So I’m getting older.

It’s a trip when you think about death.  It’s going to happen to all of us.  I sometimes wonder how many doctors are out there practicing for profit.  People that end up with shit like cancer- do their doctors try to heal them or do they just do  what is necessary to keep the patient alive and on medication.

This past June I dislocated my shoulder.  It fucking hurt.  Along with the dislocation I had a scrape with a deep-ass cut in the center of it on my knee.  The doctor prescribed me an ointment that I was to apply twice a day.  I did, but on the third day I was going to put more cream on the wound, I didn’t.  The edges of the scrape were bright red, as if someone drew on me with a loud red marker.  The cut in the the scrapes center was turning nasty, looked meaty and raw.  I freaked out so I doused it with peroxide and with ten to twenty minutes it cleared.  I informed the doctor.  She tells me “don’t use the peroxide too much, it will kill healthy skin/tissue too, just use soap and water to clean it and keep it clean.”  SOAP AND WATER!!!  Why didn’t she tell me that in the first place?

Everyone have a great weekend!


Distractions.

I’ve been meaning to work on “Mushroom Hill” for days now. Other projects have stolen the attention. Here is one of the distractions, my new facebook cover image. I took the picture from the top of the Echo Mountain hiking trail.  I played around with a couple of adjustment layers and cropped the image in Photoshop to suit the mood I was going for and to fit the dimensions of the facebook cover slot.  You can view the original picture on instagram. I then opened up my ZBrush project “Pedrito” and did a quick render using the ‘Outline Thin’ material and put the two together in Photoshop.
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Mushroom Hill

Years back I attended animation classes at East Los Angeles College. One of the results was an animation short that I conjured for an assignment. I titled it “Mushroom Hill.” I kept it simple. Three characters. One good, one bad and a victim. I went as far as making a stick figure animatic-an animated storyboard.
For a while now I’ve been wanting a puppet so I have decided to bring “Mushroom Hill” to life. I will start by building the set, the hill and the mushroom. Here is my animatic.



Pedrito A work in progress.

Almost complete. Originally I wanted him to be a full figure, I might open his file up and add limbs later, but for now he will be a bust. In case you are not familiar with it, in this video I am using a software called ZBrush. For those familiar with it I am sculpting in Dynamesh with a 384 resolutions setting, no particular reason for the 384 resolution, I just move the slider to increase the number.


The Job

Another day at the job. It’s my third day back.  I thought I was going to hate returning to a job where creativity, almost, does not exist.  But it’s not so bad.  I use to see it as “I’m a deli guy trying to be an artist.” Now I see it clearly.  I’m an artist working at a deli.  The good thing is that art does not require a desk and chair and thanks to technology, I don’t have to carry a sketchbook, I can draw or write notes on my phone.  Time to get ready.  Have a great day world.