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.
These are some of the personal speedpaintings I've done a good while ago and i thought i would wipe the dust of them and put them up here aswell. A speedpainting is basically a sketch done in a relatively short period of time, in this case anywhere between 20-40 min. Often this is how basic concept art is done before I go on to do a full matte painting. I always try to focus on composition, light, color and mood when doing these. Details are secondary. I often do these in a small format as its faster so i apologize for the quality on some of the pictures since I've scaled them up a bit.
Food is King! It's an essential part of a good day and is one of those things I try never to compromize with. I found this little french restaurant hidden among the narrow streets of Stockholm and it was love at first sight. At Creperie Fyra Knop you can start of your meal with a galette, which is basicly a main course version of a pancake made with buckwheat flour. After that you might want to end the course with a desert, in this case a crêpe made with wheat flour and sweet fillings of your taste (mine is chocolate!). I had to visit this place several times before I could actually get hold of a free table as the place is normally packed and its not that big, so you might want to make a reservation. This is defenitly one of my sweet spots in Stockholm and I can warmly recommend it to anyone who wants to eat something a bit different and tasty.
In May of 2006, my former studio Perfect Fools invited all of it's employees to an 8 day visit to Tokyo, Japan as part of the annual company trip. To tell the truth at first I wasn't really that excited. My head was filled with work and projects I was involved in and just thinking of the long trip made me even more exhausted and stressed out. My spirits changed to the better as the trip came closer and two days before I was excited beyond belif. The flight itself was long, aprox. 24h as we flew from Stockholm to Frankfurt, Germany and then continued on to Narita airport, 45 min outside of Tokyo, Japan. We arrived at a sunny Tokyo city, which seemed huge...just to big to grasp. I felt a bit like an alien around there because there really was no point of reference I could understand. I now have much more understanding of why japanese tourists are so active with their cameras, because we ended up acting the very same way. But I loved it from the very start! Our hotel was situated just by the Tokyo Tower, which is basicly the dead center of the city making it possible for us to easily visit the different districts. As I mentioned before, the city was enormous and we tried to see as much as possible but we were short of time. Jet lagged throughout the first few days we hit the city hard, running around daily from 4 pm until 9am and sleeping sporadicly. Nobody wanted to miss anything and the common excuse seemed to be "well how often are You in Tokyo?!". This went on to the point where someone could run into the hotel room in the middle of the night, wake you up and say "come, you have to see this!". Leaving the city was a bit depressing as I really wanted to feel more of its energy. One of the things that made a big impression on me was the light temperature in that area which is very different from the one here in Scandinavia. Everything seamed to swim in warm, golden colors and pastelic cyans. A big reason why the trip was such a success and why I had such a good time was because of the people who were there with me. At times my mind slips back, remembering that time and it allways brings a smile to my face. So to all of my friends who were there with me, thank you for everything! Below are some photos from the trip (none taken by me) and a few other ones just showcasing Tokyo. Domo arigato!
"One of the great masterpieces of the 20th century, a supreme synthesis of form, content and performance. Arguably the most beautiful too, with its found locations, sets, colour, lighting, music, decor and costume. The straightforward elegance of Godard's shooting masks a story of great complexity and formal rupture, but underneath the philosophy, semiotics and allusion is a portrait of marriage and its decline. The tension between icy irony and resigned emotion results in Godard's most perversely moving film. It is also very funny, which is too little remembered."
In this ad for ATG, directed by Mats Lindberg (Traktor) our job was to fill the streets with horses. Detailed preplaning, painstaking rotoscope work on allmost all shots and numerous other tricks was the recipe to to make this work since all the vfx-shots were filmed in several passes. My work on this job involved rotoscoping, wire removals, adding contact shadows underneath horses legs, making matte paintings and clean plates. It was a big job but much fun to work on. Cudos go out to the whole team for keeping up the spirit and delivering.
Post Producer: Robert Feniger, Ann Krogstad
Online: Julius Denizhan, Crawford Reilly
Vfx Artist: Arvid Björn, Marko Ljubez, Andreas Eidhagen, Mikael petterson, Caroline Ortmark, Quentin Olszewski, Linus Eriksson
Sound Designer: Edward Björner
Here is a making of one shot. On this particular one I rotoscoped out the stuntmen to the right and made a matte/cleanplate for the background. Several people worked on this particular shot. More making of videos to come.
The following clip shows how we made the 10 second version of this commercial where we had to remove all the wires, change registration plates on cars and remove shadows from the ceiling but still remain true to the original material. The biggest issue here was the tracking due to the lens distortion caused by the very wide lens used for this shot. My job was to create the moving cleanplate, which involved Photoshop and Shake work but also a bit of Boujou. This shot was filmed handheld but curiously enough it was in the scope of a nodal pan which enabled me to do this with a 4 point 2D track. Rotoscoping of the horse was done by Andreas Eidhagen, assisted by Caroline Ortmark.
I found the two following TED conference talks very inspiring and interesting. The first movie covers a talk by Ed Ulbrich about how Digital Domain created the artifical face for Benjamin Button, a movie by David Fincher. There is tons more makin-of material on the web covering this topic, especially on digital domain website. The other movie showcases a talk by Sir Ken Robinson which highlights the topic of creativity and education and how the one affects the other. Very interesting!
In late August of last year me and a couple of guys from work flew over to LA in order to visit the Siggraph conference. It was a crazy experience and nothing like I thought it would be. At the conference we made sure to check out the talks given by the major post houses like Disney/Pixar, PDI/Dreamworks, Sony Pictures Imageworks, Industrial Light & Magic, Rhythm & Hues, Digital Domain, Fox/Blue Sky Studios, Framestore CFC , MPC, Double Negative and more. Talks covered projects such as Iron Man, Cloverfield, Mummy 3, Speed Racer, Wall-E, Madagascar 2, Horton and more. Furthermore we had the privilege to visit Digital Domain, Method Studios and Riot Studios while visiting LA. Digital Domain is the biggest of these three and comes of as a bit intimidating to me. The shear magnitude of it and the number of emplyes was mind blowing. You have to see it to believe it. Method Studios resembles my current facility both by size and by number of employees. These guys were also sitting on a very nice, mellow atmosphere, but then again who wouldn't with that sunny blue sky outside all day long, every day. Riot was the last of our visits and I learned that they appear to be somewhere in the middle between the previous two in matter of size and number of employees. Worth mentioning is that all of these facilities do commercial and feature film work and all of them do great work.
We were in LA for one week but the time just seemed to short as there was so much to do out there. Of course we went to see Batman The Dark Knight in IMAX. We left the theater gasping for air. There was just to much eyecandy to digest. Siggraph seamed to be the melting pot and we found ourselves invited to the official XSI party, celebrating the release of ICE. Needless to say this "nerd-party" was one of the best things i've been to as the place just exploded to the tunes of Vanilla Ice performing on stage. Even Ron Jeremy seemed to enjoy himself up there on the balcony. In great need of cooling of at around 5am we decided to hit the beach and call it a night. All in all it was a great experience, meeting up so many people who work in the same field, learning new things as well as visiting new places such as Los Angeles. Below are some pictures from the trip (not photographed by me). Enjoy!
This was a piece done for director David Dawoodi. My work included turning of various light sources, add smaller retouches such as eye-blink removals and driver removal. The bigger part of this job included making an aerial POV of a city where lights go out. The solution was to make a matte painting of a city, paint two versions, one with lights turned on and one where they appear to be turned of. These images were then split up into layers and camera projected onto 3d geometry in order to achieve correct parallax and a desired camera move. Water was made in 3d due to reflections. Once rendered the material was then composited and the blackdown was adjusted according to the directors desire. I used Photoshop, Softimage XSI, Shake and After Effects. Below you can view a still image of the matte painting. This was later color graded to fit together with the rest of the movie.