I moved in last Wednesday, and I’ve only just started recovering from the soon-to-follow immune system failure. I’ve been extremely sleepy lately. Nevertheless, I unpacked everything successfully and I’m really happy to be seeing everyone again. We had a barbecue last night which went surprisingly smoothly, and met a couple of the elusive new first years.
My new bedroom has a nice big desk so I can set up a still-life, and is equipped (finally) with dual screen and a brand new Intuos Pro I got round to buying as a late birthday present! I also have my birdy :3
Though I haven’t been hugely productive lately, and I think I have a right to a break right now, I have been doing a fair bit. Firstly, I’ve been doing some, you guessed it, UDK. I’m kind of past the woooo I love this stage because I’ve done all the learny bits now, and now I have a couple more assets to make with practically none of my 15,000 tris left and they’re assets that I’ve already made similar ones of. It’s a bit of a drag. I also have my character to concept and make still, and I just can’t bring myself to, even though character modelling is something I really need to practise.
My scene now is pretty funky looking. I made that river I was talking about a few posts back, complete with caustics.
I want to add foliage and rocks around the edge of the river. It’s just a case if I can be bothered…
I’m pretty happy with it really, and I think it’s mostly because I’ve learned such a huge amount as I’ve gone along. The material editor and the crazy amount of nodes it takes to make certain textures simply blows my mind, but it’s fascinating. I did a paintover of how I would like my level to look if I was better at UDK too, which was really fun;
It’s about the first environment paint I’ve ever been happy with. But it goes without saying that I just don’t paint environments enough. I’m trying to work on it at the moment and it’s just a really unenjoyable experience for me right now. I’ll push on.
I’m also aiming to do more work from life and imagination, and throwing some photo studies (portraits) in too. Still lifes are going to become a more prominent part of my routine (lol what routine?). I’ll probably become more pale as a result because I seem to automatically close my curtains during still life paintings, but you have to make sacrifices, y’know how it is.
I used to be very see-sawy about my happiness with my artwork. Right now, I just seem to be in a constant state of ‘meh’ about my work. Any happiness with work usually lasts a couple hours and then I’m ‘meh’ again. I hope this isn’t how the rest of my art life will be. Well, tutors at uni always told us not to get attached to our work. I think I’m there.
Enough of that. I’m going to start posting more regularly again with uni approaching, rather than just art-dumping every few weeks. I’m really looking forward to university. I’ve missed it.