Going ons

    Friday, November 18, 2011

    Painter Practice

    Quick portrait before I pick up my brother from his gf's house. I never really learned how to use Painter so this was really good for me to get re-acquainted with the program and to fiddle with the brushes.

    Friday, October 28, 2011

    Halloween Costume 2

    $40 to print at Kinkos and 10 hours later...

    To anyone who wants a Mordecai head of their own heres a link to download the PDF so that you can print and assemble on your own.


    Just a forewarning, tabs aren't labeled so it'll be like putting together a puzzle but for the most part it's pretty easy to figure out which piece goes to what. Oh and heres a wip of Rigby who'll be poking out of my backpack.

    Thursday, October 27, 2011

    Costume Progress

    Here are the different stages of construction for Mordecai's head and for my ACM homies who want to make their own papercraft, here is the workflow.

    Rough modeling in Maya.

    Polygon reduction, simplifying the topology into triangles so that it's easier to fold and put together. Fixed the back of the head.

    Made UV maps in order to texture in Photoshop. I HATE making UV maps and these usually take me hours to do right, but afterword surfacing (my favorite part) goes by pretty quickly.

    OHHHHHHHHHHHHhhhhhhhhhhhh! Export the model as a .obj and open it in Pepakura Desgin.

    Unravel the model and start rearranging the paper folds so that each piece fits onto a page of paper. Everything up to this point took ~20 hours D: Tomorrow is all about printing, folding and gluing, which is probably going to take another 8 hours.

    Wednesday, October 26, 2011

    Halloween Costume

    Will be done with the model tonight, hopefully will be done printing tomorrow and will be assembling all day Friday-Saturday. Hhm hhm hm-hm hhm-hm hm hm hm

    Monday, October 24, 2011

    I need to animate

    Installed this new program called Animate pro and it simulates a traditional animator's workflow, right down to the flipping and tracing. Just finished watching all the videos for it and I already love it more than Flash. Should have listened to Linda and gotten this program years ago ._. Haven't done anything else today except get antiquated with the program and caught up to all the 11second club winners I missed. I swear, I have more unfinished 11second club entries than key poses of this months attempt...ugh.

    Here are some drawings of the character I'm animating. First one is me trying to find a character design and the second is me playing around with some expressions.

    And this last one is more practice in Sketchbook. I'm trying not blend with opacity and instead use hard strokes...but it's hard D:

    Saturday, October 22, 2011

    Sweet Home Café

    Its been a while since I was out with the boys and I'm glad I came out last night. Shout-out to the boys for showing me the little restaurant we went to. It's part shabu-shabu, with a sushi plate pricing system which is really different from anything I've ever had. Food is Taiwanese that's a hot pot place and was totally boss. The restaurant is pretty small and the line takes a while but the food and service is excellent. Free desert!?!? I didn't know what to expect, but I know I got my money's worth. Honestly it felt like I was robbing the place for how cheap everything was.

    I didn't get much animating done last night but I did finish this portrait before going to bed. I know I've almost always drawn women so I looked for the dirtiest, manliest man in my reference folder to render next. I'm still figuring out how to use this new sketching program so it took a lot longer to finish than I expected. Dota2 streams don't help either.

    Wednesday, October 19, 2011

    Tuesday, August 9, 2011

    Young Justice

    CN hyped a new show called Young Justice last year and I was really excited. I loved Justice League, JLU and Teen Titans so I was pretty stoked for another show following a storyline I haven't read before. In comics its a promotion from Teen Titans and pretty much the last step before members join the Justice League. Wiki it if you want to know more. Anyway, CN aired the shows and as expected I loved them. Then after 8 episodes they stopped. Its been nearly half a year with no word as to why they stopped and now I come across this poster for the next season of YJ.

    I'm sorry CN, but I'm a little confused. I'm glad that YJ is getting another season but why would you only show 8/26 episodes, go on hiatus for 5 months, leave everyone in the dark who think it's been canceled only to start hyping the next season as if nothing happened!?!?!? The workload for this show must have strained all the writers, artists and animators. I don't want this series to fail, nor be wiped from existence like a certain other show -cough-Symbionic Titan-cough- but come on CN, don't be leaving us in the dark about these things.

    The character designs are pretty boss.

    Tuesday, July 26, 2011


    Back in 07 the book store went under some renovations. The electronic store was moved into the old arcade, next to the pool hall, and was moving back at the end of that year. I wanted to buy a G1 Shuffle because everything there was on sale, which I presumed was because they were moving back to the bookstore and were trying to lighten the load. What I saw was a wacom tablet for only $100 down from $250. Deals? Fat deals! So I bought it and promptly skipped my math class in order draw this in Hamilton.

    I forgot how long it took but man did I have fun drawing it. Nothing beats pen and paper but boy did I love using my tablet. It was MAGIC, and I touted it as such to my little cousins and relatives. I've been using my tablet for loads of projects, and it DEFINITELY helped my wrists. Alas, earlier this year my puppy, Blacky (Didn't name him) chewed through the wires and turned it into a paperweight. I haven't done anything on the computer since.

    Today I bought an Intuos4 with my tip money from Lovefeast and this is the first drawing I did with it. Nothing fancy, just work as usual.

    I was genuinely surprised at the size of this thing. It's bigger than my macbook pro and twice the length of my already oversized sketchbook.

    Word of caution to potential buyers. It WILL NOT make you a better artist. Drawing and painting in real life will. Tools don't make an artist, learning the craft will. (I say this after posting a terrible job of rendering scales and shadow in the of my first time using a tablet)

    Friday, July 8, 2011

    Why? Because I don't know why

    The one guy next to me in class who did looked horrified, just the response I was looking for.

    Wednesday, March 23, 2011

    Squats and Oats

    Back in freshmen year my tower dorm mates Tony and Dana got me going to the University's Gym and I've been going every since. I've had my fair share of gym stories though this one takes the cake.

    >Walk into gym.
    >Breeze by the trainers.
    >End up talking to the gym's owner.
    >Get challenged to a contest.
    >Find out the gym leader uses rock type Pokemon and my starter Pikachu can't take on his Onix.

    So pissed.