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...
*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