Friday, October 14, 2011

Slay the beast, end the nightmare - Occupy Wall Street.

When I first heard about the Occupy Wall Street movement last week I was astonished; not so much in the fact that it was taking place, but rather in the fact that it had been going on for several weeks with no media coverage. You would think that the start of a revolution would make front page news, but in this instance, (when it’s domestic) it doesn’t seem to be a priority.

The good news is that the movement seems to be spreading across the globe and getting more coverage, which is encouraging; but I’ve also noticed some backlash, fragmentation, and a major lack of interest amongst many of my friends. Some people are trying to bring politics and religion into it.

I honestly don’t think these two things have anything to do with the movement. Mainstream media is dead set on calling the protesters a bunch of liberals looking for a free handout; just a bunch of bums that are too lazy to get a job. I believe this misconception is spilling over into public opinion because I’ve seen user created content that supports this.

A good instance is the image this guy posted. If anything, he’s a perfect example of the stacked deck we are all playing against.

I completely support the Occupy Wall Street movement and I consider myself a very ambitious and conservative individual. (Not that it matters.) I believe in free enterprise. I feel that if you work hard, you should be rewarded for it. Sadly that’s not the case in America anymore.

Our country has been hijacked by bankers, corporations, and policy makers that are out of touch with reality. They value profits and power over the wellbeing of this planet and its people. It’s a disgrace and it needs to end. As humans, I would hope that we are better than this. As citizens, I believe we can do more.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Aubrey Egkeep.

So a while back I wrote a little story called The Adventures of Richard Longtails. I haven’t worked on it for over a year. Which is kinda a bummer because the premise is solid, but it still needs a lot of ironing out; sadly, I just haven’t felt motivated to work on it. I feel bad because I know a lot of people are waiting for it, but when you don’t have the motivation, it’s hard to force it. I’ve been trying to milk my creativity back in that direction, so I decided to model out Aubrey Egkeep, a main character in the story.

I’m not sure if this model will be used for anything, because it has kinda different look than I was originally thinking, but hopefully I’m moving back in the right direction.

The 3D Model was done in Zbrush, the cover/concept was done in Photoshop.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Joining the Collective.

To help broaden my views on what’s going on in the world of cg, I’ve recently CGHUB, and Zbrush central. I’ve yet to get interactive with other artists, but it’s interesting to see what others are doing. I’ll update on these if anything of importance develops.

Zbrush 4R2

I finally got a copy of Zbrush 4R2. It introduces some great features like dynamesh. (amongst other things.) It allows you to sculpt without worrying about topology. The only drawback is that it’s not designed for production with animation in mind. (from my understanding)

After you finish, you still have to go back in and retopo the model. I’ve read a few things on topogun, and I’m thinking about checking that out. If I do, I’ll update.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Autumn and the return of all things dark.

October is here and with it my mood begins to change with the leaves. It’s been the same for as long as I can remember. The seasons affect me deeply. I hope that with short days I’ll be able to use my time productively. Farewell to another summer.

I used Zbrush 4R2 to create the graphic on the left. It's designed to be ambiguous, but every time I look at it, I see an old school vampire from Transylvania draining the life from some unknowing sole. What do you see?