Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Update on my other blog site

Hey everyone, yes I know it's weird to just say "everyone", but that's all my brain can process right now. Yeah, watching Megamind will do that to you...

Anyhoo, I thought I'd see if you guys would like to see what I've done to the front page of my blog site on Weebly.

I know that checking 9 blogs on one site each day to see if I have posted must be really annoying. So I decided to make it easier for you guys to see when I've updated and done another post.

Instead of seeing this when you click onto the home page... (click for a larger picture)

You now see this! (also click on to make larger)

So now you can see the top 10 posts that I've done, on any of the blogs.

You see the blog that it was posted on, and then the link to the post.

Tell me what you think!

Signed with orange chocolate - Leauphaun

Friday, June 29, 2012

News. Please Read. It may change your life. Or not. But it will change this blog.

I have reciently found that I don't have enough space on Blogger for all my interests. That is, all the photos take up space in my Picasa album, which only gives me 1GB of free space. And my Drawings Blog takes up my priority space (not to mention it has had almost 70,000 views, so it's my most popular blog). So that means that I need to free up space so that I can continue to post on that blog.
For that reason, I'm switching to Weebly for my thoughts blog. Here is an overview of what I created through Weebly.


Here is a close up of the header.


So, as you can see, I've added many more pages to my site that I had blogs, such as, Girl Stuff (things girls talk about, duh)
No, this is where I blog about things that interest me that guys might not find that interesting. Just so they don't have to see that I've done a post then find out that I've blogged about my recient favorite nail polish!
There is also my Media page where I post my YouTube videos. Tasty Nibbles is where I post recipies that I've made, or enjoyed, and pictures of the end results. Who knows what other blogs I'll add to this site that I don't have up now.
But for those of you who follow all my blogs, You'll see that I have a Photography, Drawings, Other Artwork, and Daremo Illistruation (formaly known as COLLABORATION. It's under the "more" section). I also need to add just a "Thoughts" blog so that I can just post without sticking it into any other blog.

Oh, and I've added Books and Nooks, which is where I'll be spending most of my time updating. Lol, I lover reading, so you'll see lots of book reviews on there. I also post a WICR, "What I'm Currently Reading", on top of the flower picture and attach a link to the author's website/blog. This is currently my favorite blog. Well, it's tied with "Girl Stuff".

I also find that this looks more professional, though I don't know why I would want it to look more professional. I just do.

So, let me know what you think about my new site, and since it's through Weebly, it doesn't have a Blogger (as in BLOGGER blogger) follow button. That I know of yet. If you now any sort of follow mechanisim that Weebly has, without upgrading to a pro account, please let me know.

Or if you have any helpful tips, or things that could make my site better, come back to this blog and leave me a comment about what you think needs changing/added.

For those of you who wan't to check out my site, here's the link.
Signed with http:// - Leauphaun

Monday, May 28, 2012

Book Review - The Invisible Friend

Book 3 in the "Viking Quest"
Caution: contains spoilers

Deep in the Norwegian fjords, the Viking ship comes to shore. Mikkel, the prideful young leader, is home, but Briana O'Toole faces a new, uncertain life. What will happen to her and the other Irish taken as prisoners?
Soon Bree feels sure that Mikkel is hiding a dark secret from his father. When Bree finds mysterious messages that seem meant for her, she longs to be with she is   the respected daughter of an Irish chieftain. But the cold winds of autumn sweep down the Aruland Fjord, and it's people wait for the last ship out. Bree wonders, Can my brother Devin possibly bring ransom before winter?

In the midst of a growing threat, will Bree and Devin find God's courage to win? Who is their invisible friend? And what does ti mean to be truly free?

Summery courtesy of lwjbooks.com

Bree shows that being a mortal slave doesn't mean that God can't use her for His purpose; she is free in her spirit. And that because her life isn't hers, but God's, she is more free than Mikkel, who was dishonest in trading with his fathers' best friend, and now holds a dark secret, on that he wont tell to anyone.

Because Bree laughed at a girl of some importance, and rudeness, she creates an enemy who will be ruthless if Bree ever crosses paths with her.

Bree becomes Mikkels' mother's slave. It isn't a bad job, being a slave in the house of Mikkel's mighty father, except that Bree has to take care of Grandmother, who awakens each night because she's tormented by nightmares (it doesn't go into detail, so no graphic writing). Bree sleeps in the stable, where she connects with the animals, but it also means that she IS different than the rest of the house.
Bree mostly helps to make food, and it is serving the family that she meets Mikkel's older brother, who taunts Bree and Mikkel; Bree by tripping her up at the table, and Mikkel because he's his younger brother.
Mikkel's mother, grandmother, and grandfather come to know Jesus after Bree reads the Bible to Grandmother, and Jesus peace chases away her bad dreams, and finally allows the family to sleep in peace.
Mikkel's father comes to know Jesus after he is diagnosed with leprosy, and Jesus heals him.

Because Bree has nowhere to run, she does not try to escape, and earns the trust of the family to go walking. While on these walks, she finds written proof that her little sister is still alive, and close by. She continually seeks to find her little sister, and even sees her a few times, and wonders how to free her.

Meanwhile, Devin gets thrown into prison because Mikkel claimed that Dev is still his slave, he had just run away. Devin came back to free Bree, and has brought ransom money, which is taken away after he is captured. While Dev is in prison, which is dug underground in the dirt, acquires a nasty cough, and Bree is afraid that Devin will die in the prison. Driven to free Devin from the prison, she learns from a type of silversmith how to create jewelry from a few pieces of silver she has kept for emergency. This definitely qualifies! When she makes the necklace, she goes to the prison to show Devin, who advises her to keep it hidden so no one can claim it to be theirs, and to keep it for the right time to free her brother.

If I remember correctly, Devin gets out of prison, because of Bree's insisting to Mikkel that Dev get moved or he'll die, and regains health, and manages to free Bree.

But Bree surprises everyone with her decision... read the book to find out how it ends, I shall not give the ending away!

Rating 4/5. For children ages 11-14, though older kids can read them, but it's geared for these ages.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Book Review - The Mystery of the Silver Coins

Book 2 in "The Viking Quest" series
Caution: Contains Spoilers

 Bree and another young prisoner make a daring escape from the Viking ship. Soon they face a physical and spiritual battle for survival on a Norwegian mountainside. What will they eat? Where can they hide? How will they fin the courage to win? Leading the search is a prideful young Viking Mikkel who was certain that Bree stole his bag of silver coins. Can she forgive the people who changed her life? And what about Mikkel as he started to wonder, Is the god of these Irish Christians really more powerful than our own Vikings gods?
Summery courtesy of lwjbooks.com

Bree escapes with her friend, Lil, into the woods, with little on their backs but the clothes on their backs. Because Lil is only eight years old, they have to travel slower than Bree thinks is safe, and they have to don disguises, hide in caves, and catch their own fish. All seems well, what with Mikkel not seeming to be following them, when Lil fall ill. Bree must choose weather to leave Lil, and get help at the seaport, their destination, or to go back to Mikkel. For, while they were slaves, they were treated well, and were warm.

Bree ends up getting caught by Mikkel, and because of his promise to protect her, didn't punish her. However, he didn't believe that she didn't steal his bag of silver coins. She proves him wrong by helping him catch the person who stole the coins.

Mikkel prays to Bree's God for the first time, Bree is angry at God for answering his prayer, and not hers. She feels like she, because she wants freedom, and that she is a stronger Christian, that her prayers overrule Mikkel's. What she doesn't realize, is that because of her escape, Mikkel takes his first step towards God. She too learns that God doesn't always answer prayers the way we want.

I think that there was a lack of movement on Bree's side of the story, but the Devin's side of the story makes up for it. A little.

3/5 stars.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Book Review - The Raiders from the Sea

Recently, I've been craving some new books to read. So I went to my local Christian book store, and made a bee-line to the teen fiction area and wrote down all the names/covers that caught my attention to request from my library. While these book aren't novels, and aren't targeting older teens, they are great books, and I though they were worth reviewing.

I love Ireland, and my true name is Irish for "Crown" or "Party". I love Celtic music, and the one place I want to visit before I die is Ireland. So of course I had to pick up these books. I wasn't disappointed.
Now it's hard to say exactly when I originally read these books for the first time, but it will have been over 3 years ago. I enjoyed them as much this time round, as I did the first time I read them. I'll just get into the review. Keep in mind, I'm no writer, so my views on how the book was written may be different than most.

This is book 1 in Lois Walfrid Johnson's series "The Viking Quest".
Caution: Contains Spoilers

When Briana O'Toole rescues a stranger from drowning, she doesn't realize that her actions may have put her family and neighbors in danger. Then, in one harrowing day, Viking raiders capture Bree and her brother Devin and take them away from their home in Ireland.
All of the Irish prisoners are at the mercy of Mikkel, the proud young leader of the Vikings. When he separates Bree and Devin, Bree sails to Norway on the Viking longship. Devin travels the dangerous road home. What will they discover about living with the courage to win? How can they change what is happening to them? Can they trust their all-powerful God, even in life-or-death situations?
Summery courtesy of lwjbooks.com.

While kids of all ages will enjoy reading these books, I would suggest the age group to read these, and really enjoy them, would be between 11-14. No younger, as the characters do change ages, and by the fifth book are getting closer to their twenty's, so they deal with deeper spiritual and emotional challenges. Not enough to ban your kids from reading them until their older, just no younger than 11.

For younger kids, Bree shows how faith as a 12 year-old girl can change, and help you, when everything looks hopeless. She goes through a lot of stuff in this book, and deals with hatred for Mikkel, who refuses to believe that she'll be nothing but a slave for the rest of her life.

Being an Irish lass, her fiery spirit will not be quelled without a fight, and that's what she gives. At every turn, she defies Mikkel, mostly with the fact that Mikkel believes in no god.

Bree and Devin were both captured by Mikkel and his crew, but were taken on different boats. When Bree is given the chance to go free, she gives her freedom it to Devin, who escapes into the forest to go back to Ireland. Bree always wanted to see what lay on the other side of the waters, but is she willing to make the sacrifice? That is where book 2: The Mystery of the Silver Coins comes in...

4/5 stars

Monday, April 2, 2012

The Fourth, and Final, Day At Collage - My Second Year

The fourth day at the Collage was the best day. I managed to complete my Terminator head, as well as get further on my Dragon.
I finally felt like I had the program under control, and could function without hicups like I had had before this. I learned how to mesh different pieces of clay together so that I can get the correct shapes.
Here is the dragon that I finished with. Mind you that it's uncompleted, but the only reason I'm not continuing, is because I don't have the program.




As far as the Terminator head goes, I finished (to the best of my limited abilities) it off. We got taught how to apply materials--metals, rough textures--to the clay.
I finished the human side of the head, including the eye, eyebrow and eyelashes. On the cyborg side of the head, I applied 4-7 different metals to give it a realistic feel. The lit up parts of the head are just done with paint, much to everyone's surprise. Take a look.




I didn't take a picture of the back of the head, because there is really nothing to see.
The final thing we learned was to render videos that show the models in 3D mode. Here are the two videos, that I rendered, one of the dragon and one of the Terminator head. Sorry for the low quality, but that is how Blogger's video uploader is.
So this is what I get to see as I'm working on it, but within ZBrush, you can rotate the model any which way you want.


Signed with Moon Jelly's - Leauphaun

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Day Three at the Collage - My Second Year

Day three held more of the same stuff that went on in Day 2; working on our main project some more. Since I was finished with sculpting my head, I went into painting it. First we got instruction on how to paint in ZBrush, than we got to apply it to our projects.
I worked on the human side of Terminator first, because I knew what I wanted to do. I worked on getting the skin tones correct, which was a challenge at first because there weren't as many options for blending as there is in Photoshop. It was quite hard to get the correct dark tones, as well as blending tones from the lips to the skin. In fact, I didn't even use a blend option to mix the skin tones together. I just used pale shades of color.
The hair was a completely different matter. This isn't even the color I wanted, but it is what I ended up getting, as her skin is way to pale for her to have dark hair. Though, most redheads do have paler skin...




The low parts of the metal side of the head I painted black to look like it dips in more than what it really is. This is what I finished with at the end of the day.


Signed with Lashes - Leauphaun

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Day Two at Collage - My Second Year

Today, fellow Elves, Dwarves, Hobbits, Wizards, Ninja, Other People, Geese, Friends, and Rabbit Extermination crew, was way more fun than yesterday. Today, I finally got the hang of ZBrush. Not that I know everything--oh no, so far from that--but I feel like I can get around ZBrush without having the teacher tell me how to get everywhere/everything.

I started the day with a penguin. Yes, a penguin. He's so cute! I love him! I may finish him, but I'm not counting on it, as I have lots to do in just two days.

This is the first stage of the penguin, Humfrey. Ignore the circles on the screen, they are just my brush.

This is what Humfrey looks like when he's turned into clay.
Side view

I did Humfrey in about half an hour. I also worked on the dragon some more, but ended up forgetting to take a picture of it *smacks self on the head*.

The next thing we did was a head sculpture. This time we were to copy a picture and replicate it to the best of our abilities. We were given a head, male, that we were supposed to transform. I choose to do a female Terminator. So I spent the next long while working on this male head, trying and trying to convert it into a female. I looked for a brush in the brush menu, and saw that there was a female head that I could click and drag into the program. Feeling quite stupid, I did that, and trashed my other sculpture.
I then found some reference pictures, and started whacking, pulling, smoothing, squashing at the head.

This is what I came up with at the end of the day (about 4 hours) It's not quite finished, the hair still needs work, and I need to put in here eye, plus some more stuff.

Front view
Left side view


 Right side view
 Back view
 Close up of front view
Close up of 3/4 view.


So that is what I did today.

I quite enjoyed putting in all the detail, but I would like to change a few things, like her eye. She has no 'offical' eye.

That's all I'll say, because if I do anymore, I'll have been on a computer for about 7 hours :)
Signed with Muck - Clayface... er, Leauphaun

Monday, March 26, 2012

Day One at Collage - My Second Year

Hello, Elves, Dwarves, Hobbits, Wizards, Ninja, Other People, Geese, Friends, and Rabbit Extermination crew.

I can't believe it's already been a year since my last bootcamp... 'tis quite crazy to think about.
If you want to read up on my experience on last years bootcamp, here is part 1, part 2, part 3, and part 4.

This year, I went into bootcamp with a little more confidence, as well as expectations. I also went in having two friends alongside me. Well, not quite "friends". I met two guys on my online school who are also going to bootcamp. One is taking a photography mission, and the other one is in my class. Both are great guys, and it's nice to have someone to have lunch with that are Christians.

Anyhoo, the mission I'm taking is the ZBrush (pronounced zed-brush) course. It's essentially digital clay. You can take any shape, and mold it into whatever you want, without the mess, stench, hassle of clay.
The day started off with introductions that went around the room, than we launched into sculpting a head. We could do a human head, or any type of humanoid head. I had so much trouble with the first half of the class; I just couldn't keep up with the rest of the class. It didn't help that my teacher is a freelancer worker, so he's not part of the collage, therefore he uses some... French, let me say. In other words, he uses some colorful language. The only downer so far. I like the program so much I went and downloaded the 30-day trial for ZBrush.
I must say that this is the pre-clay stage that is one of the ways to get base for large objects. I did a dragon in the trial version of the program, but it looks more like a cross between a horse, deer and a, middlebuff. No I don't know what the last thing is. Anyhoo, here is what I came up with.

 
On the upside, I've come to produce two different sculptures so far, though they aren't completed. Both needs lots of attention to detail, but I'll show you guys anyway. Here are the sculptures that I did in class.

This is the alien head. I didn't have time to take other pictures of other sides of his head, but this is one of two heads I made. The other one, which I liked way better, I saved over with this one by mistake.

This is what I've completed of my dragon so far. I probably spent 3-4 hours on this sucker. And I don't know how to feel about it. Whether I like it, or hate it, is a mystery. The front version of the head is atrocious, so I need to work on that.

But that is day one of four. I'll do an update on my progress tomorrow.

Signed with dubstep - Leauphaun

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

The Update To Top Them All

Hello, Elves, Dwarves, Hobbits, Wizards, Ninja, Other People, Geese, Friends, and Rabbit Extermination crew.
I know I've been really bad with doing posts on this blog, but this one will (hopefully) be worth the update.
It has to do with...
*gulps*
*staged whisper*
R a b b i t s . . .

About how they seem to be FOLLOWING ME AROUND!!! THEY ARE EVIL!!

(fake) Disclaimer: If you love rabbits, and/or are affiliated with them, I feel sorry for you, and will sick a goose on you to rid you of the parasite that has taken over your mind, and is now controlling you.

(real) DISCLAIMER: This is a fun joke that is between a few people. I'm not saying that anyone with these pictures/company's are bad, or wrong. It is a joke for a few of us, and I wanted to share it with them. No offence to anyone.

I know it's getting nearer to Easter, but why does the whole "Rabbit taking over the entire world scheme" have to happen? It doesn't, you say? Well here are just a few picture of real evidence that one of the top spy's of *GRIT found out.

So, dog's are just as gullible as we think... (this has no personal reflection on my opinions of dogs)

The world is trying to get us to build things for "them"...


And Garfield knows that something is wrong with them... why do you think he keeps on trying to get rid of John's slippers?

Photo Credit: Jim Davis

 And the comic strip (also created by Jim Davis) US Acers, is definitely blinded by the effects of the bunny's... Everyone knows that it's Ninja, not Ninjas, and, Bunny and Ninja do NOT belong in the same sentence with each other. 
 
Photo Credit: Jim Davis
 
Have I made my point?? I rest my case...

Signed with unleaded lead - Leauphaun

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Artist Update

Hello, Elves, Dwarves, Hobbits, Wizards, Ninja, Other People, Geese, and Rabbit Extermination crew.
I know I haven't done a post on this blog for quite some time, but I thought I'd do a quick update.

This is for artists who try and make their drawings look like photographs.

For those of you who work off of digital pictures, and draw pictures to make them look like a photograph; here is a post for you. This is what I do to make the drawings come to life (other than draw in the first place).

Do the drawing first time around, then when you've finished, scan it into your computer. Try not to use a camera as it morphs the picture.
Than in a program that you can place two images in one document (GIMP will work and it's free, or you can use Photoshop if you have it), place both images together, the drawing over top of the picture.
Make the drawing the same size as the picture, and compare the images, your drawing to the original picture.
See what needs to be changed and then take the drawing and change it.Do this multiple times, until you're satisfied with your drawing.
I almost always do this (personally I only do it with people drawings).

There we go. That's all there is to it. Do that and you will see major changes in your drawing. Note that it may take more time than you would usually take to do a drawing, so never give up, and give it your all.

Signed with tape - Leauphaun

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Simple Pictures

Sometimes, when everything seems over-the-top, harsh, against the flow, it helps to know there is something like simple pictures...