Blambo

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  1. [Art] Flay Learns to Paint and Draw

    The cliff one reads more as like a resort or spa, or some kind of harbor mansion. Are you working off of reference or just mental library? Either way it's really cool to see different variations while keeping a sort of physical consistency and accountability.
  2. [Art] Flay Learns to Paint and Draw

    Those are super good! Literally only thing technical I can say is in the last one the perspective on the top lantern is slightly wrong if you look at the underside, but it's 100% just the angle of the back line. I especially like the one that's hanging off the cliff.
  3. The McElroy Family of Products

    Update: I've listened to 100 episodes of mbmbam and all of adventure zone so far. My life is falling apart/finally found its purpose.
  4. Designing around 3d limitations would be interesting. I can't remember if this is a real project, a putative project, or something hypothetical that was mentioned on this very podcast, but I seem to remember a game where sticking your head into normal level geometry would show a crazy hellscape.
  5. I will never, ever not laugh at this.
  6. The threat of Big Dog

    Shifty eyed fuck...
  7. Uhhhhhhh this super works and I would've bought the game if this is what they did
  8. "Cars sucks." - A Pixar Thread

    I watched the movie again and I think this makes a lot of sense, though I think the "Excellence vs. Mediocrity" idea is still addressed as a state of mind rather than pushed as an ideal value system. I think a significant part was about how Mr. Incredible tries to resolve his midlife crisis through reaffirming his exceptionalism and reliving the past. But the only way he could indulge in unrestrained use of his powers (in a way that doesn't endanger his family or anyone else) was in this isolated island as part of a weird honeypot trap Syndrome set up for him. He and Dash attach a value system to being super and fear being mediocre, at the cost of Bob's job, badly injuring his boss, etc. Also I guess Syndrome's whole "if everyone is super then nobody is" thing isn't about making him a villain for glorifying mediocrity; his deal is really wanting to be super then feeling extreme spite when he can't be. He like embodies an obsession with being exceptional. I like that there were characters that handled having powers differently, how Violet's powers don't have the same kind of coolness that super strength or speed have, so she just generally feels like a freak instead. Her arc is totally different from Dash's or Mr. Incredible's, though definitely kind of bland and simple. Also the visuals looked so bad on rewatch :[. I'm 3D spoiled.
  9. The McElroy Family of Products

    Holy hell I don't know who these McElroy people are but I spent nearly my whole weekend just watching Monster Factory.
  10. "Cars sucks." - A Pixar Thread

    What was particularly Ayn Randy about the Incredibles? Not really challenging you or anything I just don't remember anything about the movie. I do remember some hints of poking at the whole "everyone is special so nobody is" idea (actually I guess that's the whole villain's agenda), but it never really resolved it?
  11. Miitomo

  12. GDC '16 / SF thumbs hang out

    I slept through this yesterday! A week of GDC took its toll, super regret missing it. Maybe next year I guess!
  13. My favorite Jonathan Bro game has to be the Fitness.
  14. anime

    Yeah I thought the same as Gorm since it appeared to raise the stakes of the plot artificially in the same way regular shonen shows do. But in the end I felt that the language used highlights a different goal. If one "serious punch" was all it took to defeat this near omnipotent destroyer of worlds, then it makes Saitama's actual, present strength (not his potential strength) incredibly vast and unknowable, which makes his ennui seem even stronger. Saitama's goal isn't exactly to become stronger but to feel the thrills of life he had before he become super strong. I just wish this series was more about him eventually giving up on the hero fantasy, and undermine the idea of "a good death", rather than purely showing the horrible loneliness that this lack of purpose inflicts.
  15. The threat of Big Dog

    The idea that doors were the insurmountable obstacle for atlas was comforting. Then they went and did this.
  16. This is the video I go to if I ever feel like life is too good.
  17. What's for Breakfast?

    Is there a point to eggs over easy vs sunny side up? Is it just so you can fully cook the egg white without browning the bottom?
  18. The threat of Big Dog

    I think I totally misunderstood the comparison there between a hundred million dollar manned fighter and a swarm of locust drones. I'm like imagining a big box of bombs being carried by a hundred quadcoptors like the balloons in Up.
  19. Creativity

    Whoa Vainamoinen it took a while for me to see that the tones are actually super precise hatching! I can't get my strokes that close together or fine when I try stuff like that. It looks practically like a tone cutout. I've been drawing on and off since failing 2015's Inktober, since I'm trying to get myself to be quicker without losing my patience (two problems I noticed I had while trying to hit the deadline each day). It doesn't help that ink is the ultimate "fuck up once and you die" medium to me. I'm relatively new to drawing people, so not pictured in each one of these is the spider's web of construction lines I needed to slowly eke out something that looks vaguely human. There are elements of anatomy that I'm not fully practiced with, like the hands and wrist area, or the bone/muscle structure around the elbow and forearm. I also spent too many dollars on a used cintiq companion from ebay after selling my old intuos4, hoping that it would get me to draw more (it didn't, but that's just a function of me being bad). I'm starting to think digital drawing only makes me more fastidious when it comes to anatomy but not much actually better at drawing it, since I can go back to erase and fiddle with committed lines rather than drawing them over. I love it for painting though! I've also been trying regularly to do anatomy studies from quickposes.com. There's lots and lots of references (though they're mostly of buff guys and girls) of people in lots of different poses, and it even enforces a time limit for each one. I super recommend it! I'm really stingy and slow when I draw, so hopefully this'll help me be more confident and accurate: I'm glad this thread exists and I hope to post here semi-regularly to get me just motivated enough to practice, but not feel pressured enough to stop. Happy drawing!
  20. Making Mr. Remo Uncomfortable

    This reminded me suddenly that I have Nick Breckon on my contacts lists on Skype for god knows what reason. Sometimes I see him log on and think about sending him an extremely painful greeting, or maybe somehow sending him another sabotaged stuffed animal.
  21. Gorm, you should charge for these CK2 coaching sessions. You never know when it's gonna be esports.
  22. Social Justice

    Yes this! And just like I would be pretty put off if someone repeated a really bad, exaggerated version of my accent to me all the time.
  23. Social Justice

    That may be true for more than just white people, I think. Issues tend to come up when people mush the mundane collection of things that make up a shared experience into a fixed identity. Gonna stop derailing the thread, heh.
  24. Social Justice

    Again I'm not trying to vilify the "false claim of authenticity" itself because I want to preserve the sancitity of cultural boundaries or anything, I'm just saying that posing something as authentic food but then butchering it speaks to the priority of the marketer, which is selling authenticity and the idea of the culture that exists in society. I'm trying to say that this has misrepresentative effects in culture, in the act of attempting to represent something so fluid and diverse. I fully recognize that ethnicity is complex and reflective. But I don't see how that prevents me from making observations about situations in which that is not the cultural norm.Though I do see what I'm saying as a nitpicky point that's so broad to be relevant to anything, haha. To your second point, I'm also trying to make an effort to care less about a perceived cultural heritage in my personal life. It's just kind of difficult for me since I grew up in a predominantly Chinese community but also went to mostly white schools and have met people (Chinese or otherwise) who have invoked a sense of otherness in "them" and myself. As a side note, it's really sad to me that I'm slowly losing my ability to fluently communicate in Chinese to people I care about, so that's definitely source of a lot of waxing prideful about Chinese culture or whatever. As much as a prescriptive ethnicity is "untrue" it's a difficult thing to let go sometimes. I also think it's kind of folly to completely throw out the idea that cultural differences exist in a gradient across human existence, just because there doesn't necessarily exist discrete boundaries between them. I know that's not what you're saying, but I've often been led to this argument by people who don't feel the effects of cultural appropriation or equate it with cultural assimilation or acculturation. Sorry if I wasn't clear enough before, or if I'm assuming things about your argument.
  25. Social Justice

    @Gaizokubanou: I was just describing the phenomenon as an example of cultural appropriation, where an essentially "Chinese" aesthetic and identity is used to represent a culture that does not uniformly reflect it. I'm not saying that everything needs to be authentic, but that the act of selling authenticity without actually pursuing it betrays and profits off of an essentialized image of a culture. I suppose anything being marketed as authentic at all invokes a fixed identity. Did I come off as emotional? I should say that I'm not trying to express resentment at "fake Chinese" out of a kind of extreme pride for my ethnicity.