Quiet period and modelling

Usual guff , been working here in Vietnam, weathers been terrible and the month has finally finished and I got paid. Weeeee. Other news Im modelling when I have time, studying a new language in my breaks and just generally keeping to the grind stone and saving what I can for my pc rig and future plans.

Currently Im thinking of saving up for a Pc Rig with Vive on top. But just a few days ago Wacom announced their follow up to the companion 2 called the Wacom’s MobileStudio Pro, which whilst it costs a ungodly amount of cash, could be finally the tablet/pc combo I’ve been looking for. As my current trips to coffee shops carrying both my cintiq and laptop and 2 power bricks really is a enthusiasm sapper.

Wouldn’t mind buying one here but being that this countries tech is pretty far behind its more likely to be something I will end up buying once I end up in a different country like Taiwan or Japan (maybe Hong Kong?).

Other news is the idea I’ve had banding about with starting up a patreon, I’ve been showing some of my work around various Blender Discord forums and the common question is “do you stream?”. In the past I’ve been trying out streaming whist working but its been hit or miss due to crashes and loss of work, So I have been thinking maybe I should try for a record a-thon for those that are interested on patreon (basically I pre record it and then either chat or talking about stuff afterwards on chat). I haven’t activated my patreon yet as Im not sure yet if I have the time to handle one or if it would be worth it, although I have a couple of novel ideas to throw out there involving things other then modelling.

Current plans are to save up around $7000 which is a pretty high amount but necessary to cover my future plans. (Also saving in dollars now since my countries rulers are tanking the whole thing into the stone age).

Here is some stuff I’ve been working on:

More Rouge the Bat stuff that I have been using to experiment more with Freestyle and cycles

Amy Rose (Although I think Ill redo it since its not how I picture the characters much)

A commission for a character based on some Fox and Hound sequel called Dixie

Also experimenting with some new lighting tricks, working on trying to get muscle and fat physics to work right on a character without my intervention (cant so any of this yet, its all on paper at the moment), some shell designs for box characters I was going to work on but Zbrush just released a really good update for R4 so Im holding that off till its out.

As I was writing this my windows just decided to have a hissy fit and fail on me so Ill have to post the images once I reinstall my windows. Be back later.

PC’s back online but its come with some hiccups so I still cant access certain features, will update when I can.

Another month another post

Ok not too much to talk about, its been a quiet month after my wonder days in Japan so Ive been working and reading up on some of the interesting articles and news in the areas of animation and Blender.

First up there is a great video by Channel Awesome’s Nostalgia Critic on the subject of adult themes in animation.

Heres my blurb:

A rather brilliant talk about how children’s media and animated media in general that was considered for the most part childish for adults, has started to become more grown up then the shows that are pandering to the older crowds. Give it a watch if your interested. Its really quite good. Also most of these shows talked about are on Netflix.

In Blender news Grease Pencil has been getting a fair bit of progress at getting Blender into 2.5d animation (2d animation in a 3d view).

Check out Pepe School which is showing tutorials on what the new Greasepencil can and cant do at present. Very  interesting stuff if combined with freestyle, very similar effects to Paperman in that regard.


And here is the tutorials link



Other then that I got nothing at the moment, just working, gaming a little, and occasionally working on some Magpie stuff but that’s not ready yet.

Anyway night night all and till next time.

مع السّلامة

And Im back…Again!

So I finally made it to Comiket again (Bells chime, Crowd goes wild) and it was great! I had a bit of an awkward start to begin with getting to Japan but it was smooth sailing once I got to my hostel. (Thanks again Oak Hostel Zen and Cabin for your services). I met up with my and stayed with friends and got a good couple of rounds of Beer/Whisky/Sake in me to celebrate each night.

So anyway here are some shots of the past few days and Ill be back to some form of modelling regularity now pretty soon. My change from one department to another is finally over and work has become much easier to deal with now that I don’t have to travel for 1 hour each day there and back.

Now I have to work towards getting as much cash as possible to build my new pc/move to my next country/have money to live on there/start a business.


Nothing to see here…well not true

Ok in summery


in other news Ive been working non stop due to my schedules changing soon. I got sick of working so far from home so I changed school districts, but this means me pulling in more hours to cover the loss Ill have once the old school has finished with me. So at the moment I only have Fridays left to do any modelling.

But heres what I made last week. Gingitsune from the anime and manga Gingitsune (Gingitsune: Messenger Fox of the Gods)

It would have been a 7/10 for me but I lost 45mins of work due to zbrush and hd space issues so I give it 5/10. About 4-5 hours work. I still have some of the build recorded but not enough to really be worth looking at. The Hair is ok in this version but I wish my last two attempts had saved. Sigh. Oh well. In future Id like to try and redo the whole character with Blender hair. But Id need new hardware for that, my laptops starting to struggle a bit.

Anyway that’s all, sorry for the short post but its really not been much of a month. Anyway laters all.



Standing on the end of the board

Hello all

Its been a while, mainly due to me working and trying to keep my head above the financial waters here I haven’t had much to say or show. I basically have had to shut down and just grind my way through these last two months and just wait for that first pay check. But things are starting to level out slowly, with my current projections being around September before I actually make a profit (since Im going to Japan to see my friends and get in Comiket again). I have to decide is I stick around or take a chance at moving to another country.

Im still thinking only of that in long terms but its clear to me that this isn’t a place I feel like I could live for a long stretch of time.

In the mean time I have made my Fridays and Mondays basically modelling days, Mondays more experimental and to finish off stuff, and Fridays bigger projects and or commissions.

Here are some things I’ve made this past few weeks.




Finally a place to call home?

Well tomorrow I will be finally moving into long(er) term housing. After 5 different moves Ill be situated in District 4. Considering its been quiet of late on this blog Ill bring up to speed what I’ve learnt so far.

  1. Driving a scooter is both a blessing and curse. Great for mobility around the city (defiantly cheaper on the wallet), but you’ll be basically doing a trail by fire routine each and every time you get onto that road and drive around.
  2. Finally started to work my way around the outskirts of the city to the further out districts, plus Im starting to figure out the lay out of the street and interconnections.
  3. Whilst its holiday time for more Vietnamese during this weekend the fun for most working foreigners will be once the craziness has died down (probably around Monday to Tuesday time, maybe even Wednesday depending on the state of your cash flow).
  4. The small joy of finding stores that sell in my shoe size has become a small hobby of mine.
  5. Next joy will be finding a decent electrical store that sells consoles. Also decent bike helmets (you really need a visor when drive to avoid constant peddle in the eye syndrome).
  6. The small thrill of avoiding a cops attention as you drive about during holiday season (they look out much more for foreigners I’ve been told, so got to make my hulk frame look inconspicuous in a group of small bodied people).
  7. Work ramps up a lot during this time but sadly I wont see it for another month (thankfully I came prepared, but boy does living costs ramp up a lot once you start staying long term, at least for the first few months).
  8. The paperwork you need done is never the right paperwork that the council needs, you could have the queen drop the bloody paperwork off and they still ask for the corpse of her last heir to show up before you’ve got it right…….unless your willing to splash cash at the problem then WOW its all perfect no problems what. so. ever……Buggers.
  9. Apparently Leicester is on the map? Something about football?
  10. SO MANY BRITS! Its a nice change from the large amount of other nationals working in places like Korea.
  11. The ratio of places that charge you a fee after you’ve bought something ( basically tax plus service) seems to also include those places that seem to be the least likely for me to return, either due to slow or rude service. At least definably not unless Im planning on splashing out with someone in tow.
  12. Finally I have a reason to boot up Ingress again. Hack the PLANET!

More pics below

Once I finally have a place for the next month settled Ill be back to doing more modelling. Frankly I would have started sooner but the hot conditions are doing a number on my computer, so till I can keep it cool enough I got to stick to simple stuff for now.

Anyway night night all.

Chào anh

HCMC or exhaustion….Why not both?

Another day in sunny HCMC, weather is making me go from full of energy to sloth in about 3 hours. Finally got my first bit of news from VUS. First things first I passed my exam and will be working for Vus for the foreseeable future. Its seems that its not often that someone comes to Vietnam and immediately tries for work, but if I dont work I think Id just sleep due to this heat.😛

Anyway Ill be starting my introduction tomorrow which is basically me sitting and listening for 1-2 hous on how Vus teaches its students. Then I have my first 3 hour session on Thursday. Im both a little stressed and happy that I can start to earn some cash from this trip.

So things to give advise on:

  1. when applying for work make sure your home is somewhere you want to spend a large portion of time in, if your willing to spend a bit and live it up then try for the lower end numbered districts like 1-7, if your more interested in saving and having a quiet life go for higher range numbers. But be warned about living near airports and main roads. They don’t double glaze here and even at high levels you can clearly hear traffic from the ground.
  2. There are free buses to and from the AEON mall just in the outskirts of the main city, this you can use to get about as long as you get your times down right. Can save you cash from taking taxis all the time.
  3. Ear plugs/noise cancelling headphones, an eye mask and face mask are all useful when staying here, either use for sleeping or covering up when walking about, to give your brain and face a break from the traffic. (obviously substitute the eye mask for glasses duh.)
  4. National holidays are a pain in the arse as they not only take up the length of the holiday but an additional “recovery” day to allow banks to catch up from being closed.

Finally here are some shots I haven’t put up yet. Once I finally find a place to stay long term Ill try for 3d modelling again, for now Ill jsut have to settle for wandering the streets of Vietnam.

Ta ta for now.