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Jan
24
2021

January ProgBlog #2: building bigger

As soon as Protective 3 had gone into cooldown, I started work on Acaedia, using Red and Zip to help with sizing.

The Flyers (especially Dragonkin!) take up a lot of space and need a lot of space.

Acaedia sizing

I'm starting with the Royals' apartment which is in the central tower.  Each of the squares is 10x10m, the walls are 5m high.

Jan
23
2021

Protective 3

Red and Zip anticipating trouble

The result of Sprat nagging me to draw.  Red and Zip weren't always this friendly.

I kind of matched the image she finished while I was starting, and she also suggested I match with my previous Protective, so I did that too by doing a full body shot, otherwise my composition would have ended up more like

Red and Zip closer up

which is a "slight" difference from Sprat's composition as her characters are standing further apart and have a much less severe height difference.

Jan
16
2021

January ProgBlog #1: super-LATE-ive somewhat new

Oof I haven't done a progblog since the beginning of December and that wasn't even a progblog, it was a noprogblog x_x

So surprise surprise, the MacBook Air struggles with the kind of work I do.  I had to keep toggling the particle hair on and off in Blender because adjusting things on my big rig was making that thing complain (it's an i7 something or other with 32Gb of ram), the small rig was unusably laggy with the particles on.

I'd like to say I must have been whining about it more than I thought as Sprat nagged me to draw instead, but she is usually nagging me to draw instead. 

So I drew and this is what I'm working on at the moment.

Jan
06
2021

December Homeschool Miscellany

I usually don't do December and January unless interesting things happen as December is usually write-off month (too many end of year things happening for anything to be effectively planned and even if it could be planned we'd be exhausted as normally around the end of year things we just want to chill) and January is planning month (because my organisational skills are that atrocious that I need an entire month to plan).

Jan
03
2021

August/September/November Homeschool Miscellany

I thought I'd already done August Homeschool Miscellany but apparently I'd done July and collected photos for August but not actually written the post.  Oops.  So everything ended up getting grouped as I've been struggling this year.

It's no accident that October was left out, apparently we didn't do anything that I could include.

Goolugatup Heathcote Museum

We initially heard that there was a museum in the building of the Heathcote Cultural Precinct when we attended a relative's birthday party there.  The precinct was a mental institution in the 1920s for mildly afflicted people and was one of the pioneering ones that broke away from the methods that seem to result in buildings being haunted.

What we didn't know was that the museum was really, really tiny (one room) and we had to wander through the art gallery to get there.

Dec
29
2020

Did someone say dino nuggets?

shenanigans comic

Did a shenanigans comic for Silly Season Shenanigans for a change partly because it's been a while since I did a comic and mostly because this happened on Christmas Day.

I really need to find out what's going on with Linux Krita (unless the problem has been fixed in the system update/s that will probably be waiting for me when we get back to Perth), as exporting to jpg with MacOS Krita is working exactly as it's supposed to.

Hope you're all having a good silly season :D

Dec
06
2020

NoProgBlog: bleh

Stuff is a mess right now.  Don't really want to talk about it as it involves other people (spoiler alert: nobody is dead yet and J and I are still together seeing as those are the things people seem to be jumping to).  End result of that is my head went into interesting places that are hard to come back from and while I really tried hard to do some art to stabilise, well basically it didn't work out, so buggerall got done.

Literally buggerall of anything got done.  No art (hence the name of this post), no moderation work for OCA, barely any housework, definitely not the photobooks which I wanted to start on last month because I'm not sure about postage times due to some pointless virus, not much of anything.

Nov
21
2020

Automator partial notes: convoluted photo management

I wonder if my hive crew have been missing my incessantly nonsensical comments or if they're enjoying the serenity.

As I mentioned at the end of the last progblog I wrote two weeks ago (x_x), I finally managed to pick up a cute laptop (I'm so used to getting the highest spec'd things that getting something practically off the shelf and only upgrading storage feels so weird and wrong) and get back into the overpriced (I'm now broke for the next 6 years) and very...um..."special" Apple ecosystem that I have this love/hate relationship with (love it because it's the one that gives me the least problems and I find their devices fun to use, and hate it because it is so very overpriced and some things make me -_-).

Nov
06
2020

November ProgBlog #2: splitting hairs

October ProgBlog 3 is technically November ProgBlog 1 and just isn't called as such because I was a seriously sleep deprived idiot at the time.

Where I left off, I'd started on the hairs by doing the reasonably easy eyelashes and eyebrows first.  Okay eyebrows are pretty easy, just make a density map and then comb.  Eyelashes I always have to keep painting hairs on carefully and then combing equally carefully.

And then had to tone things down a little so that they didn't look like oil painting strokes.

Only vaguely related, I have read about someone using hair particles as oil painting strokes previously but they were asking questions about it and I didn't see the outcome.

Then there was a system update which let me use my gpu for rendering again, yay!

And then I actually tested hybrid mode and it was about 20 seconds quicker on my test render.

Nov
01
2020

October ProgBlog #3: normal madness

Something along these lines.

 

Along with my usual "I don't really feel like I've done enough to be worth a progblog" silliness, it's been a crazy few weeks.  Sprat came up late for her yearly holiday after being uncertain about whether she'd be able to come up at all (she normally comes during the July school holidays) and did all the Christmas shopping, which basically meant hitting the shops almost every day for a couple of weeks.  She eventually managed to get it all done.

Then this weekend I had to supervise a weekend long teenager party (long annoying story). 

As I was squeezing in art around shopping and staying up really late to do so, and then the weekend long party, I will probably need to catch up on sleep at some stage.