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Apr
21
2018

April ProgBlog #2

Finally got all the stupid hair guides sorted and grouped, time for some expression testing!

Red expression test

Which also gives me a chance to fix weight maps.  The auto-weight mapping does a pretty decent job, but it's not perfect and touchups around the place are usually required (like for some insane reason half the innermost wing membrane was associated with the little finger why).

Apr
20
2018

Upbokki

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BMJ requested a springbok holding a shot glass and a rugby ball for a mascot for one of the communities he's in.  He got a bonus two because I had some fun ideas.  I wasn't going to do any shading but felt that they needed that something extra.  Haven't done cel shading for a while but it worked out better than expected, partially helped by learning how to handle the new Krita brushes.

Apr
18
2018

Blender notes: curve guides for particle hair and bonus hair colour without making separate emitter geometry

Add the hair in the usual fashion.

Hair setup screenie

By default the hair will just sprout wherever.  To restrict it to a certain part of the mesh, create a vertex group in vertex paint mode, and then use the group you created as a density map (found at the bottom of the particle panel).

Apr
17
2018

April ProgBlog #1

I still haven't worked out whether it's better to keep a regular update even if it's "I'm an idiot and got stuck again" or just not say anything if I'm that stuck.

So after combing the hair into the right shape, I found out a few things.

Apr
15
2018

March Homeschool Miscellany

March kicked off with Perth's first steemup.  The kids got to have some interesting conversations with new friends and encouraged to continue blogging (except for 9yo who disappeared off to the pool for most of the thing).

Perth steemup at Whiteman Park, Western Australia   Perth steemup, Whiteman Park, Western Australia

The steem colours I sported in my mohawk so everyone knew where to go are still in!

Apr
07
2018

AER crowd character: LordHyena

LordNigel the Hyena Evolved

Hyenas tend to be punks or warriors or punk warriors and I was pretty tempted but nope because it's LORD Nigel, that called for a civil, classy hyena.

He may end up with ear piercings down the line.

Apr
01
2018

February Homeschooling Miscellany

The month kicked off with 9yo deciding to make his own "card game" after ages of playing Magic and Yu-Gi-Oh.  After quick playtests with me and 11yo, 11yo decided to help make even more "cards".  I use the term loosely bcause the "cards" were all A4-sized.

9yo-11yo-making-card-game

The game was fairly simple and entertaining, and after playing a couple of times 9yo decided that he probably needed more "good" cards as it didn't take very long for me to die despite the lives and death prevention things that had been added in the iteration with 11yo.

Mar
24
2018

March ProgBlog #3

Last week was working on pants and boots (and getting to use some fabric normals and a leather material some kind souls made available on Blendswap):

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trying to wrangle the hair into several hair ties (it was supposed to be tied with a cord but I finally got it through my thick skull that it wouldn't stay, even when I did have long hair I didn't do anything interesting with it, so I'm going to claim total stupidity ignorance and too much anime on my part there!):

Mar
13
2018

AER March ProgBlog #2

Currently all about hair and pants.

I did the pants first to procrastinate the hair.

tail-pants-01   tail-pants-02

Mar
06
2018

Forest Fish

forest fish

Another fun one for VincentNijman, of him as a "forest fish".  Pfft who am I kidding they're all fun XD

So the keywords were "forest fish" and he also wanted his bespectacled face on it.  I'm not great at real people but gave it a shot, and also incorporated axolotl tail and feathery bits bcause that was the first thing that came to mind when we were talking about a fish that likes to go for long walks through the forest.  What we have here is a river giant Selkie, probably 2.5m tall give or take, who loves going for long walks in the jungley areas beside his river.  His eyes are better suited to underwater so he wears glasses when above.