Comiket 2017

Another trip with much of the trip being as pleasant as always, ate, drank and was merry with my friends in Japan. I sold all the shirts I made for Comiket which tells me that this is an idea that could work out for the future. So production will double for the future and will expand to other conventions if I can manage it. Next step is designing wraparound shirt designs and getting more artists interested in getting designs out there.

Till next time.

Bye bye

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Well I really fucked up this time.

If you can see what has happened to my Wacom you can probably guess how I feel right about now, for the last few months I’ve been planning on upgrading to a newer system but thanks to one slip up I’ve gone and possibly screwed up my sculpting for a while. This tablets been with me for years and in one moment I managed to turn the wrong screw and crack the outer screen damn well near from one end to the other. Currently I managed to get the machine up and running, but Im a little shook up at the moment due to this and haven’t tried it for a longer period. If I was anywhere else in the world then Vietnam Id could probably get some parts for this model, but since Im here all I have is one possible company that doesn’t list this model on their site, or try and get a cheap copy from somewhere off the web and have it shipped home for me to pick up later. But that leaves me with 3+ months of possibly either crippled or no sculpting ability. Im currently riding a wave of shock at the moment so it probably will feel worse later once Ive had some time to sleep. Right now Im just going to clean up and look up what to do next.

 

Good night all.

Breaking the silence 

Hi all, I’ve been busy moving house this past few weeks. Given that its been relatively boring there hasn’t been too much to report, but I have started production of a set of t-shirts I’m hoping to sell at comiket this year. I’ve moved into a nicer apartment further away from the centre, which is already bringing my mood back. I’ve been working on four 3d models for future projects so I will post wip images of soon. ¬†

Kong Skull Island 4DX edition spoiler free review

Well I did drag myself on the spur of the moment to a cinema to watch a movie this week. Thanks in part to the Cinemasnobs midnight screenings review of the film on youtube.

Firstly the extra video at the start by the director and main cast of the movie thanking the Vietnamese for letting them film there was a nice touch, Id like to see where they actually filmed and see if I can find the spots myself. Maybe a personal goal whilst Im here.

Now onto the film.

Wow did I hit all the right notes on watching the movie, first I decided to splurge on the type of cinema and went with a 4DX screen, which is a 3d screen with moving seats, smoke, flashing lights and jets of mist being thrown about during the whole movie.

The feeling was frankly amazing, at first I thought it would be distracting to be constantly moved about to follow the screen or have water throw at me, but the moments were timed so well I genuinely was throwing my hands up as Kong threw water about. The feeling of his stomps running through the seat as he was leaping about, and the use of flashing lights for scenes that involved flashing cameras or lighting really put me into the movie. I don’t think its the right choice for all movies, but this was perfect for Kong.

The film has a feel of the classic Indiana Jones films, the tempo is fast, the characters don’t annoy or overstay their welcome with drawn out scenes (well maybe there is one or two scenes that were kind of meh but they didnt last).

The music is excellent, defiantly a worthy soundtrack purchase.

Kong and the monsters look good, not super realistic, but not bad either, they fit with the characters and get the job done, looking intimidating and being powerful.

The movie is snappy and fast, you wont feel the time fly by (I actually was worried it would end too soon but it wasn’t a issue).

The 3d was nice, I think I got more out of the 4DX then the 3d but that might be my eyes, but having depth to a film is way better then having it just flat for sure. This will be a vr movie to buy is I can ever get enough money saved up for one.

The credits are in 3d too and more importantly DO NOT LEAVE TILL THE VERY END. I wont say why but it’ll be worth it.

A worthy movie to watch and buy, and I look forward to more from the company and possible future movies like this.

This is by far a better paced movie then the Godzilla film from 2014, and shows that things were learnt from the audiences feelings towards the appearances of the monsters and general storyline. If this is setting the stage for future projects Im going to be a very happy man.

End of Tet and some wip renders

Hi all not much to report just yet, its been a quiet but productive holiday during Tet, since there was so much down time due to the holiday calling away all my students I go to making more models. Currently Im working on ideas for shirts I want to sell and making some random models that Id like to try and rig. That and finishing off some older pieces when I can.

I didnt go to too many places during Tet but I did grab a load of snaps as I was in the centre during the holiday.

Below is the results and below that are my wip shots of one of my models. All done in Blender and from scratch.

SING the movie review And Japan 2016/17 c91

Doh this was meant to be out sooner but Vietnam internet took a blow recently and all internet has gone south till they can fix the issue, with just a week or so till Tet. Which is pretty bad timing considering.

Anyway onto what’s been going on:

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I just got done watching Sing the musical movie by illumination Entertainments artists. ¬†The film is as abc in plot as you can imagine. ¬†But it’s execution is what matters and with its clear acts and pacing I really got into the movie. The musical numbers are well spaced and the visuals are joyful and coloured to set the scenes perfectly. The characters each are enjoyable to watch, ¬†even when they clearly are designed to be the heels in the story. The fur and lighting really work well in the film, I loved the nice touched of browns and greys in the Gorilla families design, ¬†the hair added on the pigs ears and eyebrows and the translucency of the quills on the teen rock singer Ash. The eyes were nicely bright and captured the feeling of wonder and enjoyment pretty well. Particularly when they were focused on for scenes like the singing contest reveal and reminiscing scenes. They has been some joy put into this movie and things like the lip syncing between each animal to the songs didn’t seem mismatched.¬† It isn’t a complex movie like Zootopia or Rango, its focus is so much on the music your almost second guessing yourself into thinking that there will be some drama, but no, it just side steps those issues to get back to the music.

What issue do come up are more motivators for the characters to stay in the production and go through it on their own terms.

Not much more to say on it, just give it a watch with children or with someone who enjoys a good sing and you’ll probably do fine. Its good, not great, but I really am happy to take that. Defiantly going to buy the blue ray and Book when it comes out.

JAPAN WOOOOH

First the bad, I got sick with a fever and flu all in one go one night before I was to set off, thanks to my students not realising the concept of covering their damn mouths when they cough or sneeze. So I stocked up on a cocktail of pills and drugs to try to ease the pain and kill off the flu whilst I sweated out as much of the sickness as I could. After one night I had enough recovery to be able to get myself onto a plane and out Japan. I took a flyover from Taiwan via Vanilla Air, I liked the flight nothing complicated or plush, but it was a damn sight better setup then the last Chinese flight I had to take to get to Japan in August (shudder).

Arriving I basically ended up relapsing into a fever which took another 2-3 days to kill off enough for me to be able to properly travel about. A huge thank you to my friends in Japan for letting me stay with them. I  will respect their privacy here but thank you for letting me stay and recover.

Thankfully Tet is very nearly on us so I can get my modelling skills back after this drought I’ve had these past few months. So I’ve been working in my free time on getting my skills back up to scratch.

I’ve been doodling creatures and ideas for various things and last week I was on a mixed race dino kick thanks to being reminded of Dinosaurs the tv series. So I made two heads of different mixed race dinos I picked from Google images and mashed together.

Well I think thats about all for now, its not what I had hoped to be posting but after Tet I will be doing some more VR stuff to show off. Possibly more time-lapses and animations. So till then.

√Ä bient√īt!

 

Quick update! Dec stuff

Ok so in short Japan 2016 is go!

I’ve given up on my original savings idea of $7k its just not possible with the time I have left here in Vietnam. But instead I am looking at other avenues and options to get some needed cash in the future.

BUT WHAT I REALLY WANT IS FOR PEOPLE TO WATCH THIS VIDEO ON GREASE PENCIL!

This small info video on the progress of Grease Pencil is HUGE, this brings the process of Papermans 2D animation on 3d so close to reality  I can taste it and I freaking cant wait to try  it out.

Also this animation is so cute and smile inducing I cant hold back so here have it and enjoy. I want so badly to be able to do this sort of work in the future.

Also there’s a great intro to Easy rigging I want to use on some of the future models Im working and finishing with

One thing that I wish was a reality is a specific brush that acts like a crease pencil but comes with a erase option that removes just a small section of a shapekeys change back to its original form, maybe with options on how much strength. Smoothing at the moment doesn’t do that it just makes the models features smoothed out, leaving a still altered vertex section, Id like one that returns that particular vertex back to its original position and doesn’t effect anything else. (You could just make another layer and do it that way but it seems like a bit too many steps on what could be a alternative switch). Maybe its already there but I haven’t found it yet.

Anyway its late I got work in the morning and for now that’ll have to be it. Night all