Friday, 22 July 2011

Tablet Computer Experiment Coming

While I still like my iPad, its capability as an actually productive tool is rather limited. While I can find a way to do a range of things with enough apps and configurations and workarounds it doesnt naturally do any of these well really.

Sooo I have been looking at alternatives which deliver a suped up experience - a full OS delivering the cool capability of all the apps we love to use. I have a no mercy laptop already for the 3D app, realtime work and more serious graphics, what I need is portability.

The brand new MacBook Air is a very tempting little piece of kit, it is perhaps the sexiest computer on the planet, thin, elegant, good specs and with full OSX Lion running. I was toying with one in JB-HiFi and it is just gorgeous. I like the Mac OS for many things and for what I would use the machine for the software choices would be fine.

But I have decided to explore a slightly different sphere, inspired a little by the idea of the ASUS EP121 and UNSW agreement with HP I am getting in an HP 2760P. Running win7.64 it can wield the same apps I have on my main machine plus brings a few special extras to the table. The convertable form factor means I can tap away in meetings and have all the multi-tasking and serious software at my disposal. The touch screen should make for a nice experience for browsing and flicking through things like images or presentations.
The main experiment however will be to try digital sketching and colouring using the active pen and WACOM digitiser. Armed with Photoshop, SketchbookPro or similar - will this be a mobile art platform. I am interested in how devices like this might fit into the digital usage of the Built Environment courses as well - but lets see how it actually functions first...



[Apple MacbookAir and HP 2760p product images]

Both these devices feature the Intel 3000 graphics solution (currently #204 on Notebookchecks graphics benchmark list) This wont set any 3D graphics records but I am hoping it will run things well enough to make using the WACOM tablet a nice experience withh the battery giving up after 3 seconds.

I was just thinking how these 2 computers are a little like a Global Santoku knife vs the Leatherman Skeletool CX.

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

High Elf vs Wood Elf post2

Continuing on with the reference images of High Elf and Wood Elf for the respective concept designs for the Butterfly and Moth societies and warriors:

Another set of High Elf Imagery (Butterflies)


then Wood Elf Imagery (Moths)

Monday, 18 July 2011

High Elf vs Wood Elf

In looking at reference for Moths vs Butterflies a little while back there was plenty of inspiration to be drawn from. Here are a suite of each collaged together from an army of Google image searches (sorry about the lack of attibution):

High Elf (analogous to the Butterflies)


Wood Elves (Moths) in the next post

Sunday, 17 July 2011

Harry Potter Conclusion

The final film in the epic series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows pt2 brings a highly dramatic and combat-centric end. We have been treated to something special in seeing the actors grow up through a series of films in just the same way as J. K. Rowling's superb novels.
The last movie looks huge up there on the big screen, filled with wizards, spells, mythical creatures and a host of characters we have grown to love through the previous films. The trailer gives a taste of the experience:



The film was wonderful to see, I couldn't recall much of the detail of the book, so it was all coming as a surprise to me. There was emotion buoyed by the soundtrack (Alexandre Desplat) and the awesome soundscape and audio effects - they all combine to draw us right into the world they have created. The effects work is top notch, they haven't skimped on anything with some very complex scenes all brought to life for us. While our child actors may not inspire on some fronts, they are now very much their characters and so it all works. Seeing the teachers come together in the siege of Hogwarts is heart-warming stuff.

Incredible how the book is still skimmed through, even given 2 full films - but that isn't criticism. The film format excels in different areas to the books - all up we get a great movie experience as the conclusion to the 8 film Juggernaut.

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Concept art is always cool for such things, hypable has a suite of works for the film by Stuart Craig. Here are a few cool ones:



[Harry Potter 7 pt2 concept art by Stuart Craig via hypable]

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I was talkign about teh epic sound that accompanies the epic film - well here is a little vid talking with the sound designers about that very thing:

SoundWorks Collection: The Sound of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 from Michael Coleman on Vimeo.