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After many many years of collecting skateboard decks, I finally got around to getting them up on the wall. This was not an easy task… even with single-deck floating displays from Sk8tology. The problem hanging this many decks is that they all variate in size (width, specifically).To make things easier, I took a wall measurement and created a document in Illustrator to scale. I laid out all the decks how I wanted them arranged, and measured them individually – creating a corresponding rectangle in Illustrator (also to scale). Once this was all done, I distributed spacing horizontally using the align palette. This gave me a precise figure to which I used a micrometer to translate spacing between decks as I hung them. Why go through all that trouble? Feng shui is important – especially when I spend over 90% of the time in my office. Besides, a peril of being a designer is such that if they weren’t perfectly spaced, it would drive me nuts. I still have about 12-15 more decks to hang on the opposing wall… so stay tuned for more!

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I never thought I would see the day where I would be unable to distinguish CG imagery from that of reality. Alex Roman has totally shattered that apprehension with this piece called “The Third & The Seventh”. In all honesty, if I didn’t watch the compositing break-down and making-of… I would have sworn this was shot by a human with a real camera. Not only is the modeling and textural rendering beyond realistic… every piece of movement, from the (cg) camera to the trees & leaves, looks REAL.Don’t take my word for it. See for yourself. rnBut PLEASE – watch these on the Vimeo page in FULLSCREEN-HD. These videos deserves NOTHING LESS.

The Third & The Seventh from Alex Roman on Vimeo.


If you had any doubts that this was computer-generated. Prepare to have them shattered.

Compositing Breakdown (T&S) from Alex Roman on Vimeo.


If you’re equally enthralled by Alex’s unparalleled craft as I am – take a look at the making of the Exeter shot. What surprisingly starts by pulling a 3D model off Google Sketchup, quickly gets torn apart and meticulously tweaked and textured. The frame then undergoes an equally thorough grading process in After Effects to create the final look.

Exeter Shot — Making Of from Alex Roman on Vimeo.


Granted, the year is fresh – but I am going to go ahead and nominate this is the most inspiring piece of work I have seen. For the ENTIRE year. I think something of this magnitude and minutely precise attention to detail will be hard to come by again in the near future. I read that Alex took a year-and-a-half sabbatical to complete this work. I, for one… say it was worth every waking second.Thank you, Alex RomanThank you.

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In lieu of the new year, I decided to give the site a once-over with some new graphic elements and increased functionality. Since my pursuit of a career in professional drifting has long-since expired, I wanted adjust the main navigation to focus attention toward my artistic abilities.Special thanks to Carlos Richard for the photo in the main header!

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Category: Miscellaneous

Lieze and I were watching Public Enemies late last night, and encountered what has to be the most surreal movie-watching experience EVER! Just as the above scene began, Lieze asked me “what time is it”. I looked at my watch and said “4am”. NO JOKE, as soon as I finished saying “4am”, the girl in the movie says “what time is it”, and Dillinger (Depp) says “4am, Sunday morning”. We stopped the movie yelling “HOW DID THAT JUST HAPPEN?!?!?!” Totally dumbfounded… we laughed hysterically about how impossible that was, and how something like that will never happen again.

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