Thursday, December 11, 2014

Business update

This is an exciting picture because it is from the person who was my very first customer  :)  About 20 min after posting my toys on etsy This woman bought two of my bunnies and a dog, I freaked out. I was so happy to sell something at all, and the fact that it happened so quickly made me overjoyed. Then She messaged me and said she was from England and was planning on using my bunnies as her wedding cake topper :D could I have asked for a more perfect first customer?

Its been a couple of months since I started and I am doing all right, I have learned so much and am constantly trying new things behind the scenes, some of which I am planning on implementing soon.  I have big plans and I hope it all works out, tho one big thing I have learned is that nothing goes as smoothly or as quickly as you hope, but I'm not worried, just excited.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Starting a New Business!

SO, the game is almost done, at least on my end, I have gone back to 'school' and with most of the money that I have been saving for years now, I bought a 3D printer! I am so excited about my new baby. My discovery of the 3D printer in high school is what got me to learn maya and later zbrush, I have always wanted to make toys and now I can.. so I am taking it one step further, I am starting a business! yes, I am using all my free time outside of class to make a toy business, I have several designs I have been working on and I am quite excited~ but more on that later.

Ok so I just really wanted to print something and even tho I knew it could not stand I printed my bull terrier Penelope. This figure was printed with the lowest quality and it still looked fantastic, but you can see some layers, I really should have sanded her a bit better haha.

Check out instagram for pre-paint pics and more angles. she has some holes but that's my fault, the edges were too thin, I have to hollow things out a bit thicker. I am also playing around with paint textures, I don't want her coat to be totally smooth, going to do some experimenting.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Finishing It up!

Alright! Just about a month Until this games deadline... Maybe. The people I work for aren't great communicators. But I have finally started working on the final Models and I have to say I am quite happy with them.

For Some Reason blogger messes up the colors :/
I Tried to Give them a kind of Impressionist painting texture that I really like, Everyone I showed these to Didn't know they were 3D models so I guess Its pretty successful~ and They are not going to be animated, Which is kind of sad, but makes my job easier, especially because if I turned these models around you can see all the ugly seams :/ And The shadows are Hand painted, Which gives me total control over where I want them to be. These aren't The final renders, but I probably won't change much, we will have to see.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Getting Going

Alright! So the project is finally moving forward, I was quite scared for a while back but I'm so happy to just be working on this thing. At this point I have about 38 characters designed and 13 modeled, Tho I am not 100% sure how many are going to be used, but since we are in kind of a time crunch I doubt they will be too picky.
why does blogger darken the image?
 here are some of the possible characters, there will be (hopefully) 52 characters, divided into four factions, or 'suits', any guesses as to what this game might be? At this point I sort of don't care about the game its self, I just want to make sure that it LOOKS really good.

Now here are the modeled versions for the characters minus a couple of parts. Ugh, I really don't like static unpainted models, they look so lifeless. I am personally a lover of the charming simplicity of 2D drawings, and I find translating that into 3Da bit difficult. one of my biggest probelms is the eyes, I will probably have to change some face shapes to get the eyes looking correct, otherwise the character doesn't look good from certain angles. I find if the character's eyes are in the front of their face rather than the side, they are easier to work with.

I also discovered 'Welcome to Nightvale' recently and I am quite happy about that~

Thursday, February 27, 2014

A new Journey

I don't really post here too often, I started blog to record my journey as an indie game developer but my life has turned into something else. First, the new project I was hired onto:

round and round, look at it go! I was going to give it a much nicer coat of paint but since it won't be used I gotta move on :(

 It started as a small 'job' to just make a couple cute animals, they would stand around the side of the screen while you played a puzzle or whatever, the people who hired me didn't even know what the game was. After I had done that they told me They completely changed what I was supposed to do, and actually gave me a bigger job and a chance to design a lot more characters which I was ecstatic about. Weeks kept passing by with no word and constantly re-scheduling meetings. The Man in charge wants to do everything like a market tester "_ is how people think, and if we do _ we will make a lot of money!" like he KNOWS what will make money but he really has nothing to back up his claims, and this is not the first game he has worked on.

the more time goes by the more I keep getting worried about this projects, to the point now where I don't even think about it any more because I am so sure that it will not work out, What used to be an exciting opportunity has turned into my plan B. As such I have started, once again working on my own stuff. I really don't know where this will go, I started working with these guys four months ago, on a project that was supposed to be FINISHED 2 months ago, with nothing done. I am pretty excited on the things I have been working on for the past couple of weeks, I just hope things end up working out.