New Trinity Animation Animator Nicholas Balliett
Nicholas attended Bishop Ward High School in Kansas City, Kansas and developed a love for art and photography while a student. Nicholas decided to study at the Kansas City Art Institute where his studies concentrated on tradition animation. After his schooling he decided to focus on 3D animation on his own, studying online tutorials and working directly with Autodesk Maya and Chaos Group’s V-Ray renderer. Nicholas built his own render farm during this time, zip-tying 5 motherboards to a metal shelf and insulating their parts with cardboard. This gave him the computational power to render sophisticated imagery and animation. Some of his sample art is shown below.
Nicholas is particularly interested in architecture and bringing virtual spaces to life through 3D rendering.
Outside of work, Nicholas is interested in flying and created photography and videography with aerial drones, as well as photography and cooking!
In this fascinating study, Nicholas has started with artwork created by Daiana Oneto (at top) and created a 3D rendered echo of the design, a mix of human body parts with no visible faces. Nicholas applied a form of shading reminiscent of an ink wash style.
In the gallery image above, Nicholas created a strong lighting scheme along with volumetric light beams to evoke a very sunny day.