Thursday, December 31, 2015

Year in Review - 2015

Bam! The end of the year is upon us again, so it's time to do a bit of customary introspection and look back at the year just passed... and what a blast 2015 has been!

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Grease Pencil Roadmap - 2016 Plans

Wow, it's already the end of December! The year has really flown right by, and so it should when you're having fun! :)  As it's the end of the year, it's also time to do some customary "year end retrospectives". The first of these is for Grease Pencil. (There will also be another on general Animation System stuff too).

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Christmassy Things

Siggraph Asia - Conference Notes 2

Here is the second part of my notes on the Siggraph Asia conference.

Convered: Tech Briefs session + Electronic Theatre

Monday, December 14, 2015

Wild December Weather

The weather so far this month has been crazy! Some are attributing it to the "El Nino" weather pattern that's in play this summer - IIRC, El Nino's usually the hot + dry one (i.e. most summers), while El Nina is the "cold + miserable washout" summer (i.e. like the year I was 8 or 9, and it rained for like 2 weeks straight).

 Some lumpy clouds during a break in the weather this afternoon...

Grease Pencil News - Stroke Sculpting, etc. Now in Master

Breaking news! This evening I merged the work that's been going on in the GPencil_Editing_Stage3 branch to master! Keep an eye out for the test builds coming out from later today or tomorrow to get your hands on these new features.

In other news, as promised, I've uploaded a video demonstrating how the "Additive Drawing" option can be used. I've got a few other demos of this I'd like to record + upload, but there are some other more pressing issues to deal with in the meantime. So I'll get to those when I can.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Silvereye Season Roundup

On a happier note, here are some of the highlights from this year's silvereye season. This year, there seemed to be fewer birds around (I counted something like only 2-3 distinct birds, two of whom started coming as a pair later in the season).

Friday, December 11, 2015

NZ Flag Referendum Rant

The results are in. My response: Bllleeeeeeeeeeeeegguuuuuuuurrrrgggggggggghhhhh!!!  (*goes off to find a larger bucket to vomit in*)
Source: Twitter

Can't agree any more about these conclusions... :)

Monday, December 7, 2015

Grease Pencil - Lookdev Doodles

Just some after-work doodles with Grease Pencil, playing around with different colours and what effects can be achieved by playing around with different brush settings :)

As always, it was a great exercise for checking on the state of things. From personal experience, I can attest to how "dog fooding" (as it's often called in the software industry) is one of the best/most efficient ways for developers to pick up problems and/or workflow bottlenecks in their work!

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Santa Parade 2015

Just a few photos from the Christchurch Santa Parade held this afternoon.This year I didn't stay for the whole parade, but just popped by for a short time in the middle.


RIP Boris

Today, I'm saddened to report that it looks like Boris the hedgehog has become the latest victim of our roads :(

RIP Boris. It's such a shame to see such a large and well fed hedgehog (slugs, blackbird (?) eggs, bread, catfood, and who knows what other insects, among other things) meet such an untimely and nasty end.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Grease Pencil News Roundup: November - Early December

There's been quite a lot of exciting developments and experiments around Grease Pencil in recent weeks! I thought I'd just take a moment to highlight some of those that have caught my eye :)

If you haven't already, check out some of Daniel's latest tests:
Little Fire Lady

GP - "Little fire lady" combining Grease Pencil and VSE (Fan art, Miyuli) from psl on Vimeo.
GP - "Smile Take - Little fire lady" using Grease Pencil sculpt tools (Fan art, Miyuli) from psl on Vimeo.