Lynnae Gryffin / Show Visuals

Role – 3D Animation and Rendering

Personal Project

Friend and fellow animator, Colin Brandt and I created these graphics for musician, Lynnae Gryffin. The release of Gryffin's second album, Information, which according to The Portland Mercury – "sounds like an excursion into a newfound micro-universe", was supported by a release show at Mississippi Studios.

Lynnae's album art itself is a bit of a 'micro-universe'... actually it's the surface of Europa, one of Jupiter's distant moons, and that was the inspiration behind the visuals. 

The first step in the process was to scrape NASA's .gov sites for images. A few thousand photos, public domain and copyright free mind you, were all the content we needed. We used this library for reference, textures, displacement maps, luminance maps and more. 

Lynnae Gryffin : Show Visuals_static1.squarespace

Here's the process of creating one of the videos loops, a crowd favorite: 

Below is the original image, straight from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory at Caltech. It's a composite of saturn's outermost ring, the F Ring. These images were taken by Cassini, a plutonium powered space probe launched in the 1990's.

Lynnae Gryffin : Show Visuals_static1.squarespace-1

With some After Effects trickery I created an animated loop of expanding and evolving rings. In Cinema 4D, I loaded that that image sequence as a displacement map and applied the material to a plane. More tweaking and a few keyframes later and the images below were born. 

Lynnae Gryffin : Show Visuals_static1.squarespace
Lynnae Gryffin : Show Visuals_static1.squarespace-2

The geometry in this image is taken from the luminance of an input layer. All those complex ridges and valleys are simply data reinterpreted. Using this workflow, made for some really interesting and unexpected results, and allowed us to work quickly. 

Lynnae Gryffin : Show Visuals_static1.squarespace-3
Lynnae Gryffin : Show Visuals_static1.squarespace-4
Lynnae Gryffin : Show Visuals_static1.squarespace-5

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Process & Styleframes

Lynnae Gryffin : Show Visuals_Moonunit_lightroom2
Lynnae Gryffin : Show Visuals_Moonunit_image
Lynnae Gryffin : Show Visuals_moonunit_c4d
Lynnae Gryffin : Show Visuals_Moonunit_laptop
Lynnae Gryffin : Show Visuals_Show_06
Lynnae Gryffin : Show Visuals_8202_19619_1-cloned
Lynnae Gryffin : Show Visuals_gal-orig_02
Lynnae Gryffin : Show Visuals_jupiter2_4k
Lynnae Gryffin : Show Visuals_Laptop_screens_07
Lynnae Gryffin : Show Visuals_Show_04
Lynnae Gryffin : Show Visuals_Show_01
Lynnae Gryffin : Show Visuals_Show_Purple

David Bryan - Freelance Motion Graphics Artist and Designer - ©2024 dcbryan