This is a colorizing project I did in Photoshop. It’s an image of the always stunning Marilyn Monroe.
Hello. I am Luke “Lucky” Connolly. I am a Southern California based artist. I explore many different types of computer arts. From CGI to Web development. My main areas of interest are 3d Design and AutoCAD Drafting. I am an Autodesk AutoCAD Certified Professional and currently an AutoCAD Drafter II / 3d Designer at Southern California West Coast Electric. I enjoy my work here, it’s a great career. I use AutoCAD to complete various styles of drawings for field use. We work on a variety of aspects included in the electrical portion of construction. The company I am at is great and we get a lot of drawings and engineering work done there. As for my studies in my off time I am currently studying 3d portraits with Maya, Zbrush, Substance Painter, and Arnold Render. It is coming along nicely, between Gnomon Workshop and YouTube, I am able to find great resources for training and learning.
I began working for Morongo Casino Resort and Spa at the start of 2007. This was a great place to work and learning experience for me. Up to that point in my life this was the best job I had worked. Here I learned great customer service skills, organization, and multi-tasking. I enjoyed interacting with the poker players at the table while dealing, they always had an interesting story to tell. I performed three different job titles here, all within the same week sometimes. I started as a chip runner and desk clerk. The duties included selling poker chips to the players and dealers, cashing them out when they were done playing, and seating the players to their assigned seats for the games. As a dealer I would deal and run poker games including Texas hold'em and 5-Card Omaha or Big-O as it's referred to. All tasks here required a lot of interaction with the players. I learned a lot about people and interaction at my time there.
Southern California West Coast Electric is my current place of employment. This is an electrical company based in Southern California. It is a company on the rise and I enjoy working here. I have learned a great deal of knowledge here and put in a lot of work. I started here with no knowledge of AutoCAD or Revit, they gave me a chance to learn. Now I am an Autodesk AutoCAD Certified Professional with 5 years of experience. At SCWCE I perform the day to day drafting duties in AutoCAD. I complete, from sketch, shop drawings, full sets of drawings for construction, 3d modeling for fabrication, and BIM models for coordination. For the drafting, design, and 3d design I use AutoCAD 2018, Inventor, and Revit.
This is an online learning platform. This is where I began to advance my basic knowledge of 3d. I started with Digital-Tutors dvd training kits, they then went to membership access to all the training they offered. This was huge for me at that time, I completed a lot of training with new platform, a large portion of the foundation of my learning was completed here. Digital-Tutors was purchased by Pluralsite some time back, I have since switched my training resources. But I am very thankful for all I learned from this resource.
This was an online 12-week training course. We completed 3 projects, spending 4 weeks on each. The 3 projects we completed focused on character animation, motion graphics, and product design by modeling and rendering a vehicle. I enjoyed the time I spent with this course. Learning motion graphics was a big break through for me, it taught me to not be afraid to use the tools freely and do what I felt like with them. At that point I was very by the book thinking there was a certain way to perform each task, but learned there are endless possibilities.
This was a 10-week online course with Gnomon. It was a course taught by a Disney artist and it was on character design. I learned a lot about edge flow for characters and the design process that goes into modeling and sculpting a character.
Gnomon Workshop is an online based training resource. With this I have access to all the courses they offer for online platform. These courses interested me because they were pretty advanced. I am currently studying character design and texturing with Gnomon Workshops.
I am an Autodesk AutoCAD Certified Professional. AutoCAD is an enjoyable software to use. I have completed many drawings of different types in my time drafting. Site plans, floor plans, power plans, lighting plans, and so on. Smart blocks have really been growing on me, they're fun to make and speed up the design process when created and used properly.
Arnold Render is the rendering engine that comes standard in Maya now. I really enjoy using Arnold. Before it was Mental Ray or V-Ray for me. Arnold's PBR based shading combined with Substance Painter's output makes it a lot easier to get production renders with a lot of the work done automatically. I am still learning a lot about Arnold with each new project and will continue to learn as I complete more projects.
Substance Painter is a great shader authoring software. I picked this up recently and love everything about it. I have completed several training modules on Substance Painter and use it very efficiently. It has become a huge addition to my design pipeline.
Maya is what I enjoy using the most. It is the first major software title I jumped into and started learning. Modeling in Maya is where my strength is in 3d. I have completed countless hours of tutorials on methods and different approaches to modeling. I was taught to always model with clean topology and four sided faces. This is what interests me with 3d modeling in Maya. It becomes an enjoyable challenge to create the models with these requirements. Digital Tutors is where I learned the majority of my modeling skills. They have a 4-course series on production modeling that gets more advanced with each course. I have completed and understand all 4.
I picked up on 3d printing in the winter of 2018. I was challenged to design a functional mini-Nintendo 64. When I discovered buying a printer was cheaper than outsourcing, I went with the option of purchasing and building my own. At the moment my printer is an Anet A8 modified to an AM8. Taking up 3d printing was the best thing I could have done. I grew as a person, designer, and artist in the process of learning 3d printing. I spent about 8 months on the mini Nintendo 64. Test prints, model revisions, and more test prints. But after all the trial and error, it was completed. It runs on a Raspberry Pi 3 motherboard and has all the classics loaded on it. Picture in portfolio section.
Photoshop is a software I use a lot but still, I feel my knowledge of it could be better. I use Photoshop for touching up textures for 3d and basic compositing. Colorizing black and white photos in Photoshop is what I enjoy most with this software. Turning a historical photo into a color photo is rewarding and therapeutic at the same time. I find a lot of peace when colorizing. I do these when I am on down time or taking a break from a project.
This is a colorizing project I did in Photoshop. It’s an image of the always stunning Marilyn Monroe.
This is a render of the character Buster Moon from the movie Sing. Modeled in Maya, detailed in Zbrush, and rendered with Arnold Render.
This is a 3d printing project I did. It’s a model of Dr. Strange, my favorite Avenger.
This is a ceiling detail I drafted in AutoCAD 2017. It was for a dentist office electrical upgrade.
This is a colorizing project I did in Photoshop. It’s an image of the musical legend Johnny Cash. I am a big fan of is music and enjoyed doing this one.
This is a bouquet of 3d printed black roses. The process on this set of roses was a lot smoother than the previous two attempts. Printed on an AM8 using Cura for slicing.
This is a 3d printing project I completed. It is a model of Link from the Zelda games for Nintendo. I am a big fan of the Ocarina of Time game and enjoyed this project. I will be painting it soon.
This was a model and render for an architectural pre-visualization project. It was modeled with clean topology to scale using the specification sheets. Modeled in Maya, textured with Photoshop, and rendered in Arnold Render.
This is a model that was created for 3d printing. It is the Nintendo 64. Modeled in Maya with clean topology.
This was a render I created of a speaker we use at my work for custom electrical projects. It was for visualization purposes. Modeled in Maya, textured in Substance Painter, and rendered with Arnold Render.
This is a colorizing project I did in Photoshop. It’s an image of the great Nikola Tesla. I’m a fan of this scientist. I enjoyed this project.
This was a site plan I completed in AutoCAD. It was for an electrical improvement to the local high school’s football field. Drawn in AutoCAD 2017.
This is a 3d printing project I completed. It’s vase for 3d printed roses. I enjoy the results of printing with the multi color filament. These results are very pleasing.
This is an electrical lighting plan for a project I worked on. Drafted in AutoCAD 2018. All the blocks used for this are attribute and smart blocks.
This was my first 3d printing project I completed. This was the project that got me into 3d printing and building my own. It’s a fully functional mini Nintendo 64. It was modeled in Maya, detailed in Zbrush, and printed on my Anet A8. It took a while to complete, I had to do many revisions to the model. It runs on a Raspberry Pi 3b+ Motherboard and has all the classics loaded on it.
This is a colorizing project I did in Photoshop. It’s man, the myth, the legend. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
This is a timelapse video of me drafting a floor plan for a client. Drawn in AutoCAD 2018.
This was a product render I did. It’s a vapor mod. Modeled in Maya, textured and comped with Photoshop, and rendered in Arnold Render.
This is a colorizing project I did in Photoshop. It’s President Abraham Lincoln.
This is a floor plan I drafted in AutoCAD 2017. It’s a dentist office that was going to due electrical upgrades.
This was a project for my training course with 3DTI. It was the motion graphics section of the course. Created with Maya and rendered with Mental Ray.
This is a 3d printing project I completed. They are prints of baby Groot.
This is a 3d model done in Maya of a bathroom faucet. It was for an architectural pre-visualization project.
This is a 3d printing project I completed. It’s a model of Harley Quinn.
This is one of the sets of red roses that I 3d printed for my niece Grace for her birthday. They turned out good, just a lot of work and learning that went on with this one. Printed on an AM8 and sliced in Cura.
This is a joist detail I drafted in AutoCAD 2017. It was for a dentist office electrical upgrade project.
This is a 3d printing project I completed for my sister. She was going to purchase them off Amazon and noticed there were 3d printed ones. I was able to locate the model and print these for her.
This was the modeling and rendering section of my course with 3DTI. It’s a BMW. Modeling in Maya and rendered with Mental Ray. Modeled with clean topology.
This is a colorizing project I did in Photoshop. It’s my great Grandparents. Lawrence and Cecelia.
This is a colorizing project I did in Photoshop. It was an image I found on Google and thought it would be great to bring to color.
This is a colorizing project I did in Photoshop. It is an image of my Grandmother Muriel June and Betty Jean. I really enjoyed completing this one.
These were detail drawings I completed in AutoCAD. They are Origin Acoustics speakers. We use this product for custom audio-visual projects. Drawn in AutoCAD 2017.
This is a colorizing project I did in Photoshop. I wanted to colorize a photo for a friend and this is the one she chose. It’s a great photo and I enjoyed being able to colorize it for her.
This is a 3d model I created in AutoCAD 2018. It is a power supply unit mount for my AM8 printer. It turned out great.
This is one of the sets of red roses that I 3d printed for my niece Presley. They turned out good, just a lot of work and learning that went on with this one. Printed on an AM8 and sliced in Cura.
This was a model done in Maya for an architectural pre-visualization project. Modeled in Maya with clean topology.
This is a colorizing project I did in Photoshop. It’s the sketch from the Free Wyllzyx episode. The sea park employees drew it to try and find the boys. This was a fun one to do.
This is a 3d printing project I completed. It’s a rose. I printed 12 of them and will be splitting them into 2 sets of flowers with multi colored 3d printed vases.
This is an isometric detail drawing I did in AutoCAD. It’s a slab box detail we use often in our drawings.