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So press start is my final year art exhibition/show thing.

I’m not too sure what’s going on with it but my major project (as well as others) will be up and running for people to have a go and play at.

It’s this week, Thursday to Saturday, it opens at 7pm on Thursday.
All stuff you would want to know is at the (untitled Document) website: http://pressstartexhibit.com/

Cosplay and the events of ’09

It’s been a pretty big year with a number of conventions and events I attended and some I cosplayed for.

First up was Supanova

A number of my friends wanted to do a Disney group and I was drafted into being Mulan, never in my life have I ever wore so much make up before D: Supanova was pretty awesome, not as cool as last year but still good. I got to see a number of actors from battle star galactica (Yay Starbuck) Lots of cosplayers but I saw a few of the same people in the same outfits they wore to past events

A number of weeks later I received an E-mail from one of my Lectures asking if I could help out at RMIT’s open day in cosplay and being the jerk nerd that I am I agreed.

Not wanting to be on my own I dragged my friend Siera to join me. Of course since it was a last minute thing she didn’t get a name tag and instead stole someone else’s. Holidays were before Open day and during that time I came across a game called “Touch Detective” Which lead me to my decision of cosplaying as Mackenzie the main character of the game. O-day was a lot of fun, I never went to my own Open day, I had no idea that the uni gets so filled up. I believed I probably scared a lot of people.

A week later I went to help out at freeplay “an independent games festival”

I was mainly there helping out but on Sunday I dressed up in my Touch Detective cosplay where a number of people mistook my wig as my real hair, heh. Freeplay was exciting, I went and had a look at some panels and talks about indie games and my supervisor had a talk about making games that was so popular it filled up the room and someone stole my seat while I was ushering people into the room. (That jerk!) My major project was also up on show at freeplay where we got a nice view of how people approach our game and we were given a lot of ideas.

Manifest was up next. To celebrate 10 years of manifest-ness it was moved out of Melbourne uni and into the show grounds.

 

I managed to make one new cosplay in time for the convention. For Friday and Saturday I went as a pirate version of haruhi suzumiya and Sunday was Touch Detective cosplay (it’s the wig that I love)
I have to say that manifest this year was a little disappointing, while the new venue it wonderful the event itself, not so much. I did manage to do my biccy thing which is to sneak into areas the “common folks” aren’t allowed. Whoo-hoo for front row in cosplay :D Although I was blinded my many flashes from cameras D:
Manifest feels like it’s becoming a little over priced for what it “does” for me. But I don’t think I’ll stop going. I’ll just keep praying it’ll get better and the icky clicks and childish newbies will bugger off.

The stream of events went on a short rest which allowed me to work on uni work but then Armageddon, eGames and for the first time ever Madman National cosplay championship grand final rocked up 2 weeks apart from one and other. I gave Armageddon a skip this year, something about being too damn busy with Uni and a birthday party I wanted to go to.

eGames landed after my wave of stress, assignment due dates and exam block and I was able to go to all three days. I signed myself up as a volunteer which gave me a free t-shirt that’s oversized and free entry into the event.

Friday was spend in a vest three sizes too large and setting up the expo, Saturday I was dressed as Alice from American McGee’s Alice, I forgot why I picked Alice, maybe coz it was easy. Sunday I went as Zoey from Left 4 Dead but had no time to take any photos so you will have to settle with the WIP photo. eGames was lol, free entry wasn’t given to cosplayers this year so there was a lack of those dressed up, it was also moved to the Royal Exhibition Building. I can’t really complain about eGames since I got in for free, but I don’t think it was really worth paying for, many of the big names were missing (like nintendo), not as many booth babes and a lack of free lanyards and key chains tho I did get a nice collection of free t-shirts (one was a borderlands t-shirt)

The final event for the year was the Madman National Cosplay Championship Grand Final. Five cosplayers from all over Australia battled it out to see who was the very best. The winner; a trip to Japan. My friend Siera was one of the finalist I came by to cheer her on and wish her luck like many of those in her fan club.

Her outfit was amazing, her skit was wonderful but sadly she only came second place. But we’re all still so proud and the girl who won was amazing as well, the others did fantastic jobs and they really do deserve to be called some of the very best cosplayers from Australia. This was one of the events I didn’t cosplay to and it made me a little sad that I didn’t get something together but summer is rocking up soon and I’ve become more lazy due to the heat.

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A few weeks ago I started re working on my website, one of my home work assignments for uni was called “Market yourself” we had to upload a mock up of our portfolio web page and I though I could do one better and actually make the site, it’s still being worked on and there’s a lot to still add, but most of it’s done and the general flow of things are down.

I even made a little show reel which I need to redo but it makes me happy. I’m hoping that it’ll be an always changing site, upload new art works which replace old ones and so forth. But that won’t be happening until I get everything up on the site. I’m going to work on the pyweek game page next, and then mods and slowly work down the list.

I’m not too sure why, but I made the website pink. I wanted to take a step away from the black and white-ness I normally go with and some how I went from purple-brown to pink. But I like the layout, it’s got a chocolates and sweets theme to it.

My Little hunter

For Austin’s 23rd Zombie themed birthday I decided to make him a my little pony mod, which for any one wondering a my little pony mod is what the name leads it to be, a modification of a my little pony. I came up with this idea a number of weeks before his party and spent some time wondering what I should make, no real idea which characters Austin likes I went with zombies. And zombies means Left 4 Dead. I was going to pick bill… but I didn’t want to give a my little pony a beard… so I went with a hunter. Why? It’s simple compared to the others and a boomer is too fat.

Anyways, a week before the party I got to work, slowly buying the supplies I needed.

Finding the my little pony was the hardest part… I went to a number of different stores and finally found one in safeway.

So here she is… her name was Toola-Roola.

Following a number of how tos and tutorials I started with removing the head.

Using hot water to soften up the plastic made things so damn easy.

I got rid of the hair with scissors and a number of other tools I had laying around. Did a quick scrub with nail polish remover to try and clean off all the stupid pattens and glitter, didn’t get everything off but I was fine with that.

I took some air drying clay and went to work making a hoodie and a tail… it was a very messy job and newspaper is my friend now.

I let it dry for a few hours and then I clipped away at the un-needed clay and cleaned things up a little.

Left it alone over night and started to paint it the next day.

Before doing any painting I gave it a coat of PVA mixed with water to help stop the clay cracking.

After the first coat of paint I noticed parts had started to peel off, I really should have sealed it before I started painting but it was late and I was tired so I kept trucking.

I used some of the red paint/blood to help keep the peeling paint down but that didn’t do too much to help, so once I had finished all the painting I gave it two coats of dull coat to seal the paint and stop it from peeling off… although I missed it’s feet and if you turn the pony over you can see it’s original pink colour. Ah fail.

I left the pony to dry in it’s seal over night once again and the next morning I got to shin it up.

Using some gloss paint I touched up parts of the blood making it shiny and look more real and not to lame, I also put gloss on its ears and eyes to make things pretty.

I added some duct tape which was a pain to put on… and some stage blood to give it a gooy look.

And here’s what it looks like when I took a photo with flash on… scary huh?

I’m pretty proud of the mod, it’s not the best but at the same time it came out pretty damn well for a first try. I also had a lot of fun making it.

Rundown

Tomorrow is the start of semester 2, but before I start here’s a quick run down about the subjects I did last semester.

Interact Digital Media Proj A

The big main thing for the semester was IDMP, I was some what lucky and managed to join a really awesome group with people who work hard and create amazing stuff. We made a sidescroller with the UT3 engine with heaps of custom content and a bunch of other wow stuff. I’m actually a little disappointed with myself when it came to pitching in work, but I somewhat pulled my weight with the presentations we had. (After our final presentation I had a number of teachers come up to me and tell me what a good job I did *glee*)
We managed to score a HD and I look forward to working with my team next semester and I hope I put in more effort this time around. ^^;

Web3D3

Ah web3D, I have to say this subject drove me the most insane. I went into it thinking it would be easy and a piece of cake, heck I know HTML, I know action script and I can read python well enough. Anyways, it didn’t take me too long to find the subject annoying and boring and I stopped heading into class >.> I managed to do my assignments within a week before they were due with a lot of complaining and asking for help from my friends, but all in all I somehow managed to get my assignments done, pass the exam and get away with a HD. Whoo.

Design Studio 2

DS2 was one of my more laid back subjects, we were hardly given any work outside of class and I had a lot of fun attending the classes… this was until the lecturer was replaced and things got a little boring. Thanks to this class I’m not so crap with InDesign. I had hoped I would have gotten a HD for this subject but a DI is good enough. Tho I can’t really help but think if our Lecturer wasn’t replaced I would have gotten a HD.

Alternative Animation

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I think the animation class is the class I had the most fun, in the first few weeks of the semester we made little animations, it really felt like we were doing something. The assignments were a lot of fun to do and I was really happy that I was finally doing some 2D animations. I’m a little sad that I only got a DI but I guess it just meant I didn’t work hard enough and didn’t put in all those extra little things you need in an animation. I’m still happy, it was a wonderful subject and wouldn’t actually mind if I had to do it again.

So what’s up for tomorrow and the next 12 or so weeks?

I’m some what looking forward to the Digital curation and Exhibition practice and the photography class. Not too sure why I’m taking programming 1, it seems like a good thing to know and I’m looking forward to working with my team again for IDMP B :P

Comikaze 24hr Comic Challenge 2009

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A number of weeks ago I entered the Comikaze 24hr Comic Challenge. I had a lot of fun and while I’m a pretty crappy writer I came up with a some what not that bad comic plot and script. Towards the end of my 24 hours I was really worried that I wouldn’t get everything done in time, but I was some what lucky and finished with about 20mins left. During the making of my comic I changed my idea of how the story would end like three times, I think if I didn’t change my mind so much I wouldn’t have so many plot holes and I would have had more time to spread the comic out across the pages instead of cramming the ending into a few pages. ^^; my bad. I’m hoping next year I’ll be able to take part of Comikaze again, like pyweek it’s always nice to see what you create in such a short time. They are little burst of creativity that form quickly enough before you get bored. Other projects tend to drag on for too long and never get finished =_=;

Anyways the comic can be read here

I gave it such a long and stupid name O-o I really don’t know what I was thinking at the time…