Friday, August 31, 2007
Ok, so I didn't really like that last image either. This is the FINAL one (I promise) after some consulting with a co-worker about the piece.
Also, same co-worker (Robert) introduced me to Phil Hale's work. Jaw dropping stuff! Inspired, I did a study of one of his pieces. Not hard to tell which one's mine, is it.
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Sunday, August 26, 2007
I am a self-proclaimed Photoshop master. Actually, I can definitely say that I do NOT know everything about Photoshop, but I HAVE taught Alissa most of what she knows. However, she has also taught me some things about photo editing and processing. I am going to try to do more painting and sketching in color, which means Photoshop for now. Here is one I finally finished, it's been sitting around for at least a few years! I am finally feeling more comfortable painting in Photoshop, and have been going nuts making my own brushes! It's actually pretty easy....
Friday, August 17, 2007
Some of you may know that I like shoes. In fact, at one point I had more shoes than my wife. I haven't counted lately, but that could still be true. Recently, a friend of mine got some new shoes that I'd like to try out because they're just that cool-looking. You be the judge! Check out the website.
Thursday, August 9, 2007
Don't let this spider bite you. You will NOT inherit incredible strength NOR will you be able to shoot sticky webbing out of your wrists. I hear these things jump, too!
The Brown Recluse is dangerous. I have just learned that Florida has 3 species of this spider. I'm now scared to death.
Monday, August 6, 2007
I'm trying to finish a hand study for the EA Art show featuring digital sculpting - the deadline is next Friday. At this point it's just in a relaxed pose, and I'm really just studying surface anatomy and skin texturing. I'm kinda worried that people will think the hand looks funny, but I'm using my own hand for reference and my hands look different from most people's! Anyhow, I thought I'd share what I'm working on right now.
The EA Art Gallery is a cool program we have at work, and I hope to show some of my figure drawing there in the future.
I'm also trying to get my stuff together for the Austin Game Developers Conference. I'm going to fly out to look for work in Austin, where we hope all our dreams will come true. Actually, I already have a lead at a larger studio out there, but I'm going anyway to make sure all my bases are covered. So, if you have things to say about Austin, I'm all ears!
Saturday, August 4, 2007
I love Asian food. This love might have something to do with my being Chinese, but even so, you've gotta admit that Asian food is tasty. I like everything spanning from Vietnamese and Thai to Filipino and Japanese. Chinese food is pretty good, too, but the American-Chinese food that is all too prevalent here in the USA can really turn my stomach sometimes. However, I can usually come to terms with it. My dad took my brother and I to a great Chinese buffet in Calgary last summer. It sounds trashy, and it is in the mall, but WOW was it good. It was by far the best authentic Chinese buffet I've ever been to in North America.
The way you can tell an Asian restaurant is good is by looking at the clientele. Most people know this, but some snobs are very picky about restaurant cleanliness. Now, I'm all for not getting Ebola or Salmonella, but I don't care if the floors are crusted over if the food is good. A little stomach ache later is a personal sacrifice that sometimes must be taken. Fast food does it to me all the time, and those places are always cleaner than the average Chinese take-out joint!
We went to an Asian Supermarket today, after discovering the Farmer's Market we drove 30 min to didn't actually exist, contrary to what the worldwide web said (lies!). Usually when we go to the Asian supermarket, we're not buying bread and meat and vegetables. We get treats, little things, some sauces, frozen dumplings, etc. So we got some Bulgogi marinade to try out. For those of you who haven't ever had Korean food, you have got to try Beef Bulgogi. Grill it at your table yourself (Korean BBQ) or have the restaurant serve you theirs. Abbie remarked after her first bite: "mm mm, tastes like CANDY!". I guess the marinade is usually made with Asian pear puree, and it is deliciously sweet.
FYI, some of my favorite dishes are (in no particular order):
pho (Vietnamese noodle soup)
Vietnamese pork chops
stinky tofu (actual name)
roasted goat meat
Also, Florida is pretty scarce when it comes to Asian food, but I have managed to find a few decent places for Vietnamese, Korean and Thai. Los Angeles had so many restaurants....