Thursday, December 15, 2011

CG: Memory (2009) CG Short Film directed by Junichi Yamamoto

Memory (2009) CG Short Film directed by Junichi Yamamoto

This is beautiful. If you haven't seen it, I highly encourage you to check it out right now. Watch it all the way to the end, then tell someone about it.

Official Site

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

ART: Amazing 2D CG Paintings

Today's post is in recognition of some amazing digital 2D work. Generally this is painted in a program such as Photoshop. While I  primarily choose 3D models to work with, I do recognize the talent involved in digital painting. Check these out, you'll be impressed.


All images are copyrighted by their respective owners. Links provided.
Thanks to CGHUB for supporting the CG Community!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

ART: Weapon XI: Deadpool

Earlier yesterday I released my latest image of Marvel Comic's character Deadpool. I learned a lot in the process of creating this image, plus it was probably the best results I've gotten out of Zbrush and character modelling in general.

To top it all off I finally got another image into the CGSociety 3D Stills Gallery. It's been over a year since I've had an image showcased, so I'm pretty happy about that.

Weapon XI: Deadpool

Sunday, November 6, 2011

LIFE: The Two Most Important Days In Your Life

"The two most important days in your life are the day you were born, and the day you find out why" -Mark Twain.

“The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.” – Vince Lombardi

--Too many people don't stop and think about things like this. I try to everyday, and while I feel some days are wasted, I try to push myself daily to achieve SOMETHING. When I don't do that, I feel bad about it (and rightly so)

You only live once, you have one life, you might as well use it.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

ART: CGI Siggraph 2011 Blender Video

For being 100% free open source software, you have to admit that Blender3D has a lot to offer. Personally, it serves as the backbone for the vast majority of the artwork I do. Straight out of the box (or download) Blender offers capabilities such as animation, sculpting, UV mapping, video sequencing, image editing and much more with a sleek interface.

If you're interested check out the Blender 2011 Siggraph Reel. It's impressive to say the least.
Check it out in FULLSCREEN and HD!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

ART: Support Turkey

I had to make a poster for a class based on an issue, so I decided that since Turkey was hit with a devestating earthquake this past Sunday, I would make that the basis of my poster. Check it out:

Monday, October 24, 2011

FITNESS: Calorie Counter Online

Calorie Count is making tracking your diet easier than ever. With a database full of foods, and the ability to add and save custom or unknown foods you can track anything and everything you eat in a day. Personally for me I figured that I would  need about 2,200 calories to stay at my normal weight, however I want to gain weight to build muscle. 500 extra calories per day should be efficient, so I simply type in what I have eaten each day, and then I can roughly track exactly where I'm at. It's also useful because it tracks more than calories. Things like protein, fats, and carbs are all displayed as well. For those on a strict diet you can compare ratios of foods you eat too. Calorie Count also saves your stats and tracks your weight too. Check it out!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

FITNESS: Get Jacked Like Jackman(Article)

Hugh Jackman, star of the X-Men movies, Australia and now Real Steel just made the front page of for his work on Real Steel and the training he did to get there.

Hugh Jackman with his trainer Steve Ramsbottom
According to the article Jackman frequently bulks up and cuts down to meet the criteria for his roles. For example for the 2009 flick X-Men Origins Wolverine he would alternate between four weeks of heavy training and then high volume workouts. New studies show that training all three different types of muscle fibers in your body yields maximum gains.

Everyone has three different types of muscle fibers named Type 1, Type 2a, and Type 2b fibers.

Type 1 Fibers (slow twitch) are slow contracting, and hold out for longer periods of time making them more suited for endurance training. They don't fatigue easily, however they don't output as much power.

Type 2a Fibers (fast twitch) are a fast contracting fiber. They can yield explosive power for a short while, then they fatigue. Fast movements for a short time trigger growth in these muscles.

Type 2b Fibers (fastest twitch) is the fastest contracting fiber. These are the last muscles fibers in your body to be used when under stress. They are only activated after fatiguing both Type 1 and Type 2a fibers. Type 2b fibers yield the most explosive strength.

By swapping his training routine between heavy weights and then high volume exercises Jackman is able to achieve maximum muscle gains.

Get Jacked Like Jackman
Muscle Fibers, How Do They Differ?

ART: Sweet New Renders

Hey guys, I'm throwing a quick post up here to show off some sweet new renders I just came across, hope you enjoy em!

Please click on them to enlarge. All credit is giving for these works and links provided to CGSociety's page for the piece. 

Title: "We named the dog Indiana" Realtime Character
Name: Jon Berry
Country: United Kingdom
Software: 3ds max, Photoshop, ZBrush

 Title: MonkeyKing
Name: Xiaoyu Wang
Country: China

Title: Tree of life
Name: Rafael Falconi
Country: Brazil
Software: 3ds max, After Effects, Blender, Lightwave 3D, Photoshop, Vue, ZBrush

Title: Baby satyr
Name: Nikita Veprikov
Country: Ukraine
Software: 3ds max, Photoshop, VRay, ZBrush

Friday, October 21, 2011

New Beginning


Hey, my name is Ben Shukrallah. For those that don't know me I do a lot of different things. With that said unfortunately I have to start with an introduction. This is my new blog. I'll be discussing a lot of things. If you've found this and there's nothing else here then I'm sure a lot of the blog is still broken.I'm fixing it as I move along.


I'm a CG artist, so I'm going to write up on CG art. I'm involved in much more than that though, so I'm just gonna write about whatever else I want. Stay Tuned.

Check out my CGHUB Gallery!