I've gotten faster at this stuff just by doing UI. Weird.
I wouldn't call myself a UFO nut by any stretch of the term, but I do follow the developments of various UFO related reports with a rather skeptical eye. And of course, I prefer to live in a world where everything hasn't been discovered and with at least a slim chance of the unknown. Even with doubts, how boring would it be to live in a world with nothing left to discover?
There have been various sightings reported, not for decades but for centuries, and if vague cave paintings of the prehistoric unelectric man qualify as anything to go by, perhaps even millenia.
Now an Irish astronomer says that he's successfully tracked these unidentified flying objects, and whatmore, he claims to be able to track their pre-specified flying patterns and accurately predict when and where they'll show up. Even a skeptical man like myself can admit that things are heating up, what with the weird mutilated corpse showing up in Russia few days ago, FBI's Rosewell documents disclosure (even if with a healthy dose of x-files's ball-busting ambivolence).
Fact remains that things on the subject continue being reported. I myself have seen stuff I can't explain (glowing orbs) and stuff I can chop up to obvious planes of unspecified model. The government seems to know some stuff, and the disclosure is beginning, perhaps due to Julian Assange knightly, if condomless, attempts at improving the open flow of information. The Queen Majesty's little sheep-infested greenland has already fessed up most of what they know from the past. Some shinnanigans are still uncommented on, like the disappearance of Lincolnshire's enormous torn-off (AND LOST) wind turbine. I mean how do you just LOSE a wind turbine?
Christians, feel free to give props to the levitating Jesus and blame the devil for chicken pox. Who's crazy?
Acrylics on canvas, arranged in a cheap manner of a sideshow clown.
There's nothing that drives me more nuts than people who have art done for their product and coming to me with files that have flattened text layers and vector masks. Take it a step further and cease to put things into folders. That's the mother of all inefficiencies - a graphic artist not doing their work right, not spending the extra .5 seconds to group layers thematically. I can dig that renaming layers and folders can be a waste of time sometimes, because with most files you can spot a repeatable pattern in the generic layer naming conventions.
Improper Photoshop work ethics give employers vast amounts of inefficiencies, wasting money and time. It wouldn't be a bad idea to give seminars to companies who have larger amounts of graphic artists so they don't waste thousands of dollars a month on things that could've been avoided altogether had the artists been professionally trained.
It's not exactly what I had in mind when I started this out, but I might still come back to the version I originally intended and finally make that into a poster. Anyway, I started going over the sketch in digital paint, then after about an hour of work, just as it was starting to look pretty good, Photoshop crashed and I realized I forgot to save. Turns out that was probably for the best, as I developed a new technique for illustrating doing this. This piece took me about 4 hours.
Oh yeah, and it's suppoed to be Michael Douglas' character, Grady Tripp, from the Curtis Hanson movie, Wonderboys, based on a novel by Michael Chabon. I feel like Curtis Hanson isn't given proper credit for all the amazing directing the film's seen, the subtlety in character and pacing. Confusing trailers made this movie a sleeper hit at best. Then again, Curtis Hanson's trailers seem sort of confusing to me anyway.
Signing NDAs means keeping secrets on daily basis. It's a part of our jobs. But the sweetest secrets kept are the ones that you consider secret yourself.
From a project I'm working on.
Steve Young Football hit Gizmodo a second time! This time with the CrossFire Spoof Ad.
So during the production, it was decided that there should be a number of obstacles. And among these obstacles were two interesting ones:
The Interceptor is basically a huge football player that deflects the player. I wanted to go a little deeper than that, so I wanted him to be a cross between a gorilla and Mickey Rourke. To make him even more menacing, I figured he should sport a nice SS style helmet. I was actually looking at gorillas for reference, too.
Pigs were planned since the very early days. Only as we progressed did we realize how wrong the idea of a pig holding a football in its mouth is. Which explains the look on the face of the pig in the app icon.
Originally the pig had a longer snout, because I was going for more of a hog. But I think the final pig (right) worked out just fine, with the mole above its lip.
It's been a long long time.
To get things going, how about this? This is a character design for a project I've got in the works.
*This blog is a sort of a sequel to the 99 bottles of beer on the wall blog I had some long time ago. On this blog I'll be showing the effects of various graphical things I've picked up along the way. Just putting some up there.