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A sketch for the upcoming book "The Book of Sylvari: An Anthology of Elves"

Beyondaries!

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Recently a writing website was launched, called Beyondaries.  This e-zine (electronic magazine) site features authors and artists, giving tips and advice in each quarterly issue.  I am the head Illustration columnist for the site, and I wrote an article on my illustration process for Port Yonder Press‘ upcoming book, The Book of Sylvari: An Anthology of Elves.  The article will also appear in the book, along with all the other short stories and illustrations.

A sketch for the upcoming book "The Book of Sylvari: An Anthology of Elves"

Keep an eye out each quarter of the year for a new article from me and many other worthy writers, sharing our expertise to you and the world.

Please give it a read and drop me a line if you have any questions!

Bugly Jumps! – Animation Test #2 with Blender

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So I’ve finished my second animation test with Blender!  After much trail and tribulation, it’s done, complete with a rigged character, shape keys, moving background (thanks to a great texture from CGTextures.com,) more-complex scene, eyes, UV-mapped body (texture painted with Gimp,) and, last but not least, sound effects from Freesound.org!

Here it is – enjoy and please comment!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r0dhkoUMCyU

Drama Class 2010

Week 3 of Drama Class at HFT

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Drama Class 2010Charlotte Lynn and I have been teaching a 8 part, weekly class at the Historic Fayette Theatre in Fayetteville, WV, on Wednesdays at 3:30pm-5:00pm.  The class has been going well.  I have been recording a lot of the class on video, and so with no further ado, here is a snapshot of week three.

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Beyond the Confines

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People often become too accustomed to one piece of software, swearing by it’s code and plastering slogans of it’s glory all over their favorite community sites. It’s become a patriotic religion, people! Come’on and grow up! It’s not the tool that makes the art, but the experiences of the artist portrayed through the medium.

To illustrate my point, I will share with you three of the most amazing CG videos I ran across this morning. Check them out for yourself and see if awesomeness is confined to one program.

Nature by Numbers from Cristóbal Vila on Vimeo.

DVEIN // Showreel ’09 from DIGITAL TEMPLE Magazine on Vimeo.

And oh, my brother just got married last Saturday!  More news on that in a future post.

P.S. Anyone have any thoughts on YouTube’s new format?

Having a wonderful time on the hike!

Speaking More Slowly

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Did you ever realize that speaking more slowly is an art?  When you try to communicate across the language barrier you stop and go “Whoa… maybe what I’m saying really is hard to understand!”  It’s the gift of finding simple, new ways to tell people the most important things.  It’s tough, but it’s good.

Today I went on a walk with my sister and two Chinese ESL-student friends.  It was a great time!

Having a wonderful time on the hike!

Having a wonderful time on the hike!

After that, my sister and I headed over to our church to help film a church short film for this Easter’s production.  We were shooting a short scene where a teen girl is on her first day at school at a cafeteria, where she tries to find someone to relate to.  Expect to see a version online sometime before Easter!

And yesterday evening Becky, Tim, and I went out on a nice trip around downtown Fayettevile, asking people if they wanted to be interviewed.  We ended up in the park and got the majority of our whopping 5 interviews, and I got to play basketball with a bunch of teen dudes who I’ve never met before – it was awesome.  I plan on going out to film some more interviews in Beckley soon.

And tonight I finished a new version of my little character.  Hope you like Mr. Ugly!

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My name does not reflect my kind heart - so stop staring at me, bub!

And that about concludes everything for tonight.  I wish you all the best and look forward to my future of bright opportunities, friendships, and discoveries.

God bless!

To Cleveland Once More

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Once again I will be traveling to Cleveland, this time for my good friends’, Charles Morey and Sharon Lee’s after-wedding celebration! I will be traveling with some family and friends, and hope to stay at the Brother’s House once more. It’s a great place!


(Above) Winter Scene wireframe/solid composite

As of late, I’ve had a cold and have been watching a lot of movies/shows. Besides that, life moves slowly in one moment, then faster than a speeding bullet in the next. I have two Blender projects to complete very soon:

  1. A “Winter scene” art entry and making-of article for the BlenderArt Magazine, which is a huge privilege!
  2. And an interview for the .Blend Magz, the Blender Indonesia Army magazine, another online e-magazine dedicated to Blender.

(Above) The finished curve design for the spruce trees in my Winter Scene project.


Screenshot of the Winter Scene for BlenderArt Magazine

(Note: these images are only WIPs (work-in-progress’s.)

It is an honor to have these opportunities, and I pray that I do not squander the gifts I have been given.

May you all be blessed in this festive season, but most of all, find the love of God enduring.

Peace unto all,

-Benjamin Bailey

Travel, Blender, Writing… Oh my!

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I’m back at last*, and ready start posting again! Life has been interesting, to say the least. In this past month and a half I’ve visited Cleveland to check out the Cleveland Institute of Art, started NaNoWriMo halfway through November, been requested to do an article for BlenderArt Magazine, and helped a family move to a new house. Crazee, eh? :)

Let’s start from the end and move back – so, let’s begin with today.

Today I took the Humanities CLEP pretest, and got 13 wrong out of 61.  Not too shabby, right?  Well, that means it’s still partly shabby.  :P So, I not only need to study the questions I got wrong, but study the questions I guessed on (which adds another 12, not including the questions I guessed and got wrong.)

Last night I started an art project for the BlenderArt Magazine, issue #25.  Sandra Gilbert (managing editor of BlenderArt) contacted me via Facebook, asking if I would do an article, and I agreed. :D   So, I am working on a little snowy (and hopefully creepy) scene, and plan to write an accompanying “making-of” for the upcoming e-magazine issue.

Snow scene – Note: it’s currently a work in progress

Recently I also did a little project (for myself,) called Wings of Tribute.  It’s in honor of each nation’s Airforce – to their passion, skill, and sacrifice.

Wings of Tribute

Also, this month is November, and you know what that means! Yep, NaNoWriMo 2009! The National Novel Writing Month, where you have to chuck out 50k in 30 days. Not too bad – if you don’t start late. I’ve still only got under 6k words, with about 10 days to go! Here’s to hoping I pull through (perhaps with Write or Die!)

Recently I got back into preparing articles for BlenderNation.com, which has been very rewarding.   See some of my articles here.

And then there’s Cleveland.  I went there for a week and stayed with some friends, and got to shop at a Chinese market, taste bubble tea, check out the Cleveland Museum of Art and learn who Gauguin is, be captivated by a botanical garden, audit some classes, met professors, learn how to navigate a city by myself, and most of all, meet a bunch of neat people I hope I will never forget!  I may give a more in-depth report on my opinion of CIA, but until then, let’s just finish this post with a few pictures from my trip.


Crazy night lights on the way to a restaurant


Rehearsal in Mixen Hall, CIM


Me drinking hot chocolate and trying to look cool


The Cleveland Botanical Garden glass room

All images Copyright © 2009 Benjamin Bailey

I used DBP Batch Processor plugin for GIMP to resize these images. Though of course, I could have resized them with imageshack.us.

And of course, I’m learning how to drive.  Yes, I know, I’m “late”, but hey, I’m learning it now.

And for all of you duckies who want to succeed: work, listen, love.

Cheerio! (No, I’m not Brittish ;) )

-Ben

P.S. Now that I’ve been so prideful, pray that I do not fall! :D


*Sorry, it’s taken me some time to get around to writing a post. Also, I was not being able to find out how to login to WordPress.org app that is installed on the host (if you have trouble with this, try: www.examplesite.com/wp-login.php (emphasis added for clarity.))

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