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Jan
11
2018

AER crowd character: BOOM!

MeesterBoom

The relentlessly hilarious @meesterboom requested a Dragonkin with a mohawk, no colour preference.  It was so, so very difficult not to give him a hot pink mohawk.  Gave him an extra long ratty but no tattoos as I'm not sure if he's a Tribe Flyer or not.  If he is I think one of the tattoos is going to be blue stripes like in Braveheart:

blue face paint from Braveheart
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Sketchy for approval.

 

Jan
10
2018

AER crowd character: Ninjaroo

Ninjaroo sketch

Ninjaroo is thoroughly going to be his official nym.

I've recently decided to open my $10 Patreon tier to people on steem who regularly interact with me or are on the Team Australia and Be Awesome Discord channels.  @aussieninja asked to be a ninja kangaroo, which meant lithe agile little gray wallaby.  All ninjas wear headbands with medallions right? XD The ninja balaclava is down around his neck for the moment because I wanted to draw his face (I did originally have it up like he probably would do when playing parkour chasey).

Sketch ref for approval.

Jan
01
2018

Happy New Year!

Farewell 2017, happy 2018!

I did my usual and had a drink while 3d-ing.  I probably should have taken a photo of the drink for the benefit of the steem crowd but didn't.  JJ piked out but the kids stayed up with me (probably for the novelty of staying up til midnight as 8yo's bedtime is 8, and the big two at 9:30).  Despite procrastinating for pretty much the entire day I managed to finally close the retopo and have started painting.

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Dec
17
2017

AER ProgBlog: more retopo and another character backstory piece

I was supposed to do this before Silly Season kicked all the way in and...well I'm in some downtime before it arcs up fully so here we go XD

Retopo is going slowly and painfully as per usual.  I just have to finish the wings and then I can start painting, and hope that my retopo job isn't completely crap and that he animates all right.  Then after that I have to fix the rig and give him some hair and then maybe have a little fun while I work out who I'm doing next.

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Oct
24
2017

AER ProgBlog: retopo and storyboarding

Haven't really had a chance to work much on this lately, always other things demanding attention (and apparently I'm not supposed to take time out of sleep to make up for it but that's pretty much all I got left).

Tail retopo is driving me up the wall a little bit, I had quite a few goes before I got a mesh I'm vaguely happy with.  What I wanted was to just draw the mesh and smoothe it later but apparently my lines were so terribly wonkered that I need to fix everything before I can proceed.

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Sep
13
2017

Stars Glow

Zara and Megan chilling looking at the stars

Switch on the sky and the stars glow for you
Go see the world coz it's all so brand new
Don't close your eyes coz your future is ready to shine
It's just a matter of time before we learn how to fly
Welcome to the rhythm of the night
There's something in the air you can't deny...

- Owl City: When Can I See You Again

Saving as a png ate my colours again.  I really need a 16bit image format that browsers can understand.

 

Jul
29
2017

Very late Thursday streaming!

This one is from last Thursday! A lot of stuff happened that prevented solid work on it so it ended up getting dragged out for the entire week! And then I didn't stream this Thursday because other stuff had to happen.  But we got there eventually! In this one I finish off High and continue working on Red.  Digits are my nemesis (yes I have several of them).

Track list

Jul
20
2017

Happy engagement!

Two people in love

Engagement present for @jedau and @randomli.

I was going to do my usual little ficlet to go with this one but Jed has something in mind so I don't want to clash, and also I don't actually know Aurelius' wife's name XD (actually up til Jed got attached to him I didn't know a whole lot about him). They have some cute babies though XP

I was thinking about throwing some text in there but I couldn't think of anything poignant or even intelligent to write, and also realised that I'd have to change the composition if I included text as it would unbalance otherwise.

ahhahahahahaaa listen to me sound like I know what I'm talking about

So then I thought about putting some clouds in there as they're fun to paint, but had the same problem as with the text and besides which I want them to have cloudless skies together (metaphorically ie a long and happy life).

Jul
15
2017

Thursday stream - more High artbombed by Surf's Upgoat

Last Thursday stream as I'm switching to Fridays next week or so (whether I'll manage next Friday is another thing as Sprat is up on holiday so we've been hanging).  Decided to stream despite not having backup as I was going to be busy doing other things on the Friday when I did have backup so decided to continue working on @jedau and @randomli's engagement present.

Jul
01
2017

Thursday stream - High

I started on an engagement present for @jedau on Wednesday, and decided to continue it on Thursday so of course it got streamed.

Did something slightly different, instead of just cutting a piece out of each track as usual, I axed anything that wasn't sappy, upbeat, uplifting or didn't have lyrics I could use and used slightly longer samples than otherwise.  The first and last tracks are still the first and last tracks (and in fact the first track was the inspiration for the piece as well as what I thought of when I read Jed's dramatised recount of the proposal to his girlfriend).  The ending is rather abrupt because I was pretty tired by that point and my computer was playing silly buggers.

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