Wednesday, October 24, 2007

The Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny

Thank God for my Warcraft friends - they keep me heavily supplied with catchy beats that never leave my head for days on end.

This song is by Lemon Demon, whom I had never heard of before, but this short Flash movie is redeemed entirely by the song, which is adorable. The animation is fine, but with a lot of tiny flaws that could have been cleaned up - they weren't terrible, and the animation is done with such a cute style - but I'm a perfectionist and some of the frames that should have been deleted drive me nutso.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Nonsense

Your Personality is Very Rare (INFP)

Your personality type is dreamy, romantic, elegant, and expressive.

Only about 5% of all people have your personality, including 6% of all women and 4% of all men
You are Introverted, Intuitive, Feeling, and Perceiving.


Look! I'm an odd one! (Surprise, surprise)

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Clean Up Mood


I was working on some clean up today and particularly liked this still image from my film. Enjoy!

Monday, October 08, 2007

I'm Impressed!

This is a new music video from one of my fave bands, They Might Be Giants. Although when I first heard the song, I wasn't terribly fond of it, after I saw the video I fell in love. This is a pretty rare event for me - mostly, music videos fall far short of the emotional range and the daydreams a song will evoke in me. Go watch the exception now and let me know what you think.

On an animation note - this feels like After Effects to me. If it's some other software, I'd be curious to know what it is.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Linky Post

Are you poor? Like to read? In essence, are you me? Then you should try paperbackswap.com, where you trade your own books (at least nine to start - and hey, if you don't have anything you currently own that you want to trade, go raid your local library bookstore like a pirate and spend the ninety cents on some dreck) in exchange for the novels of your dreams. Looking for OOPs? A prized first edition? Some well-thumbed hackwork? Welcome home, my friend.

Also, go promote your blog at nablopomo. You pledge to do one post a day for the month of November, and in exchange, you get to make a nifty blog page at their site (trust me, it's pretty damn nifty - it's the html format I'd like blogger to have). Wanna track me down? In the search, type in either "MissMeat," or "Michelle Lopes." That's it for the rudimentary stalking skills lessons for today! You owe me a dollar fifty!

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Title Dilemma

Sorry for the absence of posts lately! My days have been a wee bit hectic (the amount of drama in my life sometimes extends to the obscene - I am by nature a curmudgeon and would prefer it if the drama took up elsewhere).

O.K., so I have this After Effects problem with my title sequence, where colors that look like this:


End up looking like this after I export the film:


I keep on messing with the After Effects export settings, making the file as big as Montana, but with little success. Also, because it's a huge file, it takes about four hours to render it each time - making experiments with settings an arduous chore. Blah. Until I figure it out, my film looks like it's been in the washer too many times...

Oh yeah, and I've named my 8-minute behemoth "Blood Blossoms."

Monday, September 17, 2007

Now You Can Vote For Me

O.k., so Threadless has officially accepted my design, and voting's up on it! If you like it, please give it a quick vote by clicking on the image below - five being the highest, and one the lowest score. If not, Threadless is still a fun site to check out, with lots of great tshirt designs available. Have a fantastic week!

My Threadless.com Submission

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

New Threadless Design




So I've just created this design for Threadless...it's not up for voting yet, but even if it doesn't win, I'd like to have this design on a t-shirt - the theme of it is very true to me. I was, after all, raised by books.

Below is the button to the link that isn't up for voting yet...but hey, you can check out how it's going to look if you like.

Raised By Books - Threadless, Best T-shirts Ever

Friday, September 07, 2007

Figure in a Forest


I did this painting last week - it was a very organic work, nothing planned out - and felt very good to create. I actually intended this work to be an experiment using textures, such as granite and the like, but ended up not going that route at all. The medium is acrylic, and I love the clash of bright colors.

Going to classes at Santa Monica College is proving to be rather a hassle; I started signing up late, and everything's full. So instead I'm falling back on my original plan, and looking forward to taking painting classes with the middle aged and elderly. Judging by my recent experience of sitting in on a lone drawing class at SMC, I trust my future colleagues will have much more interesting subject matter to discuss.



I am including the glamour shots of the Mac keyboard because I bought one recently, and I must say, it is by far the best keyboard I have ever experienced. The feel of the keys is so light - perfect for my picky fingers which stick a lot on traditional raised keyboards. Although you know, I will always have a secret love for the stepped round keys of a typewriter...anyone up to make me a keyboard like that for a computer?

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Moonshine and Riblet's Big Day-Boo!


Howdy Kiddles! (Rhymes with "diddles" and "fiddles," not "biddies").

So what have I been up to lately? I stitched and constructed (by hand - stupid sewing machine) the above duo, Moonshine and Riblet - a pair of characters created by me and a close friend. They have little snaps on their hands that can be unhooked, or closed together as seen above so that they hold hands. I think these two deserve a comic or somesuch in their honor - they make me smile. Also, I'm signing up for art classes at Santa Monica Community College, and getting my life together in general. Interestingly enough, I've started in the bathroom - where all crap converges, I work to purge! I must say, it is mighty sparkly in my bathroom at the moment. I give it a week.

Moonshine and Riblet have copyrights retained by me, the Lopes. No stealing, naughtykins.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

New Threadless Design...the Beginning


I think my film is on hold at the moment - but wait, don't cry! I'm doing another Threadless design (hooray!). I drew this using my new fave pen - a Pentel Deluxe Fude pen that ships from Japan via jlist.com for my art needs - then scanned it, agonized over the font and how to make a dotted line in Photoshop (for a great dotted line tutorial, try either here or here), then realized I need to scan in a crayon scribble to really make it perfect. Damn. Faking crayon in Photoshop is simply not cutting it.

So, back to school to work on scanning again - blah.

Also, I have a couple of secret projects I'm working on, but due to their confidential nature, I'm not gonna say what they are...in no way do they compromise me legally, or offer me monetary compensation, however.

Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

New Wall Illustration



I ended up going to my friend's house recently to draw a new image on her wall! And because she's such a good friend, she records everything for posterity with her camera. So, via Meghan Welsh, here is my latest graffiti - this time, it includes a poem.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

You Oughtta Be a Simpson...


A friend showed me that now there's an interesting little Burger King/Simpsons promotion where you can "Simpsonize" yourself by uploading a picture of yourself. I'm very, very curious as to how this technology works. The programming is taking color samples, and must somehow detect shapes as well...so interesting! The above image is me as a Simpson toon. It's fun to play with.

Go here to get Simpsonized.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

A Wall of My Own


Thanks to everyone who voted on my Threadless design! The final vote was 1.8 something, but considering it was my first submission, that's not so bad. Plus all the comments I got were very supportive...well, and referencing Ah Ha, but we shan't go there.

Last Christmas, one of my friends gave me a very special present - a wall in her apartment to draw on in washable markers. Posted here is a very freehand image I scribbled one day (if you can't see very well, that's a mouse in her mouth). I really love drawing on the wall, but it's been a while since I went to her place to mark it up...the time is nigh for my personal graffiti.

In my Warcraft life, I've gotten to level 70, have a flying mount, and am two signatures away from starting my own guild - "For the Bored." My does the time fly.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

You Can Vote for Me...For Real Now!

Whoo hoo! My t-shirt design for Threadless is now up and running in the competition. If you like it, please stop on by and give me a lil' vote to the good - you have to sign up to become a Threadless member, but it's super quick, and they won't spam your email with t-shirt stuff if you uncheck the box.

So click on the pic below and vote away. I'm giving you the super double-thumbs-up of coolness and hip appreciation.

Taste of Paper - Threadless, Best T-shirts Ever

Friday, August 10, 2007

Whoops!


Regardless of my last post, don't try and vote for me yet, cuz you won't be able to. My tshirt design for Threadless is still pending approval - but rest assured, I will toot my lil' trumpet as loud as I can when my design is approved and up to run the gauntlet.

The pic today is one of my earlier attempts to ingratiate myself with my Wacom tablet. I drew the illustration in Photoshop, and the house in the background is the creepy-as-hell place my mother grew up in (trust me, it's creepy - I've used this photograph in other works of art, including this movie - due to all sorts of incidental factors, this house, and homes in general, are rather totemic for me). I made it about two years ago, and I only stumbled across it when I was cleaning up files on my computer.

Enjoy, mes amis.

Thursday, August 09, 2007

I've Entered a Threadless Competition...

And I am sooo nervous. I'd really like to do well in it, and if you happen to want to vote on my design, please do! It's my first submission of all time ever, and I love the shirts on Threadless...it would be really an honor if my design was printed alongside the others.

To vote, merely click on the image below.

Enough of my babble! Have a fantastic day, kiddies.

Taste of Paper - Threadless, Best T-shirts Ever

Friday, August 03, 2007

New World of Warcraft Expansion!

O.k., I'm awake now! The expansion promises a whole new continent, a level 80 cap, further character customization with hairstyles and dances, and the new death knight class!!!

My dorkiness overwhelms even me. Go here to check it out.

Sleepy Girl



So this is a sketch I did a few months ago when I was still at school. I think, however, that it's appropriate for today since I'm so sleepy.

I drew this with a ballpoint pen on really shiny, very weird paper. Every time I dragged my pen across the page I felt like I was tearing it a little, even though I really wasn't.

Have a fantastic Friday, everyone! I'm going to stalk the fine purveyors of coffee in my neighborhood and see if I can wake up a little.

Yet again - this image retains copyright with me, the Lopes. Sleepy haters everywhere, beware!

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Cartoon Dump: Episode 1

Hooray! It's finally here! You can now go watch the world's worst cartoons, brought to you by the fabulous Jerry Beck and Frank Conniff. These toons are ugly, boring, and utterly bizarre; the ultimate ugly ducklings of the animated world.

(If you have a crappy browser like mine, I suggest waiting for the movie to play through first while you do something else, then come back for the good stuff)

Go here to rot your brain!

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Nausea


I drew this sketch using colored pencils and ink some time last winter. It's not an incredibly good scan - the paper turned all weirdly translucent - but then it wasn't my scanner. I like to heavily apply layers of color until the colored pencil stuff is just frigging dense and waxy - the colors always look absolutely gorgeous then. Try as I might, this wasn't color correcting in Photoshop the way I wanted it to, and I decided to post it anyway. Why? Because, at the moment, coffee is making me nauseous, and this illustration is my nausea perfectly. It spills out of me, intersects and curliques, tumbles and vomits...

Ugh.

Anyhoo, this image is copyrighted by me, the Lopes. Keep your dirty paws off it, hungry bears!

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Vimobot Contest Round 2


So I missed the ever-so-happening round one of the vimobot design contest, which just means I made it in time for round two! Essentially, you paint on a vinyl doll (provided by the mimobot company) anything you like, and the top ten designs are voted on, to narrow it down to a top three that will be manufactured by mimobot! You don't really get any sort of monetary compensation (as far as I can tell), but your sweet designing skills will be verily distributed across the land...and it sounds like fun to me. I ended up with a free blank vimobot after I purchashed my flash drive Psy, but mostly this is restricted to people buying the doll itself.

Posted above is an image of one of the winners from Round One, Holybot by the Fickilians. Of course, they retain copyright on this one, and not me. :)

I already have a design in mind...do you?

Monday, July 30, 2007

Comic Con Recap


So, I didn't get to see Neil Gaiman, but I accomplished pretty much all my other goals and had a really great time at the con nonetheless!

I ended up buying a 4 GB Psy mimobot from the ever-so-cool mimobot booth at the con (for the uninitiated, mimobots are really adorable flash drives).

The image I've posted is the cover of an erotic art comic I bought called Little Ego by Vittorio Giardino. The art and storytelling obviously owe a lot to Winsor McCay, and I can't say no to a book that has a woman trying to make a teapot ejaculate.

In the swag section I ended up with many cool items, including a neat Cartoon Network messenger bag with all sorts of scribbly illustrations along the outside, and a signed book by David Horvath, one of the co-creators of Uglydolls. He was super happy because I think I was one of the few people in the line who knew who he was, and actually wanted the book because I like his sweet designing skills. But the bestest swag included a free trial version of Corel Painter X and...(da ta da) Guild Wars (cuz I need another MMORPG in my life).

Of course I visited Jim Balent and Holly G., and I bought one of her new books, School Bites, which looked cute.

I attended Jerry Beck's annual presentation of the Worst Cartoons Ever, which I will give links to over the course of the next few months (they're worth seeing, if just to prove how utterly horrible a cartoon can truly be), and the gauntlet run of Spike and Mike's Sick and Twisted Festival of Animation, the highlight of which (in my opinion) was Lone Sausage's Angry Little Cinammon Bun.

All right people, that's about it. Enjoy the links!

Thursday, July 26, 2007

I'm Going to Comic Con!


That's right, after I do my laundry and pack up my clothes I'm going to the (in)famous San Diego Comic Convention! This is a tradition I've done for a few years now, and though I loathe the heat and the crushing press of people at the convention center, I love books and art - and comics have both! In the spirit of Comic Con, I'm posting the illustration of the Widow Walker...a doodle and persona I've invented in my dreaming hours. She's less spidery and more nautical (a la a widow's walk), and is vengeful love personified. (Art note: I drew her a long time ago as an ink sketch, and added the drop shadow using Photoshop today)

On another note, here's what I plan to do at Comic Con:

1. See Neil Gaiman on Friday.

2. Buy a cute toy.

3. Find something cool I haven't heard about.

4. Buy a cool porn/erotic art.

5. Visit Jim Balent and Holly GoLightly.

6. Buy a mimobot flash drive (if I can afford it), and get the free extra one signed by a Happy Tree Friends artist!

Also, there will be a ton of UCLA love this Comic Con, including animators Amy Winfrey, Gil Kenan, and the irrepressible (and amazing) Tom Sito. Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

The Forlorn Octopus


So my boss wants me to learn Adobe Illustrator since we're between commissions at the moment. I have to admit, so far I don't like the program much at all. We have version 10.0.3, which means that it doesn't do all that cool instant vectorizing that you can lay down with CS3, instead you have to map it out line by line, but I can't find a decent tutorial online that would help me out (plus it seems sort of redundant anyway since we'll probably be getting the new version soon). Also, there's a bug in my software that keeps on making Adobe Illustrator Help crash (which I think is the most amusing bug ever - Help! My Help isn't working!), so the going is, needless to say, slow. (And don't even ask about consulting the manual - it's hidden up in a loft I'd have to climb a pretty tall ladder to get to, and I am crap with heights).

This little illustration was made with - ta da - Illustrator, and polished (somewhat) with Adobe Photoshop. I did it with my mouse, hence the rough look of them - although I think it makes the fish look adorable. What I love about illustrations like these is the drawing of tears while a character is underwater. It doesn't make sense except on a purely symbolic level, and communication with symbols is really a fun little shorthand that humans are especially good at (hint: the alphabet, hieroglyphics, etcetera). Our lives are really summarized by symbols - from traffic signs to greeting cards - and our visual language is actually very rich.

Enough blabbering - enjoy your day, I'm going to work on my relationship with a certain program.

Image retains copyright by Michelle Lopes (that's me, sillyheads).

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Inky! The Watercolor Wonder


I painted this girl a couple of weeks ago. Her name is Inky, and I kind of have a little story in my mind whenever I see her. I love working with watercolors - I get more control out of the colors and shading than when I work with acrylics or oils. Actually, I really want to take a painting class so that I can get a better grip on those very mediums. Maybe I'll start one next month - I know I'll be in excellent company with all those wealthy middle-aged men and women intent on learning a craft.

Monday, July 23, 2007

New Bg for My Portfolio Site!


Here's a new pic I'm planning on using in my grand redesign of my portfolio site. Enjoy! Image retains copyright by Michelle Lopes.

ALSO: I fixed my comments today! You can now leave comments on this blog by clicking at the "comments" link at the bottom of the post. Be excited! I am!

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Samson Myspace Movie

Yeah...this isn't animation either, but I've been rocking out to this for a week and cracking up each and every damn time I watch it, which is possibly psychotic. God, I love making fun of myspace!

Also, the comedian responsible for this awesomeness is a professional stand up, and has other hilarious movies at ifilm, including the "Ghetto Safari" series.

MySpace Song

Posted Jul 07, 2007

It's Myspace but it's your space too.



You should also go here to watch the Mastermind...dear God it's an awesome video.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Thoughts on Happiness...

Author's Note: This is a deviation from animation and art - I will try not to do it again in the future, darlings...but sadly, you are in the hands of a madwoman.

I think a lot of people have misconceptions about happiness. People tend to think that happy people are stuck in some enviable alternate-universe bubble where only the sun shines and everyone has clear skin and health insurance.

Often, I am considered one of these happiness zombies. Because I am happy, they assume that nothing really bad has ever happened to me - that I am an inexperienced moron in the realm of human tragedy. But that's because they don't really think about it. Like many - and I'm not excluding myself here - they make the mistake of forgetting how to use empathy on an everyday basis.

Personally, I am not an inherently happy person. Like all people, I have worries, doubts, and painful - sometimes even wretchedly tragic - events that happen to me. However, unlike many, I choose to find the positive things in life and cling to them as vigorously as possible. People don't realize this simple truth: happiness takes work. It is difficult to step outside yourself and look for optimism. It is a struggle to laugh at the darkest times we all go through. But by gaining a perspective on life, really looking hard at yourself and the world around you, you'll often realize that no matter the tragedy, you will not only survive, but be able to find some small joy. Maybe it's from the natural world. Maybe it's from expressing your own creative spirit. Maybe it's realizing how poignant and beautiful it is that someone loves and cares about you, or from realizing that - no matter how you feel - you're honestly not alone.

Sure, sometimes I get depressed, but I realize my depression for its limitations - it occurs when my empathy, and my perceptiveness, are malfunctioning in some way. As soon as I remember how to think about myself in a more realistic, human context, my depression diminishes. And, in a while, I find myself able to laugh again.

Every tragedy, every loss, can become a smaller thing in this way. That doesn't mean it'll go away entirely, or that it should go away entirely. Rather, at times certain things that provoke unhappiness should be challenged with courage and vigour.

But that's exactly the point - you shape this world, and your happiness. No one else. So go make this world a happy one.

That is all.

Monday, July 16, 2007

The Old Man's Sleepy, and So Am I...


Today I've been exhausted. I'm not complaining or anything - I hate whining - I'm just super sleepy. So instantly, I think of dozing old men, and in an effort to keep myself awake, I draw a dozing old man. I made him using my Wacom and Adobe Photoshop at work. I started drawing him with outlines, then removed them at the end - I think it's kind of interesting-looking, but I'm a little dissatisfied with it.

On another note - I always see on blogs that people's artwork gets shiny, glowing compliments unless the artist denigrates their own piece. Just a little ole observation I made today.

You, however, my dear and faithful reader, are completely prohibited from making any comments, thanks to the html from hell. Enjoy. :)

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Inspirational Sketch


Today at work I remembered to bring my Wacom, see the difference from yesterday's sketch? Muy more control. This woman is the origin for (yet another) After Effects project I've been kicking around in my brain - one that might end up being a sort of animated signature for me. To say more about it - the final project would blend the divine and profane in my distinctly Lopesian way. And if it's Lopesian, you know it's gotta be good...or at least come with free sauce packets.

Monday, July 09, 2007

Look Ma, No Wacom!


Today at work after reinstalling Adobe Photoshop CS2 (my current version was missing files - so there was an uninstallation going on too) I decided to play around with the program to make sure it worked properly. Lo and behold, I'd left my Wacom at home, and the one at work is mysteriously missing a pen! What all this adds up to? I drew this sketch using only the mouse. Check out how interesting the lines look! Personally, I kinda like the wobble aesthetics-wise, but I would hate hate HATE it if I were forced to only draw this way. My hands crave control. Oooh, control freak alert!

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Fun Animation Tool...and Toy

What are you doing here? Go play. The sodaplay site, using math and basic principles of biology and physics, gives you tools to build your own organically fluid animations. You can edit just about everything - from frequency of movement to gravitational pull - which makes soda absolutely fascinating to watch and use. This can be a great tool for testing certain types of animation, and excellent for studying motion as well. Enjoy.

Go here to begin.

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Happy Birthday to Me

It's the big day! As of 9:38 PM tonight, I am officially twenty five! (I know the time of my birth cuz my family is crazy obsessive like that). I share my birthday with both Franz Kafka, author of many depressing nihilistic tales, and Tom Cruise, a man beloved and laughed at by many for his adorable wacky hijinks. Was there any sarcasm in that sentence? I leave it for you, the reader, to deduce! Bear in mind, though, I actually don't give a tinker's damn about the popular media's opinion on practically anything, let alone something as uninteresting as celebrities. Did any of you notice that I was able to work "tinker's damn" into a sentence? Yay for me!

Saturday, June 30, 2007

Hooray! I'm Employed!





I got a job at a sweet little special effects boutique in Hermosa Beach. I'm soo excited - Mac Quad 4 Systems at every station, and the beach at the front door - absolutely divine.

The images I'm posting today are from a watercolor I did five years ago. I'm extremely proud of the fact that I did her without any sort of model or source material - which honestly, is how I draw all my cheesecake, even though I always feel guilty, like; shouldn't I be using a model to really nail the anatomy here? But then I argue: naaaw - this is way more fun. It's looser, that's for sure. :) I redid some of her details, but I largely didn't mess with the original intent. Mistakes and all, she's one of my fave doodles.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

New Video!

You know you wanna go see my newest After Effects piece, The Terrible Dinner. Go here to check it out. All it needs now are some titles. For people that saw it in the work-in-progress stage, this is the cleaned up, I love it entirely version. Enjoy!

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Wall E Trailer

Oh...this looks good. Using the song 'Brazil' in the trailer? Also good. Pixar, you make me sooo incredibly happy, and all you have to do is make films.

Go here to see the Wall E trailer.

Friday, June 22, 2007

Warcraft is My Fix...Get Me a Syringe!!!

Is World of Warcraft addictive? Apparently, a bunch of over-reacting, crap-for-parenting adults think so. One (anonymous) woman likens the game to buying her son alcohol, in this gem of an article. Plus game addiction might make it into the DSM! I can't wait!

Now to be fair, I'm sure there are addicts, but you can become addicted to anything if you have the predisposition for addiction. Hell, you can get your fix from picking belly-button lint if you so desire - the potential is there.

And my tauren? Level fifty-nine baby, waiting for that sweet level sixty goodness.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Second Life Machinima

Wow, it's finally here - the machinima I've been blogging about for, like, EVER. Oh my God! To see it, click here. Enjoy.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Knockout


I love drawing cheesecake, and Knockout was especially fun to draw (I'm identifying with her a bit, perhaps - in a good way - she's a good-natured tough cookie, after all). I started in pencil, then inked using Prismacolor, Tombow, Deleter, and Copic markers. I find that I need to use a plethora of markers for subtle differences in warmth and coolness; each brand has its own benefits and deficiencies in those arenas. After that, I scanned this baby. I had to color correct the scanned drawing, and this tif file is a (fairly) decent approximation of the original marker colors. Enjoy.

All original work posted here retains copyright by me, Michelle Lopes.

Monday, June 04, 2007

Paprika Film



I rarely say this: Paprika, directed by Satoshi Kon, is a perfect film. The characters are intriguing, the action great, the images and themes outrageously imaginative - there is nothing better you could be doing this weekend than seeing this movie. Unfortunately, it's only playing in Los Angeles and New York, so if you have the rare opportunity of proximity, I suggest you play into fate's hands and see it. There is little else to say.

Oh yeah, and I'm the guild master of Hordish at the moment. My position is temporary, but hey, I feel like bragging.

The above images are stills from the film, Paprika, and retain copyright with
Sony Entertainment.

Thursday, May 31, 2007

Narcissist or Studious...Um, Student?




So for my machinima I'm going to be addressing one of my fave themes - my own damn self. In addition to capturing footage of my avatar in Second Life, I will also be using a "real" digital image of myself, manipulating it and compositing it with the regular machinima clips using both Adobe Photoshop and After Effects. I'm pretty much narrowing it down between the two bare-shouldered images of myself...I'm waffle-y, so the final image that makes it into the machinima's gonna be a real wild card.

The pic of me playing Warcraft is just to show you how utterly, desolately nerdy I am. Level 52! Woot!

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Still Moving


I've been coloring and doing clean up a lot lately, and saved this image. It's an entire scene just before I've done the clean up/coloring process. What I love about it is seeing an entire action in one static image...now what art movement does that remind me of, I wonder?

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Fan Art



Just in case you didn't know I was a dork...while World of Warcraft was having rolling restarts due to its new patches, I made this piece of fan art based on my tauren, Stirfry. I used my Wacom tablet, and Adobe Photoshop.

Woot!

Friday, May 18, 2007

T.E.D.D.Y.

This new software I found out about today got me really excited! Imagine drawing lines and constructing a 3D object using a Wacom tablet or a Cintiq! What utter fun. I love thinking about the possibilities here.



To download the software, you need a PC. Go here.

O.K....so they say T.E.D.D.Y. SOMETIMES works if you have a Mac and download all this other crappy software. If you're daring enough to try it, go here.

Friday, May 11, 2007

Second Life Scandal!





Today my avatar's about to be all scandalous...not only is she sporting strawberry undies, but she's all catgirled out (as seen in the final pic)! Saucy!

Monday, May 07, 2007

Melancholy

Being around people isn't the same as not being alone.

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Useful Information: How to Pronounce Chuck Palahniuk's Last Name

From the master's lips comes this lovely pronounciation guide. (And yes, I've been mispronouncing it, too). God, he's an amazing author! I can't wait to sink my teeth into Rant.

In other news: my tauren hunter is now, officially, level forty. Bust out the balloons, people. Oh the sweet, sweet nerdiness of it all...

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Prop Shop Stop...and Book Fair!!!


So, here's a pic of my Second Life avatar looking exceptionally sneaky on a couch I bought for the machinima I'm going to make. By the way, what the heck are her hands doing? Personally, I have no idea. I've been musing over the idea of self in a virtual world - where am "I" in this picture? Is my avatar an extension of my self/id - or is it a truer self than the masked skin body I waltz around in (cuz it's a virtual mask I choose to wear, rather than the form I am currently constrained in)? Curioser and curioser...

In other news, I went to the UCLA book fair yesterday, and bought books! Surprise! I also bought a cuddly version of a parasitic book worm, and a coffee mug in the shape of a molar. I'm going to be moving into a new apartment pretty soon, and am looking forward to redecorating. Ah, sweet medical charts! Soon you shall be unleashed once more upon the world (and my walls)!

Also, I'm working on an After Effects project that I'll post when I'm done. Right now I'm taking a break from it, but believe me, it's cool. Oh, so cool...

Monday, April 23, 2007

Novel Time

I'm done! The first draft of my novel is done! I'm now in the gestation period, waiting for a thorough criticism (due to the kindness of strangers...you know who you are), and the desire to reread the thing straight through (on my behalf) to respawn in my heart.

Also, I'm working on my film again. Finally! The urge to animate and finish this behemoth arises once more! Muwahahahahaaa!

Also, I'm taking up Diablo 2 again, and World of Warcraft. That's probably not so good for my film, but Lord love a duck, it's good times. Life is crazy sweet. I don't think it could get much better than this.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Second Life Class



So school has started up for me again, and now I'm taking a class in the MMORPG, Second Life. It's interesting so far, but a bit like Las Vegas for me. Let me clarify that - it seems, to me anyway, that as we grow older we forget how to be happy on a level that doesn't require sex or drugs or consumer consumption or violence. Not that those things are bad (in the entertainment world anyway - I'm not advocating any violence inflicted on people in real life! Allow me to remain vague on the others.). However, they're a bit, well, limiting. I'm sure people are creating unique stories in Second Life, and it's my job as a student to hunt them out, but the overwhelming popularity of the other categories I've already listed is pretty stifling. Not to say I'm not enjoying this class - I certainly am - I just think it's interesting and a little sad all at once.

I've decided to start a narrative about reflexivity and identity in Second Life - perhaps not an entirely original topic to cover, but it's the one that intrigues me the most. I might make a machinima, but we'll see. I'm going to start by writing a short story about self in the world electric. Avatars are so strange, aren't they?

The images I've posted are snapshots of my avatar, NecroNancy Loon, in Second Life. Pretty good resemblance to me, dontcha think? :)

Friday, April 06, 2007

Portfolio Site Update

Come check out the updates on my blog! Now all the movies are of a playable size, and include text underneath them. For an extra-special bonus, there's also a NEW MOVIE!!!

Huzzah.

I'm ill, possibly with strep. I'll just go back to lolling around in pure stupefication, thanks.

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

New First Scene Background

As promised, here is the new version of my background for my 8 minute animated monstrosity.



To compare, I've also included a (composited) frame with the original background. Now you can pick through and see what I've changed! Some of the changes are obvious, like the colors of the sunset, while others - dealing with adjusting opacity layers, blurring, etcetera - are a lot more subtle. The person who finds all ten changes first wins a cookie, subject to my schedule. (Hint: the step in the foreground and the people don't count as changes to the background).