Monday, April 29, 2013

Thirst for knowledge (2)

Curiosity - till the very end
Another old cartoon of mine republished with my permission. It's old with a new package, pretty much like these pharmaceutical companies which repackage old medicine under a new name in order to extend their patent. Bah.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Twitter Wars

This is an old cartoon of mine that I reworked and that I'm republishing with my permission - thank you.
The attentive reader will notice that the president has a gigantic fist. This must be because of constantly banging on the table.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Say ninety-nine !

Interestingly, when I first drew this cartoon, I called it 'Say 33', because that's what French speaking doctors ask their patients when listening to their cavernous lungs with a stethoscope. For some mysterious reasons, just before publishing it, I checked the actual translation in English, just to make sure it was right. Of course I couldn't find a 'Say 33' ! Fortunately I found the 'Say ninety-nine' and hopefully my cartoon still holds up with the new number which happens to be three times thirty-three.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Are we there yet?

One of the most boring journey I made was a 33 hours boat trip in the Mediterranean. Water, just water, 360 degrees around. But then there was the sky to break the monotony.
In space, what's there to see? space, just space, 360 all around you and 180 degrees up to bottom.
Must be boring. This is in essence a subliminal message to all the candidates for the Mars mission: it is still time to back off!

Thursday, April 18, 2013

YACES: Yet Another Chicken and Egg Story

Another chicken and egg story...
It's the last one...
I promise...
Until the next one....

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Apple ! Apple !

So all this suffering just for an apple ???

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Income tax cartoons illustrations

I was recently asked if I could draw some cartoons to illustrate an HR document explaining how to go about filling income tax returns.
The drawings don't necessarily explain all the details but were meant to catch the reader's attention towards this fascinatingly dry subject.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Two worlds apart

Here's an old cartoon idea that I had drawn during my university days
I lost the original but am giving myself the imprimatur to redraw and post it. Thank you.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

20kg Alfredo pasta anyone ?

Pasta - one of the most important human inventions after boiling water

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Friday, April 12, 2013

Impromptu Harlem Shake

Oh no ! not the Harlem Shake again !

Stereo: Three sorry cases studies

You probably have seen movies such as Avatar or other cg movies from Disney, Pixar, Dreamworks etc ... which are made in stereoscopic 3d.  The principle is to render two images from two different cameras placed at standard inter-ocular distance from each other. By projecting the two images and using special 3d glasses to filter out each side, you then get a sense of depth as in a real world.
In cg movies, working in stereo poses a lot of challenges so that it works well, doesn't look too gimmicky and doesn't give any headaches to the viewer.

Cyclops don't bother 

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

The syndicated crowd

Last time I talked about the crowd department used in the cg industry and all the miracles it can do.
One challenge faced by the department is when the crowd starts to become conscious of its rights and comes up with a strings of demands. Resolving the issue and calming down the atmosphere requires exceptional negotiation skills.

Crowds have rights

Monday, April 8, 2013

Pixel Lives: pixels and subpixels

Without entering into nauseating details and to keep it simple, the use of subpixels allow to get an image of better quality. That's all.

Interpixel discrimination is very common

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Pixel Lives: endless wait

Another peek into pixel lives. Rendering times can be long, very long ...

Endless wait.
And for what result ?

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Pixel Lives: render debriefing

If you look close enough at your computer screen or TV, you'll notice that the image is constituted by thousands of tiny little dots, which seen from a distance look like a continuum.
In computer graphics, they are called picture elements or 'pixels', which sounds smarter.
In cg, these little pixels are produced by some black magic processes called 'rendering' and 'compositing'.
Al lot of things happen during these mysterious processes including a lot of inter-pixel fights, intrigue, love,  hate, betrayals, politics, resizing, filtering, cropping, color correcting, opacity changing etc ... before reaching your screen as a peaceful image.

For the first time since the invention of the wheel, Imprimatuur gives you an insight into their turbulent lives.

Aliasing ? what's that ?

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Chicken and egg: Genesis II

The second variation of my chicken and egg cartoon

Who's right ?

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Chicken and egg: Genesis I

I'm participating in a cartoon competition with the theme: "The Egg".
I made some variations on the classic theme of chicken and egg and am posting here different combinations..
Here's the first one. Others will come later

Chickens 1 - Eggs 1

Monday, April 1, 2013

Worldwide internet shutdown tomorrow !

I know, this sounds unbelievable but for maintenance purposes there will be a worldwide internet shutdown tomorrow.
Of course some of you, smart people, will be quick to point out that we're April 1st.
Did I say that it will happen today? No. If you read carefully,  I said that it will happen tomorrow, which will be, if everything happens as planned, April 2nd, which is not traditionally considered auspicious for April fools.
So worldwide internet shutdown there will be. And it will be tomorrow.
Now you've been warned. No need to panic.  Just relax.

Believe it or not, it will be shutdown