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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
I am painting two of these simultaneously. Acrylic on canvas. I titled them both “To the ____.”