Join us for an evening with digital artist Eric Keller as he presents a behind the scenes look at an ambitious animation project that seeks to depict how an insect sees the world!
We're thrilled to bring the worlds of science and animation together as we explore how computer graphics can be used as an educational tool. In his latest project, Eric and his creative partner, Andrew Schauer, are working to create an accurate and accessible animated depiction of insect vision, using the honeybee as a model. During this livestream event, Eric will walk viewers through his production pipeline, which incorporates Pixologic's ZBrush, Autodesk Maya, Adobe's Substance Painter, Peregrine lab's Yeti, Quixel Megascans and Redshift for Maya. Eric will also show how he creates his insect models, how he textures and rigs them, how he deals with fur, and techniques for creating realistic lighting and textures.
If you're interested in learning how entertainment industry tools can advance the field of scientific visualization and education or want to get into the nitty gritty of insect biology through animation, you won't want to miss this event!
Eric and Andrew have created www.entomologyanimated.com where people can learn more about insect animation and watch ZBrush sculpting demos. Take a look and get ready to bug Eric with questions during the livestream!
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Eric has twenty three years experience in the visual effects industry. His background in creating animation for scientific visualization provided a groundwork for his diverse client roster, as well as his creature modeling work for feature films such as 10 Cloverfield Lane and Star Trek: Beyond. He has been a guest lecturer at Harvard Medical School and has authored countless tutorials, video series, and books. His most recent work involves the soon-to-be released planetarium show "Signs of Life" at the Samuel Oschin Planetarium at Griffith Observatory. He also has a species of phorid fly named in his honor (Megaselia kelleri).