Cultivating Your Microbiome

I was just reading a nice article in the New York Times about current studies of the human micro biome. Most people don’t realize that we humans are more “bug” than human. We have a host of organisms throughout our body that assist us in surviving and thriving. A healthy person is only balanced when…

Always “Like a Girl” Shameful & Predatory

Wow! Always (feminine products) should be ashamed!!! They have a wonderfully touching girl-power campaign going at the moment that seems like such an empowering statement. They ask simple questions that seem intuitively truthful. Beware! It’s a trick. The basic statements #LikeAGirl When did doing something “like a girl” become an insult? Is “like a girl”…

Social Media Response Assessment | College

This is something that finally freaking makes a little bit of practical sense. I am taking a Social Media class at the University of the Incarnate Word. It is part of my business degree concentration. I thought it would be a fun-filled class, complete with multiple postings to social media sites on a regular basis.…

Political Leaning | Liberal Capitalist

First of all this is a whimsical post. If you get all uptight about it you ought to just lighten up. I get along with people. I like people and they generally like me because I’m a friendly guy. But I apparently surprise people. I have lots of different people that I call friends. I don’t…

Blue Aliens & Refugees

My son had a bad dream last night about aliens being caught up in a storm & blown onto another planet. Some blue alien kid with a crest on his head was trying to help this family, but his dad was really mad because they had laws telling him not to help them. Wow! How…

Resumé

  drakedelucca@gmail.com Drake M. DeLucca 9835 Wagon Train Converse, TX 78109 (706) 888-1991   Areas of Expertise Public Affairs Web Publishing 2D & 3D Design Multimedia Generation Basic SEO practices Management Stage and Camera Messaging Implementation HTML/CSS/Dreamweaver History Currently a Senior at UIW (BS in Business Admin concentration in Social Marketing). Currently an artist and…

Drake’s Philosophy of Health | a Wellness Assignment

What is my Philosophy of Health? I have such strong opinions about health because I have been injured many times and seem to catch everything coming around. My basic definition of a philosopher is someone who failed and had to stop and figure it out for himself. I have tried so many regimens of diet…

Theatre Ghost | Game Level in Unity

Theatre Ghost: (click here to play the game.) This is my first game level. I created it in Maya and compiled it in Unity, a game engine. Use your arrows or “W,A,S,D” to play. Jump with the space bar. Have fun. Of course there is no objective to the game yet; this is simply the…

Stencils | Mudbox

This was another fun project done in Mudbox. I was given a model to texture with the criteria of at least 24 logos on his suit. We had to use real-life references for the facial texture. I decided he needed to be mammalian-ish. He’s sort of cute, isn’t he? I must confess that I really…

Sculpture | Subtractive

  In my Sculpture I class I have completed a subtractive piece. “Subtractive” means that material is taken away to reveal the sculpture within. I think I spent more time on this one piece than I have on anything else in my entire life. The initial carving was in floral foam which was tedious but…

Architectural Rendering | Maya | V-ray

In Set/ Level Design class we had to model and light a room in Maya with V-ray. It had to be accurate according to our research of an actual room. I chose a nail salon in Austin, TX that had some nice ambience. I had never been to a nail salon so I had to…

Normals | Maya | Crazy Bump

This was a fun week in my Intro to Animation and Game Design class. We learned a little about Normals and an application called Crazy Bump. Normals are an extended version of Bump Mapping. They allow the bump to respond to the lighting in your scene. That means, instead of simulating the bump of the…

Character Texturing | Maya

I had the opportunity to texture my first character this weekend for my Intro to Animation class. For my first time, I think I did an awesome job. We’ll see how everyone else did. This guy is very low-poly, yet I gave him some real depth. We were given a model that was already UV…

Quick Animated Banners in Photoshop

In Alicea’s Intro to Animation class, we had a fun task of creating an announcement banner for the head of the Department, Watkins. Adobe Photoshop has a timeline now. You can create animated GIFs that are very internet-and-device-friendly. This is especially useful since so many devices do not support Flash content.

Liquify Tool | Photoshop

We were given a silly but fun task in my Intro to Animation class this week. We are discussing Adobe Photoshop. It is a necessity in the business to know lots about Photoshop. Everyone uses it. Yes. Everyone. The task was to take a photo from online of a beautiful star and make them look…

Green Foam | Borders

In my sculpture class, Prof. Borders basically told us to let the Foam block speak to us. Don’t dictate to the foam, let it tell us what it wants to be. So I started listening to the green foam. This is what it is so far. Wow. I’m really digging this class. While we’re sculpting…

Barcelona Chair | Lucio

  This is my first piece of furniture created via Maya. Fun. It’s a Barcelona chair, circa. 1920. They tend to to be more expensive so you see them in banks, doctors’ and lawyers’ offices. This was a “quick cheat” to give a nice impression, not a perfect build. It’s a great way to fill…

Quick Sketches on Squiggles | Toms

It’s all about the flow of the line. Draw a curved line on the page. Set your shoulder and hip. Indicate a ribcage and head. Flesh it out.  This is the beginning of finding expression of movement. All these images were all done from my imagination, but the next class will be sketches of live models.…

Basic Anatomy of a Freak | Toms

In my drawing class tonight, Toms talked about basic anatomy. You cannot cheat on this. It doesn’t matter what kind of freak you are creating, the same basic principles are always at work. Although a giraffe has a stupendously long neck, it still has the same number of vertebrae in its neck as we do.…

Gilberto Alicea | Intro to Animation & Game Design

Professor Alicea is a fun guy who really knows how to break things down Barney style while maintaining attention. The other day we sat around and took a computer apart, and talked about what does what. Then we had a contest to see who could build the cheapest and most expensive computers online. In the graphics…

Carlos Lucio| Set/ Level Design/ Modeling

Carlos Lucio is my set design and modeling professor. He’s a local architect and interior designer with exceptional rendering skills. He’s currently working on his Masters of American History. Smart guy. He’s very low key and patient. Our first project is modeling a room that we’ve chosen. I picked a relatively easy room with views…

James Borders | Sculpture 1

Professor Borders is my Sculpture 1 professor  at UIW. He’s from Louisiana, loves good food and has an epic beard. I was impressed with how clean and orderly the studio was when I first walked in. This guy’s attention to detail is renowned. Things he said: Attend all classes – don’t be late. We are…

Graham Toms

Graham Toms is my Drawing-for-Animators teacher. He’s from Ireland and just started a batch of new beer before class. It sounded like a good IPA. I’ll hit him up for a sample in a couple weeks. He’s been around in the industry for quite some time, previously at Disney. Some of the things we discussed…

This Is Where I Begin Again

This is my new college, the University of the Incarnate Word. I went on terminal leave from the Army this week and now am a full-time student in the 3D Animation and Game Design course. It is a 4 year course & a big leap for me. I already have over 130 credit hours at other institutions…

Demo Reel

When in the midst of a career, one is required to demonstrate his abilities, a demo reel is a obligatory. I shall periodically update this reel to demonstrate my growth.

What Made America Strong: US World Power

There were three major events that thrust the United States into the arena as a world power. Our commitment to World War One was our first real test. At the end of the Second World War a key decision was made that really benefited our workforce. Finally, the election of President Ronald Reagan put a…

Video Auditions for the US Army Soldier Show

Hundreds of submissions all boiled down to about 70 videos watched at Army Entertainment in JBSA Ft Sam Houston. These were the cream of the crop that made it to the video auditions for the US Army Soldier Show. A room full of civilians, Enlisted and Officers all judged these Soldiers‘ ability to present themselves…

Nutrition Basics

My Nutrition Basics – My Philosophy, Not Science Many views abound when it comes to Nutrition. How can this be? Aren’t we all made of simple cells with similar needs? Absolutely not! All people are complex creatures with various deficiencies and genetic predispositions based upon their ancestry. Maybe my ancestors ate little meat and lots…

Family Building

Now that’s family-building. OK. Bad pun. That’s my family. We just built our first gingerbread house together. It was awesome fun. I really cannot believe it came out so great-looking considering how much input we allowed Zsolti to have. From the mixing of the batter, to the roll-out, to the assembly and decoration, we all…

Soldier Show Deadline

Well, it has come almost as slowly as Christmas but it is here – the deadline for application packets to the Soldier Show. We’ll be presenting a lot of great talent to the selection board in January. Everyone keep your fingers crossed!

Army Entertainment’s Operation Rising Star

A Professional Production, Like No Other There is nothing like working with Army Entertainment.We have been in production for the finals of Operation Rising Star. Every year around the globe, garrisons hold singing competitions. Every year in December, the finals take place in San Antonio at Ft Sam Houston. Amazingly, the Soldiers at Army Entertainment,…

Audition Tips for the US Army Soldier Show

I literally see hundreds of videos every year of Soldiers who would absolutely love to be in the US Army Soldier Show. I am always amazed at how many Soldiers have some tremendous talent that they’ve been using to lift morale in whatever unit they happen to be assigned to. Soldiers are such a romantic…