Archive for April, 2010

Moar ZBrush Fun!

April 29, 2010

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I’m like a kid in a candy store with ZBrush right now! >.> Or, as an old friend says, like a Pikachu on crack.

Butbut… so many TOYS!

After sculpting the model, I started playing with polypaint, which lets you paint textures, material, and colour directly onto the 3d model.

Then I kinda got distracted by trying to render skin using skin textures, and running around the interwebz checking out lighting and stuff.

And then came render… look at all those buttons, OOH SHINY! *has a Kikigasm*

As a result, half the poor fellow’s hair (well more than half, to be honest), is unpainted, since I ran off in all directions at once, poinging in glee. XD

In some ways, I think being a newbie at anything really opens up so many possibilities, because you do things in strange ways, before you realise that people don’t do them that way.

Apparently, it’s generally not done to render hair directly in ZBrush, without extensions or plugins of any sort… which is what I’ve done here.

I think the eyebrows work well, and with some work, the main hair could be decent. However, I haven’t figured out how to do eyelashes and still keep my model in 3D form. Those are apparently either modelled with the snake brush tool (among others) in 2.5D, or added in post-pro in Photoshop.

Still…SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!

…really should at least block in the rest of the hair though. XD

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Ze Weekly Nuggetsketch

April 25, 2010

Al Jazeera English – Focus – The world is not flat

April 23, 2010

Al-Jazeera’s Mark LeVine gets caught in the airline crisis sparked by the eruption of the Eyjafjallajokull volcano in Iceland – and produced this thought-provoking piece on how globalisation has most certainly not made the world ‘flat’.

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How Annoying Are the Names? A Fantasy Novel Rating System

April 23, 2010

Welcome to the Nugget’s How Annoying Are the Names? Fantasy Novel Rating System, inspired by a couple of fantasy books I’ve read recently.

How Annoying Are the Names Rating System
Not Annoying at All – Barely Noticed ‘Em: Good book
Mildly Annoying at First, but Quickly Got Used to Them: Decent book
Quite Annoying – Never Got Used to Them: Bad book
Hai! I’z a Fant’Asy Nov’el and I haz the Nam’ez to Prove I’t: Toss the book, all you’ll remember about it was how irritating the names were

Now, to be clear, I’ve always loved the fantasy genre. But unfortunately, as a nugget gets more aged and fermented, I find I have less and less patience with bad fantasy. Which is sad, because… as in any genre, the bad outweighs the good. 😦

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Big Bear Butt Blogger » This blog needs an enema!

April 21, 2010

I wrote the last post just before bed, moments after announcing in the guild forums of Sidhe Devils, the guild that Cassie and I led for the last several years, that Cassie and I are closing the doors on Sidhe Devils permanently.

Sidhe Devils is done. Rather than turn over leadership to someone else, we’re going to close the doors and ask folks to move on to more active, vibrant, forward looking guilds. We’re going to liquidate the bank, mail out the gold to the players that are left, and bid everyone a very fond farewell.

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So You Need A Typeface by Julian Hansen

April 21, 2010
An absolutely lovely (and funny!) flowchart on picking a Typeface, by Julian Hansen. It’s wryly accurate, and I’d print it out and stick it on my wall… if I had a printer!

See the original.

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Ze Weekly Nuggetsketch

April 18, 2010

Part of what I’m trying to do with these weekly sketches, (other than prodding myself into not being so darn lazy about sketching) is to get myself to ‘loosen up’ stylistically. Not to have this neurotic desire to delete each and every single ‘mistake’, and instead, to work the ‘feeling out’ lines into the sketch.

Intellectually, I know that madly deleting lines left and right can lead to a piece that isn’t as rich as those where the feeler-lines (can’t think of a better term right now) are left alone to do their thing. Soooo here’s me mentally slapping my hand going, ‘No! No eraser (tool)! Bad nugget! Leave it! Erase only for highlights!’

I think it’s working – especially compared to my first sketch of this series (bleck!) but still a long way to go towards training myself NOT to twitch for the eraser. XD

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BBC – BBC Internet Blog: A new global visual language for the BBC’s digital services

April 18, 2010

Lots of details on the processes involved in achieving a modern, cohesive corporate identity on the web, while leaving room to keep the look of each section fresh and interesting.

Even has bits and bobs on site display on mobiles, from iPhones to teeny, tiny Nokias like mine.

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Jade Dynasty – Gorgeous Wuxia Style Music

April 15, 2010

For almost every game I play, one of the first things I do is…turn the music off. The only other game to recently escape this fate was Sacred Gold.

Jade Dynasty, however, has a gorgeous soundtrack. It’s pure Wuxia, through and through, and could easily be a Wuxia movie soundtrack. While I don’t play Jade Dynasty anymore, I’ll most happily load up their sound track and go, ‘OOOOOMMMMyaaaaa….’

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Paying for Those Games – Facebook Credits « The Ancient Gaming Noob

April 15, 2010

From the article:
“You can buy 56 Facebook Credits for $9.99. Why that ratio? I have no idea. But ten bucks gets you 56.

You can take those credits to FarmVille and spend 50 of them on 25 units of Farm Cash or 7,500 Farm Coins.

Or, to put it another way, you can take approximately $9.00 worth of Facebook credits and buy $5.00 worth of FarmVille currency.”

Hmm…

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