A giant fork has been stuck in my 2015 plans but not gonna beat myself up for it. I’ve probably broken a world record on character design time meh, what can you do.
So what’s new…… well for starters I’m not giving out projections anymore because I always jinx myself but there is a bit of news.
Okay, I give up I couldn’t finish a video in January nor could I finish anything with a week extension? Why you ask? Because I’ve been plagued by character design issues for the past 3 months!!!!!!!!!! Every time I think I have it, NOPE! This isn’t right or that isn’t right, it’s driving me nuts!
But you want to know the funny part? It’s all worth it! In fact, It wasn’t until recently until I learned just how important a clavicle bone is for model rigging. I keep learning things!! I’ve been battling with character design for over 10 years now, but I’m determined to get it right this time. The last time I rushed a design I ended up with the Tale of the Night design which strangely I learned was actually a step in the right direction gone haywire due to pushing art to the side.
My next update will be of what I hope will be the final design. After than maybe I’ll continue my video plan. But here are some notable changes from recent artwork.
- Felix is slightly taller (somewhat similar to my first sprites)
- Head doesn’t look oversized
- Design is much smoother and better proportioned.
I think the attention I’m paying to this will be well worth it. Besides I’d rather working on design consecutively rather than give up and just end up doing it again a few months later.
Okay the video plan did not work out so well. To be honest I didn’t even get close! But I’m not giving up! I’ll give it another week! Hopefully I can have something by February 7th.
It was actually a fairly decent month, I just didn’t do a lot of the things I needed to. I got hung up on how tall Felix should be, seeing as I’m using real world physics it’s actually very important in terms of making things convincing, so I started comparing Felix to human proportions more. I’m thinking Felix is somewhere between 80 (2’7″) -110 cm (3′,7″).
In other news I’m also getting a graphics card upgrade. It won’t be a huge leap but I should be enough to make my graphics noticeably better. I’ll still try and support lower end cards by making low settings but right now I think I’m reaching the limit in terms of acceptable graphics.
It’s the year of the sheep, but don’t plan on counting them this time around. I’m hitting the final stretch with this project! Huzzah!
Here are a few plans for 2015.
I plan on making a new video. I don’t know what it will be yet, but it should be relatively light and show off something new. I probably won’t promote it much.
Depending on how January goes, I may make videos a monthly thing. Up until I release a final trailer. Then again, there shouldn’t be that many months left.
The game should release in spring. Which is what I wanted, the game just has a spring vibe to it.
I imagine in March I’ll start thinking of a official trailer and I’ll do a little bit of promoting. I’ll also have to submit my game to Steam Greenlight as a game instead of a concept. Perhaps I’ll get lucky and it’ll promote itself.
I’m considering porting World of Whimsy, but again, that’ll depend on the reception of the game. I’d also like to maybe attending a convention of some kind. It’d be an interesting experience.
If all goes well, before the year is over with I’ll probably begin a new project. Right now it’s a toss up between Lithodora of Despair and that Samba of the Wolves remake I was thinking about, but I’m open to doing something entirely different.
- My Deviant Art page has been pretty much abandoned, ehh I should probably throw in a bit more effort there. Comics are always fun.
- I may consider team expansion again at some point, maybe after I get a little more industry experience.
Yup 2015’s looking pretty good! Let’s hope my challenges keep things on course.
It’s been a while since last update. The holidays have made things a bit sluggish but things should kick back into gear next year.I’ve fiddled around with the model enough to the point where I think I’m ready to start on the final model (again). The head on the left is the model in progress and the head on the right is from the last video I made. The body always gives me trouble, hopefully I won’t hit any bumps.
For comparison here are a few of the older models I had. I’d venture to say I’m improving! (I should hope so after five years)
I never finish anything I challenge myself to do on time, yet get anything done if I don’t challenge myself. It’s a sad situation really. |: (
So to keep up the pace I propose a challenge. I want a new video by the end of January. I don’t even know what it’ll be about, just some type of video. To make sure I don’t get lazy, I’ll also throw in the rule that video must introduce something new and it must be of the game as a whole in some way.
I’ll probably know what i’m going to do in a week or so, so stay tuned next year! I’ll also recap on my plans for 2015.
On the productive side of things November has been terrible. I thought I could get away with modeling if I just dove head first into it but no, it may be too late for that. I need to strike a balance on paper and with the model itself.
To compensate I’ve been focusing on the core of my character design. That is, what method could I use to draw the character the same way every time in both 3D and in 2D. A core design should prevent me from deviating and mucking things up. The concept art, the model, and the animation of the character all have to sync up so I guess it’s important to have a base line to work off of.
This is my first time doing this, I just never stuck with it. It’s likely I could never get character construction right because I overdid the base construction. Right now I’m working with a skull a pelvis and lines for legs. That seems to be working much better.
I’m about to begin modeling for the zillionth time, just thought I’d post what I’m working with so far.
I hear in Japan, concept art is usually made after the 3D model, rather than the other way around. That definitely seems to be the right approach.
I’ll try not to spend too much time on paper.
Okay it’s pretty obvious I’ve been all over the board lately! This is the last time! This next distraction is pretty useful and something I might recommend to other companies!
What’s got me distracted now? I’m creating a personal wiki for project management! It’s one of those up til 8 in the morning distractions.
One of the things I try to do when writing for the series is try to keep up with international standards (Hence my switch to a 24 hour clock and Metric Units). It’s a pretty fun subject really.
I noticed something strange however… while people in most of the world write in 24 hour clock most of them speak in 12 hour terms unless the time needs to be specified. In other words “17 o’clock” isn’t the norm but, in written form, 17:00 is. I found that very disappointing!! You were doing so well world… It’s silly to mix up both systems like that but I understand the appeal of separating 6 in the morning and 6 at night, equal numbers for opposing sides.
So that made me wonder, what would a more hybridized 24 hour clock system look like… I think I’ve found a solid middle ground until someone puts time itself into units of 10 in the year 2114. : )
What if noon were represented as +00:00, the start of the day as -12:00 and the end of the day as +12:00. You can translate this to and from the 24 hour clock by adding 12. This is similar to how in temperature, 0 Kelvin represents absolute zero but it directly correlates to Celsius by adding roughly 273.
People could say things like “it’s 8 after noon (+08:00 / 20:00)” or It’s ” 3 before noon ( -03:20 / 09:20)” or if you wanted to pronounce the full time you could say “plus eight fifty” or “minus three twenty”. It would even still work easily for computers.
Instead of -07 + 07 being opposite times of the day they’d be more like how far from the sun you are. At least -06 and +06 would keep their meaning.
Despite me suggesting this, I’d still prefer if people just used their “13 o’clocks”. 12 hour intervals are too dependent on the sun. In the north pole, there can apparently be entire days of full sunlight and on the flip side the south pole can go dark for months. Sunset and sunrise aren’t the same everywhere but the Earth’s rotation is. If one day was the sun doing a donut in the sky, I don’t think anyone would suggest cutting the day in half.
Speaking of time, I’ve wasted a lot of it writing this so I’m going to get back to work now… : P
Here at Kitasia, we try to keep things literal! This means making and using terms that are immediately understandable without botching the English language anymore than it already is. Yeah I know this post is going to make me seem like “that guy”, but I gotta get this off my chest.