Welcome! This is essentially a blog with the sole purpose of showcasing professional and personal art works created by Marko Ljubez. Furthermore this space serves as a trackback diary, displaying random thoughts, things that inspire me, movies and music I like, food I enjoy and more. This blog is in development. More to come soon.

House in Monterrey

Posted: January 6th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Portfolio Works | No Comments »

This is a small personal WIP project I started working on over the holidays. I've always had an interest in Architecture and Photography, so I thought I would try and combine those by remaking one of the structures designed by the architect Tadao Ando and try and render it the way I would like to photograph it. So far I've only spent ca 10 hours on this and there is much left to do. However, I am very much happy that I finally have time, energy and once again get satisfaction back from working on my own projects. This to me is invaluable and a great way to kick of the New Year! Happy 2014!

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London

Posted: March 18th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Random Words, Travels | No Comments »

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After a year spent back home in Stockholm, im excited to be moving abroad again and take on new challenges. I will move to London in mid April, where I will be joining the digimatte department at MPC. Im very excited both for the job opportunity but also having the chance to live in London and experience what it has to offer.

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Showreel 2012

Posted: February 19th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Portfolio Works, Showreel 2012 | 1 Comment »

A showreel update has been long overdue due to various reasons. This is my 2012 Showreel, showcasing a selection of my latest professional and personal works over the last two and a half years. A breakdown PDF document is available upon request. Please enjoy!

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Zoom-Zoom

Posted: January 28th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Matte Painting, Portfolio Works | No Comments »

Here is some recent work, produced by B-Reel, advertising the new Mazda 6. My responsibility during this project was to extend and build upon the cityscape seen in the background. Originally shot in Madrid, Spain, the director called for a more cosmopolitan look/feel for the city, which was achieved for a sequence of shots (for all the ad-versions), using modular matte painting elements. I also did tracking, roto, plate-cleanup and final comp. The following is the 30 sec. version of the final ad. Enjoy.

60sec version:

30sec  version:

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Morocco

Posted: December 2nd, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Photography, PhotoLog, Portfolio Works | No Comments »

I recently came back from doing some work on location in Morocco. Most of the time was spent in and around the city of Ouarzazate, five hours south of Marrakech across the Atlas mountains. I documented my trip with some photography which can be viewed over at my PhotoLog.  I apologize if  loading the website is slow, but I'm working on it and will hopefully have it sorted out soon.


 

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Pinterest

Posted: November 29th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Inspiration | No Comments »

I hereby invite You to my Pinterest-feed where you can find a collection of things that I find inspiring and/or useful in one way or another. Perhaps you will be able to see and recognize glimpses of things that inspire and influence me in my personal and professional work and most importantly perhaps find some inspiration yourself. I've been pretty bad at collecting this sort of material here on my blog, much due to it being a tedious process using the wordpress system, so I was really happy when I found out about Pinterest.

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Unicef – Three Wise Men

Posted: November 23rd, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Matte Painting, Portfolio Works | No Comments »

I took the opportunity to do some pro bono work for a good cause in collaboration with Acne Production and Forsman & Bodenfors for Unicef. One of the major tasks was depicting a fictional city of Bethlehem as an establishing shot in the commercial named "Three Wise Men", directed by Tomas Skoging and Torbjörn Martin. The goal was to construct a busy, crowded-looking shot of a city as if seen through a long lens. I was on location for a few days with the rest of the crew in Ouarzazate, Morocco. The main shoot took place at the grand Atlas Studios while I was collecting material around Ait Benhaddou and other parts of the desert in preparation for my work. It was an incredible and very rewarding experience. Below is a still frame from the animated matte painting.

Here is a quick little breakdown for this shot. (Colors are a bit off due to the .h264 compression.)

The 45 sec commercial (Compressed)

Standing in front of Ait Benhaddou. The blue scarf was given to me as a gift by our 1st AD, Karim Nabil. The hand dyed Tuareg veils are the hallmark of the Blue Men of the desert. For more photos from my trip to Morocco go here.

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The Hypnotist

Posted: November 23rd, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Matte Painting, Portfolio Works, Random Words | No Comments »

The very first project I worked on once I returned back home to Stockholm  and joined the Swiss-team was The Hypnotist, Swedens contribution to the academy awards this year, and the first swedish film in 25 years by the acclaimed director Lasse Hallström. I got the opportunity to once again work closely with the cinematographer Mattias Montero which was a big thrill. My main work on the show was to develop the look for one of the major hypnosis-sequences, where the  the character had to be placed into a fictional dream-like environment, inspired by and developed as an homage to the classical painting "Christina's World" by Andrew Wyeth. The landscape itself features important story-landmarks which are established earlier in the movie but in much different landscape. Other work included developing an underwater shot of the stranded bus just before it falls through the ice. Below are a few breakdowns of some shots out of the sequences I mentioned.

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Are You Available For Freelance Work?

Posted: August 25th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Random Words | No Comments »

Over the past couple of months I have been asked a number of times if I am available for freelance work. I appreciate the requests and find them flattering but I am currently under contract and I am prohibited to do any work unrelated to the company which hired me, and I don't want to dishonor the paper i signed. If you still wish to work with me you will have to go through my employer. This is also more practical for me when it comes down to what resources are available for me to get the job done in terms of hardware and software so that I can ensure the quality of the product I deliver.

For job enquiries please contact Swiss here.

Thank You!

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Neuschwanstein Castle

Posted: August 19th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Matte Painting, Portfolio Works | No Comments »

This piece is ca 2 years old. It was part of a personal technical modeling/shading exercise to recreate the famous Neuschwanstein Castle. The castle was modeled in 3D Studio Max and rendered with Brazil r/s.
Wireframe

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