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Schools Out for Summer!

May 14th, 2008 | 3 Comments | Posted in music, School

The last day of school is today and after this I’ll just have work and working out to deal with for about 3.5 months :)

Or course, I will still be working on Dawn of the Veg over the break because in the fall I have to do my review and that includes having all drawings, turnaround drawings, references and ideas mounted up professionally for display, I also have to have it in book form so the panel can look at it there as well as on two CDs.

Essentially the review is what gives you the green light to go ahead and do your senior thesis project. If the panel doesn’t approve it, you have to go back and do it again until you come up with something that they think is not only a doable project, but cohesive and meets the requirements for graduation. I have all the pieces for my project, now I just have to get them all polished up and ready to show to the world. I think I can do it in three months between work and workouts.

Now, you would think that because of the title to this post I would be rocking to Alice Cooper, but not this time. Right now my mood is more along the lines of Butthole Surfers.

enjoy

Forward motion

April 3rd, 2008 | 1 Comment | Posted in Animation Stuff, ramblings, School

Well, progress continues on my computer model of the Camaro.  So close to done and yet so far away.  I decided to post up a render shot of it that I did with final gather.  Unlike the last images I posted, Final Gather takes into account light reflection, bounce, shadows and overall has a much nicer effect as you can see

Still needs wiper blades and the normal mapping on the tires to show some tire tread (normal mapping fakes modeling all those small details, it keeps the file size smaller and the rendering faster)

                                 1969-final-render-camaro.jpg                    1969-final-render-camaro-rear.jpg

Course, doing a render like this one takes about 3 minutes for one frame and there are 24 frames per second so you can just imagine how long a 30 second turnaround of the car will take in the end – I’ll probably just start it rendering when I go to bed and pray that it won’t screw up over night.

The P-40’s is close to complete as well and even though for this class we are only supposed to do two models, I have decided to start on a third just because I think I have time to do it.  I haven’t decided if it will be a very large dump truck, a train locomotive, or maybe a tank.  I do know I want it to be a large, heavy vehicle so I can build something that has a very imposing mass to it.

I still have to register for classes so I guess I will do that today or tomorrow.  Should have taken care of it last month, but stuff gets in the way and then I would forget for a while until one morning I wake up and say “Crap, I still have to do this!”

Other than that, I am very happy because now I have a job!!  Borders is opening a store here in Alameda that is about a mile or so from my apartment and I will be working there part time.  No more being unemployed  😀  It’s a good thing.

Spring Break

March 23rd, 2008 | 1 Comment | Posted in Animation Stuff, ramblings, School

Spring Break has been on all last we for me and the wife and I but instead of catering to your desire for new and interesting posts, I instead caught up on all my Scrubs episodes that I had missed, started some new projects, and added the finishing touches to some other ones.

Hard Surface modeling we were building cars so I got the one I was working on finished except for the decal emblems and the windshield wipers, otherwise it is ready to go and get textured next semester.  I think it came out very nice, but I am also sure that a year from now I will probably look back at it and say “OH MY GOD!  What was I thinking – That’s TERRIBLE!!!”

Anyway, here it is so everyone can have a look at it.

camaro-3-side.jpg    camaro-3.jpg    camaro-3-back.jpg

As I said, textures will be added next semester when I take a textures class.

 I have been enjoying the news though, Obama’s Aide saying that Bill Clinton is just like McCarthy because they say Obama’s patriotism was questioned.  Gee, Barack, how could anyone question YOUR patriotism when you have Cuban flags hanging in your campaign office, your pastor (who you’ve been with for 20 some years) makes blatant anti-American sermons, and you refused to put your hand over your heart at a campaign debate during the national anthem – noooooo, how could we wonder about your loyalties with these kind of examples to look at.

Personally though I would never compare Clinton to McCarthy, at least McCarthy had some morals and guidelines he followed.

Also, I love how Obama supporters have been saying that the only reason Hillary is a contender is because of her husband.  Priceless.  Neither side apparently wants to start pointing at each others really crappy record because if that happens then it will follow them into the general election so instead they speak in generalities and say stupid crap like this.

So both side of the loving, inclusive liberal left that hates racism, sexism and inequality is now using racism and sexism to rip into each other like a pack of starving rabid dogs fighting over a dead rabbit.  Yes folks, this is the Democratic party at it’s finest.   Can’t wait till Hillary wins the primary and then they can all scream about how “She stole the election!”  I’ll just sit back with some popcorn and watch the show unfold.

So, come Tuesday it’s back to class and on Wednesday there is a job fair for a Borders store that is opening here in Alameda.  Hope I can get a job with them, this whole unemployed thing really sucks.

**UPDATE**

Speaking of racism, here’s a nice little article about Barack and how he has treated his white grandmother

“I can no more disown [Rev. Wright] than I can disown the black community. I can no more disown him than I can my white grandmother – a woman who helped raise me, a woman who sacrificed again and again for me, a woman who loves me as much as she loves anything in this world, but a woman who once confessed her fear of black men who passed by her on the street, and who on more than one occasion has uttered racial or ethnic stereotypes that made me cringe.”

All I can say to that part of his speach is that you choose your friends, not your family. And if he chooses to be with ‘reverend’ who is a racist then it says quite a bit about him as a person.

It also says a lot that he would sacrifice the person who raised him in the name of politics.

Senior Thesis

November 28th, 2007 | No Comments | Posted in School

One of the things we have to do as Graduate art students is have a thesis project that we complete before we are allowed to graduate.  Usually you come up with your thesis idea after your first year of grad school and you then present it to your department lead and the Dean of your department – in my case Computer Animation – and once they approve it you continue with it and then finish it as your graduation project.

Well, I must just be lucky or something because a few weeks ago after a long night, little sleep and some Taco Bell I came up with my idea.  I wont go into any details here because I don’t really want it to be snatched up by someone else who may bebop through here but I think it’s good and so does the dean and my department lead.  So, now I am about a year ahead of schedule for my project.

The dean’s words to me on it were “Well, let me put it this way: If you DON’T do this for your thesis project I will hold you here and not let you graduate until you DO make it.”  I guess that is the stamp of approval I was needing.

So, I’ve started with some preliminary sketches, I have a couple of 3D models I am working on that will be part of the project and I’ve got the documentation started for it.  

My big hope is that it will be a good enough project that it will not only get me a job, but maybe turn into an actual game under my direction.  I don’t want to have this idea and then have to turn it over to someone else to make into reality because lets face it, it’s my idea.  my preccccccious  :)

 If it does become real though I will be a very happy camper.  It’s a fun idea that spoofs quite a few things but isn’t ‘just’ a spoof, it has it’s own life and rythm that I think would make it very popular.

 Guess I will just have to wait and see.

I’ll take a Divinity please

November 2nd, 2007 | 1 Comment | Posted in Food is good, School

I went to Stanford University the other day with my sculpture class to get a look at the Rodin’s they have there. If you don’t know who Rodin is then I suggest looking him up, he was one of the greatest sculpters in the world. Between him and Michaelangelo they have contributed more to sculpture than any other artist I can think of. When he died his studio had over 6,000 sculpture molds and 8,000 drawings. The man was AMAZING!

They have a huge collection of his work at Stanford from his earliest bronze of”man with a broken nose” to a full size version of “The Gates of Hell” which was actually cast in bronze after he died. A monolith size version of ‘The Thinker’ is sitting right in the middle of the entry area of the museum, amazing work, seeing it in a picture doesn’t do justice to his work at all, if at all possible you should see it up close and in person.

There is also a casting of the “The Burghers of Calais” and three different sizes of “The Age of Bronze”. I wandered in the museum and out in the sculpture garden for a while and stopped to sketch some of the works there, more to get back into some sketch work but also because it’s a Rodin! The guy was a freaking genius and there they were right in front of me!

I got to thinking while I was there, enjoying the clear skies and warm sun (and I started getting hungry for lunch) that if I was ever to open a hamburger joint I would call it “The Burgers of Calais” and then would have three types of hamburgers:

  • The Divinity – Covered in bacon, Swiss and Cheddar cheese, A-1 sauce, lettuce, tomatoes, and thin sliced red onions
  • The Purgatory – A plain hamburger on a bun with ketchup and mustard
  • The Inferno – Red Chili flakes in the meat, topped with red and green chilies, and a dash of hot mustard and hot sauce.

I know, my brain goes off in odd directions. You want fries with that?

Stupid classes

October 27th, 2007 | No Comments | Posted in School

What kind of class has a mid-term that is only 15 questions long and they are all multiple choice?? I am taking a History of Visual Effects class and our mid term was just that, 15 questions, multiple choice and about the easiest things you can think of such as “Ray Harryhausen got his start working with Willis O’Brien on which movie?”

1 – Clash of the Titans

2 – Mighty Joe Young

3 – Jason and the Argonauts

4 – Earth vs. the Flying Saucers

The correct answer is (2) but for someone in the field, that is the most obvious question in the world, it would be like saying “What color is the sky” 1-green 2 – purple 3 – yellow 4 – blue.

If, for some reason you got the answer on that one wrong, you need to get out more.

Now, some of you are probably saying “What are you gripping about? It’s an easy A so take it and run”. But I have to pay a TON of money for this class, plus travel in every Monday for it by bus which for round trip is seven dollars, and it means I have to get up at 5:45 am so I can get to class on time. The least they could do is actually TEACH me something in the class I am required to take. I just hate wasting my time.

Everyone I know in the class with me got an A on the test. Everyone. I stood up there waiting to get mine back and saw as the instructor handed them out. All of them had an A.

I hate wasting my time, I hate wasting money. I especially hate wasting both on the same thing.