC industry
company) and weekend activities, I don’t get to spend
much time in this hobby so I tend to avoid software with longer
learning curves. I was browsing some forums last December and
came across mention of Cyclone (which later became iClone) and
became one of the first to buy it (December 2005). In a matter
of a couple of hours, I was able to create a video – in
this case my first political video called Bush Hates Me – link
Right now I have to divide my free time between my kids’
soccer games, playing PC games (I play Ghost Recon) and this
wonderful hobby of mine - 3D animation and digital art. Happy
to day, the amount of time spent on 3D animation has gone
up because of iClone.
Inspiration of Works
I am fascinated by sci-fi and samurai movies – so
I combined the two themes and imagined a world in the future
where corporations were the defacto government, where fascists
ruled and in this environment, the corporations outlawed guns,
explosives, etc. so only the corporations soldiers have them.
This meant that a lot of would be rebels would have to reply
on the old ways, and old martial arts to fight back. This
inspired the creation of these characters, where one Corp
soldier commander (Shintaro) became a rebel leader, to be
hunted down by the Sicarii.
Advice for CCD Members
Be free to try things out. One of my favorite tools in creating
textures is using dingbats – yes that’s right
– go to any font site and download dingbats –
and use them for details on the texture. The Sicarii armor
for example is made of dingbats, made to look like metal plates.
The other word of advice is patience; you may not get it perfect
at the first time, but keep trying.
Finally I’d like to encourage your membership and check
out www.coolclones.com where I am one of the moderators. This site provides a ton
of insights on the inner workings of iClone as well as a community
of creative people willing to help you out. My latest video,
Tales of Gwaeold, was created with the voice over help of
many of the members. Check out Tales of Gwaeold Act 1 here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iq-JVANhZyI
Enclosed are some sample art I’ve created with the use
My video collection at Youtube can be found at:
And this points to a link with all my videos: