19 4 / 2014
So hi new followers, I see that you’ve arrived here from that Jeanmarco drawing of mine that suddenly got a whole ton of notes; I’d like to say thank you very much for clicking that ‘follow’ button! I’m super flattered you deem my art interesting enough to want to follow me.
HOWEVER, I also feel it’s my obligation to inform you all that I’m in a huge art slump right now and well, if you’re looking forward to seeing anything similar to that Jeanmarco drawing, or any art in general, I’m afraid I won’t be able to do that anytime soon. Studies and real life responsibilities are sucking any motivation to art out of me. So yeah, I will not be upset if you decide to unfollow me for being so inactive, go ahead and do whatever you like. If you choose to stay, cool! If you leave, that’s cool too!
Hope y’all are doing well, stay safe and healthy and have a good day! :)
05 4 / 2014
hello again, daily reminder, thank u
hey if my followers would kindly sign this, I would love you!
yo I’ve already signed fucking do it
05 4 / 2014
Hey friends, Im looking for help again. This mainly applies to LA people - though it might be possible to work long distance. Im looking for the following - for a period of 4 weeks with potential to extend.
proficient in Maya & with a sense of design. Main skills needed are in modeling, rigging & character animation.
proficient in either AE or PS or both - for character animation specifically.
capable person with a love for animation that can commute to DTLA. 2-3 days a week.
Please send your reels/info/rates to - sendmeyourreels @ gmail.com. Note that I can’t respond to all, though I will try, and if you’ve sent your reel before feel free to send it again.
Please pass on this link to anyone who it might apply to.
28 3 / 2014
Hey everyone! In some previous blog posts, I mentioned that I’m struggling with an injury to my drawing arm. Although I hoped that the problem would have totally gone away after more than a month of rest, it actually hasn’t, and I’m still struggling with it at this very moment. It’s actually been harder emotionally than it has physically. I’ve decided to go ahead and write a blog entry about it, not only to keep my followers in the loop but also as a cautionary tale to any artists out there who have not yet sustained an injury. If I had been more aware of the risks, maybe this would never have happened to me, so the very least I can do is try to help those who aren’t aware of the risks.
12 3 / 2014
…about the media circus around the missing MH370 after watching the most recent press conference. I find it interesting, albeit rather disturbing regarding the nature of how some things can be made to appear in a different way, thus changing the public’s perception of how a certain event transpires.
A journalist of a certain foreign media outlet chose to portray the whole operation as ‘confusing, and contradictory.’ Some tried to pin that there’s a ‘growing criticism’ on how the whole thing is conducted. One even questioned how ‘there’s too little info given out, aren’t you ashamed since the whole world is looking at Malaysia’.
And here’s the thing - as someone who’d been observing the progression of the search operations since day one, I want to know what these guys are smoking. I may have the slight advantage of being able to understand press conferences that were held in the national language as well, which in some cases carry finer nuances than the English equivalent. But even without that, there’s a LOT to be gleaned from the information given, and lot more if one bothers to apply some critical thoughts regarding the info rather than trying to package it into sensationalized ‘stories’ for public consumption.
Because if one had been listening to the press conferences (held several times in a day), took the time to process the information properly instead of rushing it out without proper context in order to get first dibs on carrying the news, it really wasn’t confusing at all. And if anything I felt like the authorities have been very generous to the point that there’s TOO much information given - nuggets some media outlets gleefully took and spun into speculations that ended up confusing the people who read these articles.
I witnessed an example of how a sense of confusion can be perceived (and relayed as such by the media) on the first day the plane was reported missing. A press conference was held in the local channel, with the authorities relaying what information they have currently. Now here’s the thing, at the time there had already been rampant rumors that the plane crashed in Vietnam. Some media (CNN for example) had reported it as such. In the press conference, the Transport Minister stressed they had corresponded with the Vietnamese officials, who then confirmed there there had NOT been any crash on their side of the world. But they have also received news that there is a possibility of a crash sighting by the Vietnamese military, and they are still waiting for verification on that. Thus, because they’re still in the process of getting verification from Vietnamese officials, they cannot confirm there was indeed a crash, nor speculate on the probability of a crash. They also do not want to expect the worst (in case of a crash) because they want to keep hope that the people on board are alive, and can still be rescued. (I personally suspect this is also because the SOP of search & rescue - with indication that there ARE people to be rescued, would be different from SOP of simply searching for a wreckage - and it was preferable for the former to employed).
I switched over to CNN, and this was reported: The Chinese media in Vietnam reported that there was a crash, which Malaysian authorities denied. They also reported that this is a contradiction, compared to earlier report.
Now this is interesting, because the contradiction is now implied to be done by the Malaysian authorities, despite the fact it was CNN who did not wait to verify an earlier report of crash, and went ahead to report it as such. (as of now there is no report of debris from any form wreckage. I read that technically they can’t call it a crash unless they’re able to collect a certain amount of crash debris - which right now is impossible because there isn’t any!)
That’s what happened on the first day. Now imagine today, nearly 5 days after the event, with even MORE information being relayed in this manner! You can almost hear the public uproar from here. Chaos!
When you get right down to it, seriously, what more information can be given if the plane is still missing? What more can those who are searching can say than that they’re still searching? It’s like a backseat passenger who kept asking the driver ‘are we there yet? are we there yet?’ every few minutes which wouldn’t really make the miles traversed in the journey any shorter or longer.
And for that one person who asked ‘aren’t you ashamed, the whole world is looking at Malaysia’ - no, goddamnit. Why the heck should we be ashamed? The main concern of the those in charge of the SAR operation is to FIND the freaking plane and the people inside. To be responsible to the families and friends of the missing passengers. NOT to kiss the arse of the whoever else is looking.
In all fairness, I don’t think the officials (especially the DCA officer) handling the press conference have any form of media training which may have led to them being ‘grilled’ and ‘eaten’ alive by the horde of hungry journalists. But you know what? After witnessing many articulate politicians who in all appearances and words please the people and media, but are worth total SQUAT in terms of delivering their promises (pandai cakap tak pandai bikin for all you Malay-speaking hordes) , this lack of articulation, this awkwardness with the media doesn’t come across as detrimental nor an indication of being bad at their job. You have to remember, they are NOT spokespersons. Their duties are not solely to talk to the media, but to continue the search for the missing plane by extrapolating the information they have coming from various divisions/ sources, and working out the course of actions based on that. Given a choice, would you choose someone who isn’t articulate but competent and would give their all for the job behind the scenes, or someone who in all appearances pleases the media and gives the impression of being good at what they do, but don’t deliver in actuality? As an introvert who prefers to let my work do the talking, and who truly appreciates the same thing from other people, I prefer the former.
For me the truth in the whole matter is that - new evidence and possibilities will keep coming up as long as the officials continue investigating. They keep collecting and processing information ALL the time. And this means there will always be new results, new information which may add or dispel the ones they had before. Following that, new course of action has to be formulated and acted upon. Who knows how many times do they have to start from ground zero with every new information received? It’s a cumulative thing, not something that can be summed up in one headline. One info relates to the other, and you have to see the big picture in order to know how it all ties up. In other words, it is something that is IMPOSSIBLE to sum up within a headline.
But headlines do HAVE to come from somewhere. I can understand that. I do wish though, that some consideration can be given to those who bear the emotional and physical brunt of this operation: the families of the missing passengers, and those who have given their time and effort to the search operation. I do wish, in times like this, in this particular situation, people who have the power to sway the public’s perception through their writings and reporting, would use that power in a positive manner. Instead, there’s so much useless speculations, so much nitpicking, so much time spent trying to crack into a supposed conspiracy, so much energy directed towards trying to find someone, something to blame, all for a good story.
Whatever your take is on the mystery surrounding MH370 - I just have this to say: We’re not the ones analysing countless datas and scouring maps and coordinates. We’re not assigning search and rescue duties. We’re not the ones on the planes and ships actually doing the searching. We’re not the ones waiting to hear news of missing loved ones. We’re not the ones who offer counselling help and emotional support to those waiting for their loved ones. So can we just.. quit it with the speculations and blame game, and stop being ashamed of what had been done, and do our best to support the efforts that had been given to this cause so far.
On that note, to the countries participating in the search - Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, Australia, USA, New Zealand, Brunei, China - thank you. Thank you.
03 3 / 2014
Sorry for the dead blog agh, assignments and art block are kicking my butt from here to Timbuktu. Having some ideas but lacking the time and motivation to go through with it, sigh. Cannot wait till the course ends and I’ll be able to NEET for awhile until I have to get a job lol what is life
26 2 / 2014
Because attempting to animate in the purgatory that is a midway between Sai and Photoshop is akin to sawing off your dick with a nail file, I got around to this last week.
The goal is to allow for viewing of wip animations being made in Sai without having to load the project into Photoshop, Flash, or whatever your external timeline of choice is. Essentially, you export each frame as a .png into a folder and then just overwrite them in the same way when you want to update a frame.
On load it defaults to whatever directory it’s sitting in, but if you want to keep it somewhere else you can select the folder source post-load.
Images are loaded alphabetically, so all of these are valid:
- a.png, b.png, c.png
- 1.png, 2.png, 3.png
- Frame1.png, Frame2.png, Frame3.png.
It runs off .png files because I don’t see why you’d use any other format in 2014. If anyone desperately wants .jpeg support or something I can add a toggle though.
Image locations are loaded fresh upon each iteration and held within the program so you can add, update and remove frames without stopping it if you want to. This means you can leave it open on a second monitor and have a looping preview without leaving Sai.
Shit runs on .net 4.5 since C# is cakewalk for stuff like this.
20 2 / 2014
I’m going to sleep
One last time, please, I place my trust in you one more time:
Venezuela is sinking. Tomorrow, cities will wake up fully militarized, and goodness only knows what will happen to anyone who dares to go out. Please, go through all the material in the #Venezuela tag or blogs such as mine — take a look at what’s been going on!
People are dying. Please stop and help us. Get the word out, make sure that the evidence is where it cannot be destroyed. Talk to people about this. Make it part of your day.
Don’t let us vanish into the night, forgotten. Too many have already died. One was more than enough, too many.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JNYhQ936MCg — “How do you sleep when your neighbors are dying outside?” (TW: graphic death, death.)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V0HF9WxQYCQ — Attack in Altamira
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QYO9pE3A1ss — National Guard vandalizes and attacks houses
http://socialredemption.tumblr.com/post/77179818479/urb-el-bosque-en-valencia-algunas-personas — Wounded by collectives. TW Blood
PLEASE STOP AND REBLOG. Please help us!!