I played in the Classic Tetris Australia Online tournament today, but despite that I decided to colour the pieces according to guidelines.
This isn’t the greatest execution but I’ll probably return to the concept another time.
[Also I did paint and attempt to post this on Saturday, I only noticed the “update failed” sitting in this tab when I opened my laptop on Monday morning. So still behind on a Friday post but not suuuuper behind……]
Planned to have a lot more of this done tonight but solving the placement of the tetrominoes proved to take much longer than I thought it would (the outline I initially drew up didn’t have the correct area so fixing things took a reasonable amount of time.)
Next time I’d probably mock this up digitally before launching into drawing it!
A little while before Blaugust started, I found myself with the itch to pick up art projects. I guess I saw Blaugust on the horizon and wanted to bulk up on content.
On Twitter, I saw a bunch of animation students needing people to work on content for their animations. That was seriously tempting, then I remembered the pressure of being responsible for people’s uni assignments (something I had some experience with when doing laser cutting jobs a few years ago) and I cooled on it a bit.
After that, I saw someone in the PAX Australia Enforcer group asking for someone to draw up some maps and logos for their DnD game. That sounded pretty nifty, and would flex some skills that are somewhat weak for me.
They sent over a hand-drawn map which included descriptions of a building with a number of floors. I initially decided I’d try modelling it in 3D. Here’s a close-up of the staircase, which was a fun little puzzle to try to solve.
The 3D floorplan really wasn’t working and it tripped me up a bit. So I decided to go back to basics – draft out the floorplan in Illustrator and then draw in details in Photoshop. I improvised somewhat with the rooms as the initial sketches just described a run down interior. You’ll recognise the floorboards from an earlier post!
Eventually, working in Photoshop and making adjustments to the actual layout of the building got quite cumbersome, especially when the interior walls needed to be changed to be wooden panels rather than stone. Maintaining both the untextured Illustrator version and the textured Photoshop one became a pain, because my Photoshop layers would no longer match up to my vector outlines.
I moved as much as I could back into Illustrator. For the walls, I used a number of appearance modifiers to create the lines. A single path therefore displayed its texture and a dark outline without me needing to draw in any fills. This made readjusting stuff much easier!
Here’s the completed floor. We left these rooms bare as the players will be furnishing them.
Since this is now a vector artwork I lost the crinkled paper effects that I could achieve by using a displacement map + multiply layer in Photoshop, but there’s nothing stopping me from just doing that as an extra step at the end of the process.
I learned a lot while drafting this floor. However I’ve been quite slow in turnaround time. The requester has been very patient with me!
I’ve since asked for their permission to post the work on the blog so if we do future floors I will be able to utilise them as my daily blog posts. That way I won’t be trying to do a daily sketch AND make revisions in the same evening.
I have been a bit lazy today and also have had some evening commitments. So in a familiar Blaugust daze I had no idea what to do for today’s post. Pretty dire situation for a weekend!
There’s a few other things I wanted to do tonight so I decided to set a 10 minute timer. I wanted to keep Blaugust momentum up but I didn’t want to feel chained to dedicating a long time to a post, so the 10 minute timer really distils down the essence of my approach to Blaugust – do stuff, post it, don’t worry so much about quality.
As we were unloading from the car this evening I remembered these daffodils that are growing in my front driveway. My nieces planted them on a previous visit and they’re flowering in their full glory. I had taken some photos to send to my nieces so I had a handy reference to hand.
Here’s what was on my canvas at the end of my 10 minutes.
I owe a bunch of art to people, and I’ve kinda been putting off doing the art during Blaugust because it feels like each one is going to take more than a day to complete. Time to pull out the sketches and get on top of it!
For some reason, drawing this guy’s hair made me think of Mr. Kiasu, even though there’s no real resemblence. (Why is there no Wikipedia page for Mr. Kiasu?)
I was doing some research for the characters in my name when doing yesterday’s calligraphy, and I came across this mighty complex character: 麟
Although pronounced the name as the character for my surname (both pronounced lín) this word supposedly translates to “Female Unicorn”.
Intrigued, I wondered if it might be related to the Qilin (Kirin), but it seems it might actually be another mythical creature. In fact I encountered a blog dedicated to unravelling the mythic creatures, which can appropriately be found at http://chinese-unicorn.com/
In any case, I drew a unicorn goat-thingy for today’s blaug post. Enjoy.
Well I really had pretty firm intentions to remain quite deliberately un-productive for a little while longer yet, but I can’t shake the nagging feeling in the back of my head that says that hey if I can just spare a little time, why not log a post for the first day of Blaugust? That way if I decide to keep up with it, I won’t have missed a day.
And I rather regret not posting anything at all last year; Blaugust 2017 completely blindsided me. So even if I don’t post again for the month, I’d like to leave this little waymarker here.
In some ways, I guess I’m a little wary of our ol’ annual blogging tradition. Nowadays, it doesn’t feel like Blaugust is for me anymore. The coping habits that I used to use to get through old Blaugusts don’t mesh with the new “rules” defined by bloggers with so much more dedication and commitment than I. I don’t feel like I belong anymore. In some ways, I envy The Leaflocker for finding the adaptability to join the new wave.
In May, Staircase Witch challenged us to revisit our roots with a classic blog fest. It felt good to be blogging aside others once again. I tried something different for that challenge; actually creating the art that I posted each day. I burnt out fast, and the decline in posts from my colleagues left us without much further inspiration to continue posting. Each of us did get a bit back on the bandwagon but it was too late; the magic of a blog festival was gone.
Maybe the Leaflocker is right. The best Blaugusts are ones fuelled by camaraderie. Maybe I shouldn’t be so scared of “new Blaugust”. Still, I cling to the roots of the event and eschew the Facebook groups and other communities that steadily build stronger as the Blaugust tradition grows each year.
I think I just crave a good 100-deep email dialogue with my old co-conspirator. Send me an email sometime, Mr Owl?