Thursday, July 22, 2021

Alternate Realities CG Challenge

VFX artist Clinton Jones challenged computer artists from around the world to create unique video creations using a simple base animation:

The result is an absolutely mind-blowing collection of wildly different interpretations that are ALL astounding.

Having dabbled in 3D computer art, I can appreciate the level of skill that went into creating each one of these videos.

3D Art by Paul Micarelli

However, the compilation of the top 100 animations is almost overwhelming in the sheer talent on display. I have watched it several times already, noticing new details each time.

It is truly a visual and mental treat, & I cannot recommend enough that you just take time to watch the top 100 montage:

Monday, July 12, 2021

Paul Giuseppe Micarelli: First 12 Months


I created this video from photos I took every month of my son's 1st year of life:

Paul Giuseppe Micarelli:
First Year, June 2020-2021 

It has been an awe-inspiring experience watching him grow and begin to develop a personality. My wife Loretta & I always knew he was going to be a strong spirit, but he continually amazes us with his willpower, intelligence, and sense of humor... even though he can't talk yet! 

Being a father has proved to be the most challenging, & simultaneously the most rewarding, experience of my life. It has allowed for little time to do things that I used to enjoy, but spending time with my little buddy and helping to raise him is my top priority. Nothing else matters when I see his smiling little Plumpkin Head. My years of cultivating mindfulness and appreciation of the present moment are now giving me the ability to deeply engage the process of raising this little child. 

I pray every day that he lives a long, healthy, & happy life, and that I get to see as much of it as possible. If his first year is any indication, he will have an eventful and memorable life. We feel blessed to have this light in our lives, & we hope he brightens up the world. I love you Paul Giuseppe Micarelli, my son!!!

Thursday, July 08, 2021

Ever-expanding Fractal Triangles

 Sierpinski Sierpinski Sierpinski by Sam Palmer

I am endlessly fascinated by fractal geometry & I saw this animation on /r/woahdude that grabbed my attention. I just kept staring at it's mesmerizing simplicity...

The animation is a brilliant use of Sierpinski triangles to create endlessly looping motion. 

It appears that the triangles are moving relative to each other, but it is just the expanding self-similarity of the recursive fractal pattern shifting through the triangular boundaries.