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Specimen



Specimen is an animation I made for a modern design shop in downtown Raleigh. I was asked to create an ambient moving visual that patrons could enjoy while they browsed through the store. The installation opened on the the first Friday of December and was on display throughout the rest of the month.

"Using a combination of macro photography, texture mapping, and 3D animation, 'Specimen' celebrates some of the intricacies that can be found during autumn in North Carolina. All leaves were gathered in front of Tupper's home in Raleigh with the help of his daughter, Lucy." ~ Port of Raleigh

  • Photography
  • Modeling
  • Animation


This is an excerpt from the full video.

After gathering the leaves, I ironed them to get rid of any big creases while keeping the fine textures in tact. I used a tracing pad as a soft box to light and shoot each leaf from multiple different angles.

By blending all of the differently-lit photos together, I could generate perfectly flat diffuse maps and highly accurate normals. The process is laborious but I needed precise results since I was dealing with such extreme closeups.

I modeled and animated the leaves in C4D and rendered them in Octane. I adjusted the transmission settings in the Octane shader to change how light looked as it passed through a material (on some shots). This creates the illusion of the leaf having a shiney side and a rough side.

I originally had a variety of different lighting scenarios and backdrops in the video. However, after doing some tests with the projector, I opted to keep the background black so it would fade into the wall seamlessly.

The end result was a series of organic moving images that shoppers (hopefully) enjoyed as they stocked up on gifts for the holidays.

About Me

I describe myself as a designer but I'm more of an obsessive generalist. I just love to learn new things. Throughout my career I've found myself working on a range of different projects like creating an employment branding strategy for a global company to filming medieval vikings in the snowy mountains of Utah.

These days, I'm busy hanging out with my daughter and making animations from my home studio in Raleigh, North Carolina.