Pinched Nerves and Watching Things

The saga of my pinched nerve is ongoing, I feel a fraction more comfortable, though the nerve signals through C7 that fire my triceps etc are still impeded - very odd sensation it is indeed.So I…


Nerves

My pinched nerve type thing is still going on. I have C7 issues which means I cant do much on the computer - which is mighty frustrating. I hope to be all sorted out soon and get back into all the…


Blood - the Last Vampire

[promo image for Blood the Last Vampire via wikipedia] My neck is sore, so watching vampire anime seems appropriate. Blood the Last Vampire is pretty classy stuff again. The Anime style with lots of…


Ghost in the Shell

Giving my computing a rest - I am watching things to inspire. So I dived into legendary and mystifying The Ghost in the Shell. It is a classic in the Anime genre and with good reason. The whole…


Hancock DVD

I was quite impressed with Hancock actually, I wasnt expecting too much and it turned out to be a really fun ride overflowing with special effects that combined to create a fun little piece with two…


Maya vs Body

My ergonomics combined with perhaps too much time sitting in front of Maya mean my back is all sore. I woke up sore one day last week and it has been niggling away, but its really annoying today - so…


Oinkfrog Next

I am liking where the Oinkfrog is at now, but there is always plenty more that can be done. Here are the things for the next stretch: Build mouth close and Ooo blends Build driver keys for fingers…


Moebius Doco

Just watched a neat documentary "Moebius Redux - A Life in Pictures" on French comic artist Jean Giraud aka Moebius. I am inspired by people like him and the many folk who weave their way through his…


Oinkfrog Evolves

Lots of work on the Oinkfrog today. After a few more touches to the parenting and controls for the foot I set about skinning him again. Note that because I parented the eyes into the rig they kept…


Still Earth and Source of Quality

Was watching the film again and it is proving to be an intriguing case-in-point for my ongoing thoughts around how seemingly hairline the boundary is between something good that contains quality…


New Feet

I spent some time creating a completely new foot rig for Oinkfrog. I referenced a few Maya foot tutorials including several Reverse Feet. I have ended up with this rig, which is a blend of the…


Oinkfrog Refit

Today I set about the task of refitting some of the larger elements of the Oinkfrog rig. There are lots of things I would like to improve and elements that I can now see arent so good - this should…


The Guild and Twitter

A quick check of who Felicia Day was on Twitter, one of the 20 I follow, led me to The Guild! I admit to only watching a single episode so far, but I can see it could be fun and have joined the BIG…


VRay RT

The idea of real-time quality graphics is what fuels a great deal of our experimentation with game engines. The idea that we can have lighting, textures, geometry all being rendered to us in…


Generi BadNews

One of the quick tasks for this week was to pose Generi getting some bad news. I went for some news with a tinge of real disaster in it. This was actually a little tricky, emotions often rely on a…


Generi WholeTime Boards

The second project for the Maya animation course and I am working with a nice emotional voice-track. The audio has some nice repetition, build-up, pauses and some nice expressions spring to mind - or…


Unigine

The landscape of graphics engines is always changing and with plenty of attention for Unity, it may be worth keeping a close eye on others like Unigine. It runs under windows and Linux thus far and…


City of Ember

This movie didnt ever get much attention, perhaps only getting what it did via those who had read the book. So I wasnt expecting a great deal to be honest, but I actually had a great time. It is a…


Oinkfrog Eye Controllers

Continuing the work on the Oinkfrog's eyes, I quickly created some new controllers with the L for local and W for world. These are now the parents for the locators I has used until now and are not…


Oinkfrog gets groovy pupils

One of the elements that came through in the concept sketches for the Oinkfrog Maya model was the idea that he could have ring pupils rather than the simpler solid colour he had 'til now. After…