Saturday, 24 February 2007

Day51 Jedi Colour

Did the full colour treatment on my Jedi sketch using the Wacom tablet - it is definately much easier than with the mouse! Tracing the sketch and getting the fluid transitions and shading is very nice on the pressure sensitive tablet - beautiful.

The finished image itself is ok, I am not passionate about it - but it holds together and has a certain spritely intensity to it. I got to play with some more ideas, grass in photoshop and different treatments for the sketch layer etc.

[journeytime = 3.5 hours]

Day50 Gmod

Showed some more of the gmod tech around - kids absolutely love it (hearing them laugh away is great fun).

Started looking in GraysOnline for an external monitor and colour laser - very tempting.
[journeytime = 0.5hours]

Thursday, 22 February 2007

Day49 Gmod and Digital Modelling

Some more fun Gmod experimentation and testing of more structural pieces. Plus some more effort in using strings and forces - still a few interface things I havent got straight. I have still made some fun constructions, the dynamics is awesome.

A good set of talks about digital education in FBE to finish up.

[journeytime = 2 hours]

Wednesday, 21 February 2007

Day48 Gmod demo

Showed Garry's Mod off to JC and he seemed to find the structural posibilities in the environment. We even made a very quick truss element and played around with seeing how some of the rules work. For example objects only seem to take impact damage, not simply load damage - this would have an impact on its use for his needs.
He freely admitted it was a far more enjoyable and engaging environment that any of the other structures tools he had for the students.

[some random pics from the net of some of the structures type stuff that could be done]

Russell got both UT2004 and HL2/GMod working on the Dell workstations going into their 4th year - that is pretty good longevity it seems.

[journeytime = 0.5 hours]

Tuesday, 20 February 2007

Day47 delving into the Last Stand

Watched the special features on the XMen3 DVD. Nothing very exciting or innovative really, but I did enjoy the Director's diary as he went through the various shooting phases etc. There isnt a nifty doco on the tech used in the movie which is sad. It does get covered in places, as there are heaps of effects shots everywhere - but they dont delve deeply into how things were done.
The flash website for the DVD/movie is very nice, I like the way the higher level menu is still visible in the background - like its 3D - lovely!

[journeytime = 0.5 hours]

Monday, 19 February 2007

Day46 oinkfrogs and more

A bunch more oinkfrog logo sketches. Well they are more oinkfrog caricatures than logos now. The semi-robotic ones are super-fun to draw.

Watched the first EP of the Thunderbirds today. It is quite beautiful how they build a world that has since been so realised in reality and now digitally in much bigger budget productions. Things are simple, yet for their time revolutionary and complex.
Making a 3D It version of some of the ideas could be fun as one of my learning exercises.

XMen3 - watched on DVD for the first time since seeing it at the cinema quite some time ago. The effects integration is quite beautiful and really brings all their powers to life for us. The story perhaps tries to do too many things with too many characters, but some of the ideas are still pretty good, the line between the good/bad is so blurry that it is gone altogether - all we are left with is individual points of view. The carnage that the movie wrought on the big players could make for some interesting follow-up movies though - even narrowing the conflict down to a few rather than having all the big names on show. Having then survive in the aftermath of EP3 would be interesting in itself.

[journeytime = 3 hours]

Sunday, 18 February 2007

Day45 Oinkfrog logos

Tried my hand at some Oinkfrog logo work - the right one hasnt hit the page yet, but its fun. SOme of the little half-frog-half-pigs are pretty cute too.

Watched the doco on the Starwars Ep3 DVD - it is staggering just how many people it takes for a shot - let alone the entire movie. I really love this film!

[journeytime = 2 hours]