RED academy & VAANDAL event

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RED ACADEMY Toronto alongside VAANDAL Creative Studio will be hosting an event talking about the future of design, AI, AR, VR and all things awesome in December.


So it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything. Since we launched VAANDAL a few months back, we’ve had the usual growing pains alongside some serious wins in our space. From landing some large clients with great work, to building new partnerships – things have been bonkers but in a great way.


Our first event comes sooner than we originally anticipated, but we couldn’t be more excited to get the ball rolling on showing some of our work and also sharing the space with some leading names in AI, AR and VR.


So, Join RED Academy and VAANDAL Creative Studio as we explore the future of reality with a presentation about hyperrealism in design and a panel on Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, and where the future of these technologies lies. Along with me, our panel includes: Foteini Agrafioti, the Inventor of the Nymi and current Head of RBC Research, Andrew Tam, former Engineer at AR startup Skully, David Booth-Reddick, co-founder of indie game studio Two Coins..

Analog-digital crossover

Posted in: Cinema 4D, Hyperrealism, Motion
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I love my Fossil watch, but I also love my Fitbit. Why isn’t there a beautiful solution to crossover both analog and digital in a world of OLED?


In my opinion, nothing looks as great as an analog watch shining on my wrist, and for many years I wore a variety of watches (mostly from Fossil). Then all of a sudden as wearable technology started to kick off, I was interested in seeing what was on the market to replace that valuable real estate on my wrist. I was disappointed. There wasn’t much selection of watches that looked and felt great, but none the less I ended up getting a Fitbit Charge and wore it alongside my Fossil analog watch.


Wearing both wasn’t much of a hassle, but eventually, I wanted more from my wearable device and upgraded to a Fitbit Blaze. I loved what the Blaze could offer me as didn’t seem “too much” in terms of functionality. Nobody wants to be constantly bothered by a vibrating wrist after all. So off came the Fossil and on went the Blaze. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love my Blaze and I get withdrawal whenever I take it off… But I miss the elegance of my Fossil watch.


Over the last year I’ve only worn my Fossil watch once, which was at my wedding. It’s such a shame, but I don’t want to wear two watches and I want to keep my Fitbit on 24/7. I know there been a few devices which have entered the consumer space which does bridge the gap between elegance and fashion, but none of them ever made the cut for me. So I decided to create something purely conceptual, and here it is.


I can’t wait for the future of technology to combine with fashion on such items, and hey, maybe Fossil will release something I can wear but have all the functionality I desire from my Fitbit.

Watch Closeup
Watch Closeup

Pinball Portfolio Theme

Posted in: Cinema 4D, Hyperrealism, Photoshop, Web Design
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Pinball Full

I’ve always had a soft spot for playing the old pinball machines. If I have a few spare bucks in a pub which has them, I know that I’ll try my hardest to get on the leaderboard.


Much to my disappointment, I have never managed to get on the leaderboard to input my 3 letters. However, I love the look and feel of the old machines, so decided to create my own rendering of a machine from scratch as a fun personal project.


I’ve been pretty lucky in my life and my career so decided to take inspiration from that and create a table called “Lady Luck” with a gambling theme. I also love to visit casinos when I’m out of town for a night out, so it seemed rather fitting to continue that theme on the table itself


I spent a lot of time going to and from Photoshop to Cinema 4D as I build the core components and the art to go on the table itself, along with all the materials to add the detail needed. I had some great fun with caustics, reflections and the glows on the table alongside introducing some exaggerated depth of field so the focus was on the centerpiece of the table.


Next time around I think i’ll remodel things a bit differently and create the whole table and animate it, which would take a while but I feel would be a great challenge!

Pinball detail
Pinball detail