Saturday, September 30, 2017

Random Post: September Update

Hey all,

I'm on my last stride of editing the new Polaris spinoff.  I'm hoping to go to production this weekend.  I keep thinking maybe the ending could be different but I'm not sure what else it could be.  Tried all sorts of endings and this one seems the best to me. So... I'm going with it.  Also, I realize Bao Lai kind of sounds like a SJW for part of the story, lol @ me, but I think she needed to be otherwise the story is too linear.  Besides, it gives her some character development as she snaps out of it, I guess.

On another note, if you're reading this today 9/30/17, JCPenney has some good stuff, 50% off already clearance items.  Also, download their app and get an extra 20% off your order.  I bought an original $30+ pair of shoes for ~$7.  Not bad, eh?

That's all I have for now.  Talk to ya soon.


Sunday, September 24, 2017

Random Post: Food from Japan

Hey guys and gals,

I was watching PBS this weekend and they had all episodes about the "Land of the Rising Sun" aka Japan.  Mostly, they mentioned ramen which made me remember my trip to Tokyo some years back.  Thought I'd share a few pics.

I ate at this one noodle shop daily while I was there because it was near the hotel in Asakusa and very affordable.  Mostly had soba noodles but the shop had tempura and rice too.  I did have ramen at a shop near Harajuku but didn't take any pictures.  Below are some pics. The last one is actually curry at a department store near Akihabara.  Japanese people love their curry.  This restaurant was owned by an Indian guy and he's also the chef.  It was pretty good.  If I go back, I think I'll have to try and find more ramen places.  One week was way too short, by the time I got used to the train system, it was time to leave.  (-.-)

Have you been to Japan?  What are your favorite spots?

Monday, September 18, 2017

Polaris: Accessorizing Dui

Decided to accessorize Dui a little for the final CG.  I used a bracelet that I made a while back as the model.  The first real picture is my wrinkly hand.  The one adjacent is the digital art copy and then the bottom picture is when it's applied to Dui's hand.

A little background on the bracelet.  This seller I usually purchase from had a packet of 4 "monk" beads which depict the four beast guardians of the universe according to Chinese mythology.  They are Xuan Wu, Bai Hu, Qing Long and Zhu Que.  For those who watch a lot of anime, you might recognize these names in the Japanese version: Genbu, Byakko, Seiryu and Suzaku.  When I took the picture, Genbu was the top bead; hence, the turtle shell in the picture.

What do you think?  Does it fit Dui's personality or is this too much for him?


Friday, September 15, 2017

Need Your Opinion: Polaris CG Draft Dui and Bao Lai Kiss Scene

Hey all,

Working on the Polaris kiss scene for Dui's true ending spin-off.  I can't get Dui's face/hair to look right.  With limited skills, it's the best I can do.  Between these two, which do you prefer for his face?  The left one looks a little small for the hair but the right one makes Dui looks disproportionate to Bao Lai... I think she looks little compared to him for some reason but the chin structure is better in the right picture.  What do you think?  Appreciate any feedback.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Polaris Update: Partial CG -- Little Dui and Bao Lai

Hey all,

Still working on the Polaris spin-off/special edition for Dui's true ending.  Stopped doing edits because I kept thinking about the CGs so I jumped ship.  I have the cover mostly ready.  Here's a partial CG of the final one.  This is Dui and Bao Lai as children during their time at Tian Mao Yi.  Bao Lai is cross-dressed of course (as Little Hung) and harassing Dui as usual.  Her skin tone is a little light but I'm not sure why since I used the same palette from previous pictures.  She still needs some touch ups.  I haven't done a kiss scene CG yet so I'm going for that in their "grown up" version.

Dui's hair is too complicated and I don't know if I can replicate it a second time so I've been recycling it.  Thought about giving him a new haircut but I liked this one so I might just edit it instead.

Anyway, more to come!