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Oct
15
2018

It gets better...

embers big songpic

Please excuse the banding, jpg hates me sometimes.

I sent this song to a couple of friends who were having a rough time, as it's pretty uplifting and the lyrics seem to be about not giving up no matter what life hurls at you.

 

TeamAustralia on steem is currently trying to fund a hayrunners truck, and the not giving up theme seemed appropriate there too.

I'm pretty rubbish at explaining why I do anything so have each frame with associated short stories that have something about overcoming whatever life hurls at you because three short stories in one day is easier than explaining stuff.

-=[o]=-

Oct
12
2018

October ProgBlog #3: momentary confusion

I did the other two progblogs pretty much back to back and managed to forget that and thought I was doing 2 now but apparently I'm up to 3, getting old in my old age and a bit more sleep wouldn't be remiss either.

I still have a process/progress video for Embers but I've decided I'm way too lazy to edit it and just need to finish Embers because it's already November next month and while I would love to make a tiny bit more steem for hayrunners I also want to progress all the other stuff (including the stuff I'm "supposed" to be doing! XD) and end of year stuff is ramping up so things are going to get busier soon.  Fortunately the gymnastics end of year display didn't clash with the dance end of year concert!

Oct
10
2018

September Homeschooling Miscellany

One of the things about not learning in an institution is accepting that the stuff taught and learned in institutions isn't the grand authority on all that's worth learning.  I know this, but sometimes I don't really know it.  Like on her day, 11yo said she wanted to get her nails done.

My immediate response was "pick something educational".

I'm not sure why mouths sometimes just randomly fire off before engaging the logic part first as not only would it make a lot of things so much easier, it would probably also make the world a better place in general.  11yo has spent a couple of years studying makeup artistry, nails were part of that, so we would learn how nails got done professionally.  Also, I got her to research the nail places at the shopping centre we were going to in order to get some idea of prices.  As it turned out none of them had prices on their websites (which is really annoying) so we had to do actual legwork.

Oct
05
2018

October ProgBlog #2: nearly forgot!

And if I don't do it tonight it will be late again as busy weekend is busy!

The process video wasn't done in time so it may make the next week's progblog or alternately it may never see the light of day, depending entirely on whether or not I finish Embers over the next week.  I did finish frame 3:

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Oct
01
2018

October ProgBlog #1: running late!

Because I was struggling with editing the video and the spacebar on my keyboard has decided to play silly buggers, something has come loose on the right side so when I hit it on that side it doesn't always bother to do its job and is depressing unevenly.  I have had to switch to using my left hand to do space and am finding it awkward and infuriating.  So I'm going to try one of those clackety mechanical monstrosities and give this one to 13yo as he has a really ancient keyboard  that we had lying around and it's a bit more worn out than this one is.

So here I'm working on light 1 and shadow 2 in the second frame.

 

Meanwhile I've actually finished  the second frame:

Sep
24
2018

September ProgBlog #4: and some totally unrelated updates

This weekend was busier than usual with 13yo and 11yo having states.  Both of them did pretty well, 11yo got a silver on beam (level 5 is tough!) and 13yo got silver on pommel and rings and gold on floor and parallel bars as well as second in All Around.

Now there's just end of year stuff to go! 11yo has been busy at fornightly dance rehearsals as she's in the opening performance for the end of year concert.  Now I just  hope it doesn't clash with the gymnastics end of year display!

I eventually decided I would post the video of me doing shadow 1 because while it's a bit on the boring side it is kind of the most important shadow layer as it sets the base for both light 1 and the other two shadow layers.

Sep
16
2018

September ProgBlog #3: bouncing everywhere

I'm still editing week before's Wednesday streaming and have to start on last week's, ideally before I do this week's but cutting music is hard.

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Sep
13
2018

August Homeschooling Miscellany

This month, we started sliding back into normal.  Seeing as most grocery stores have now stopped providing single-use plastic bags, we've ended up with a lot more cardboard boxes which get put to good use:

9yo-cardboard-infinity-gauntlet

Here after watching Guardians of the Galaxy 2 he's made a cardboard version of the Infinity Gauntlet complete with the little stone things on top.

Sep
08
2018

September ProgBlog #2: off on a slight tangent

Only a very slight one though.

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This is the first of four panels on that rather large songpic that escaped from my head (that obnoxious white line on the left is the frame border).  Think I've levelled up or at least gained a lot of xp with shadowing as normally I still need the lineart layer after light and shadow 1 but it's currently off, guess dark scenes are good for something XD (or maybe I should just not be so afraid of the shadow layers in day scenes).

Sep
01
2018

September ProgBlog #1

Small victory for having made all the progblogs last month!

We've had awesome fun times with everyone in the house except me (so far touch wood aargh) succumbing to this rather awful gastro over the course of the week, so in fairness not quite as much done as I would have liked to do (even though I whined about my glacial speed at the time), but slow progress is better than no progress!

Finished the sculpt of Zara and let it cool down.  It's still looking okay (plus I can do shape modifications after it's been sent to Blender) so will be starting retopo on it soon.

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