Wednesday, February 29, 2012

More Pre-Production!

It's the production before the production!

Today I made a handful of sketches. I hit a snag because I fell asleep for about an hour and a half after working out. It was a nice nap but totally lacking in dreams. Usually in a good nap I'll have several very vivid dreams and sometimes I'll even become lucid. I'm very big on lucid dreaming, I love exploring my dream worlds and doing things I normally can't do in reality. But I'm getting off topic here. Anyway the sketches:

I tried not to spend too much time on them, just wanted to get the dimensions down mostly. I would like for at least all of these pieces to be perfectly proportioned in my scene. I think I have my computer desk properly made in a file somewhere so I'll use that desk instead of the desk that's actually in my living room. I'll save a bit of time there... Pixar style.

I forgot to mention in my last post some of the changes I'll be making in my life in order to better focus on my goals. I've uninstalled all of my steam games from both my lap top and my PC. I've also packed my Xbox 360 into its box (Yes, I keep boxes like that). As for my TV... Well that's a surprise that I'll post on Saturday.

All that being said I'm really looking forward to this weekend. I hope to be fairly productive — a friend is letting me borrow an excellent book on lighting and I intend to make good use of it — and to have fun in my personal life endeavors. That's all for now

— Ty

Tuesday, February 28, 2012


I am greatly motivated to improve my skills and portfolio. I had been working on a project but had gone stale on what to do with it. It's a decent piece and I was really starting to like the lighting and textures, but I was making it from scratch, the references were too diverse and nothing ended up looking like it went too well together. The project stagnated and I need to move on. So I decided that I would base my next project after an actual room. A functional room that everyone who I know loves: My living room.

First step was to take about 40 reference photos. I did this Monday night. I still need to take more. I know I'll need to take more of certain objects.

So now that I had a small reference library it was time to find out the layout of the largest items in the room, and the walls, doors, and windows.

The drawing is really cool and helpful, but I was never the best at drawing things perfectly to proportion, so I punched all of these numbers into Illustrator and came out with this little vector floor plan:

Tomorrow I intend to sketch out the the couches, tables, windows, fireplace, and entertainment system and get a decent amount of measurements so that I can accurately model them. I also will get height information on the ceilings. It's going to be a lot of fun with vaulted ceilings and a 10' tape measure.

— Ty

Sunday, February 26, 2012

How disappointing

For a while I've been thinking of a way to write a program in python that would find all the spaces in a string of words and replace them with underscores. I was thinking of ways that I could write definitions and if statements on how to search the words for the spaces then replace the word, but no, after a bit of reading I find out that I can do this with 2 lines of code.

word = raw_input('Write a phrase and I will change spaces with underscores: ')
print word.replace(' ', '-')

Now I need something more challenging to do! I guess I'll read more and see if I can't come up with some better ideas.