Monday, May 19, 2014

A Game of Thrones Post

I'm a big fan of Game of Thrones. I started watching after seasons one and two were out on DVD. Halfway through season 3, I knew I had to read all the books so I'd no longer worry about spoilers. I read the first two books with my eyeballs and thanks to Audible for 3-5, I'm all caught up. For simplicity, I'm going to refer to what "I listened" to as what "I read". It'd be awkward to constantly rephrase "book reader" as "book listener"

I am GoT obsessed. Not nearly as ravenously obsessed as some but I get very excited with GoT is brought up in conversation and I absorb additional content where I can. I love comicbookgirl19's videos and the Cast of Thrones podcast.

With a few minor problems here and there, I was overall pleased with the book to show translation until this season. Again, most of the content is great, even the new made up scenes, but the minor problems are becoming bigger, at least in my mind, and maybe I'm not alone.

Here's where S04E07 comes into play. The episode overall was pretty good and it had some amazing, emotional scenes but the few problems I felt like putting down into words.

Spoiler time! If you haven't read the books or watched this episode yet and don't want to see spoilers, do not read past the spoiler warning line. If you have or don't care about spoilers, read on!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Monster of the Day 2013

October snuck up on me, pounced and then tore off faster than a cat spazzing out at 3 a.m. for no reason. This year I decided to go back to drawing one monster a day. I started out strong, as usual, completing one monster a day until October 16th and then travelling struck again and I wasn't able to get to my drawing computer until October had come and gone. I continued to sketch monsters when I could, traditional style with dead trees and graphite so I got to finish the project, just not fully finished pieces. All my finished monsters of the day are grouped up here on my Deviantart album. I'd like to get around to finishing up the sketched monsters and putting up a poll to see which 12 are the most popular. If that goes well, I want to do what was suggested in the Twitch streams: refine those best 12 and make them into a 2014 calendar.

Old Post: Layers

I was digging through old art files and checking out how I would use layers in different pieces. I decided to show how I use layers. I don’t use them the same way for every project but here’s one way I used them in the past.
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That Personal Improvement Post: The Body

I've written up these personal improvement and weight loss pieces a number of times and I always debate if I want to post them or not. Who wants to talk about their flaws? Especially somewhere so public as the Internet. I've decided to throw caution the the wind. If this can help someone out somewhere, even if just myself, perhaps it will be worth it.

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Old Post: Weapon Smithing

At some point, it was decided that a life sized weapon prop was needed for PAX East. We thought about making the Pain Killer syringe weapon but decided on the Violence Hammer, a piece of steel girder on a pole, wrapped in barbed wire and covered in sharp objects. I'm not a professional prop builder by any means but I do have a number of years of cosplay and costume making under my belt (I've even made faux armor!) so I was pretty confident I could make something halfway cool. After traveling to various craft supply, hardware and online Halloween supply stores, we gathered what we thought were the necessary ingredients. But of course, if Mr. Murphy had anything to say about it, things would inevitably blow up along the way. And I mean things slightly bigger than the need that cats feel to sit on paper that has freshly been placed on the floor despite your pleas for them to move because you need it to paint on.
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Old Post: Project Plushie

So many blogs, so many. In the interest of condensing my plethora of blogs, I'm moving over some of my posts o'er here starting with good ol' Project: Plushie, previously posted on May 13, 2011.

A few months ago, just before the launch of Vampire Smile, I embarked on a mission that would test the limits of my sanity. I called this mission, Project: Plushie. A plushie or a plush toy is a soft and huggable stuffed animal and normally The Dishwasher would not be associated with these adjectives. It was my quest to prove otherwise and so I went about researching how to make plushies and came across this awesome tutorial. I've sewn and made small things before but never completed something like this. At first I created a small prototype entirely by hand, without the aid of a sewing machine, following the tutorial almost to the letter with only a few of my own alterations. The other members of Ska Studios saw it and loved it. Pretty soon, I was tasked to create 11 larger Dishwasher plushies to use as promotional press items.

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Monster of the Day 2012

Previously many individual posts, I've complied my MotD updates into one post. Here's a visual recap of my monsters of the day from 2012. 
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