Lull

I’ve not been posting much recently, and for that I’m sorry!  Stuff has been busy recently, with some big life developments.

First of all, I no longer work for the jewelry company that I once did.  I can direct you to them, and we can all work together if there’s something custom you want done, but I’m no longer going to be there every day.

The reason for this, is that I’m moving!  This time next week, I’ll be residing in Japan for the following 10 months!  I’m probably going to set up a little side tumblr for writings and pictures for that, but I doubt it’ll be anything too terribly interesting. 

So I’ve been super busy the last couple days getting my apartment packed up and everything situated, including getting a laptop that I’ll be able to do some jewelery work on if I have the chance.  The going has not been easy, the first 2 I picked out both broke on me within the first 3 days of ownership, thankfully returning them wasn’t *too* much of a headache.  Also, been having….fun… with the subletters, so that’s eaten up so much of my time as well.

At the end of it, I’m still going to be working on new pieces, albeit at a somewhat slower pace.  The Shapeways store is still going to be open, and you’ll still be able to get stuff from there.  I’m going to continue uploading new pieces and sizes, hopefully, as well as continuing to be available for custom work and other requests.

What is wrong with Giving Tree here?

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mariomanjack:

soahc5321:

Spent some time fancying up the Hylian Shield ring I made for myself.  Upgrades include plating the Triforce with gold, and adding an antique finish to the base. 

It really makes the details pop out quite a bit, and the gold plating is really nice, even better in person.

I want one :(

I can make you one if you like.  We could work through my Shapeways site, and you’d have to go to a jeweler to get the gold plating and antiquing done later, but this is something you could have on your finger in a few weeks.

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ladyrinlyn:

Digital painting practice with Hilda as my subject because I’ve been avoiding rendered work for too long. I think I’m finally starting to develop a painting style that I like!

ladyrinlyn:

Digital painting practice with Hilda as my subject because I’ve been avoiding rendered work for too long. I think I’m finally starting to develop a painting style that I like!

Tali’Zorah vas YourHand!  I’ve taken the iconic Quarian enviro-suit helmet and adapted it to fit nicely on the finger of your choosing.  My program didn’t have a proper default stone for the center, so I had to fiddle with it until I got something I liked, but if you were to make this stone to represent Tali herself, I’d recommend going with a pink Jade.  You could also do rose quartz, amethyst, or any other pink/purpleish gem or stone.  Or, do a different Quarian, and chose your own color.

mattyaj:

The jeweler finished this and I really wanted to show you the finished product because I am so glad I took a chance, and I couldn’t be any happier, it is amazing.  Here are some pics I took,  if you want to use any of them go ahead :) It looks just like your render, so beautiful thank you again @_@

So you might remember mattyaj as being the first person who sent in pictures to me of the Fused Shadow he ordered from my Shapeways shop.  They then wanted to know about the Twilight Princess Zelda crown.  I told ‘em that I felt bad selling something unfinished, but they assured me that they didn’t mind, and would take the steps to procure the right stone and have it set, so I put the model up and set the wheels in motion.

A little while later, they were kind enough to provide me with these beautiful pictures of the finished product.  I might just have to start selling these base metal pieces, because it turned out amazingly well!  It’ll require a little more work once you receive the ring, but the results speak for themselves.

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Rings

So, my internet finally agreed with me, and I was able to upload those sizes I talked about so long ago.  The Fused Shadow ring is now available in straight sizes 4-11!

Hyrule Warriors, and the state of the Zelda Universe

So, I’ve been following the hype surrounding Hyrule Warriors quite closely over the last few months since I first heard about it, and I’ve had some thoughts.

The long and short of it, is that HW is probably one of the most important Zelda games to come out in the last decade.

There are many reasons for this, and I use the term “Important” with good reason.  While I loved Skyward Sword, Wind Waker, and Twilight Princess, they are all very much “Zelda” games.  This isn’t a bad thing, but when you take overall game design into account, there isn’t too much variation going on here.

You can distill the 3D Zelda games down into several flavors and sections, starting with the N64 OoT and moving up to Skyward Sword.  We see massive repetition of themes, weapons, characters, play style, and general, overall, look and feel.  HW keeps a lot of these elements, for better or worse, but injects a huge amount of freshness into the franchise.

I am slightly disappointed that HW is going to be a hybrid game, in the same flavor as Dynasty Warriors, but small steps are better than no steps at all.  Looking at all the screenshots, the trailers, the characters to come out and be on display has captured a fundamental excited level that just hasn’t been present in the last few offerings.  Starting with Majora’s Mask, I’ve found that immersion is lost when you’re playing through, and you start identifying stuff you need to do later on.  Say, you spy an out-of-reach heart container, sitting on a ledge with a seemingly out of place gold mesh square next to it, you know that in a couple dungeons, when you acquired the hookshot, you’re gonna’ have to come back here and grab it.  Things have become formulaic, and stagnation is never a good thing.

The addition of Midna and the Twilight Realm was enormous in Twilight Princess.  A fully fleshed out new character, back story, lore points, and race added volumes to the Zelda universe.  If you replace any of that with something established, even if it’s something that fans know and love such as the Zora, it becomes a better bet, but is also boring.  Nothing’s been added, it’s just a general rehash of stuff we already know and love.  But you need variety.

We see an amazing example in dresdencodak's Legend of Zelda, The Clockwork Empire.  It is undeniably Zelda, but at the same time, unlike any of the other existing games.

At the core of it, Zelda is about the struggle, and balance, between Ganondorf, Zelda, and Link (at least in the console versions), and the fight between good and evil.  With just those two aspects, you can come up with countless story lines.  Just a shake of the dice, and you have:

An evil Link, where Ganondorf and Zelda team up to rein in a crazed vigilante.

A well intentioned, but totalitarian Zelda, who uses her royal power to impose her will upon the populace, show her the cost of such power use, and develop along the lines of either Power or Courage, in some kind of a morality system, embodying either Ganondorf or Link.

A brash, headstrong young Ganondorf, being subverted and influenced by someone with dark purposes, intent on using his Power for their own needs, and then in the second act you team up with Zelda and Link and turn the tables on them.

And so on.  The ‘universe’ as it is has so many options available that there’s really no limit as to the stories you could tell.  Getting roped into the same old tales that have been told over and over is uninteresting, when you consider the possible alternatives.

So HW might not be a perfect game.  It pulls heavily from another existing franchise.  It re-uses a ton of characters we already know and love.  And it might not ‘technically’ be a ‘true Zelda game’, but it represents an important step in the right direction.  I, for one, hope that we’ll see much more innovation along these lines.  It might have a misstep here and there, but overall, it’ll be good for the gamers, and good for the series.

coelasquid:

soahc5321:

Badassed.

So, I’ve largely been without an internet connection (and a computer!) at work the last couple of days, so I haven’t really been able to do or post anything.  It’s been terrible.

But, I was finally able to do some work!  I love webcomics, and I’ve been re-reading the archives of Manly Guys Doing Manly Things (http://thepunchlineismachismo.com/) recently.  I’ve loved this comic for years, and the logo caught my eye.  “Huh, I could probably do that….”

Oh dude that looks amazing! I’ve been meaning to try to make a pin of the logo for my website for years but thingssssss always coming uppppppp.

Y’know, I do this kind of thing professionally, it would only take about a half hour of work for me to turn this into something that would be able to be printed/cast/produced.  Think about it…

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Badassed.

So, I’ve largely been without an internet connection (and a computer!) at work the last couple of days, so I haven’t really been able to do or post anything.  It’s been terrible.

But, I was finally able to do some work!  I love webcomics, and I’ve been re-reading the archives of Manly Guys Doing Manly Things (http://thepunchlineismachismo.com/) recently.  I’ve loved this comic for years, and the logo caught my eye.  “Huh, I could probably do that….”

Doing more practice with Zbrush!  Fluid, organic shapes are hard, so I figured what better to work on than an octopus?  This build was a ton of fun, and it’s still not completely finished, I need to add some texture to the mantle still, do a little clean up on the eyes, and probably some other stuff as well.

All done!  The customers finally settled on a center stone they liked, and with a little setting, the ring has been completed.  It looks amazing!

It’s slightly hard to see in these pictures, ‘cause the ring is so small, but you can really see the stone’s color and sparkle streaming through the detail on the sides and the bottom of the setting.  Makes everything really *pop*

3D printers are awesome, when combined with ZBrush. We’re not totally sure about what we’re gonna make out of this, but it’ll look cool.

More Zbrush practice.

Warmup for today, quick bird skull in Zbrush