I’ve learnt alot when painting the azir piece, but I’m still far from perfect with expressing realistic metal. The gifs up there could be self-explanatory for the more experienced artist, but if you want the full breakdown, more below.
Just imagine a Black Widow trailer clip where at first it shows little cute Russian girls standing on their tippy toes, noses in the air, all grace and innocence with frilly tutus, then BAM! those same little girls parkouring the shit out of abandoned buildings, jumping off high walls, and swinging hundreds of feet off the air.
These aren’t good photos from a technical perspective, but they sure make me happy. My house has been full of kids and pets all week, and it’s the best.
This has been a strange holiday season. We have no tree or decorations, and I pretty much only bought gifts for one sister and my kids. The only brick and mortar shopping I did was at a thrift shop. But we’ve got a well-stocked fridge, ready to make Christmas dinner, and we’re hosting the whole family on the 25th. I was feeling grinchy earlier, but I’m over it. I love my in-laws, and it will be a great day with them.
I’ve got Monday off, so I’m looking forward to a three day weekend.
Happy holidays everyone!!
Edit: It may have come across as complaining about money that I did my only shopping at a thrift store. I was actually trying to brag. I consider not setting foot in the mall a complete holiday win!
Request suggestion from @this-wreckage: “Pegasus flying the BEWD jet because he JUST REALLY WANTED TO and Kaiba
allowing him to do it but totally hovering over him in the co-pilot seat
with a look of anxiety/annoyance on his face and impatiently telling
him - “No, THIS BUTTON! I thought we went over this!” Pegasus is like
“We did, Kaiba-boy! I know exactly what I’m doing, have some faith! Can
you show me how to do a roll or are you truly so insecure in your
piloting skills?” *blinks in feigned innocence*”
Above is a sketchy painting… I tried to recreate the BEWD jet so you see what it is. But as you can see, the characters are small and the composition is ok, but not like I wanted it to be. But I’m not experienced with technical stuff and perspective oderall, so this was a nice opportunity to just do it for once. You can’t learn to draw things if you never draw them. (but after all it has colours? :’D)
But I made a different sketchy aproach with a different composition.
And after that another ‘more worried Kaiba’ one…
“And what does that thing do?” “FFS! STOP PRESSING THESE BUTTONS!”
Okay, somebody ported the original Bad Apple video to the Atari 2600, and on one hand it’s super impressive, at least from a technical perspective, but on the other hand there is a line, and clearly we have crossed it here…
man though when I was doing the token frustrated googling for a magical tutorial that will solve my current art problem I found a post on /r/gamedev asking what people preferred in pixel art
low res, med res, high res
and like low res was Hyper light drifter, and a couple of others, mid res was like early king of fighters and high res was the super recent king of fighters with the like 3D models and pixel texturing
people seemed to reach the consensus of low res because high res was trying to look like vectorized art and mid res was trying to look like high res
it was sorta weird because I think good mid res pixel art looks fantastic and if I could ever get there solidly I’d be super happy with myself (not that HLD and duelyst and similar games look bad by any means), though I kinda get it in that that’s sort’ve the point where it stops being overtly pixel-ey pixel art
high res is fun and cool from a like technical perspective but it sorta starts hitting the “is that pixel art?!?” breakpoint where it starts to be surprising that it’s pixel art and people can’t tell so like I mean it coulda just been drawn probably in less time and touched up (though I know nothing about that or working at that level so I could be Entirely Mega-Wrong)
I do think they made a strong point with low res pixel art is mostly about the animations though which makes a lot of sense
in short I feel like pixel art is starting to get a little flanderized and starting to fold in on itself but ehhh I dunno HLD is still really good so it works out I guess in hindsight this makes no sense given the context of the post (even if I kinda agree with it)
and really at the end of the day it’s about making it look good and I think mid res pixel art is still very much good looking
just doesn’t really mesh well with smaller teams I guess
THE STRANGE CASE OF DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE BY ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON
Synopsis: In this harrowing tale of good and evil, the mild-mannered Dr. Jekyll develops a potion that unleashes his secret, inner persona—the loathsome, twisted Mr. Hyde.
Rating: 4/5 stars
Review: This book is a gift that just keeps on giving.
In both structure and content, this narrative is a work of art. From a technical perspective, it can be admired for its superb mingling of different literary devices. More important, for me at least, the story itself is a powerful depiction of some very important ideas about humanity and how we sometimes hide behind the veneer of civilisation.
Structurally, the novella crams, stuffs and presses a complete, fully-fleshed story in its scant 88 pages by using a brilliant combo of point of view changes, dialogue, flashback and epistolary components. In lesser hands, the amount of information and story contained in this tale would have required a lot more paper. In addition to being a model of conciseness, the change in style, in my opinion, added to the enjoyment of the story by allowing the reader to be more “present” during the narrative.
Content-wise, Stevenson really knocks the cover off the ball. Despite being written in 1886, this tale still stands as the archetypal fictional examination of the duality of man’s nature and the very human struggle between the civilised and primal aspects of our beings. The constrained, repressive society of the Victorian Period in which the story takes place provides the perfect back drop for the model of outward English propriety, Dr. Henry Jekyll to battle (metaphorically and literally) the darker, baser but still very human desires personified in the person of Edward Hyde. What a perfect allegory between the face people wear in public and the one they take out only in private.
Stevenson’s prose is engaging and I found myself pulled into the narrative from the beginning. I particularly enjoyed when Stevenson wrote of his characters’ reactions to being in the presence of Mr. Hyde and the palpable, pervasive but non-pinpointable sense of evil and dread that radiated from him. Overall, this is one of those classics that lives up to its name and rightfully belongs among the highlights of Gothic fiction. I am very very pleased that i decided to read this story and I give it the highest possible recommendation.
Created by Japanese artist Macoto Murayama, Inorganic Flora shows us new observations and studies of flowers like never before. He first takes a number of photos and sketches of plants from nearly every angle. He then uses an array of digital programs, like Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop and even 3-D modeling, to create highly visual works. By highlighting and separating specific pieces of the flora, Murayama wants to show the technical and almost mechanical aspects of these organic organisms.