LODE - Digital Media Design
Online 3D Art Portfolio of Michael Wentworth-Bell – 3D Generalist & Virtual Reality Designer from Melbourne, Australia
LODE: Digital Media Design
My name is Michael Wentworth-Bell & I am a 3D Artist and Virtual Reality Designer based in Melbourne, Australia. The ‘LODE‘ is my online website featuring my portfolio, blog, a ‘Motherlode’ of tutorials, project walkthroughs, personal projects & artwork. Thanks for stopping by. Feel free to drop me a line via my blog or contact page. You can also checkout my LODE facebook page for further updates on the projects I’m working on.
Espire 1: VR Operative is a dedicated story-driven VR stealth experience pitched as “Goldeneye” meets “Metal Gear Solid” in an immersive VR world.
I began developing Espire in November 2016 and I have been working on this project fulltime since early 2017. I have founded Espire VR LTD and have been building a team of talented artists, developers, business advisors and mentors. Together we have built the Espire 1: VR Operative prototype, currently running on Oculus Touch and HTC Vive, and we are now actively pitching the Espire project to accelerate development.
An overview of Espire 1
This development video (August 2017) gives a short overview of the Espire project, it’s VR locomotion method and concept. It concludes with some VR stealth gameplay from one of the prototype’s short Virtual Challenges.
Latest Blog Posts:
I have spent half of 2016 planning a VR Stealth game, “Espire 1: VR Operative”. Over December-Jan I created a […]
You can check out the rest of my blog here.
Some items from my portfolio:
A selection of projects from the LODE portfolio are shown below. I am a digital artist with nearly a decade’s experience in 3D content creation. I use these 3D modelling, animation, layout and design skills in a variety of projects – Motion Graphics videos, Print layouts and realtime Virtual Reality experiences.
I was commissioned to create the cover art for Buchanan’s 2nd album – “Pressure in an Empty Space”. The brief was to convey the feeling of intense pressure and the symbols in this cover art each relate to a song or motif throughout the album.
I worked as a 3D generalist on this exciting project. We created 2 explosive 3D Animated promo videos for Boost Juice’s new Black Label smoothies. The first video featured the “Red Royale” and the many ingredients that make up this smoothie.
You can view the complete folio here.
Reel Pictures Virtual Reality Diary
Between 2014-2016 I put together a series of VR Diary videos that document the Virtual Reality projects I was working on at Reel Pictures Animation Studio, Melbourne. A playlist of the videos is below:
The LODE portfolio and the below showreels document my work between 2011-2014. I hope to cut a current showreel as soon as possible. For more recent examples of my work, please check out the dedicated website for my VR Stealth game, Espire 1: VR Operative.
The Reel Pictures Melbourne RealFlow Reel – documenting fluid simulation projects I worked on between 2012-2014. All animation in this Reel was created by Alf Kuhlmann (studio director) and myself.
Reel Pictures – Showreel 2012:
This is the 2012 Reel Pictures Showreel. I worked on nearly every project featured in the reel.
Showreel Version 1
A showreel of my current work is in production and will be completed sometime soon! I have not updated my showreel since 2011. I’m now working on my showreel version 2.0 featuring my favourite projects over the past few years.
Showreel 2.0 is almost complete! In the meantime, you can view my 2011 Student Showreel below:
This showreel was created in December, 2011. For a look at my more recent work, please check out the portfolio section of this site!