These images are from an animated short being developed by artist Alex Alvarez. It's a personal project, says Alvarez, who uses Alias/Wavefront’s PowerAnimator and Maya for modeling and animation. For textures, he uses Alias/Wavefront's StudioPaint 3D and Photoshop. Alvarez is the director of Gnomon, a visual-effects training center in Hollywood, California. To see more of Alvarez's work, visit the instructor gallery at Gnomon’s site.