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PXLFORGE takes the Buddies With Benefits to the beach in 2012

The time has arrived again for the annual Buddies With Benefits Calendar (available at the Castro Street Fair)!!! The 2012 Calendar will be our first swimsuit edition and will sport 12 hot shots from photographer Barry Muniz and Stylist Christian Owen. I was on set for the shoot in order to ensure the raw material would work so I could use my own magic to transport the boys from the HotHouse studios (more on that later) to an idyllic San Francisco Golden Gate bridge beach scene.

Buddies With Benefits 2 sided San Francisco PRIDE Year at-a-glance Calendar Buddies With Benefits 2 sided San Francisco PRIDE Year at-a-glance Calendar

This flyer will be distributed during 2011 PRIDE so be sure to pick one up! I’ll post more on the 2012 BwB Calendar as I get new info. Stay tuned to see who get’s what month…

Social Dashboard 3DLogotype

Had to create a 3D look in Maya on a shoestring budget but managed to get the polished chrome to reflect a custom HDRI map to get this result…

Social Dashboard 3D logo

Studio

This is a Flash animation that was a shortcut to a number of spots on my old website. SOME of the images embedded within are currently dead, but I’m working on updating the links to posts on this new blog version of PXLFORGE.

[swfobj src="http://pxlforge.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/studio1.swf" allowfullscreen="true"]

The Mansion

This is a rendering of a 3D mansion created in Maya. It was created for an explorable game level built using the Unreal engine. The original design called for some smuttier imagery but I wanted a rendered version with a more classic illustration.

3D mansion modeled and raytraced in Maya

Textures and models designed by PXLFORGE. The illustration used for the stained glass window was hand drawn, inked, scanned and colorized in photoshop.

ACTIVATE! @ Lookout Launches PRIDE Friday!

ACTIVATE @ Lookout is a Friday event premiering Friday June 27th (Stonewall Day) at the Lookout in San Francisco. I designed their logo as well as all marketing materials as well as some of the decor (large silhouettes of muscle men).

ACTIVATE @ Lookout - Ad #2

I also created the character featured on the launch posters… “The Global Dominator” – alter ego of ACTIVATE! brainchild Lord Martine. Here is an evolution of the character as featured in Gloss Magazine.

evolution of the Global Dominator

Atlas Pallet Inc

I modeled, textured and rendered these 3D stacks of pallets in Maya because the client was unable to provide photos of their product that were suitable quality for a main homepage splash image. Check out the full site HERE (note, site has been taken down since, so this version is hosted at pxlforge.com).

Atlas Pallet Inc. homepage image

Really old Self-Portrait

This was done for a drawing class way back when at Boston Universty. I later used it for a printmaking class as the subject for an aquatint etching. I’ve always like it so thought I should share it here.

Self-portrait circa 1991

3D spokesgorilla for Angry Monkey

I developed this fella originally as a 3D spokesgorilla for the Angry Monkey website. Like a lot of the projects we had in the fire, it wasn’t finished when the company imploded.

3D spokesgorilla for Angry Monkey

The ladies of Harlot Mansion

First hand drawn, then inked, scanned and photoshopped, these images were created as textures to decorate a 3D mansion in a game level built with the Unreal engine. The game is set within an opulent mansion belonging to the owner of fictional “Harlot Magazine”.

Rose and Thorn

Rose and Thorn is a poster I originally worked on back in college. But I liked it so much that I decided to revisit it now that my skills are a bit more up to the task.

Rose and Thorn

X-Files PALz Series 2 from Palisades Toys

Here is a group shot of the 3D character designs that I created for Palisades Toys second series of PALz “block figures” based on The X-Files.

X-Files Series 2

Series 1 (from left to right): X, Gethsemane Alien, Marita Covarrubias, Alex Krycek, FBI jacket Dana Scully, Assistant FBI Director Walter Skinner, Men in Black Mulder, FBI jacket Fox Mulder, Cigarette Smoking Man, Eugene Victor Tooms, an Attack Alien and George Peacock

Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Halloween Boxed Set

Here is a series of 3D turnarounds and facial textures for 3D character designs that I created for Palisades Toys a boxed set of PALz “block figures” based on the 2nd season Halloween episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. All 3D models and textures used for the final figures that Palisades Toys had manufactured in China were created by myself, as were all their accessories.

3D Turnaround for Palisades Buffy the Vampire Slayer PALZ Halloween Boxed Set: Wilow Rosenberg as a sexy ghost
3D Turnaround for Palisades Buffy the Vampire Slayer PALZ Halloween Boxed Set: Buffy Summers as a noble/princess
Facial texture for Palisades Buffy the Vampire Slayer PALZ Halloween Boxed Set: Willow Rosenberg Facial texture for Palisades Buffy the Vampire Slayer PALZ Halloween Boxed Set: Willow Rosenberg (with her sexy ghost make-up) Facial texture for Palisades Buffy the Vampire Slayer PALZ Halloween Boxed Set: Buffy Summers (as princess) Facial texture for Palisades Buffy the Vampire Slayer PALZ Halloween Boxed Set: Cordelia Chase as a slutty cat
3D Turnaround for Palisades Buffy the Vampire Slayer PALZ Halloween Boxed Set: Xander Harris (as soldier)
3D Turnaround for Palisades Buffy the Vampire Slayer PALZ Halloween Boxed Set: Cordelia Chase as a slutty cat

Desktop composite of Palisades Toys Muppet Action Figures

I never did any work on the Muppet line. But I was a big fan. My connection with Palisades doing the PALz DID get me a lot of Muppet swag though. Anyway here’s a desktop pattern for you Muppet fans out there.

Muppety Blue

3D concept for wall-mountable Statler & Waldorf Balcony

I’ve became active on the Palisades Toys forum shortly after I fell in love with their amazing line of adorable Muppets action figures. The amazingly detailed playsets they have released have prompted a number of fans to make requests. Tow of the most common are the Electric Mayhem bus, and my personal favorite… a wall-mountable balcony sized to fit Statler, Waldorf and their chair accessories.

Ken was impressed enough with my work to offer me the PALz gig, but thought the balcony project wasn’t financially feasible. I’d still love one so drop me a comment if you are a sculptor and wanna make one for me.

Buffy TVS PALz Season 2 from Palisades Toys

Here is a group shot of the 3D character designs that I created for Palisades Toys Second line of PALz “block figures” based on Buffy The Vampire Slayer. The lineups for this series was chosen to represent season two of the series. 3 series were designed, but only 2 were actually produced.

Series Two (from left to right): Cheerleader Cordelia Chase, Drusilla, Spike, The Judge (only available by assembling the pieces that ship with each figure), Werewolf Oz, Daniel “Oz” Osborne and Jenny Calendar.

3D Turnaround for Palisades Buffy the Vampire Slayer PALZ Series 2: The Judge
3D Turnaround for Palisades Buffy the Vampire Slayer PALZ Series 2: Werewolf Oz
Facial texture for Palisades Buffy the Vampire Slayer PALZ Series 2: Oz Facial texture for Palisades Buffy the Vampire Slayer PALZ Series 2: Oz (mid-transformation) face texture for Palisades Buffy the Vampire Slayer PALZ Series 2: Facial texture for the Judge Palisades Buffy the Vampire Slayer PALZ Series 2: Screaming Cordelia Chase
3D Turnaround for Palisades Buffy the Vampire Slayer PALZ Series 2: Oz (repaint)
3D Turnaround for Palisades Buffy the Vampire Slayer PALZ Series 2: Kendra the Vampire Slayer

X-Files PALz Series 1 from Palisades Toys

Here is a group shot of the 3D character designs that I created for Palisades Toys new line of “block figures” called PALz based on The X-Files. 3 series were designed, but only 2 were produced.

X-Files Series 1

Series One (from left to right): Donnie Pfaster (demon form), The Conundrum, Deep Throat, Special Agent Fox Mulder, The Grey Alien, Special Agent Dana Scully, Victim Dana Scully, Donnie Pfaster, Flukeman and Melvin Frohike.

More members of The Guard

Here are some more sketches for members of The Guard

From left to right: Echo (an obsessed blind psionic ninja who seeks to move fate from a dangerous path at any cost), Splendor (a lesbian pop star capable of generating solid light constructions) and Magistrate (one of a legion of protectors assigned by the creators of an artificially generated and closely monitored multiverse. his consciousness is made up of 100 individuals taken at random from the sector he is meant to protect).

Buffy TVS PALz Season 1 from Palisades Toys

Here is a group shot of the 3D character designs that I created for Palisades Toys first line of “block figures” called PALz based on Buffy The Vampire Slayer. The lineups for each series were chosen to represent the seasons of the series. 3 series were designed, but only 2 were produced.

Series One (from left to right): The Master (dead version) Rupert Giles, Angel (shirtless variant), Willow Rosenberg, Darla, Xander Harris, The Anointed One, and of course, Buffy the Vampire Slayer herself.

here are a few turnarounds and texture files that were used to create the final figures.

3D Turnaround for Palisades Buffy the Vampire Slayer PALZ Series 1: Angel (shirtless varient)
3D Turnaround for Palisades Buffy the Vampire Slayer PALZ Series 1: Vampire Buffy
front torso of Palisades Buffy the Vampire Slayer PALZ Series 1: Angel (shirtless varient) back torso texture of Palisades Buffy the Vampire Slayer PALZ Series 1: Angel (shirtless varient) face texture for Palisades Buffy the Vampire Slayer PALZ Series 1: Facial texture for Rupert Giles Palisades Buffy the Vampire Slayer PALZ Series 1: Facial texture for Vampire Buffy
3D Turnaround for Palisades Buffy the Vampire Slayer PALZ Series 1: The Master
3D Turnaround for Palisades Buffy the Vampire Slayer PALZ Series 1: The Master's bones

Hera and The Olympian

These character designs are for 2 members of a team called The Guard. Hera is actually Hera of myth. Unlike her fellow Olympians, she was an emissary representing an alien pantheon when she first met Zeus who was immediately taken with her and gave her the gift of immortality on their wedding day. But the honeymoon didn’t last. Hera dumped her cheating hubby and due to fine print she added to the wedding contract she got Olympus in the divorce, leaving Zeus and his brood to go live with brother Hades in his infernal realm.

Hera and The Olympian

Olympian was a magically aged boy driven into a rage by grief, when Hera first found him. She remains unaware of his true origins, and has since engaged in an ongoing romantic relationship. If Olympian remembers his true identity he has never said anything. His strength and speed led Hera to find him a suitable candidate for breeding. they have 2 children.

Venus in Vegas

Concept sketch for a story about Venus the Goddess of Love having to prove unselfish love exists… in Las Vegas. She’s been exiled from Olympus for breaking her marriage vows again and won’t be allowed back until she’s found true love in the city of sin.

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SEAN PXLFORGE BRENNAN

CONTACT: Sean@PXLFORGE.com

Landing back in San Francisco in 1994, graphic designer Sean Brennan, immediately went native and started his own design studio: PXLFORGE. As a graphic artist with years of experience designing for media platforms ranging from print and the www to DVD interface and 3D product design, Sean and PXLFORGE handle projects large and small.

Recently Sean's work has been seen all over bus stops and bulletin boards in San Francisco's Castro in the form of ads, posters and logo designs for TRIGGER, Comedy in the Castro, Buddies with Benefits, Forward March, ACTIVATE! AsiaSF, the New BOC - Bar on Church and Lord Martine Global.

Sean was the designer of PALz - a line of block-figure toys from the now defunct Palisades Toys based on popular Fox properties Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the X-Files. He also worked as a production artist on the 900+ screens of the deluxe Lord of the Rings trilogy DVD collection.