Good bye until August 8…

So, from now until August 8 I will be engaged with finishing my MFA show and graduation, which means no time for a bath… I mean… no messing around.

After August 8 you will have a flood of visuals to look at in this portfolio of mine.

See you soon!

Illustrating Boris (WIP)

Here is the beginning of Boris’ illustration showing him seating on the hover chair with a foot on the floor to keep it from moving (he does not like it moving on its own). This is part of a character board I am getting ready for the MFA show coming August.

Stay tune, this will be in color down the road. One started, 6 other to start… 🙂

Work in progress illustration of Character Boris.
Boris, reading the reports of the day on his hover chair. (WIP)

Testing the sculpting module of Blender.

Here is the beginning of the sculpting for Boris. He is 105 years old in a society that have expanded life expectancy to over 150 years. Boris heads the council of elders, but is not the oldest. In fact, is one of the youngest ever to start membership at the tender age of 87 and quickly climb the ladder to the “chair”.

Blender has, once again, impressed me. Not only has its dynotopo system show that it works better than ZBrush, but it can handle all the sculpting I have thrown to it. Not once did it crashed, when ZBrush tends to crash in a few with its dyno-thingy. Nor does my  computer get as hot as it does with ZBrush. Best part, I can work in a high-poly sculpt, finish it and then bake it to a low poly mesh, all in the same file! I am not there yet, as I want to experiment with skin types and more “individualistic” features for Boris and the other characters.

One thing that I found out today, was that I can run multiple instances of Blender on my Mac and have all four main characters open, in their respective files, so when I “discover” that I like something new (found out how to make something or a better way of something else) I can head back to the other characters and fix it, keeping the pipeline active and making sure the characters are equal in quality (which they are not at this time as I just found this little nifty trick!).

Any way, here is the test render (low quality, just for the sculpt, no skin or colors of importance).

Riggin Jara.

I started this some weeks ago, but the research for the thesis took time off the production. Now I am more balance on timing and here is the outcome of the rig for Jara. Need to figure both the hair and the hanging emblem.

But so far, looking good.

Taking the plunge!

I am downloading Ubuntu 15.10 to install, for now, as a virtual machine. Once I am convinced I like it, and can perform (I know I can, but need to convince my alter ego!) all that I need for my career… plus have full access to the hardware, then, maybe… I can not say it… drop the Mac!

Oh, no… I said it.

I am planning on installing Fedora (yes, there is a Linux OS with the name of a hat!) on a PowerMac 2000 that has been collecting dust on the corner. I also plan to do same or another “newer” Linux OS on a lonely iBook and maybe even a MacBook 2008 that is also in the corner been ignored. So, lest see where all this open source software takes me, and by extension, my family! Poor people, don’t want to be on their shoes!

Appropriation… why?

This is a prime example of how stupidly annoying it is for “artists” to appropriate other (real) artists’ works… It should be punishable by law… an apology is a easy way out of “oops, we got caught”.

Stop this!

So today I opened an account…

… at ArtStation. I am very impressed with the beta platform. I can only imagine that later on will be a fee system of some sort. But will enjoy while I can.

It is a combination of Behance and forums like CGSociety, but more geared toward simplicity. Hopefully will continue the current path.

On the studio front, well, needed to do some Spring cleaning in the Fall. I had multiple files and folders and duplicates flowing on my computer so today was pull and push files around the system.

Got some old (more than a year) art out of the way and concentrating on current (less than a year) work to start showcasing on both ArtStation and Behance. Once I set a good pattern, then it will be time for Patreon. I also notice that LinkedIn killed the “update” feature, that or I have no clue what they did with it, could not find it. I did find, on the other hand, a “blogging” feature they are calling “simply” posts. So, who knows what I use it for after a while. Maybe they are catering to the visual artists.

See you around with more work soon… tomorrow, painting and drawing time… stay tuned.