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08 November 2011 @ 06:49 pm
Cope again  
I've been working a lot on my creative stuff again. I've mostly been working on the drawing of Sorath and Thagirion. I'm on the shading part and it's giving me a hard time like usual. I've started shading Sorath's gold feathers on his neck. I want them to shine like metal but always have a hard time with that. I put a shadow away from the light. I also put a skiny light line slightly away from the outline. But it seems to still need something. Like streaks or a dot but when I add those they just look terrible. I got his skull done. I'd like to add textures to it and also to Thagirion's axe. I don't know how I'm going to do the background yet. I know I want smokey clouds in a vortex but I don't know how to go about that.

I made Cope again in Saints Row 3 Initiation Stiation. I started with the black guy this time and he turned out MUCH better. Check these out.

Much better. His face is longer. If you look at my previous post the original one looked terrible. The only thing I don't like about this guy is the lips. Still too puffy. So I'll be trying again with the Asian guy and the Spanish guy then I'll pick the best one. So far the black guy is the best starting point. Three more behind the cut.

He's so cute in profile.

He has a cute expression here.

This one's ok but you get an idea of how he looks from the front.

I can't wait for this game to come out. It's still a ways off on the 15th. Chris has gotten me all excited about Skyrim. It comes out the 11th and we're both getting anxious for that to come out. It's pre-ordered and paid for. We're going on the 10th for the midnight release. I love these midnight releases because I get to watch all the nerds. All shapes and sizes hehe. This video shows what it's like for so many fans freaking out right now. They did a great job editing this. For me this movie works too but replace Skyrim for Saint's Row 3 and Mass Effect 3.

I went out in the garden and found three new female flowers in the pumpkin patch. Oh this is wonderful! I hope they become pumpkins too. I have a feeling this will the best Thanksgiving I've had in years. Too bad I missed Halloween by a few weeks.
Speaking of pumpkins my big beautiful pumpkin that as getting the soft spot finally rotted out from the bottom today. It fell of the stones I had it on and got smashed in the bottom. I had Chris move it to the side yard. Perhaps the chickens will eat it. We threw the seeds into the bed behind where the decorations were. Who knows, perhaps they'll turn into pumpkins next year. That would be cool. My other pumpkins are still doing good.

I managed to make more progress on The Sun and the Water too. I'd like to have some art done for that too before I post it. I didn't post the art for Owen's Lost Memory until long after you guys had read it. So it's not as impacting without the art between paragraphs. Here's hoping I can get some of that done for this.

I also played bass today with Chris. I had forgotten I was working on the Finntroll song. I had totally forgotten how it went but it suddenly came back to me and I was amazed how well I played. I was rockin'! I think that will be worthy of being recorded soon.

And here's something random for you guys to think about. This is something I've always noticed. Probably because I'm an artist. Pain and pleasure look exactly the same. I mean facial expression. Someone that's in great pleasure, their expression is the same as great pain. For someone like me that has a hard time reading emotions as it is this has led to some confusion. I often think Chris is hurt when he's actually happy. And it's funny too because I don't express pleasure much. I did so today and Chris thought I was hurting hehe. But yes, both expressions have smiles and bunched squinted eyes. I bet most people don't know that.
Current Mood: hopefulTriumphant
The Silver Wolf of Darkness: AvistA wagsilvolf on November 9th, 2011 12:00 am (UTC)
I love the side profile of Cope's face. It is cute!
Lol Cartman amused me in that video. What is Skyrim about anyway? Everyone seems to be freaking out over it. What makes it so awesome?

A few of the pumpkins at the store this year had started to rot. It was weird; that doesn't happen normally.

Awesome! Yeah I'm like that with songs I haven't played for a while as well.
I've noticed that too! And also if I'm not looking at the TV and someone is intensely happy or sad, they make similar noises as well. Really odd.
Des: Prof. Cope without glassesthagirion on November 9th, 2011 01:59 am (UTC)
Yeah. I wish I could make him skinnier. That's my main complaint so far.
That video was well done. It's an RPG made by Bethesda. They made all the Fallout games. It's like fallout but based on medival fantasy. What's wonderful about these games that everyone loves is the freedom of choice you have. You can do almost anything and you can make moral choices and there's really no wrong way to play the game. You can customize your character too. I really want to play as Owen because I'll emphasize him having fire and sword skills. You really should start with something like Fallout 3 to get a feel for these games. Plus the graphics are great.

When I went to the church pumpkin patch a lot of theirs had rotted too. What a shame this year's batch didn't last as long.

Really? I hadn't noticed that about the sounds. I have introverted feelings so if I'm really into something the most you'll hear me say is a gasp. I rarely laugh out loud. It has to be really funny.
The Silver Wolf of Darkness: Second Life Silvolfsilvolf on November 9th, 2011 09:09 am (UTC)
Oh cool! Yeah I like games like that. Then you can do what you want in them and its like living the adventure.
Des: Cope Thumbs Upthagirion on November 9th, 2011 12:31 pm (UTC)
Yeah, you can really live out your day dreams. It's so cool. Saints Row is like that too so I'm very anxious for it to come out...though worried because of the demo. I'm afraid they took out some things that made the first one so good.
The Silver Wolf of Darkness: Do Not Wantsilvolf on November 9th, 2011 01:56 pm (UTC)
It bugs me when they take good stuff out of games. Luckily though I'm betting if they do, a lot of other fans will be annoyed as well.
draconisthanos: cookiedraconisthanos on November 9th, 2011 02:09 am (UTC)
LOL, Cartman is my fav' character from South Park.

The game is called "The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim". In short, it is a massive RPG with open world exploration and detailed customization. You can be one of 8 races male or female and play the type of character that you want. Thief/warrior/mage etc. Check out these sample vids.

If you don't practice everything you know once in a while, you can forget how to play it. It may come back to you but it is hard to get the feel of the song back.
The Silver Wolf of Darkness: Kurtz Profilesilvolf on November 9th, 2011 09:14 am (UTC)
I love the graphics and how the dragon melted into fire in the first video. Making characters looks fun too. It's for the XBox 360 though right? Lol I don't have one; I only have a Wii. I'd love to play games like this more though. I wish I had the time like you guys.
draconisthanosdraconisthanos on November 9th, 2011 12:12 pm (UTC)
Oh, I forgot to mention that in this game you can become a vampire or a werewolf no matter what race you choose to play as.

Oh yes, there will be dragons. Lots of dragons. ;)
The Silver Wolf of Darkness: Skylarksilvolf on November 9th, 2011 01:56 pm (UTC)
Oh cool! I'd be a werewolf lol!
Des: Grand Theft Walrusthagirion on November 9th, 2011 12:32 pm (UTC)
It's for PS3 and PC too. So you could get it for the computer. We make time for fun. Sometimes you have to.
The Silver Wolf of Darkness: Chisilvolf on November 9th, 2011 01:54 pm (UTC)
Yeah I could get it for my PC! I need to tidy some junk off my computer first though lol! Sometimes I'm like Nicolas Angel from Hot Fuzz; I don't know how to switch off and have fun. Except when I'm with my friends. But at home, I work on things and feel guilty when I just do something that has no purpose. Its been like that since 2007 and I have to break it somehow. I do make time sometimes but not very often, not as often as I should.
earthmother45earthmother45 on November 15th, 2011 01:57 pm (UTC)
That's pretty cool! I watched the last one all the way through just to see what this was all about. I remember when the "dungeons and dragons" stuff first came out many years ago . . . and they sure have come a long with characters and animation.
I like the flying creatures. So dramatic at the end with "storm call."
Des: Owen in The Sims 3thagirion on November 16th, 2011 01:18 pm (UTC)
Wow, that's cool you watched those. I haven't even watched the last one all the way. That was one of the dragons. They're awesome and amazing to watch and fight. I' ve started my game as Owen and haven't done much since I'm just at the beginning. I'll develope him mostly as a wizard.
earthmother45earthmother45 on November 9th, 2011 02:44 am (UTC)
Love Cartman! He's Pete's favorite on South Park. I remember that episode.

Exceptional artwork, Des! I especially like the first one.

I'll keep my fingers crossed for your new pumpkins. Since you've seen the flowers, how long till they become pumpkins?
Des: Owen in The Sims 3thagirion on November 9th, 2011 12:38 pm (UTC)
I used to watch South Park when it first came out in the 90's. But I didn't get far into it and stopped watching. It just didn't keep me hooked. It's a shame that so much cartoon art started going down hill in the 90's. The majority of shows now look terrible and I refuse to watch them. Good writing isn't enough for me.

Thanks, but it's not my artwork. These are screen captures. I just took pictures of the game on my TV. Yeah he's got a very pleasant look in the first pic.

I don't know. I've never really done this before. Assuming the female flowers got pollinated growth should be obvious by the following day.
kabuldurkabuldur on November 9th, 2011 10:27 am (UTC)
I like this version of Cope. He is much more natural-looking. You've done a really good job.

I hope those pumpkins come up for you next year. I reckon they will.

That's awesome you played bass with Chris. I forget how songs go, too, then suddenly the feel comes back. Kudos to you for remembering it! I look forward to any vidoes!

Speaking of videos, unfortunately they took it down, which is a pity, because I like Southpark.

Yeah, I did know that people look the same in pleasure as in pain. I didn't know about the sounds, though!
Desthagirion on November 9th, 2011 12:35 pm (UTC)
Thanks. He's much closer to how I draw him. Still not 100% so I'll keep trying.

That would be funny. I'm not expecting much since I didn't plant them with intent. I just threw them out.

Yeah it was fun to play. I'm glad I wrote down the notes for his original piece too in my little book.

That's annoying. I found another one and fixed it. It's a short clip. Here's the direct link but I also put it back up in my main post.

I'm not too sure about the sounds they make because I have not seen that first hand.
kabuldurkabuldur on November 10th, 2011 11:10 am (UTC)
Oh, I get it, waiting for Skyrim, hehe :)