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General Discussion / The definition of a Style....
« on: September 10, 2007, 07:46:10 pm »
(quoted from my morning professor)

The definition of Style is "...To have the Balls to make the same mistake over and again until that mistake is taken for truth."

agree or disagree?

General Discussion / Finally got my new computer....
« on: August 31, 2007, 10:08:52 pm »
.....And it's awesome!  Perhaps the best $1,189 I've spent.  Toshiba HP tz1000x series convertible notebook.  Brilliant machine compared to the mac book pro, a good 20% more cash for less functionality....

Just wanted to say it :P  Also, this is the reason for my absence the last while ^^

Pixel Art / Trouble with boring
« on: July 21, 2007, 03:19:28 pm »

it's supposed to be flat, as of yet uncultivated land.  the trouble is that that just seems to kinda suck.  Any ideas on how to make this more interesting?  Regular crits accepted as well

General Discussion / Actual impact of Video Games
« on: July 11, 2007, 08:34:59 pm »
out of curiosity, how many people here besides me don't really play video games?  I'm much more into video games than the average person i know, and it has been literally *months* since i played a console game.  When I'm at my dad's every other week, i play a little bit of Rome: Total War, but I've had that game for 2 years and played a grand total of 2 complete campaigns (which even a lot of casual players knock out in a couple weeks).

I see though that i am probably in the minority on this board, the way people go on and on about upcoming or recent games.  When i read, however, about masses being led by video games I really just do not see it.  Almost nobody in a school of 1600 bothered with next gen consoles (literally only 4 people i know, though it's not like i know everybody), and the only time i hear about them now is people offering to sell their few-month-old console, because they never use it.  I asked my brother and he says the people he knows in Boston are pretty much the same.  If there is a huge market for video games.

Movies and music on the other hand are much more important.  Every few weeks, maybe every couple of months, movies come out that literally everyone goes to see.  For every one person that talks about video games, it seems there are hundreds talking about movies.  It feels like almost 10 people own ipods for every person like me who doesn't (my friend Caroline's little sister just turned 11 and owns an ipod).  The people who don't still have pretty good CD collections.

Is new england just a funny place that could care less about video games, or is the whole video game thing that over-hyped everywhere?

General Discussion / Trouble with Noses
« on: July 10, 2007, 01:17:06 am »
Quote from: Helm
Adarias: more nosetril studies.

my instantaneous reaction was "well, i know it's far from perfect, but it's not that strange for a nose, huh?"

but then i went over to my mirror, and compared my nose to my drawing's....
...and my second reaction was "wow, this is not a nose! damn..."

...which got me to thinking, and i realized that engrained in my mind I had(have) a completely false idea of what a nose is (a downpointing arrow rather than a nose), and it's going to be damned hard to correct that...

...thinking some more, i realized that entirely unresolved issues like this that were prefectly acceptable in high school are going to be crippling in college this september... i began with a basic study on a piece of spare card and a quick drawing form observation about the general sizes and relationships of things, attempting to formulate more accurate shortcuts for use away from references, and plan to keep these up along with other structural studies until i can do a decent job away from my mirror.


some of the lines: the region of the nose is 2 near equal parts, one extending from the center of the eyes to the middle of the nose being of bone, and the other extending form that point to the bottom of the nose, being soft.  green - all lines of the face in profile appear, if continued, to lead to directly in front of the nose.  yellow - the brow and the chin are above and below each other almost directly, and a line from the center of the mouth to the center of the eye should define the backwrads reach of the nostril.

then i went back and did what i should have done first, try to adjust the most recent problem piece (apologize about the bad image, i used a friend's phone:

there's some issues still, the darkest that was there before wouldn't completely erase, but i think that this does make it to the "better than it was before" zone?

I have reached the conclusion that the nose essentially is a regular pyramid (the bone part) below which are suspended a round bulb of the nose and two egg-shaped nostrils.  between them all is a fit off what i suppose is fat or something that adds further volume (this in particular i had never really known)

does anyone see anything wrong with any of this?  I really would like to kick this terrible nose habit if i can.  Also, does anyone know any good refernces?

General Discussion / Il Libro Dell'Arte
« on: June 12, 2007, 01:24:44 pm »
for those who have not read this wonderful book, i found it online more or less the same as the one you can purchase:

sections 1-6 are the important part, it really is a great read (and fast too)

my favorite lines are "Take note that, before going any farther, I will give you the exact proportions of a man. Those of a woman I will disregard, for she does not have any set proportion. ...I will not tell you about the irrational animals, because you will never discover any system of proportion in them."

so Cennino is not exactly a genius, but it's still cool :P

Pixel Art / need help feminizing
« on: May 09, 2007, 02:49:41 am »

too much man in this :/

I really don't care about gender most of the time, so Ive always have a bit of a problem making guys look like guys and girls look like girls.

any suggestions?

feel free to point out other glaring errors, but this is really a very early WIP, so things like color choice, AA, polish, etc etc can be saved for later (unless the color choice pertains to gender differences :P)

General Discussion / Keyboard Pixel Program
« on: March 24, 2007, 11:26:25 pm »
Does anyone know a good pixel-art program that can work on a modern laptop using only the keyboard?  I used to have one but i forgot what it was, that was 6-7 years ago too.  Are we doomed to just buy ourselves wireless mice to do laptop pixelwork?

Pixel Art / hella bored
« on: October 22, 2006, 02:27:19 am »
so i did what i usually do when i have a block, develope a random iso base.  not for anything but to get myself back interested in partisan, which ive been having trouble finding motiviation for today.  it worked though, there will be an update monday or tuesday on that progress.

for now, the pic -

i need to find a way not to muddy my colors in these tightly-cramped boxes.  its hard to smooth and fit detail without loosing the saturation.....though perhaps i could just not share so many colors in my ramps.  idk, doesnt really matter atm

C+C ?

Pixel Art / Venus
« on: September 21, 2006, 02:12:22 am »

well thusfar its still unfinished, it needs to be smoothed smoothed smoothed....i was just wondering what people thought.  Inspired by work ive been doing lately with black india, white gouche, and chalk

i dont know if this thing can really be critiqued here though, since at its core its not really pixelart as pixelart but abstracted impressions as pixelart

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