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Month: September 2015

Making Planetary Rings In Blender Experiment 3

September 30, 2015

Digital Art

OK so I decided to use the colour ramp method from Experiment 2 and put together a simple scene with a marble textured planet. The rings are actually made from a single disc, it’s the colour ramp texture that makes it appear as multiple rings.  Colour ramps allow you to specify transparent areas so I’ve just got a single ring…

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Making Planetary Rings In Blender Experiment 2

September 28, 2015

Digital Art

Continuing from my Blender planetary ring experiments with the Wood texture type yesterday, I thought I’d try out the Blend texture type. I created a ring mesh by extrude-scaling a circle. It took me ages to understand the different Blend texture parameters but I’ve found the following settings yield good ring-like patterns: Progression = Spherical Mapping – Coordinates = Object (choose…

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Making Planetary Rings In Blender Experiment 1

September 27, 2015

Digital Art

I’m working on an environmental picture of the Dark Temple Of Mymosule.  It will be dusk and the planetary rings of Undomea are to be visible in the sky. I’ve decided that I cannot draw the perfect arcs of the planetary rings by hand so I’m breaking out the heavy machinery: 3D modelling in Blender. Firstly I created a sphere with a ring…

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Project ADC-1: 25 September 2015

September 24, 2015

Comics

My digital comic project went off the rails a bit over the last 2 weeks when I decided to re-write the plot.  It didn’t reveal enough about Benevolen’s stealth abilities. Now it does. I’m starting do reconsider my over-riding prioritisation of timescales.  Quality is starting to matter more to me than getting this done quick. Hmmm meditate upon this I…

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Digital Comic Panel Layout

September 23, 2015

Comics

A while ago I tried reading digital comics on my 3.5 inch mobile phone and found the experience to be less than satisfactory.  Even Comixology’s Guided View technology did little to improve the experience. That got me thinking about designing a digital comic panel layout.  So what makes a good digital comic panel layout? I did a bit of surfing around and stumbled…

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Project ADC-1 Character Profile Sheet V2

September 22, 2015

Comics, Writing

After re-writing my plot and comic book script, I needed to update my character profiles.  I’ve included an organisation profile for The Acolytes Of Mymosule as well, they’re an unsavoury bunch!First name: Sylen Middle names: Family name: Benevolen Height: 184cm Weight: 80kg Hair Colour: Black-green Eye Colour: Green Skin Colour: Pale Build: Lean Posture: Age: 28 Attractiveness: Attractive Demeanor:  Sullen…

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Project ADC-1 Comic Book Script V2

September 21, 2015

Comics, Writing

I’m satisfied enough with the high level plot now so I have translated it into a comic book script. Hopefully this time around I’ve avoided putting in any “moving panels” (comic book panels should be static snapshots in time). Page 1 Panel 1: It is dusk.  The planetary rings are visible in the purple cloud-streaked sky.  Captain Sylen Benevolen is…

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Project ADC-1: High Level Comic Book Plot V4

September 19, 2015

Comics, Writing

It didn’t feel that I’d given Benevolen enough time to camouflage himself inside the altar chamber so I’ve tried to pad out the scenes with the acolytes and Lady Umia. Also there was no reason for Kopath to be extra scary since I’m not going to get him to fight Benevolen.  So Kopath’s not a giant any more, just a menacing…

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Project ADC-1: High Level Comic Book Plot V3

September 17, 2015

Comics, Writing

The original comic book plot did not reveal the things I wanted revealing about Sylen Benevolen so I’ve been reworking it.  Basically Benevolen is a stealth expert so I wanted to show some of his stealth capabilities. This is version 3: It is dusk, Captain Sylen Benevolen stands on a cliff edge with Iyeon his winged panther.  He is gazing…

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Ruined Steampunk Factory Concept 1

September 13, 2015

Comics, Digital Art

I’ve been rolling ideas around inside my head and have settled upon a ruined steampunk factory as the site of the opening scene in my comic book project. The next task in my comic book project is to do a concept picture of the ruined steampunk factory.  My approach so far has been as follows: Gather reference images. Watch YouTube…

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