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Aug
02
2020

August ProgBlog #1: and then one thing led to another and...

WARNING: if you're an ultraprude there's a nude character in here but only the breasts are somewhat detailed, while you can see the crotch area due to lack of clothes there isn't even implied genitalia.

So there I was, just smoothing out Red's feet and toes and fixing toenails that needed fixing

Blender 2.8 sculpting feet

Jul
29
2020

July ProgBlog #2: minified progblog

I'm severely out of it.  I'm currently struggling (and mostly failing) to not revert to my owlish ways.

I don't even remember why I didn't post the progblog on Friday.

Oh yes, I had an extra child (11yo had a friend sleeping over for the weekend).

I also hadn't finished the tail at the time and I was sick of posting pictures of the unfinished tail.

Then I stayed up way too late last night because I finally finished it.

Blender 2.83 character sculpting

To some value of finished.

Jul
06
2020

July ProgBlog #1: guess who's stuck, stuck again

If you are new to 3d, getting stuck and having to rework things using better techniques that you figure out later is perfectly normal (unless you're a prodigy).

And if you went to some fancy school to learn stuff, experiment anyway because the stuff taught in schools is one way to do things, not the only or necessarily best way to do things.

Jun
27
2020

June ProgBlog #4: and I would have gotten away with it too if it weren't for you meddling kids and your darned dog!

And by "gotten away with it" I mean "finished" and by "dog" I mean "dogs and cats" XD

I've spent this entire week ironing the tail.  Also found this helpful setting

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and turned it on after actually reading the tooltip while wondering what it did.  I'd been thinking it would be helpful in high poly situations like this if stuff could just be rendered when it was actually in the viewport and smarter people than me obviously thought it would be a good idea too XD

Got about this far from the end yesterday

Jun
20
2020

June ProgBlog #3: I don't know either

I decided to go in a different direction and after getting past the face I reduced some polygons down the back and went onto the tail.  I'd kind of moved the base part down the back in 3dC so it was pretty much attached to the butt like it would be in a quadruped which looks more awkward in a biped but that's what they're all going to be like and their body structures are somewhat unlikely anyway.

It was a right bloody mess coming in from 3dC, I'm not even sure what happened.

Blender 2.8 sculpting fixing a messy mesh

Jun
13
2020

June ProgBlog #2: buttery

That's what Blender sculpt mode feels like at the moment.

I don't know whether it's because I found some settings that make me happy or whether I finally got the polycount down to something Blender is happier with (got it down to 3.5M from 3.7M after I decided to reduce the polycount in the wing membranes using super light dabs with the clay brush and it's been jumping mostly down as I continue reworking things and Blender remeshes everything I touch) or whether something has been going on under the hood as I swear every time Manjaro does a system update there's a new version of Blender in there somewhere (this may or may not be a slight exaggeration).

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Jun
05
2020

June ProgBlog #1: textual feeling

What do you mean that's reminding you of a song? XD

I've been bouncing between working on the sculpt to try to have something interesting and visual for the progblog because people in general seem to prefer pretty pictures (guess it's much easier to glance, upvote and keep scrolling than actually have to read? XD), but sadly there is still a metric boatload of work nobody is ever going to see or even realise exists to get done as well.

sql dump file in LibreOffice

May
29
2020

May ProgBlog #4: sculpting and scripting

I have no real excuse for the late progblog this time.  I just forgot it was Friday yesterday and was merrily sculpting away til late.  Fixing sculpts isn't quite as fun as just making them but I definitely find it more fun than trying to work out retopo or rigging or cloth sim shenanigans.

Blender 2.8 reworking a 3d-Coat sculpt mesh

May
27
2020

To some value of working

Please excuse the slight headache that is the abrupt camera movement towards the end (and maybe don't watch it if you get motion sick easily ^_^;), I only half-arsed fixed a lot of things after changing the framerate from 24 to 60.  There are so many things I need to fix.  Including I forgot to turn the arm socks collection back on (I could have sworn I had) but I'm not rerendering this just for that, so you can instead see why she usually wears arm socks.  And just not bothering with the hair collisions after a while because this was supposed to be a thing to work out clothes rigging.  If this was an actual thing I would have obsessed over it a lot longer.

layer

Apr
12
2020

April ProgBlog #2: the sleeps are borked

For once I actually had a good reason about not getting the progblog done on the Friday.  13yo and I spent the entire day making a sign for a birthday driveby.  Saturday was the actual driveby and because I'm really smart and hate driving I decided I would rather hike it in 39C because that's how much I hate driving (it was just down the road).  That coupled with drifting back into habits that I've had since childhood that not even 12 years of strict bedtimes and wake up times and attempts that always fail despite people screaming at me that it absolutely is just a bad habit and I'm just not trying hard enough, I quite simply work much, much better at night.