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Monthly Archives: April 2013
New Page at Thrilling Tales of the Downright Unusual

Filed under Thrilling Tales: Page Updates

A new page has been published in the story It Came from the PULP-O-MIZER, at Thrilling Tales of the Downright Unusual.

You can read it here.
 
 
Retropolis Rocket Ship Kickstarter Update, April 21

Filed under Thrilling Tales of the Downright Unusual, Works in Progress


I mentioned earlier that I didn’t plan to create any new characters for the Retropolis Rocket Ship picture. Then I showed you the one I made. Well, I guess I’ve done it again.

I’d gotten pretty interested in the new gear – the space helmet and gauntlets – that you saw in that earlier update. That’s how today’s spacewoman started out. With a similar air tank, her new and different helmet and gloves grew into a whole new character.

I have an excuse for that: last year I made pretty good progress on the illustrations for The Riddle of the Wrong Brain (Part Two of The Toaster With Two Brains) but almost immediately afterward I worked out a whole new system for generating character heads, using morph targets instead of facial bones, and the results were so good that I was left staring at my formerly new characters and wishing that I could do them over.

In fact I did do over both Gwen and Nat, who are our main protagonists in that story, and Zeno, Doctor Rognvald’s henchman; but I was still left with a couple of new or newish characters that I’d built with the old system. This character’s head is a replacement for the head I originally built for one of those characters. So on the one hand I have a new character to use in the Rocket Ship picture, while on the other hand I have a new and improved head for Stella Moya, whom you have yet to meet.

I have to admit, though, I’m pretty happy with the way this version of her turned out; I’m sure I’ll be using her again. Sometimes I feel like I’m an old movie studio producer who keeps casting the same lead actors and character actors in an entire slate of movies. This would be one of those times.

 
 
Retropolis Rocket Ship Work in Progress – Animated GIF

Filed under Thrilling Tales of the Downright Unusual, Works in Progress


Here’s a GIF animation I just cobbled together; it shows the major steps on the way to the Retropolis Rocket Ship print from the beginning up to yesterday. It’s a biggish image, so you’ll need to click on it in order to bring it up.

 
 
New Page at Thrilling Tales of the Downright Unusual

Filed under Thrilling Tales: Page Updates

A new page has been published in the story It Came from the PULP-O-MIZER, at Thrilling Tales of the Downright Unusual.

You can read it here.
 
 
Retropolis Rocket Ship Kickstarter Update, April 17

Filed under Thrilling Tales of the Downright Unusual, Works in Progress

Retropolis Rocket Ship on Kickstarter

Here’s today’s update for the Retropolis Rocket Ship print. At this point I’ve left off the wireframe overlay and I’m letting the color speak for itself – not because it’s done, since the final lighting will contribute a lot there, but because it’s narrowing down to something like what you’ll see in the finished picture.

You can see that I’ve continued to work my way forward along the surface details of the fuselage. In fact there are a number of things you see less clearly here than you will in the final picture just because of the lower resolution of the web previews.

In the print, at its full size, you’ll probably be able to make out things like the rows of bunks on the lower deck. They won’t ever be completely clear, because they shouldn’t be, but odds are you’ll be able to peer through the deck grating to make out some of that background detail: the bunks, some piping, and the mechanical gizmos down below the cockpit stairs.

Next up will be some more changes to the control console, some additional stuff on a couple of the shelves, and then the characters.

 
 
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