J214 – Small Talk

[10/27/2008] So, yeah, an actual update. Quality is all over the place on this one. I do like panel 2, though…

And now, and actual rant!

I don’t hate Macs.

Rather, what I hate is the attitude of the company and of the typical Macintosh user. Mac users typically come equipped with a “holier-than-thou” attitude and the belief that Macs are inherently superior to Windows machines or other operating systems, ignoring the potential strengths of other systems and the possible shortcomings of their own. The typical Mac user carries the same sort of hardheaded fanaticism that pervades certain religious, political leanings, and various other stronly opinionated groups.

The other day I was met with this gigantic flurry of opposition when I tried to suggest that perhaps the Toyota Prius was not as good as what we could possibly be making when it comes to environmentally-concsious vehicles. I have nothing against the Prius; I’ve ridden in several, and it’s a nice car. No one seemed to like the suggestion that maybe the mileage the Prius gets is due more to the shape of the vehicle rather than that fact that it’s a hybrid, or that it’s possible to get hybrid-like mileage out of a normal vehicle (done before with some cars in the 1980s).

At any rate, as someone who tries to understand others’ points of view (at least I think I am), it’s really difficult to deal with people who are so opinionated that they refuse to consider possible truths in other points of view. Basically what happens is, you give them an inch, and they give you … nothing. What a bother.

Man, I feel like Holden Caulfield.

Damn phonies.

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[081025]

So this entry is once again being written before I actually have an update; I kept meaning to draw some more sketches these past few days but y’know it’s kinda like that theory and practice thing… AKA they never got done. There’s still two days until I actually have to post this thing, but I got a test on Tuesday and I actually thing I’m screwed…

I’m not really motivated to post comics while I’m not actually getting any of them done, and I’m still not getting any of them done lately. I do have like… three sketches from my brief stint in painting during the past three weeks and I might just post those – screw how good or bad they are – if I don’t feel like turning out anything else.

I think I still haven’t written an entry on console gaming, but I’m feeling really little hate right now and don’t feel the need to vent. So that’s prolly it for this one (short one ain’t it?)… I’m going to try to sketch… (yeah right)

Ok, notes on today’s sketches. They’ve got numbers if you can read my shitty touchpad scrawl.

1) Don’t remember what I wanted to say about this one. Lousy drawing I suppose…
2) Saw some guy doing some badass hatching on DA; I’m trying something similar and failing miserably. First try though; I mean to try some more of this later,,,
3) Copy pasted from another piece of paper; just some practice for the colored piece from two weeks ago.
4) Didn’t get it done. I only have a scanner on weekends or Tuesday. Maybe next time.
5) Lineart from last week’s colored illustration.
6) Other candidate for coloring; still might get done in the future…
7) What my art looks like after three weeks of inactivity. Seriously.

Ok that’s it for today. I have a test in an hour. I’m hosed…

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[081019]

It’s not 2MB this time. Deal with it.

This update is actually being written before the actual painting is done! It’s in the “sit and wait” stage after the initial painting “stage” where I, well, obviously, let it sit for a while. Then I come back and see if there’s anything terribly wrong with it before it goes into the color-adjustment/touching up “stage”. This is kinda an experiment… nothing drastically different… I was doing some doodling last… Monday? Tuesday? Something like that; and it was going really slowly. I think I was commenting to J how it took me a hojillion hours to fill up a single page. Anyways, this illustration started out as a doodle on the following page; I think I’ve said before that the best art is usually the stuff you don’t think about too much… I just kinda ran with that this time.

At the lineart “stage” I almost went back on my first inclination and tried to do a nice lineart but I fell into one of those “trying to fix it too much” traps. After milling around there for a while I stopped and hashed out a fast one with my trusty 1pt pen. For a fast one it’s actually pretty good. I actually only moved away from my 1pt pen for two illustrations; this latest one doesn’t really bring anything new to the table, but I guess it’s a bit more polished.

At painting I once again tried to go back on my first inclication and tried to do a nice paint job… this time the Gods liked it apparently and while I did get tripped up a little on the third or fourth “patch” it was smooth sailing from there and I got the whole mess done in a reasonable time frame. Yay.

My general feelings are that the characters are done better than in the previous picture, but the whole composition leaves something to be desired… the BG (clearly) was done on impulse; since this started as a sketch, I never planned for there to be a BG; I just kinda blotted something done that hopefully wouldn’t take too much away from the whole thing. The little trim on the edge (it’s usually black, just FYI) is also an experiment; it’s actually the original sketch scaled down a bit less than the main illustration; I didn’t think the black looked very good – it needed to be more, I dunno, not solid.

At this point (which is seriously several hours after the first line of this update was written) the painting is pretty much done. I’m still not bought on how the whole thing works together, but that’s seriously nothing short of a complete overhaul can do – and that’s something I’m not going to do atm. This week I’ll probably just do some more sketches. Maybe I’ll actually get around to that comic page…

Uh, ok, that’s it for now. Have a nice day.

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[081013]

It’s 2MB. Deal with it.

Jesus, this one has been in the pipeline for like two weeks now. As you can see, the filename/title reflects the date that the lineart was initially digitized. September 30th. Despite all the freaking time spent on this (I honestly redrew the lineart… twice. There were three freaking “working layers” as opposed to my usually one) it still didn’t turn out as well as I wanted. Yes I’m complaining, yes I’m kinda frustrated about it.

I dunno, it’s kinda like this fixing syndrome I swear I ranted about in the past. If you’ve got something that doesn’t look right and you try to fix it, you usually put in a whole lot more effort to make it look worse – the correct solution (in my opinion) is to start over. That’s also my solution to most software problems. Don’t fix it; wipe that installation and start over. The problem with the drawing is that the problem isn’t quite guaranteed to go away as it usually is with a re-install. So yeah, overfixing this one definitely didn’t help.

Hopefully the next one(s) will be better, though I’m actually wavering between doing another comic page (zomg!) and some more ToV doodles. I wish I had more time to draw, but you know watching anime just takes that much less effort XD

Internet connection in my dorm seems to suck this year. I think I might have said so before, but I’m pulling like a fourth of the speed out of reasonably fast IRC bots that my friend on Comcast is getting. That’s ridiculous. And it’s not like I’m on slow wireless either. What the fuck happened to fast college internet? Traffic seems heavily time dependent too. From Colette I pull like 15kb/s during the day, but I can usually hit my maximum out speed during the night and morning. And this isn’t just from one ISP, this is from Comcast AND ATT, so I’d say it’s most definitely a problem on Stanford’s end.

Comcast has begun to implement a bandwidth cap on its system. Users of select connections (I’m guessing most) can only upload and download 250GB a month. That’s honestly crap. 250GB is really not a lot here in 2008 especially considering all the fuckin flash ads that you DON’T want to download. They say they’re going to scrap their speed caps too, but that’s also crap. So this weekend after much hassle, I moved Colette over to the ATT DSL line.

Why the fuck don’t we have FiOS here?

The biggest drawback of the ATT line is that the download speeds don’t really go as high as on the Comcast line. It’s like 750 to 400 (though the latter doesn’t seem to be artifically limited). I’m also stuck with a crappy ATT branded modem/router since I don’t know how to bridge the built-in router and use my WRT54G. Finally, I can’t seem to get my DNS to work internally – if I’m connected to the ATT line, I can’t access Colette through colette.trianglesof.net; I need to use the local 192.168.1.101. All of this is kind of annoying, but it feels good to not be using Comcast.

Once upon a time Comcast was actually good. Just not anymore…

So at the time of writing, I’ve been using my E6400 in bed for about two and a half hours now and I think it’s surprisingly tolerable. With the tablet things usually start to get uncomfortably warm within the first hour to two hours, and the metal plate that makes up the base of the E6400 seems to dissipate heat better. I’m quite impressed with the P8400. It’s three times as fast as the TC4200’s Pentium M 740 yet it has a lower stock thermal envelope (25W to 27W). Undervolted, the Pentium M is a bit better (guesstimate of 20W for the P8400 and 19W for the 740), since Intel (very gheyly, I might add) doesn’t let me turn down the P8400 voltage below 0.85v. I can take the Pentium M down to 0.7. This only makes a difference at lower clock speeds, but seriously that’s where the computer is at most of the time. I never tried using my D830 in bed, so I don’t know how that fairs…

Nonetheless, it’s really convenient having this tablet instead of my giat 9 x 12 Wacom. Not just because I can draw on a screen, but because I don’t have to carry that external tablet around. Yes, I started carrying a keyboard around so I can type whilst the thing is in tablet mode; but my crappy $5 keyboard fits in my backpack… the 9 x 12 Wacom doesn’t. I’ve considered selling my 9 x 12 (it actually goes for a very good portion of the retail price), but maybe I’ll go back when I get better and not want to pay $400 in the future…

Lastly, some pics of my dorm [100614: Three dead links]. Yes, the picture of the wires is intentional. I was just telling someone about the clutter the other day. Yes, that’s a PS2. I finally bought a Gamebridge (effectively a USB TV tuner without the typical lag) and I’m *trying* to finally get through FF12. Yes, the desk is huge. That’s totally my kind of desk; hell the surface area is more than my desk at home, and I thought the latter was big. The bed is kinda strange because I took out a lofting “kit” just get the headboards such that I could sit up in the bed. Not as comfortable as the solution I have at home, but it’s more elegant and it works.

Ok, that’s it for now. Whee.

J211 – Ranting

[10/7/2008] Yo, somewhat delayed, but an actual comic! Rawr~!

So, we return to Sam, 518, and the Lesser (former-) Demon. I realize I’ve drawn 518 in the same pose she took in panel 2 before. This probably arises from the fact that she doesn’t look as good when drawn straight-on.

Not much to say this week, except that I’ll be at Anime USA over the weekend~! If you happen to be there (ha ha) you can try to find me … I’m not sure how to describe myself though. Asian guy with a ponytail? The style used for Sam’s hair in today’s comic is vaguely reminiscent of what mine looks like now…