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well, I've been working at my new job for a while now and have been volunteering with the AnimeBanzi Convention here in Utah. I help by working the booth selling AnimeBanzai merchandise. I know no one follows me so I won't ask to stop by and say hi... kinda barking in the dark here. I have been working hard on getting better with 3D modeling, became professionally Certified in 3ds Max! (models to motion) and AutoCAD. Purchased a copy of Manga Studio EX 4.0! yay! it's cool. learned 3D Printing! that's cool... planning on a few cosplay designs,... a homebrew pachinko machine. And.... I have been doing some work on my web comic! not much and nothing worth posting but it's progress. I've been using Celtx to write the script and keep track of story ideas and concepts. I have some sets designed or at least laid out, in 3d! with the Manga Studio EX I can import the sets and use them in the comic layout saving time and well,.. I kinda suck as an artist so,... yeah... it's taken me some time to accept the fact that I suck but,... well... yeah... I don't have the skills to be a paid for my work,... so I'll cheat and make my comic in 3d. so * raspberry* :P

I've got'n good at that at least. and no,.. most of the stuff I do isn't publishable,... just like my last job as a packaging designer... the bane of industrial design I guess... although,... I might be able to show off some designs I've done for AnimeBanzai. I'll check,... don't want to let loose the surprises if they like my design ideas for merchandise. I guess I can post the key chain idea I had though they may still use it...  who knows,... it's kind of a black hole in working with the team at times. I show my ideas and get a lot of oooh's and aaaah's with no funding to throw at the idea. alas,... the bane of industrial design...
  • Listening to: Too Late The Hero- Wicked Self
  • Reading: um,... how too program Mozilla,...
  • Watching: Rug Rat's circa 1992
  • Playing: DragonNest
  • Eating: rice
  • Drinking: Coke,..
well new job is going ok... not too bad.. not animation or graphic design but... i get to draw stuff... just MCC's and VFD's... Cables... Wires... Schematics... Loop Drawings in accordance with the ISA Standards... If you know what I'm talking about then good on ya... I have a lot of Industrial Instrumentation/Electrical experience and so it was the key to getting this job... and I really need it too... I would have had a hard time drawing a Gate Valve actuator control logic diagram without knowing what an actuator is... and the difference between MOV and a Pnumatic actuator running on an I/P... :D they converted a pnumatic system over to a MOV PLC controled system... though.. don't get me wrong... packaging was cool and all... but I feel like I'm home here... I deal with Engineers instead of Salesman... AutoCAD instead of 2-bit Packaging software... Nice working environment... and lots of free coffee.... ahhhh... a cool IT Guy... that's there... not on call sometimes...  and a good amount of work to keep me busy... recognition for a good job... I am starting to like it here...

but alas... my dream of being an animator?... what is to become of it?... how to climb that mountain when this valley is my home?.... *sigh*...
  • Listening to: Scott Sigler-"Contagous"
  • Reading: how to tutorials on AutoCAD
  • Playing: SmallWorlds
  • Eating: pizza...pappa murphys
  • Drinking: Coke.... cola of champs... and vamps
  • Listening to: Jonathan Coulton -- "Creepy Doll"
  • Reading: Legal Documents...it's chock full of "Parties
  • Playing: Virtual Villagers...2
  • Eating: Pumpkin seeds... from China.. green tea flavor
  • Drinking: Coke... a... Cola
ok,... I have a lot on the plate...

1)Child custody battle(just the temp orders mind you)

2)finalize Divorce...

3)Move...

4)look for job(after I fix Resume(s) to be more appealing)or get better at Freelance ...

5)Figure out how pay for Kiddo's broken arm... sans job...

6)upload more artwork(& figure out how to upload sculptures in a decent way)

7)Build Resume site with cool animations and artwork...

8)story for the webcomic finished...

9)build the webcomic website back-end(database/php) and front-end

10)story(boards) for the animation idea(s)...Character Designs... 3D Modeling of the set/characters... Rigging... Set layouts... blocking... sound/score... animation... lighting/texture... eternal rendering(unless I can hijack some computers as render minions)---or--- get better at drawing and do it in 2d(though that would be "eternal rendering" as well... *sigh*)

... all while still tending to the needs of 4 kiddos... trying to eat now and then... keep up with current events in media/tech/world news/animation techniques(programs)/web/project management/print/social media/read what I haven't... oh... and somehow draw more and/or take artclasses...

now then...
ready... set... go!
  • Playing: with Photoshop Elements
  • Drinking: coffee... hot with one lump of sugar
Ok... I admit it... I never went to college for art... I went to a technical college and studied Multimedia software... I spent my G.I. Bill on learning how to use 3dsMax, Maya, Illustrator, AutoCAD, Unreal 2004 editor, Flash, Director, & Photoshop... The benefit is that I can jump into any software and learn it rather quickly or in a few days if it's different than the norm. I figured this out after I was accepted as a Packaging Designer intern with Boise Packaging using ArtiosCAD. After a few weeks I was teaching my supervisor how to do things with the software he didn't know... while he had been using it for many years...

so,.. my point is... I don't have formal training in art stay for High School... so where do I get it?... for free...I'm broke... I tried the "Meet Up" for figure drawing group and made one meeting. but then,...like I said... out of money...
  • Listening to: blip.fm "The Bird is the Word!" -Ramones
I have experience in the graphics industry (packaging design mostly) and would like to work in the industry.. I feel I can do the job just fine but need to get more portfolio to showcase... I have been studying css, php, and web design but haven't devised a good site yet that I am proud of. now... how do layout a electrical heavy resume to read like its perfect for a graphic design job?
so,... I've never been to a comic convention or anime or scifi..... did go to a tattoo convention in SanDeigo but that was well,... just say a while... now a minion is in need of a badge to show off to their con buddies... so,... I try and make one... but never having gone to a con... I'm a bit in the dark... but there are lots of reference material online!... it looks good to me... and I'm tire... if they need something changed they will have to wait till I get time and sleep is done... *zzzzzzz*
  • Listening to: blip.fm
Heraldry is hard... there is so many factors if you want to follow the true way of heraldry. looking for reference of crests and shields to develop my own it seems that heraldry was the way to go but that may not be an option if I want to draw each crest on the uniforms of the students in my comic... maybe I should just keep the EMA logo as the crest... I don't know... It is a cool logo... I would hate to clutter it up with swords, banners, charges and cadence requirements as keeping true to heraldry... technically modern day heraldry is sort of "Logo" or "Corporate Identity"... hmmm...must ponder more
  • Watching: Austin City Limits
  • Drinking: Coke...
I have technicaly been working on the story and character designs for a while. It all started with a though of... why would a minion follow any body... and figured out... we are all Minions in some form or another... I had a deviant art blog along time ago but lost contact with it over the years... now.. it's 3:30am and I am starting another... ugh...