Key figures in the development of 3D

A Follower Ralph Eggleston


Ralph Eggleston is an art director at pixar animation studios. He was the director of a short animation called For the Birds which won an Academy Award and premiered alongside with Monsters Inc. He studied at the Character Animation program at the California Institute of the Arts. He was born 18th october 1965 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA. Also in his success he has won one oscer and seven other various awards including Excellence in Production Design Award for ‘The Incredibles’ 2004 and a annie award for best individual acheivment for ‘Toy Story’ 1995  

He was character designer for the animation department in – beverly hills cop 3 (1994)     

Art director – toy story (1995)            

Storyboarded “The Simpsons” ,1 episode in 1990 called
Krusty Gets Busted 

art depeartment monster inc written (2001) 

production designer – finding nemo (2003)

art director toy story – the incredibles  (2004)

A Pioneer Ivan Sutherland

Ivan sutherland was a pioneer in the creation of computer graphics. He is considered to be the creator of computer graphics becuase of his huge input, creations and ideas to the field. He was born in 1938 in Hastings, Nebraska USA. Ivan was the creator of the interactive interface called sketchpad. This interface allowed you to draw vertical and horizontal lines which you could attach together and draw shapes with, also you could copy, rotate and resize these images while they kept there basic properties.

Sketchpad had the first window-drawing program and clipping algorithm, which allowed zooming, even though sketchpad was a big breakthrough in computer interaction it was influenced/inspired by the conceptual Memex which Vannevar Bush talked about in his famous paper ‘As We May Think’.

In 1965 to 1968 Ivan was an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering at Harvard University, he an a student there called Bob Sproull created a virtual reality head mounted display in 1968 which is widely known to be the first virtual reality and augmented reality head-mounted display system. It was called ‘The Sword of Damocles’

After here Ivan then went on to be a professor at the University of Utah. Some of his students included icons such as Alan Kay who invented the Smalltalk language, Henri Gouraud who made the Gouraud shading technique, and Frank Crow who developed the antialiasing method.

Also in 1968 Ivan co-founded in a business with his friend and colleague David Evans called Evans and Sutherland which done pioneering work in the field of real-time hardware, accelerated 3D computer graphics, and printer languages.

People that worked at this place included future founders of Adobe John Warnock and Silicon Graphics Jim Clark.

Both these people played important roles in the development of technology, how ever there was a big difference in the roles they played. Ralph Eggleston had a eye for design and had artistic skills which he used well and brought to CGI inventions. On the other hand Ivan Sutherland started at the very beginning and didn’t have a eye for artistic designing however he did have the eye for creation. He gave a huge input to the progression of real-time hardware and 3D computer graphics. 


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