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Apex Prey logo concepts
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Art for a fictional band I'm designing promo stuff for for school.

Any remarks or preferences? The floor is open, ladies and gents.
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"this is of KatersOneSeven"
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It's a weird feeling of disconnect when I look at something like this (or this). I finished it less than an hour ago, I can remember exactly what I did, but it feels like someone else drew it. Maybe because it's so far outside of my usual oeuvre.

Oddly enough, I don't feel this way about my traditional life drawing. I dunno. Maybe I can find some way to bridge the gap between digital sketching and digital graphical work.
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Scanned from, or based on drawings in, an old sketchbook.

shooty and slicey )
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Ruggidized PDA.

Sword based on an old crappy flash drive I had, copied from one of my old notebooks.

>wash pots

Jun. 10th, 2011 07:12 pm
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>leave on draining board
>flatmates use without permission and don't wash
>make bacon
>leave dirty pot on stove
>nobody touches it
>make bacon in recently acquired George Foreman grill
>nobody touches that either

So the only way to keep inconsiderate flatmates from using my stuff seems to be leave a layer of bacon fat all over them.

One of the flatmates in question is a fairly affable guy, but rather selfish. I walked into the kitchen last week to find him using a can opener to open a tuna tin. he asked if I had one, and I coldly said he was already using it, whereupon he asked for permission. I told him to wash it afterward. not only did he not wash it, he went and used my table knife from the same cupboard, again without washing.

I've confronted him already about the friends he brings over getting into my food, but seriously.
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Infamous 2 - Ice Queen
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Fun with Alchemy. Can you tell she's Asian? I can't!
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I've wanted to use this software since Mike from Penny arcade mentioned it years back. I'm not good at drawing directly into el equipo, and I could use the practice.



It's got this interesting feature where it remembers what the last file saved was. When I saved that second doodle, it automatically suggested "PsylockeDoodles02". The program is also designed to be operated with just a tablet for the most part, so there's none of the Ctrl/Alt/Shift dance one has to do with Photoshop. It's closer to OpenCanvas than anything else, and I've already given it the keyboard launch slot where I used to keep that program.

I also have use of Maya, as long as I don't use either for anything commercial. Thanks, Autodesk Student program!
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Go 'Canes.

I cannot recall the last time I felt so good about my art. Had a smile on my face the whole way home.

words words words )
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Went to the Uni's free Life Drawing class today.

The last time I did this, back in the College of the Bahamas, the model wore a purple bra and panties. This model was nude. I somehow managed not to make the dumb jokes I made last time. Partially because I'm older. Partially because the 13-year old part of my brain was mostly occupied with being smacked into submission by the rest of me, and any remainder was concerned with foreshortening.

Turns out naked women, even if they're not exactly supermodels, are hot. Who knew?

Boobies. )

In a related story; UK Dominos is awesome. That is all.


Aug. 15th, 2010 08:05 pm
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The idea is to parody every single Merchandise Driven anime with a Matching Toy Line done in the past fifteen years. I want a spikey-haired protagonist who dresses mostly in primary colors. He may have a red jacket I'm not sure.

/Air Gear, Pokemon, Yu-Gi-Oh, Bakugan, etc.

The Moshi are strange bloblike creatures, just distinct enough to be marketable, who can shapeshift. Each has a primary color (red and black above), which is fixed, and a secondary color, which changes according to the creatures' moods. Or the needs of marketing, whichever.

Moshi can form symbiotic bonds with their human hosts, the Go, giving them a new look and various abilities which are upgraded over the course of the series. (More action figures!)

As a general rule MoshiGo seek each other out to try and kill the other guys for no adequately explained reason. The protagonist is one of the few who actually *doesn't* want to fight. His Catch Phrase, usually delivered while cowering in terror, is "Please stop trying to kill me!"

/Zatch Bell

The hero will have a group of friends, easily identifiable from just the character designs. There's him, his childhood friend and love interest, his smart bespectacled short friend, the cold and aloof rival, and the big guy who isn't very bright and likes brute force attacks.

/Bakugan, Megaman NT Warrior, Duel Masters

-The character wants the cool black Moshi, and he gets the red one. Which happens to like pink as its secondary color, no matter how much he yells. The bishonen rival, of course, gets the cool black one.

-Big bad wears a mask

/too many examples to list

-obligatory character who has access to goo tentacles

/again, too many examples to list

-Protagonist is at one point attacked in the store while he's buying more hair gel. Thin parodies of other spiky haired anime protagonists can be seen in background.

/fan comic I had an idea for years ago but never drew, where Robin and Sora fight over a store's last thingie of hair product. While they're in a big ball o' dust, Naruto steals it.

-Protagonist is able to swim and dive, all without his hair moving an inch, while everyone else's goes limp.

-Protagonist's doesn't actually put his head on the pillow. His hair's too darn spikey.

Given my usual speed with these things*, I'll probably have some actual character designs ready around 2025.

*I came up with the idea for That Novel in summer of 2001. I have yet to write so much as a full chapter, though I've got tons of notes.
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I believe I've just reached the point-and it inevitably comes when I attempt a painterly style-that I realize I have no idea what I'm doing, it looks like crap, and I'm not sure what to do next. This inevitably comes with the realization that I knew what I was doing at some point, but not anymore, and I've been overthinking it for a while now.

And now you know why I find writing easier.
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I was screwing around with the idea of redesigning the Phantom, Modern Warfare style. Skull facepaint? Check? Bulletproof vest? Check. Purple shirt? Oh, you'd better believe that's a check.

And this is a box.

Just a box.

EDIT: Flickr isn't letting me view these photos without signing in, despite them supposedly being public. Anyone know how to fix that?
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I know I spend too much time on the computer*, but even I can close the laptop when moving it from place. It takes less than thirty seconds to come out of standby, but MJ still totes it around wide open.

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Do you see the problem here? If it starts to tilt to one side or the other, she has to bring her other arm up to steady it, instead of just carrying it in both hands in the first place. Heck, just having it open while moving it increases the chances of something happening. And considering that she was using our last computer--without a surge protector--when it got fried, her defiance of common sense safety measures is inexplicable.

Whenever I carry it, I close the lid, which sends it into standby, and prefer to use both hands, ofthen holding it close to my chest. If I use one, I will rest it against my hip and belt--if I'm wearing one--instead of just free-balancing it on my forearm.

I've tried talking to her about it, but she ignores me out of what can only be described as "cussedness". Of course, this is only slightly worse than her other method.

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In case you can't interpret my chicken-scratch, she holds it near the hinge in one hand, and holds the screen in the other. While this is safer than the arm-balancing bit, it means that if it slips out of either hand, the other one can't take the weight. When I do the two-arm, both hands cross the laptop diagonally, meaning they can support each other if necessary.

tl;dr: Carrying a few hundred bucks of electronic equipment from room to room=SERIOUS BUSINESS.

*Yes, I know I'm an addict. I just don't like to use that word.
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More here.

I scanned this at 150 dpi—to get all the crunchy goodness—and spent almost five minutes trying to figure out how to get it down to life-size. Standard screen resolution, assuming you're using the little box in front of you in the proper fashion, is usually 72 dpi. I know what you're thinking; just reduce height and width by 50%. WRONG. Okay, 66.6%. ALSO WRONG. I spend a few minutes considering it, then plugged "square root of 2" into Google. Then I plugged in "(square root of 2)^-1" to get the answer I wanted, and resized the image to 71%, roughly life-sized.

And to think, I became an art major so I wouldn't have to do math.

"memory ah"

Feb. 9th, 2010 02:09 pm
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