Me: Eric Keller

Hi and welcome to my Blog. This is a hastily compiled record of my digital art and computer graphics experiments. I am a freelance CG artist living and working in Hollywood CA. I have written several books on Maya and ZBrush. Below my blog you'll find links to the books and tutorials I have authored and co-authored. I also occasionally teach at the Gnomon School of Visual Effects in Hollywood. Soon I will get around to posting my demo reel and resume. I named my blog "Bloopatone" in honor of my first dog "Blue". She passed away a few years ago and I still miss her even though she was very grouchy and liked to bite me!

I'm proud to be an instructor at The Gnomon School of Visual Effects in Hollywood. Take a look at the work of our students and instructors on the Gnomon School Blog and the Gnomon Workshop Blog

Here is a link to my Demo Reel:

Niche: Experiments in Speculative Entomologial Animations from Eric Keller on Vimeo.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Entomology Animated Facebook Page

I have been really behind in updating the old Blog these days. Just an FYI: Entomology Animated has a home on Facebook: Check it out! Share it! Its free and hopefully fun. I have posted some of my older work on this page.

Just finished teaching 2 weeks of ZBrush to highschool students at the Gnomon Summer camp! What a blast! Although its scary how fast they pick this stuff up! New term at Gnomon starts on July 6th, I will be teaching Intro to Digital Sculpting from 7-10 on Mondays.

Gnomon won best CG School second year in a row in the CG Student Awards sponsored by Autodesk. Daniel Kho took home best student, oh yes, he took my ZBrush class at Gnomon so I get partial credit!! Danny Mak and Beat Reichenbach also took home awards! both were my students, in fact Beat even has his ZBrush final project in his gallery!

Working on many new things which I hope to share soon!

Friday, May 1, 2015

Gnomon Animal Art Show

Very excited that the Gnomon Gallery is including my artwork in the Animal gallery show this weekend!

Other artists showing include Neville Page, Terryl Witlatch, Ben Mauro! I'll post pictures from the gallery opening. Nice to be included with such amazing artists but even better that this is a benefit menat to raise money and awareness for endangered animals.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Entomology Animated Episode 1: Rifa Madness

The first episode of Entomology Animated is finally live! Check out my animation which discusses the biology behind the painful sting of the Red Imported Fire Ant (RIFA) known as Solenopsis invicta!

Friday, April 10, 2015

Monday, March 30, 2015

Octane for Maya Tutorial 3D Artist Magazine Issue 79

I have a new tutorial in Issue 79 of 3D Artist Magazine concerning rendering Macro Photography effects in Octane for Maya. Check out the render of this golden jumping spider I created. This species of spider is entirely fictional BTW, but very cute! and real jumper sdo love to balance water drops on their heads! (look it up!)

 3D Artist Magazine Issue 79

Friday, March 27, 2015

Field Guide to Classical Guitarists

One of my friends, and former teacher, sent me this picture he took of a cartoon I created way back when I was studying guitar at Florida State University. A handy guide for identifying the types of people you meet at guitar conventions. Still cracks me up becasue almost every one was based on some one I met. Yes, I am in there too (The Yuckster). ( Click to enlarge, right -click and choose "full view" to see at full resolution").

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Let's Dance!

A couple stills from the next part of my Peacock Spider dance animation. ZBrush+Maya/mental ray.