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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.

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.


Sunday, February 8, 2015

Mantis head in ZBrush 4R7

Here are some screen shots of a mantis model I started during the ZBrush 4 R7 demo. I have to finish this at some point.





Here is the model so far, kinda got distracted by other bugs so haven't done much recently.



And a video of the head sculpting process:

ZBrush 4 R7 Mantis Sculpting Demo from Eric Keller on Vimeo.


Tuesday, February 3, 2015

stalk eyed fly

A new ZBrush model/doodle been working on while watching the TV






Friday, January 30, 2015

ZBrush 4R7 Ten Minute Tentacle

Here's a super quick video demonstrating some new techniques in ZBrush 4 R7. This video has been brought to you by cheap wine: Cheap Wine! Drink a lot; its Cheap!

Ten Minute Tentacle from Eric Keller on Vimeo.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

ZBrush 4R7 +Keyshot images

Here are a few images I created while testing the new version of ZBrush 4R7 and Keyshot. the fibermesh hairrs render very nicely in Keyshot. More to come.