Rainy days, broken Cintiq and our GL game!

Since my last post was dreadfully picture-less (bad blogger! Bad blogger!), I’ll make it up for you, readers, and add lots of pictures in this post!

The pretty weather changed for a bit rainier in the past few days and our kitties have also been feeling a bit lazier than usual.

11174324_10152946251142858_8161843259183152121_o

The only correct response to a rainy day.

Besides homemade photography, I’ve been also busy with, drumroll please, school assignments.

The only thing deterring me from going all-out on ALL THE THINGS is what my Cintiq decided to do.

DSC_2785_thumb

Yes, those are stripes. Multi-colored stripes of doom, dominating the right half of 27 inches of this pretty display. Coming out of nowhere. Bajeezus.

I’m going to have to package this baby up and bring it back to the store I bought it from. Just the sheer amount of dismantling that is needed to make this one ready for delivery makes me want to sob like a little girl.

Sigh.

Before my Cintiq started throwing a hissy fit, I managed to get a few things started for our GL2 game. We’ve finally settled on a working title Into the Spectrum, and I felt like a logo was necessary.

gamelogo

Still needs a bit of tweaking as I think I need to play with the sizes of the typography a little, as well as finish the scribbly edges a bit better. But hey, it’s more than what we’ve had so far!

Last Game Lab session I also spent time making team logo suggestions, and one logo gained huge popularity. So, I proudly present, the draft of the future team logo of IllumiNaughty!

teamlogo_final

Our game is coming along a bit better than last block (we’re making progress with the platform design, monster rigging and animation and all that jazz!), so I’m gaining confidence that we’ll finish it without too many hassles by the end of this block. Another proverbial boulder off my shoulders.

I’m slowly making progress on my NURBS vehicle, and I’m feeling less like I will fail spectacularly this block. Time to focus on getting animation 3 rolling, and make sure my rigging assignment will work out.

Luckily tomorrow is King’s Day, and that means I get to sleep in and work on my assignments! Woohoo!

Starting on Block D!

With all the big things coming up by summer vacation, I’m trying to find ways to make my life considerably easier. Since I have access to some of the information about the upcoming courses, I’m taking a bit of a sweep at understanding what’s going to be thrown our way. Looking at days of a week, my schedule looks like following!

Mondays: This one is a fairly changeable one due to all kinds of holidays being on Monday the next few months. One week it’s 9 to 17, another week 15 to 17.  Animation 3, Study Coaching and Audiovisualization 1 are the usual contents of this school day.

Tuesdays: Animation 3 classes are split to Mondays and Tuesdays in something that resembles logic in this block. Also, Introduction to Procedural Modeling! This course scares me the tiniest bit. These days range from ridiculously short (9-11) to medium (9-13). All those early mornings…. T__T

Wednesday: “Off”. Sweet, sweet days of being able to catch up on homework. AKA sleeping in, waking up and barricading myself in the study room to catch up, and for the first weeks to work my butt off on Modeling 2 assignment for the retake.

Thursday: Game Lab! Fun but exhausting days. Not sure if I will go to life drawing classes in this block, because, well, priorities.

Friday: Texturing 2 and Rendering 1 classes! I’m looking forward to them. Days are medium-ish, starting at 9 and ending at 13.

That being said, I’ve also looked through some old course material for these courses and have a general idea of what we’re going to be doing. For rendering we have 2 assignments: one is to make in-depth research on a material and create it in Maya, as well as creating more materials and making a beauty render of the MD2 assignment (I won’t be able to use mine as it’s not complete.. but ah, well.) For texturing we’ll be texturing the hexabot mesh we rigged in block B (I still have nightmares from that!). As for Audiovisualization, if the assignment will be the same as it was last year, we’d be making short videos in teams- one as a kickstarter video for our GL2 group, another as a teaser for the game itself. Since I have a tiny bit of experience with Sony Vegas and the Adobe video editing software, this should be alright. I wish we could use GL1 as a source material, because I would have had a lot if inspiration for that. For animation we’ll be creating short, full-body animations in groups.  And as last, of course, the introduction to procedural modeling – the act of generating models according to parameters the user sets. Last year the “exam” assignment seems to have been making a generator that puts out cars according to specifications. All this seems to be made in Houdini, which I might want to play around with for a bit.

I think I will still have some wedding-related stuff going on in the background – need to finish my decoration plan – but all of this will certainly keep me busy until July! All this in between dress fittings, last minute thing-arrangings, and also trying to get some sun so I don’t look like a ghost with my wedding dress.

Vacation week, languages and short people dress shopping

The weather here has been absolutely brilliant!

Before my mother arrived on Tuesday morning, I was rushing to clean the place and fix appointments at bridal stores. Setting the inflatable mattress ready, moving out my drafting table, gathering all the papers laying around (I had more than I thought…..) and generally rushing about. Sun was shining and the temperatures through the roof when I picked my mom up at Eindhoven airport and brought her to Oss.

XLONJSNKUY

The popular theory is that my mom brought the great weather with her from Spain. 😉

We spent most of Tuesday shopping and after that chilling about, enjoying the sunshine on our roof terrace. I got a sunburn to show for it! At any rate, it was nice to babble in Finnish again.  I do that way too rarely, and find pronouncing certain letters a bit troublesome. It’s absurd, as it’s my native language, but I suppose many years of English and Dutch are wearing down on my Finnish skills.

The next day we were picked up by my future sister-in-law and mother-in-law, and the dress shopping could begin. We drove to ‘s-Hertogenbosch (or Den Bosch as the natives affectionately call it!) and wandered to a gala dress store (conveniently called De Galazaak) near the center. As it was pretty much a do-it-yourself affair, we picked out a few dresses and I tried them on. I liked a couple of them, but many didn’t really fit, were the wrong size or in general slightly torn and worn, missing embellishments and so on – not really something you want, even in a cheaper alternative for a wedding gown. But we did get a decent idea of what shape fits my body, so we headed back to the center for lunch to recharge and to chat a bit.  Being triliangual has its’ own challenges. I’m used to conversing in Dutch with certain people and in Finnish with others, and now it was time to speak in English with the family, Dutch with any cashiers and so on…. But these few days really played tricks on my mind! Ended up talking Dutch to my mom and Finnish to other people sometimes…. ah, well.

After a fulfilling lunch we wandered about in the center until it was time to head to the next location, an actual bridal store in Uden.

2015-04-15-13.12

Pictured: unsuspecting bridal gown victim and her mother

Stepping in I saw a few mannequins with beautiful gowns, elegant floor carpeting and wall-long racks full of wedding dresses of all kinds. It’s enough to make anyone feel a bit overwhelmed. As a lady who is 154cm tall, just seeing how long these dresses are made me feel like I was drowning in a million layers of tulle, satin and organza!

Luckily with the professional help of a salesperson I was brought several dresses to try on, and quickly dressed in a torsolette and a pair of sandals with tiny heels. Getting into my first dress I was wondering just what I was getting myself into by even thinking of purchasing an actual wedding gown, but the “ooh”s and “aah”s that were echoing in the store as I stepped out of the dressing room reassured me that this would definitely be the way to go.

First dress wasn’t quite the thing for me, though. The second one, on the other hand……

I was sold as the salesperson was zipping up the dress.

The “ooh”s and “aah”s had risen an octave as I strode to the mirror with a sheepish smile.

The dress had found me.

It was hard to look away from the mirror! It was amazing how I felt in the dress, turning this way and that, admiring the detailing. Pardon the vague descriptions, but I know my better half also occasionally reads this blog and I’m trying to avoid spoiling his surprise! I will be more than happy to show pictures AFTER we get married, but until then you’ll have to believe that my dress looks amazing on me. Of course there are a lot of modifications necessary, especially since the store can’t order the dress and be sure it will arrive in time… so I will get the in-store model. Which is fine with me!

So, dress shopping was done in 1 day, which was pretty amazing.

Afterwards we also found outfits for my mother and future sister-in-law from another store. Needless to say, at the end of the day we pretty much collapsed on the couch.

On Thursday evening we also had dinner at my future mother-in-law’s place.

Pictured: one happy family enjoying onion soup

Pictured: one happy family enjoying onion soup

All in all, I really enjoyed my mom’s visit, and I’m really happy that my dress is another thing I can check off my list! Onwards to the rest. :)

Block C – finished!

This was the toughest – darned – block. Fun and challenging, but also frustrating. Since you’ve been seeing bits and pieces of my assignments so far, I figured I’d post the final results.

I’ll start with saying I’m not posting my Modeling 2 results since, well, I didn’t manage to actually properly finish the assignment. The more our teachers, TA and classmates were trying to explain how it all was supposed to work, the more confused I became… so yeah, that one’s a retake for sure. I do want to retake with another car though. Holy crap I hated modeling the Picanto.

Anyway!

Onwards onto the rest…

Art Theory 2 – 3D fundamentals

I liked this course a lot! Our assignment was to create an original space ship concept and modeling it. I didn’t mind doing a gazillion iterations, but I did run out of steam towards the end and ended up skipping part of the iteration process because NURBS were draining my soul. Bad excuse, I know.

These were my final renders… a bit of a long way from my initial sketches, but fun nonetheless.

141287_AT2_1415_01

141287_AT2_1415_02

141287_AT2_1415_03

 

I ended up making my space ship/space station hybrid a bit girlier than intended. With regards to the back story I was kind of inspired by Orlais in DA:I, with all the political sneakery and such. Concepting this was SO much fun, though!

Drawing Skills 2

I kind of loved and hated this course at the same time, if it makes sense. We had 2 major assignments: an exploded view drawing of a model car as well as an original spaceship concept that needed to be placed in an existing environment. It wasn’t really clear what we needed to do with the perspective grid so I ended up redoing it several times. Well, in the end I managed to make things I was actually pretty satisfied with. It’s not perfect but hey, I can see that I’m learning. :)

Tiia_Vitikainen_DS2_AssignA_Drawing2

Tiia_Vitikainen_DS2_AssignB_Drawing1

 

Writing Skills 1

This course, while not artistic in the same sense the other courses have been, also offered me a fun alternative way of expressing my creativity. Our main assignment for this course was to write up an argumentative essay consisting of 1000-1200 words. Academic essay writing is fairly restricted, but I found a topic I liked (Modern games being pretty but boring) and went for it… Too bad I ended up writing a 1300-word draft and needed to backpedal and figure out a more organized approach. For the first time since upper secondary I digged up a mind map and started going through my arguments one by one and organizing them. I think I’m getting one of the better grades for this one!

All in all I have a fairly good feeling of this block, besides MD2 being my first retake for sure. I’m trying so very hard to not beat myself up for not being perfect the first time around, but it’s tough. A lot of people are taking naturally to this subject whereas I’m just feeling confused and lost, no matter how well people think they’re explaining the subject to me. By the 7th week of block C I was quite sick and tired of cars and spaceships, let me tell you that…..

Now that I’m done with my deadlines, I can start focusing on my wedding preparations for a week or so!

We’re going to go dress shopping with my mom next week, and I’m not sure if I’m thrilled or horrified. I’m so short I’m afraid I will look like a child playing a princess, no matter which gown I put on. Every bride wants to feel beautiful on their wedding day but my self-consciousness might make it really hard for me, especially standing next to N who is a fair lot taller than I am. Back when we were on vacation at Rhodos and had our pictures taken at the resort, I looked like a kid compared to him and simply the thought of the same happening in our wedding pictures is enough to make me break out in cold sweat.

The thing I’m going over the moon about is decorating our house for the big day, and I’ve found a lot of cool things to make it festive indeed. Our wedding is slightly Japan-tinted due to our honeymoon destination as well as our choice of restaurant for the big day, so I actually bought some paper lanterns too. I fell in love with this white-and-blue ombre lantern from weddingdeco.nl!

Ombre paper lantern

Since our colors are white, blue and brown I also grabbed some tulle in these colors and am planning on hanging it wherever I manage to do that. I’ve found so many cool decoration ideas I think either my head or wallet will implode.

Yeah, I’m going to have to plan this out a little better than “MUST BUY ALL THE THINGS!”.

Time to enjoy my well-earned week off.

Thanks for popping by and reading my blog!

 

Favorite spring activities

The logic of NURBS keep on evading me and I need a break from thinking of anything 3D related.

Inspired by a short session of WordPress tutoring for my future sister-in-law, K, I grabbed a writing prompt from Pinterest and thought to sit down for a bit. Words on digital paper, you know. Almost as good as drawing or playing a game.  So, today’s theme is “favorite spring activities”!

My favorite activities are, in no specific order…

Dashing to a nearby garden center and bringing home armloads of flowers.

Maggy stops to smell the flowers.

Maggy stops to smell the flowers.

This I do every spring, no matter what. When it gets warm enough, flowers are blooming and birch pollen begins tickling my nostrils, I seem to be aimed at a garden center and will obsess repeatedly until this “chore” is done.

STRAWBERRIES

strahbws!

I have not done this mandatory crusade this year yet. Considering that I want to have something green on the front terrace when we get married (making a cozy entrance would be so much fun!). Such a pity the terrace is shaded most of the day even in the summer, and I can’t seem to find something pretty to fill the space. Maybe a fern or something?

Spring cleaning/organizing extravaganza

This could be anything, ranging from getting rid of something that had been laying around for a while, to painting/other general fixer-uppery in our home. Quite often I dig into a closet and pull out something that hasn’t been used for months (years?) and donate it.

DSC_1685

Pictured: broken organizing dreams

It’s actually fairly surprising how much STUFF just lays around. I wouldn’t consider myself a hoarder by any means, but I suppose I tend to sometimes just buy things that end up hiding in a closet. Like these containers, that my better half hates and thusly have been exiled to the closet under our stairs. Sob.

Photography sprees

Guilty, guilty, guilty. I LOVE my Nikon D7100 to bits but don’t really use it enough! There are tons of cat pictures, of course, but occasionally I have had the chance to take some fairly decent pictures of, well, anything else. Mandatory cat pictures first
! 😉

DSC_0745

d_and_m_by_sissadora-d7h7db9

pony_and_rider_by_sissadora-d7h7d8e

edited_DSC_0150

photo_denmark_sunset_1

I shoot both in NEF and high quality JPG, which means that my photography folder is a whoppin’ 86 gigabytes right now. I am not looking forward to having to sort it all out!

Spring is a great time (except for the pollen and my allergies of course) for me. I seem to double my energy levels due to all the sunshine and warmth. I should have been born a gecko. Could bask in the sun all day long. 😉

About game narrative design and stories

I have always loved stories. There is nothing quite like sinking in a comfortable chair with a cup of tea in one hand and a book in the other. Getting lost in a different world for hours on end, vividly imagining every detail. Losing track of time and being so invested in a character’s story that if something sad happens to them, you cry. If another character says something funny, you laugh. When the going really gets exciting, you hold on to the edge of the chair and can’t seem to read fast enough, turn the pages fast enough. You might even be holding your breath (happened to me when reading “Fire in the Blood”. Really.) while reading a plot twist you did not anticipate.

Lo and behold, the power of imagination.

I’ve lately been talking with my classmates about some games and especially a conversation about The Order 1886 pops to mind. The game in itself is drop-dead gorgeous – the characters, props, environments, everything. I multitasked with a playthrough by The Rad Brad of it on the other monitor a few weeks back, listening to the game a whole lot while working, and watching it every now and then as well. While I could appreciate the characters and the general feel of the story, the game felt somewhat.. hollow.

Mind you, I loved the story. I adore a good internal conflict and personal growth of characters like I love a good bowl of ice cream.

ID-100223120

Pictured: awesomeness.

 

Galahad’s struggle was a slippery slope down into the delicious kind of misery that wrenches your heart and fills you with profound sadness for someone. There was quite little to counterbalance the tragedy of the latter half of the game, and the ending is a big fat “I’M GOING TO HAVE A SEQUEL WHETHER YOU WANT IT OR NOT” hook. Fair enough. You won this round, The Order 1886. What you didn’t do was leaving ANYTHING for the player to imagine or for them to choose.

Without going into a long rant where I would probably end up paraphrasing most of this article about narrative design for games, I’ll have you ponder the following:

Converting character development into personal development is the key to truly immersive storytelling.

This is, in my opinion, at the very core of what makes some games merely cinematic experiences to be watched, and others masterpieces to be fully immersed in. In order for this kind of development to take place, the player needs to be at ease with (and relate to) the main character. Games like Skyrim are perfect for this: you can create your own avatar, so you’re already more “invested” in whether this character survives their ordeals or not. You choose which quests to do. You choose which faction to side with. You choose whether you spend your days antagonizing local poultry or sneaking your way up the hierarchy of the local guild of mages. I know I did both and had a blast ignoring the main plot until my character (a Bosmer archer who was great at stealth-killing everything in dungeons) had 3 mansions and a husband.

One could argue there is quite little personal development going on in Skyrim, but I digress.

The fact that I’m actually talking about narrative right now is, well, turns out I really like writing. Besides blogging, and talking about the doing-art-thing-that-I’m-doing, I actually have written short stories before. I only ever published snippets here and there, mostly on diverse role-playing game fora. Inspired by NWN (ah, the possibilities of a good ol’ D&D game) and WoW, I’ve written my share of what could be called fan fiction (if fan fiction of my own characters counts as fan fiction). My future husband is attempting to make me write more, besides. When time allows, I’ll try to put up a page with my existing story snippets. Because narrative design and stories are cool.

And because I’m resisting the urge to blather on and on about wedding preparations.

Since this is the last actual week with lessons before the end of the block, some stress can likely be detected for the next few weeks. If you hear unidentifiable banging from the distance, it’s probably just me – banging my head into a wall, or a desk, trying to understand NURBS.

On artistic envy and dealing with it

I like to keep my blog a bit more upbeat, but I’ve been kind of down the last few days and I’ll be telling you why. Not just because I need to get it off my chest but to kind of open the discussion on a bit more negative sides of being an artist… and this is certainly one of those!

As hard as I’m working on my assignments, as much time as I’m putting in on trying to learn new things, some things have not quite been working out (at all!). Whenever I’m not sleeping, eating, traveling to or from school, or planning our wedding, I’ve been working on assignments for IGAD. This in combination with a particularly nasty set of stress and general lack of motivation added to tiny artistic self-esteem (and the tendency of comparing myself to others) is slowly squeezing me into a ball of NOPE. And I’m not even touching the subject of not getting the grades I was expecting from some subjects, which is a massive bummer in itself.

photo-1422728221357-57980993ea99

Photo from Unsplash

Sometimes you’re just there, at the rock bottom, and have to climb out again somehow. A lot of people give up, but if you want to keep doing the things you love, you have got to somehow get a boost and crawl out of that dark place. That’s why I’ve started giving myself some breathing space and trying to lower my expectations of myself a little and avoid collapsing in on myself while finding things that motivate me.

Just today I found a forum thread on ConceptArt.org from a user called MindCandyMan about his artistic journey. As I browsed it, I saw just from what level this person started and how he’s gotten so far! Instead of the streak of jealousy I would get from seeing his final paintings, I saw the first sketches and studies and thought back to the beginning of my own artistic journey. Yeah, it had been that rough for me too. Of course! I drew things that didn’t look like anything that I wanted them to look like. Everyone, at the starter level, struggles with even the most primitive basics but it’s all an improvement from there. To prove this, I am going to be brave and find the oldest drawing/sketch I have on my computer.

*cringe*

orcwarrior

Orc warrior, inspired by World of Warcraft. 2008.

There we go. Didn’t hurt one bit. Almost like ripping off a bandaid in one sweep.

If I look at this, and compare it to the things I’ve been doing lately, I still see a big improvement. I haven’t been branching out to a lot of different stuff though – all of it has been fantasy or elf chicks, pretty much. Because pointy ears are awesome.

But I can choose what I learn from now. I can choose to challenge myself and while I draw because I think drawing is fun, my goal is to be able to make something like this….

eternal_by_rajewel-d5kwerx

or this….

58442341786c59b02ca7c28e2de8e630

Well, to be honest, the list goes on and on and on. I have dedicated whole Pinterest boards to things that inspire me, art wise. Almost none of them are from “the old masters of art” but all of the paintings have a special life and light to them.

Looking at forum threads like the one from MindCandyMan reminds me that learning to draw and to paint is a marathon, not a sprint. I can drive myself insane demanding perfection from the get-go, or I can be more forgiving and keep up my motivation by just drawing and improving one bit at a time.

There’s still the matter of being envious of others, but jealousy just makes it harder to concentrate on your own work. For me, anyway. If we put it into perspective: there’s always someone better than you that you look up to, but you’re also better than someone else, and they’re looking up to you – even if you don’t know it. It’s a never ending rat race – you might or might not get to the top, but at least you’re having fun doing it if it’s your passion.

While I’m not wholly convinced I’m out of the demotivation trap just yet, just looking back helps me to realize I’ve come a long way – even if I still have a longer way to go, this’ll help me to keep going again. :)

If any of you aspiring artists need more sources of inspiration, feel free to drop a comment or an email and I’ll toss some motivational links your way.

Open day: nutshell’d

Ehmagehrd folks! It’s been a great ride! (See the official open day photos here!)

Photo from Unsplash.

Photo from Unsplash.

Open Day is just over, and I’m only barely standing  – as I did much, much, MUCH more standing than I usually do – and with a bit of a sore throat from all the talking I did. And in addition to talking I also did funny voices and more than one set of “MY PRECIOUS” hissed under my breath when someone reached for my sketchbook. It’s not like I’m way too self conscious about all those life drawing sketches from the past 2 weeks or anything. Cough.

What really made me feel warm and fuzzy inside were the people coming up to me and chatting me up because they read my blog! So flattered, folks, so flattered. Thanks for taking your time to come say hi! *shy wave*

I spent the first half of the day roaming the main lounge and I think I managed to help a few people out with their choices. I’m always more than happy to help and chat about my day-to-day life as a VA slave student, so I think I might have overwhelmed some folks with with what I personally consider good information to have. Many students-to-be had very good questions and made me really ponder about the whole picture. Is IGAD a good study? Which specialization would be the best if you like doing X, Y and Z? How is the atmosphere – competitive or cooperative? What are the job prospects in the future?

One particular question about whether “there were a lot of nerds” kind of struck a nerve though – the person in question described their mental image of a nerd as antisocial (what a Dutch word to use!), and left it at that. To be honest, I couldn’t help but laugh – you need to be a kind of a nerd (using the traditional association of the word meaning someone who is very dedicated to something, especially outside mainstream culture) to want to make video games in the first place! I mean, just like everywhere, there are “antisocial” and “hypersocial” folks, while the general populace falls between these two extremes. From what I have experienced, IGAD is an even tougher place to people who isolate themselves from their peers. For most, IGAD is a kind of a mingling place, especially due to the nature of the group projects, and added emphasis of the project based learning system we will be using as of next year (I hope?).

As I’d taken my sketchbook with me, I also let people browse through it during the latter half of the day.

This is what the drawing room felt sometimes.

This is what the drawing room felt sometimes.

That right there took all the courage I had, as I’m quite protective of those sketches. There are a lot of pretty good ones, but also REALLY BAD ONES (in my opinion then, eh!) in between.  It’s really my adventuring ground, and letting the general public see what I consider my innermost treasure was quite intimidating. It did make me happy that people were getting inspired by the sketches, especially the still life drawings as well as intake assignments.

All in all, the open day was a great success experience for me! I’m definitely doing this again…. just next time I need to choose a better timing with assignment workload, I think 😉

Speaking of workload, I’m work-work-working on that exploded view and making heaps of progress!

DSC_2774_blog

My perspective grid is finished and I’ve been finalizing my composition, and even managed to “sort of finish” some parts. What I REALLY need to manage are drawing the car and then finishing by putting it all together – and shading, of course.

Now to continue some more on NURBS (secondary surfaces) and catch up on Art Theory by making a bunch more models and/or drawings!. :)

Creative solutions to creative problems

I’ve been struggling to juggle between my responsibilities lately, so my brain has switched from must work hard to must work smart mode. I ended up re-making my NURBS car primary surfaces once now (not too bad, but still) and I think I have a better idea of what needs to be done.

progress1

It’s not going to win the beauty pageant just yet, but I’m slowly getting there. I have another 2,5 weeks. No panic. TOTALLY PANIC.

And in the following corner I have my ah-so-beloved exploded view assignment. Here’s my initial composition idea – made on a totally fake perspective grid I whipped up with Photoshop.

car_composition

 

While I like the arrangement – a lot – I don’t think my grid will quite support this. I’ve also been trying to figure out how to get this correct size-wise. Well, what do you know, my brain came up with an idea of roughly gauging how much space the different part I want to draw would take.

Is this cheating? It’s totally not cheating.

DSC_2741_edit

I would call it creative problem solving.

While the picture is not truly orthographic because I just can’t do that with my lens, this is a really good starting point to making sure my intended composition works. I’ve taken more pictures to see the height better, and now I should be able to put down a correctly-proportioned model car.

And then there’s other things, like SPACESHIPS. So many spaceships. Final concepts, in-progress concepts and random brain-fartery about. Fun, but stressful. Mostly fun, though.

As a final note to whomever wants to say hi during the open day: In the first half of the day I will be in the Question & Answer room answering… well, any of your questions. I’ll rock at that. I mean, meaning of life? 42, obviously. Best teacher? I might be bribed, with candies, to skew in a certain direction…. 😉

The second half of the day I will be roaming the drawing room on the bottom floor. Now to figure out what I want to bring with me. I suppose I could bring my sketchbook as it has 2 of my 4 intake assignments in it. Since I have access to our car (as my better half will be spending the weekend at the Geneva Motor Show), I will also drag along my drawing tablet and laptop.

If you’re planning on coming to the open day, do come say hi if you have the time! I’m super curious to see how many folks reading my blog are planning on applying to IGAD, and if there’s anything I can do to help. :)

I’ll be at the IGAD open day on March 14th!

For the ones who have been reading my blog because they are interested in applying to IGAD AND are planning on visiting the upcoming IGAD Open Day on the 14th of March, you can now officially pop by – in person – to ask questions!  No matter what kind of questions, I’ll be trying to answer them to the best of my ability and hopefully get to show you the place a little. IGAD is a great place to check out if you think making games would be something for you, and most of us students won’t bite much.

I will try to bring my laptop and show some of the stuff I’m working on for this block if you’re interested, as well. I’ll probably bring my drawing tablet, so much drawing fun can be had by all.

To make recognizing me easier, I’ll be walking around in an open day T-shirt and be about two heads shorter than most people in the building.

Besides planning on helping with IGAD open day and planning my wedding, I’m also actually kind of swamped with school stuff. Masochistically so. It’s getting to be a routine for me!

Drawing Skills is turning more and more into a fun thing. As part of the exercise of concepting, we were given a bunch of random objects and were told to combine them to make a spaceship. My favorite bits were a small stanley knife type thing with a retractable blade (pointy!), a paperclip and a rubber band. So I went ahead and concepted a bunch with them! Here’s a sneak peek on the studies for my spaceship. Sorry for the bad lighting, evenings are bad for taking pictures in my creative cave with the mood lighting of mine.. :)

DSC_2737

 

Nothing quite beats having this much wall/hanging space. I’m almost reconsidering my idea of swapping this monstrous drafting table into something smaller as soon as I’m done, you know, being swamped by EVERYTHING.

I will also have to clean this place. It’s a big chaos right now, with paper piles of various sizes, pens, rulers, notebooks, chargers, drinking glasses, headphones, hand lotions, nail polish bottles and a variety of other things laying about in places they shouldn’t be. Luckily I’ve turned my back to most of it… ehm. *clears throat*

Now here’s a digitized version of a few sketches to remove that mental image of clutter from our minds!

digisketches

Now.. back to working on those assignments. :)