Saturday, September 11, 2010


So, I figured I hadn't dabbled in Maya 3D for a while..and I've only got the free version of it, so the images are stuck with that super-annoying "watermark"..except it's not a watermark, it's a freakin stamp. Watermarks are more transluscent than this thing.

Swords should be relatively easy to make, no more than say 15 minutes to whip one off. It's taken me about an hour, hour and a half, to regain my bearings and relearn the keyboard shortcuts for some things.
There's still plenty I don't know, or remember.. but playing with light, shadow, light sources, and the various 'skins' you can slap on something are fun to play with.

I didn't make exactly what I want.. but I also have no real reason to work with the program more than I have already. It's a nifty program, and I may wind up dragging out my textbook on the thing and going through some of the exercises should I find myself a) bored enough and 2) in need of actually refreshing my skills-proper in the program.(read: have potential offer of employment that requires using it)

So, here's a single sword, with one light-source that lightly coloured. The blade is coloured, let's seeif you can accurately guess the colour of it. The hilt/handle are the same, and easily discernable.


Friday, September 10, 2010

Friday = Larstream!

Friday nights, when the Convention Season is not upon him, you can find Lar deSouza HERE , doing his ustream.

The man does his work, sometimes takes requests, interacts with his fans, has interesting music, is generally funny and has words of wisdom all around.
If you're not easily offended (he does rant every now and then.. mention `starving artist` or `mangaka` and other such things and then listen&learn), check out his stream, Friday nights starting at 8pm, usually running until midnight, or shortly thereafter.

He started off tonight doing some L'il Rayne and Hagar the Horrible.. which gave me the cop-out of doing a Viking tonight.
So, here's the viking..

Thursday, September 9, 2010

What is it about Ninjas?

"I'm so ninja, I snuck up on myself"
And other things I've said. I even submitted the above saying to Threadless Tees.

What is it about ninjas? ..Ninjas..pirates.. zombies.. to a lesser degree, vikings and cowboys.
Something about these things have captured a fanbase that writers, artists, musicians and hollywood producers envy.

Yesterday was an attempt (and, I didn't get the cute-factor I was hoping to attain) at making cute-ninjas..
today was spending an hour with a beta-program called CB Model Pro. A few extra options added to it and you could easily make some really nice things. I hope the makers of the program do well with it.

The painting has a few options in it, which.. you know, for a free beta program, I shouldn't complain. But there's a number of things that could really make this program a contender to fight against 3DSMax and Maya3d as 3D rendering programs.

The below image was slapped together in about an hour and a half. The background is more for contrast than anything else. It's a mix of some contrasting colours, done in paint, then spray, overlapping and repeating (paint, spray, paint, spray, paint, spray, paint).
I really do need to improve my backgrounding skills in general. I could've done a field of grass, but I just wanted to be done with this. Perhaps I'll come back to it and do up that field of grass at a later date.

Anyhow.. one dead (or severely wounded) 3D rendered ninja.


Today was another day.. glad it's over.
I've been playing Dante's Inferno.. frustrating game, but at least if you die, you start relatively close to where you died at.. or, if it's a bit of a trek, you know you're close to another save point.
Still.. the game plays ...well, you're better off watching someone play it. The artwork is something else, the music if horribly fitting, and the creatures.. well, some of them are downright disturbing, so the makers did a good job of creating someone's personal hell. And then I had the thought that.. this game is designed to frustrate you.. they made it like it's hell to play it. Apt, so I thought, and good on them, the makers of the game.

Then I realised time was slipping away from me, and I had to get something drawn. It's 11:59 and this post'll be counted as tomorrow, instead of the 8th of September.
Wondered what I'd try to do.. then it hit me : cute ninjas.
Well, let's try something like that.. so here it is.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010


So, here's an attempt at a semi-caricature, semi-portrait of Lar deSouza, one of my artistic heroes.
The man's a freakin giant of talent when it comes to doing caricatures, and twice as good when it comes to pin-up gals that are sexy, not erotic or sensual, but just sexy : there's feminine appeal, but it's not gonna help you get your rocks off, because it oozes art, not sensuality or ..well, I'm not sure how to put other than `that porn effect`. It's almost like Lar tries to make the girls he draws adorable, feminine, and attractive - but not some kind of sex-pot or something people would jump to Rule-34-ifize. Or any of those other perverse and stupid "Rule"'s.  I may have gotten the number wrong, but generally, the "rule" is  that: If it exists, someone has made a porn version of it. ...... and that's just bloody sad. And disturbing.

Anyhow.. I'm not so good at the caricature thing yet.. probably because I don't exaggerate enough, though there's other things I don't do well enough to boot. I wasn't quite sure what do for a background..and while Dan Simon tells me not to rely on the stock brushes and patterns that come with various programs (and good advice that is, indeed), I decided to go with the stars.. because Lar's a star, to me anyhow.


Monday, September 6, 2010

Mommy, what does ______ mean?

Okay, so while I have this blog set to be available for anyone, safe-for-work, and that it wouldn't warp(too much) your wee child's mentality.. I am an adult, and will deal with adult-natured things.
The way I'll deal with them, I hope, is with humour - be it twisted a bit, or mayhaps dark, but humour nonetheless. This may, if your children wind up reading this blog, wind up having them ask you questions like `Mommy.. what does "asinine" mean?` or `Daddy, what's a Bondage Squid??`

I attended Fan Expo this year. Before that, I had had an interview with a company looking for graphic-novel artists. While I didn't get that job, my portfolio did spark my viability for some other projects the company is doing. The fellow had dropped a name of someone I knew I asked that person to call me, and asked about the interviewer : the person I was speaking with had mentioned - never names, just experiences - some bad work they had endured, so when the interviewer claimed to have worked with this threw up a flag in my mind. As it turns out, praises were sung of the interviewer. So while I didn't get the job, should I have a chance to work with them in the future, yes, I'll jump at it.

Now, today's image - came about from part of the conversation I had with the fellow I asked to call me. As with anyone who has a sense of humour, and the general nature of art and people, some things were passed over in chat..and I wound up making this fellow, whom I got to see at Fan Expo, a few items. A leather-bound-plushie batarang, which took my 8 hours to mark, cut, stuff, hand-stitch and paint. I found through previous experiment, that acrylic paint will take to leather quite well, if applied thinly. One of the items..I ran out of enough materials to finish it became something else : The Bondage Squid (Says"Relax!"). I also made an Angry Blob for a fellow artist who is a bit of a mentor-from-afar to me.
Today's image contains both of those creations - I kick myself for not taking photos of them when they were done being crafted.

The image was painted in Corel Painter Essentials 4, with a mix of thick paint, thin paint, airbrush and watercolour. The background is watercolour. The spray behind Angry Blob is airbrushed, then smoothed over.


Sunday, September 5, 2010

Sunday the 5th

So, after trying my hand at the digital painting program called Corel Painter Essentials 4 ....once again I find myself being better at the task with the real-world counterparts of a computer program.
I don't know.. maybe I'm just out of practice (very likely)..or maybe it just doesn't look real... like actual paint... but there's something about it just throws me off.

So, instead of a painting, even something simple and goobish like a smiley-face... you get some pencil-on-paper work, well, a photo of-, anyhow. This image is also part of my portfolio, and is a few years old.

I got the idea at work one night during a lull...of course, once I started, customers started to come in. I had finished stocking the cooler and wondered why there weren't more `adult beverages` of the tasty nature of the thing. I also thought..if it was ever'd either be Scotland that does it, or, in North America, probably Texas. Gotta love Texas. Anyhow.. enjoy!

Once again, if you notice someone using these images, please let me know.
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