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Oct
02
2015

Six

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I am a terrible parent.

6yo has actually been 6 for a while.  Doing the birthday post got lost in the shuffle partially due to general life busy-ness and mostly because his birthday celebration was quiet and laid back by his choice.  We didn't go anywhere as all he wanted was for his best friend to come over and play Skylanders.  He had a couple of friends come over and they all played Skylanders.  He apparently wants a Skylanders cake next birthday as we didn't manage one this time round.

Oct
01
2015

Rescue sketch

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Quick sketch of a scene from the first chapter of the fanfic collab with Midnight.

Stoker is copyrighted to whatever megacorp has the Biker Mice from Mars licenses.  Windsong (the one being carried) is mine.

Sep
25
2015

It's all about the camera angle

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The poses are exactly the same, just the camera angles are different, and it changes the entire feel of the piece.

bmfm/ar comparison/concepts - Zara and Starzone


ar/bmfm character concept/comparison: Zara and Starzone again

Sep
20
2015

Biker Mice from Mars FC: Brandt Maverick

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Biker Mice from Mars fan character

I needed a break from feathering, Midnight had just rolled out a concept of a new character, he was such a prettyboy and I'd wanted to see how my colouring looked on her drawing style.  The timing was perfect.

Brandt Maverick belongs to Midnight, this pic was coloured with permission.  Character is still under heavy development and may not look the same once she's done with him :)

Sep
15
2015

Museum

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8yo has made it into the "Sunflowers" group which is a group of Level 2 girls who the coaches decide are good enough for competitions.  Level 3 is the official competition level for the PCYC clubs (I have no idea about in general) so the Level 2 girls get to go along to the comps for fun and get a medal based on their overall scores.  8yo participated in her first comp and got a silver.

Sep
12
2015

Why have you forsaken me?

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JJ and 6yo are making pancakes, 6yo searches the fridge for toppings.

6yo: Dad! I can't find any jam! JAAAAAAAAAAAM! WHY HAVE YOU FORSAKEN ME?! Oh wait here's some, never mind.
 

Sep
10
2015

Particle wing progression

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Blender Avian model with particle feathers

Sep
06
2015

Particle feathers

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Blender Avian with particle feathers

Particle feathers look a hell of a lot better than polygon feathers but take about a million years to render.  This frame took 50mins.  This would be why people use polygon feathers with texture maps.

...at this stage I may bite the excessive render times for the nicer appearance.

Aug
27
2015

Can't fudge this

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The good thing about drawing is that you can blithely say that your character has a 20m wingspan and still draw them folded up neatly against their backs in the pose everyone expects, which is something similar to my short-armed redo which had a roughly 5m wingspan:

Blender Avian model with chicken wings

Aug
22
2015

Contemplating Avian wing sizing...

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I can't remember how I came about my original calculations but I worked out that a 1.8m tall (because that's how tall my base model is, no other real reason) Avian should have a 10-12m wingspan.  Because I didn't want to make the wing arms too big (because heavy plus looked stupid past a certain point) I managed to end up with 3m long primaries.

Blender Avian model with 10m wingspan

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