Happy Birthday, Anna!

Posted: October 8th, 2008 in Gimp

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eyes of oblivion, click to enlarge
This young thing was born exactly 19th years ago. Saying truth, we know each other only shortly, still… Guessing by the way she instigates me to get drunk I’d say it may be long and productive friendship. Cheers for Anna!


El Matador

Posted: September 7th, 2008 in Ideas

Slow motion. Foot stamping into dust. Gentle flamenco. Red fabric thorn from man’s shoulders in strong hands, bending with the wind so lively, yet firm. Impatient hoofs stir up small clouds of sand. The music hastens, gets louder, the torero stands still, the bull gains speed, the line between life and death gets thinner, the tramp gets louder, and BOOM! – music stops, darkness covers everything, there’s only a heartbeat. Single reflection on a perfectly polished espada breaks the suspension – the beast attacks! Red fabric, cold steel, a single drop of blood running down the blade, last breath… and darkness. Cheering crowd, some text.

Soft-body for fabric, particles for dust, some pre-rendered crowd. Bump maps for fur and normal maps for subtle pattern of the handmade clothes: ornamented jacket, pants and hat. Field of depth to change the lens from bullfighter’s back to the bull. Fluid simulation for blood – floating in slow motion through the air, running down the blade, dripping from the tip. Background music, sounds of fabric, cheering crowd, the heartbeat, trampling hoofs. A lot of work.

Some day,

Metaliens are coming!

Posted: August 20th, 2008 in Blender

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alien muscles
Chris mentioned meta balls and I ended up with this guy instead of a python script. It was sculpted all the way before I realized I was about to do something completely different. Base formed with meta balls in about two minutes, then something near two hours of sculpting. It’s pretty low poly and those over-exaggerated leg muscles remind me of comic stripes I used to draw when little younger. Not particularly proud but not ashamed of it either. Since I don’t have the .blend any more just have fun doing whatever ya want with stills.

Last few months

Posted: August 20th, 2008 in @

Hell of a time! A lot befell.

Thought, even more did not. I finally unwrapped my tablet and happen to discover I’m being obsessed with it! Still didn’t change my OS, which is bad. Yet, it gave me an opportunity to learn new things about how I hate commercial companies (one of those actually hired me and assigned duties I wouldn’t be able to accomplish on Linux simply because I don’t know it well enough, e.g. .NET development).

On the more personal foot: yeah, ladies, you heard right – not in a relationship any more! On the more personal reflection kind of note, people do weird stuff when they fall apart. I’ve been lied to, begged, bribed – no más. I guess the wind of change came from the north… Also, I changed my hair. A lot. And this is the last call to check out whether I can take my maths exam this year or have to wait (missed that one – still didn’t figure out how to manage the studies and work at the same time). But! Before starting anything new, and this is what everyone should consider the rule of a thumb, it’s always a good thing to reckon all those long time procrastinated tasks on one’s todo list and evaluate if maybe, just maybe one little tiny √ can be placed. My personal todo for today? “Polish your PHP”. This one’s actually easy!

*rub* *rub* *rub*

Checked! What’s next?

Way to high on soda,

What is Blender?

Posted: July 14th, 2008 in Blender

Someone asked me to explain what Blender is and I somehow failed to. On the other hand I came up with the geekiest definition ever! Ready? So… What’s Blender?

Well, basically, it is a diagram manipulation program for advanced mathematical calculations of virtual environments placed in a digital domain used to project all possible outcomes of equations transferred from an income gateway’s source matrix to the central or graphics processing unit.

Feeling blended?
I do.