So today’s update is a week overdue illustration, the last (theoretically) of this “set”. For those of you with a DeviantART account, blah blah blah, want to leave a comment, blah blah blah, here is the link again.
The big idea here was to try something cool with the water. For trying to do something cool with the water, it really isn’t that cool or amazing. In fact, it’s probably downright bad. I don’t really know how I came up with the circle thing, but it was after failing several times to do it any other way. You can kinda see vague traces of my trying to put reflections in the water, and of course, failing. It doesn’t actually look all that bad in the context of the piece, but it definitely doesn’t really look like water. If you ask me, at least.
The figures are pretty nice, though; at the very least I did indeed get rid of that splotchy texture there.
It actually took a helluvalotta tweaking to get the colors to my liking on this one, especially in the background. I learned that green and red make yellow and I used like an extra 50% of that, not to mention maybe half as much extra contrast. The raw painting looked like this [100613: Dead link]. I honestly haven’t found a way to get the colors right on the first go; I’ve been adjusting color levels on paintings since C061106. It’s always many times more pale than the final product. I actually speculate that this may be due to my always painting on white (they say you should never paint on white or use pure white and pure black) since the colors on the figures were painted on the original photo-scan I used which was a queer grey. And I think the colors on the figures were closer to the final colors.
It’s nice that 4.03 supports .psd; it made all that color tweaking much easier, since I didn’t have to keep converting from .wpb to .bmp to .psd which is a downright pain in the ass after a while.
I finally got the rebate for a computer case I bought way back in November, on black friday. That’s just a little over two months. It’s both terrible and a pleasant surprise that it takes a company two months to issue these rebates; on one hand you know it probably doesn’t take they that long to process the damn thing, but on the other hand, you forget about it and one day – poof – you get “free” money. The Antec 900 retails for $140. I got it at $60. Colette is definitely not the type of system that needs a monstrous amount of cooling, so I can simply run just the largest fan at the lowest speed for great quiet and justice. I wish all cases came with a nice 20cm fan.
Here is the thing next to old of my old Dells (It’s the thing marked “4”). While the Dell doesn’t look terrible on its own, it’s definitely very beige-box-esque against the 900. I really like the angular lines on the 900; it’s exactly how I’d design a box if I were to do it myself. The tray and the top-mounted ports are also real nice for someone like me who puts their computer under the desk.
I’m typing this entry on a $14 keyboard I bought on ebay last week. Now why the crap would I pay $14 for a keyboard when I was using a $5 unit from Frys? Well, this just happens to be an authentic IBM Model M, which are, quite frankly, some of the best fucking keyboards ever made. This one is relatively recent (1995), though there are units from the late 80’s that are still compatible with modern computers. What makes these things so damn nice to type on are the buckling springs under the keys instead of the contemporary rubber crap that most modern boards use.
Now if I didn’t own an older Model F based on the same technology I would’ve said this was bullshit and that a keyboard is a keyboard is a keyboard. But I’ve played around with the model F (without outputting anything, obviously; the Model F uses an XT jack which is incompatible with the PS/2 stuff we use today and no one makes an adapter), and I’ve always thought it was real nice to use.
I’d always thought’d it’d be a waste to buy another keyboard instead of finding a way to make the Model F work, but I finally bit the bullet and said screw it. Subsequently I now have this thing in front of me and it is fucking awesome.
It’s interesting not having the Windows key between the left ctrl and alt keys. I actually use that to get ot my start menu.
This is now the oldest operating piece of computing machinery in this family, besting the Dell Optiplex in my dad’s office by a good five years. 1995 to 2008 is two eternities in the computing world.
Speaking of eternities, the oldest thing I own now is the bike I used at school. I believe it’s from the late 70s or the early 80s, whatever it is, it definitely beats my car. It’s a Peugeot something or another, made in France (I didn’t know France made ANYTHING) and it used to be my mom’s. Of course my mom doesn’t bike anymore, so there’s no reason for me not to use it. I’m definitely not the type of person to buy a new bike when there’s an antique lying around. It’s real nice cuz it’s a helluvalot lighter than the mountain bike I used in my childhood. It doesn’t have as many speeds, but who needs 18 or even the 12 gears I have; I only go through 6 of ’em on a daily basis.
EDIT: The new N-Wars hosting is nice cuz I can now use the default IE ftp client. Ok I’m done now.