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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.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.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Star Trek Beyond

We've been working hard on this at Bad Robot! Can't wait to see it when it comes out, I've been a Trek fan since high school!


Thursday, April 14, 2016

Entomology for Creature Artists at the Gnomon Anatomy Lab



I'll be leading a panel discussion/lecture series on Entomology for Creature Artists at the Gnomon Anatomy lab on April 23rd. I'll be joined on stage by Los Angeles Natural History Museum scientists Emily Hartop, Lisa Gonzales, and Kelsey Bailey. Also we'll hear from artists Andrea Adams and  creature sculptor Jared Kirichevsky. Its free and open to the public!

10 Clover Field Lane


Was really excited that I got to work on this film over at Bad Robot/Kelvin Optical. I did a lot of the sculpting and texturing on one of the main space monsters. Also helped out a little with the creature animation and some of the digital vehicle doubles. Great people at Bad Robot!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Bad Robot!

Started working at Bad Robot in January as a visual effects artist. My first month has been amazing! sorry to leave scientific visualization for a while but excited to be working with incredible artists and for one of my favorite directors (JJ Abrams.... duh!) Lots of cool stuff in the works but nothing I can talk about, at least not yet!

Octane for Maya Video Lectiure at the Gnomon Workshop

The Gnomon Workshop has release my lecture on using the Octane Render Plug in for Maya 2016. This is my fifth video series for Gnomon!! Such an honor considering I learned CG from watching Gnomon videos (on VHS tape no less!) way back in the late 90s. Check out the preview:


Saturday, December 12, 2015

Frog study: Hyla versicolor

Here is a CG study I'm working on of a tree frog (Hyla versicolor). This is the composite rendered result:



Here are "behind the scenes" screen shots:

ZBrush sculpt and basic texture:




Mari paint:


Maya/Octane set up:



Nuke script using render passes generated from Maya/Octane: