Sunday, November 21, 2010

Apples and Appendicitis

Just a short update on why I haven't updated my blog. Came down with a brief spot of appendicitis a couple weeks back. Didn't get diagnosed right away, so I was out of sorts for a bit before having surgery and then I've been recovering from the surgery itself too. So I haven't had energy to do much artwork.

Recently, now that I'm feeling a lot better, and slightly empty on my lower right side, I've been hankering to get back into things. My DT subscription runs out at the end of the month, and I'm not going to renew it for the time being. So I'm frantically plowing through tutorials before I no longer have access to them.

I've done a couple courses on After Effects, which was nice to get re-introduced to. I'll try to use it more after rendering out different passes. I also did an introduction to nDynamics, which is a different solver, or engine, if you will that Maya has, which is very cool and very powerful. I'll likely leave regular old dynamics behind in the face of this new wonderment. I also finished up a course on Digital Drawing, which was a little frustrating (it's a lot harder than on paper still), but quite helpful too. I won't post anything from these tutorials, since it's not original work and you could just go on the DT site to preview the stuff. Today I'm going to try to tackle nCloth and/or Fur, which are more modules of maya that I've barely even touched. This program is so ginormously huge, but I want to learn it all.

So that's pretty much an update. I've been missing art lessons while I was sick, but had one on Friday that was good fun. I'm painting a portrait of an (East) Indian boy. No idea how it will turn out, but I'll probably post up a photo of it when I'm done (too large for the scanner :) ). Also finished my November book (Monty Python Speaks! Heh heh).

Nothing to do with apples, just thought the title was catchier that way.