d357 120831 Ink Drawings II


Well, I haven’t really had the chance to draw much since the last update, but I figure I’d get this post in before the month was up (30 minutes left as of this writing!). Last time I posted what I’d consider my first “true” ink drawings, and today I’ve got two more. These are both from reference:

Both drawings are slightly disproportionately narrow compared to the original. I’m not exactly sure how I screwed them up the same way twice in a row, but it might have something to do with the translation of the photo aspect ratio to the paper aspect ratio. Hopefully will have a chance to draw more in the next few weeks.

The following comments about computing and whatnot were written at the beginning of August. As these things go, they are already out of date, but since it’s already written, I’ll post it for my future self to read.

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d344 120102 Akemi Homura 2011 R2, Love Hina sketches

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The first illustration in today’s update was actually done before the last picture in the last update, but everything in the last update flowed together better, so I didn’t include this.

This is basically a remake of what I consider the crappiest painting as of late, the Akemi Homura 2011 painting. While this colored pencil piece is obviously somewhat less polished than its digital counterpart I think its also a lot closer to what I originally wanted. In part due to the immaturity of my colored pencil process, the lighting here is also fairly ambiguous.

There’s a less-than-interesting process photo I took a little more than halfway through too. A little bit of color testing on the side; for whatever reason it was significantly harder to settle on Akemi’s colors than it was to settle on Inori’s colors. You can also see that there’s actually a lot of “junk” lines that the colored pencil covered up really well. Overall, fairly satisfied, though. Satisfied enough that I wouldn’t attempt another in the near future.

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d330 110721 space week 2


Well, this is the backup drawing because I don’t have anything. The second drawing I was going to do currently consists of one 1/8th thumbnail and a blank page. In generally just had a lot of eBay stock to process this week, and I spent a lot of time puttering around. It doesn’t help that J’s been sick, so he hasn’t been drawing, which has definitely decreased my motivation somewhat.

Anyway, this is a Slick Wheels class locomotive drawn at the beginning of this year. The round windows are supposed to be like those found on some ships and some Japanese trains. Japanese diesels always seem to have the strangest wheel arrangements.

The rest of this post is dedicated to one year with the x200t.

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dupdate 110709


Well, a slightly different kind of fanart from me this time. I liked J’s idea of doing the character sketches, but I tried to put a spin on it. Kind of going off of what I said in d325, I’m trying something like balancing between my style, their style, and the character, but as with any of these sorts of experiments, the success or failure is debatable.

Anyway, this is Phryne from Fractale. I was going to try to be real pro and hash out a bunch of these real fast, but me being real slow coupled with an unexpected hardware failure (I suppose those are usually unexpected), has led to only this one being complete or even in progress. This is also the first non-full-page colored anything I’ve done for… well, a long time.

I last discussed equipment shuffling very recently in d313, but even the best plans of mice and men…

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dupdate 110619


Well, I told J that I would match him a sketch for every sketch he does, so this is for day two.

This is a redesign of an old design. There were a couple ships I designed back in elementary school that had propellers for whatever silly reason, but it was all very spindly and out of scale. This is a rescaling and ironing out of those designs.

Yesterday I was talking about the wildcard in my hardware master plan: the last time I talked about my storage subsystem was in d243, almost two years ago. Little has changed since then; my “important” stuff is still triplicated across three desktop drives, with the remainder of the drives being filled with less important, non-duplicated stuff (lots and lots of anime).

The best set of rules I’ve come across for backing up data is a “1 2 3” kind of rule: 3 copies, 2 media, 1 off-site location. So basically you want three copies of your stuff on two different kinds of media (ie HDD and CD or DVD) with one copy somewhere else (technically it’s like 3-2-2, but I digress). Now that I have a DVD sent taken to Hong Kong every year, in addition to the three HDD copies, I’d say I’m pretty decent on the backup front.

For the HDD subsystem, I’m currently using these hot-swap bays, which I’ve been using… since 2007, obviously. I wanted to be able to only buy bare drives, but I also didn’t want to have to handle them directly. I also didn’t want to buy standalone external drives because USB 2.0 is slow as crap relative to the size of even a 500GB hard drive, and you need a power brick. And I hate power bricks.

One issue I had considered was the need to keep buying new caddies every time I bought a new drive. It’s cost overhead (like $20 for a bay and caddy) and there’s the fear that they might stop selling this exact make and model of bay and caddy in the not-so-far future. And if I wanted to switch bay and caddy systems, it’s impossible to get rid of the old caddies and bays at anywhere near the original cost. I glossed over this issue by saying I’d only buy so many caddies and bays and just upgrade the size of the hard drive in each caddy as drives got bigger, but even for “less important” data, I’m becoming afraid of committing like a full 2TB of data onto a single drive. 500GB to 1TB seems to be fine.

Without the desktop I don’t have the bays connected to my “main” machine anymore (the T400), which renders my entire storage subsystem impractical. To access the drives, I’ll need to get USB/SATA adapters, and worst of all, power bricks. So something has to be done in this space, I’m just not sure what it is.