Major Project

Chinese mega-telescope obtains data on 7 million stars 

A Chinese telescope has collected data on over 7 million stars, exceeding the sum of all existing spectroscopic data on stars and making it the world’s largest database in the field.

The Guo Shoujing telescope, named after a 13th-century Chinese astronomer, is operated by the National Astronomical Observatories under the Chinese Academy of Sciences, which recently released the findings.

The telescope has been in use since 2012. It is the world’s first large-area telescope that can observe the spectra of 4,000 stars at a time.

The spectra of stars can relay key information, such as a star’s state of motion, temperature, mass, and chemical composition, according to Hou Yonghui, an astronomical researcher with the CAS.

Read more ~ SpaceDaily

Image: The Large Sky Area Multi-Object Fiber Spectroscopic Telescope (LAMOST) is a National Major Scientific Project undertaken by the Chinese Academy of Science. The large, 4-meter mirror of LAMOST enables it to obtain spectra of faint objects. LAMOST is designedwith 4000 optical fibers in the optical path, covering a large region of the sky simultaneously. The NASA-Kepler space mission hasprovided continuous, high-precision photometry of thousands of stars simultaneously. The uninterrupted time-series of stars are aprecious source for both asteroseismic studies of every pulsational type and detection and research of exoplanets around the stars. ~ The LAMOST-Kepler Workshop

Stick ‘n’ Poke/Hand Poked

Hand Poked tattoos are the non-electric ancient method used to apply the ink to the skin. ‘Stick ‘n’ Poke’ tattooing are done freestyle with just a needle and ink, and are having their come back from being an ancient art form. When executed by a pro (like Grace Neutral) they can look stunning and intricate, but the affordable, achievable method allows almost anyone to try it out for themselves resulting into some terrible designs and even infections. However, they don’t always result in disasters and a lot of people are happy and proud of the ink they had done by themselves or a friend.

Interview with Sarah March by Cosmopolitan:

What’s so special about this way of tattooing? “Hand poke tattoos are very distinctive in their look, different styles can be achieved with the technique but there is no mistaking a hand poked tattoo against a machine tattoo. To me they look much more organic.”

Why do you think the technique has become more popular again? “Its back-to-basics tattooing, whether you liken it to ancient tribal techniques or prison tats, it’s simple in its method and I think that’s incredibly appealing right now.”

Does it generally hurt more or less than the traditional method? “In general it doesn’t hurt as much as a machine tattoo as it’s far less invasive, which means the skin heals much quicker too. However the pain often depends on the particular area being tattooed - some areas will hurt more than others. It does take longer than a machine tattoo; if your design is large it’ll most likely be split into sessions to make it more pleasurable for you and your artist!”

What style design does this method especially suit? “My favourite style for hand poking is ‘dot work’, especially patterns, mandalas and geometric shapes with no definite outlines, these can look really special hand poked as every single dot is an integral part of the design.”

Can you do it on all skin types? And with all colours? “Yes, all skin types are fine as long as the precautionary measures are taken against issues such as keloid scarring. Colours can be used, although aren’t best suited to the method, a machine will give much better coverage. Many hand poke artist only use black and greys because of this.”

Is it hygienic and safe? “If carried out by a professional it’s as safe as any tattoo. All equipment is either disposable or sterilised and a professional artist will have been trained in health and safety.”


I am no stranger to the world of stick & poke tattoos and have one myself. I have always been interested in tattoos (hence this project) and the ancient method particularly intrigued me. I saw an artist using the method at a tattoo convention and began wondering if it was possible to do myself. I watched a lot of YouTube videos, did a lot of researching and ended up deciding it was something I wanted to do. I spoke to my friend of my intentions and we agreed to do it together, this actually made it more memorable and meaningful to me.

It was easy to find instructions and advice online to carry out the method. After I did my research I followed the steps to create a tool using a needle, pencil and some thread. I decided that I would tattoo a crescent moon on my left ankle, and my friend decided to do a sun on hers.

We sterilized are tools, and were highly cautious of not letting them come into contact with anything other than our skin and the ink. We did some of each other’s tattoo (using the assigned needle) and ended up continuing them by ourselves as it was a long process.

I did this in August 2014 and went to festival while it was in the healing process. I had no problems with infections or the healing process and it was actually one of the quickest and easier to heal. It isn’t the best quality tattoo I have but I thoroughly enjoyed doing it and had no problems. It’s also just about as vibrant as it was when first done.

There are so many posts online to find out exactly what you need and how to create a stick and poke tattoo safely, all it takes is a quick google and you’re there. And despite controversy it is actually possible to buy stick & poke kits, with everything needed to complete your DIY tattoo.  

You will need - needle (normal sewing needle or tattoo needle), thread, skin, non-toxic indian/tattoo ink, and all the precautions to make it safe and sterile. (boil the needle, wear gloves, use alcohol on the skin)

Thread is optional. If used it is wrapped around the needle almost to the tip to act as an ink reservoir. 

If using a sewing needle thread is required more than a tattoo needle, and is easier to use when attached to a pencil/chopstick etc. 


Sterilize - your skin, work space and equipment.

Make your stencil - Draw on yourself with non-permanent pen (like ball-point) in a light color (like blue or green) if you’re doing it free hand. However, you can also use the transfer method that professional tattoo artist use. You can also use stencils and edges to make sharp and perfect lines.

Make your poking device - attach your needle to your pencil (it’s easier to put it in the casing that holds onto the rubber if your pencil has one), then sterilize the needle, which an be done by burning it. Once the needle cools, wrap the needle with thread only leaving a bit of the needle at the tip exposed.

Ink the needle -  Next take the ink and put a little bit into a receptacle. Then take the string wrapped needle and dip the tip into the ink getting a good amount on there. The string will act as a wick.

Start poking - Poke into the skin just enough where the dermis sticks a little to the needle. It may take a few tries to get it right. You should never exceed 1/8 of an inch. Pull the skin tight to make it easier and slowly, and carefully follow the lines your drew in the last step. Keep some paper towels on hand in case you start bleeding.

Go again -  Once you go over the tattoo once, it may not be dark enough for you so go over it again if you wish. The area you poke will become a bit raised and swell, this is normal.

Wrap up - Afterwards you should clean the tattoo again with some anti-bacterial soap and cover it with cling film to protect it. 


After a few hours you should be able to take the saran wrap off and care for it like a regular tattoo. I always use Bepanthem for my tattoos and apply it 1 or 2 times a day to keep it moisturised. Only use thin, small layers and don’t smother your tattoo.

Don’t soak your tattoo until healed and always pat it dry. 

Keep the tattoo out of sunlight and don’t go swimming until the tattoo is healed as this could destroy the tattoo. Always use sunscreen to protect your tattoos as sunlight will fade them. 

Never pick or scratch your tattoo as it’s part of the natural healing process to scab and get itchy and will go away eventually. 

If you have signs of an infection get it looked at immediately.


Here you can see my research for concept art for my major character redesign project. I’ve been looking at any concept art inspired by the Victorian 19th Century era in London such as Tim Burton’s ‘Corpse Bride’, the art of Alice  : Madness Returns and even the art from the new illustrated ‘Harry Potter’ book by Jim Kay, just to get that dark feel and a taste of how my colour palettes should look like.



also on youtube

RiftKeepers was a thesis project for my 4th year of Bachelor of Design Honours at Massey University. 

It is a concept for an animated series consisting of this trailer and an accompanying pitch bible.

Two deteriorating worlds, one of magic and one of technology are connected by unstable portals called ‘rifts’. Zoria, Iris and Blake are recruited by a mysterious floating eyeball called Malachite to patrol the rifts and protect these two worlds from each other. Little do they know that the rifts hold a greater secret, the world is coming to an end, and that Malachite has ulterior motives.

The project was created by me, and the music was created by the talanted william-ascenzo!

My portfolio: http//
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You’re exploring caves and suddenly, your line breaks and you fall into an unexplored cavern. Your team can’t follow you down, so they play music at the exit to help you find your way there.

Using the scattered remains of your kit, and listening for the direction of the music, your mission is to escape to the surface.

Here it is, guys, the thing I’ve been stressing over for a year. It’s a game, and you can play it!

The main aspect of this game is a method of procedural mesh generation I developed myself. That means the cave is different every time you play!

If you feel like checking it out, you can head over to this download link.

Comments and feedback are welcome!


This is your reminder to…

  • Drink some water
  • Eat some food (Eating less than 900 calories per day is considered starving. Don’t do that to yourself, please)
  • Answer that text
  • Take your medicine (if you haven’t already today)
  • Work on some homework or a major project that’s due soon
  • Stretch your back
  • Stretch your wrists
  • Turn your volume down so you don’t hurt your eardrums
  • Go pay that bill that is sitting on the kitchen counter
  • Go do that thing that you told your friend to remind you about
  • Do something that makes you happy
  • Do something to make yourself proud
  • Do something to make me proud (and then tell me about it. I like to know how my children are doing… You may be older than me, but you are still my child. All of you.)
  • Remember that I’m proud of you for doing that thing that you did. I’m proud that you accomplished so much in your life and that you’re still succeeding. 
  • Remember that even if things get tough, you have a 100% survival rate so far. So I bet that you can make it through another day. I believe in you.
Yoji Shinkawa

Yoji Shinkawa is  a Japanese artist from Hiroshima and was born on December 25th 1971. Specialising in mechanical and structure design his artwork is hailed for his special attention to detail and accurate detail.

Well known for his iconic artwork for the games Metal Gear Solid and his mech designs for Zone of the Enders.

Artists that have influenced Shinkawas style are said to include Yoshitaka Amano, Yoshikazu Yasuhiko, Willy Pogany, Aubrey Beardsley, Jean Giraud aka Moebius and Frank Mille along with comics such as Hell Boy and Anime.


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Hey Tumblr’s

This is the path that I took to create the fake movie poster for my year 12 Multimedia Major Project, (of which I am creating a film trailer and website to contain it).

I was hoping that you all could photo reply and give an evaluation on these few subjects:

  1. if you saw this poster in a public place, would you be interested in viewing the movie?
  2. do you think that it is aesthetic design?
  3. what is the most favourite thing about the poster?
  4. would you have thought that it had been created form the first three (3) files?
  5. rating out of 100 (#/100)?

thank you very much for you time :)

I dont have time to draw anything proper for myself, im too busy drawing that short guy, Atary, and Valentine for my major (submission is monday). 

So heres whats been on my mind all day. Sollux wearing Atarys clothes and vise versa, both are major geeks, but Atary just eats n sleeps games and everything to do with computers, and hes never really happy unless its to do with his animu waifu. Hes also very short. Obviously that is not actually how their clothes would fit each other hahaha im just lazy to draw clothes too big or too small… 

Learning The Basics

How To Tattoo - Using A Machine


Tattoo machine - It’s true that tattoo machines and supplies cost about the same as getting a small tattoo professionally done at a parlor, but it’s important to invest in a good-quality tattooing machine. Alternatively it is possible to make your own tattoo gun or use the stick ‘n’ poke method.

Tattoo or India ink - Tattoos should only be made from specialized tattoo ink, or carbon-based India ink. These inks are natural and react gently with the body, making the process safe and sterile. Never use other types of ink for tattoos. Some people have allergies to specific ink ingredients and pigments, but this is usually only true of colored inks. Never use pen ink or other varieties of ink to make a tattoo.

Other necessary sterilization - The risk of blood-borne infection is much higher in tattoos done outside the parlor, so it is absolutely essential that you take tattooing seriously and only use brand-new, just-out-of-the-package, sterilized supplies to tattoo. To get started, you’ll need:

  • New tattooing needles
  • A disposable container for the ink
  • Isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol)
  • Cotton balls or soft batting
  • Rubber gloves
  • Tattoo goo, A&D, or Bacitracin for aftercare


  • Chose your design - something simple to begin with
  • Prepare - shower, dry, clean clothes
  • Shave - use a fresh blade, and completely shave the area including a margin around the tattoo area. 
  • Surface - Use a clean, flat surface with plenty of light. Wash the surface thoroughly with soap and water and let it dry. Lay down paper towels and keep the room ventilated. 
  • Stencil -  Draw or print out the design, and place it on the stencil paper. Use a stencil liquid (StencilStuff/StencilPro), and spread over the area. Place the stencil on the skin with the purple side down, smoothing the stencil out flat. Let it sit before carefully removing the stencil from the skin and allow to dry completely. Alternatively freehand the design.
  • Sterilize equipment - Keep everything as clean as possible to reduce chances of infection, only use absolutely new, sterile equipment.
    To sterilize your needle drop it into a pot of water and boil it for five minutes. Spoon it out and let it cool on a clean paper towel, then soak it in rubbing alcohol and carefully wipe it down with a new towel.
    Pour your ink cleanly. Wipe down the ink container with a rubbing alcohol-soaked paper towel, then pour in a small amount of ink in gently. Lay another towel across it to prevent dust from falling into it. Use less ink than you think you’ll need. Also keep a clean glass of water handy for cleaning your needle during the process. Put on clean rubber gloves. Have the box on hand and be ready to change them regularly, as your hands get sweaty.
  • Set up your machine - see here
  • Load the needle with ink - Dip your needle into the ink and position the stylus so your hand is steady. Turn on the tattoo gun, line up the needle with the guide line, and trace the stencil. (You need to start the machine to get the needle moving before you attempt to start the tattoo.) Never stick the needle into the skin before turning it on.
  • Push the needle into the skin - It’s very difficult to push a tattooing needle in too deeply because of the design of the needle will keep it from happening, but you do need to make sure it goes deep enough, at least a few millimeters. As you do, start moving it along the outline of your design. Your skin should tug just a bit on the needle when you pull it out, but bleeding should be minimal. If your skin doesn’t resist when you pull the needle out, it’s probably too shallow. If there is a lot of blood, the needle is too deep. Because the needle is difficult to see, it’s usually better to tilt the needle at a diagonal to the skin, resting the tube rests on the skin.
  • Outline the design - Move the needle slowly down your stencil line. Don’t go farther than a few centimeters along your outline before you remove the needle, wipe the excess ink off, and keep going. Take your time and look closely at the line quality to make sure you’re giving an even tattoo. The needle will be moving, so it’s sometimes difficult to see exactly where it’s going into the skin. Keep it moving along the line, then remove it and wipe away the excess ink to stay on track. 
  • Continue filling in the tattoo - Continue tracing along the lines of your tattoo, wiping the excess ink off as you go, and re-upping the ink on the needle as you work. Keep a close eye on what you’re doing and the thickness of the line. High-quality tattoos will have very even line-work, making it important that you use consistent pressure and evenness. Filling in the tattoo is generally done with a slightly larger needle, and instead of moving in straight lines, you move in gentle, tiny circles to fill in the area. 
  • Keep the stylus clean - Wet the needle periodically, before putting more ink onto it. Cleaning the excess ink off the needle is absolutely essential for cleanliness and a good tattoo job. If you set your needle anywhere other than the ink dish and your skin, stop and sterilize again it with a clean paper towel and rubbing alcohol. Be sure it’s dry before you continue. Wipe away the excess ink regularly. Every few repetitions, use a soft paper towel to wipe away excess ink and seeping blood from your tattoo. Use a fresh towel each time.
  • Gently clean the tattoo - When done, apply a thin layer of Tattoo ointment, typically called A&D or Tattoo Goo, and cover the tattoo with clean gauze. This is done to minimize the risk of infection. Never put lotion or petroleum jelly on a fresh tattoo as these clog the pores, draw the ink out, and keep the tattoo from healing effectively. Only use a small amount for the tattoo, don’t smother it. 
  • Bandage up - Use a clean, soft gauze bandage to completely cover the tattoo. Be gentle, as the area will likely be somewhat tender from the tattooing process. Bind it in place with medical tape or stretch wrapping, loosely. Leave the bandage on the tattoo for at least the first two hours, if not the rest of the day. 
  • Clean your workspace - Throw away the ink in your vessel, the needle from the gun, the gloves, and any other supplies used such as paper towels. 


Remove the bandage and gently clean with water. Use a small amount of cool water to gently clean the surface of the tattoo using your hand. Don’t soak the tattoo, or run it under water. This is very important. Avoid soaking the tattoo for the first 48 hours of the job. After the first rinse, use soap and warm water to clean the tattoo gently that night before you go to bed. After two days, you can start cleaning it normally, when you shower. Keep a thin layer of ointment on the tattoo 2-3 times a day for about two weeks. Keep a close eye on things to make sure there are no signs of infection, and visit a medical professional immediately if you think your tattoo may be infected.