View Full Version : Kate Balfe design/modeling reel

02 February 2006, 10:31 PM
After three years in the vancouver 2D animation industry, This is the product of my return to school (VFS). Though I focused on modeling, I couldn't completely throw off the shackles of my animation background and I decided to tell a story with my models.
I used Softimage XSI to make these models, as well as Corel Painter IX and Photoshop to texture. All of the textures are hand painted, with the exception of the flower pattern on the woman's dress and the vector work in the title screen, which I drew in flash.

Then I composited like crazy in After Effects, using about fifteen layers in each scene. and here you have it.

and my online portfolio (

02 February 2006, 08:42 AM
Nice job on your demo reel.

I wish you all the best for the future.

3d54/55 Berni

02 February 2006, 09:54 AM
Nice bug/butterfly creature!! really nice reel too, really tidy stuff you got there.
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Zack Attack
02 February 2006, 05:15 PM
i like the music

02 February 2006, 10:57 PM
I love the Moth and the colours in your reel Kate! You have put so much work into the sky and the environment too and we don't really get to see the breakdown of it, which I think is a shame. Still it's beautiful :thumbsup:

02 February 2006, 11:28 PM
your concept design r the best. everytime i see it there will be another story pop into my head, and always makes me want to twick those model a little bit.

02 February 2006, 02:15 AM
Wow... like the music? I wasn't too sure of it myself, but it's there now.

I had a version of the reel with all the breakdowns but I didn't do a slick job of it and in the end it just seemed too long. In hindsight, I would almost have put it in instead of the rotations.

thanks for all your comments, appreciate it much.

How's the poulet, brendan?

03 March 2006, 09:27 AM
Heya Kate ~ Your work is such an inspiration. I love your style and the mood of your demo reel. So peaceful and wonderful. No matter which area you focus in (2D vs. 3D), your work will always be great. You are such a talented artist, and it was really great getting to know you and becoming your friend. We have to stay in touch girl! Don't lose track of me! hehe, anyways, good luck on pursuing a new job in 3D, you'll do great!

much love,

03 March 2006, 12:08 AM
hey guys, thanks for all your support. i got a design job in a real live art department! i never thougth it would happen so soon...


03 March 2006, 12:11 AM
Great work! i really like the style of your characters

Good luck!

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