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The Castle from "The Isle of Wight"

My Life Continues: Sheetz, Illustration, and 3D

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I suppose I should write a new post, so I will.  I realize how lame the intro I just wrote is, but I will continue nonetheless. :)

I’ve been working at Sheetz for the past, well, over a month now.  Recently I’ve been pulling full time, but as the new store quiets down I expect life will also open up more as I shift into part-time.

But on another note…

The Castle from "The Isle of Wight"

I still have those illustrations for The Book of Sylvari: An Anthology of Elves to finish.  I’m in the digital cleanup stage for the rest of the drawings featured in the The Isle of Wight short story, and I may even take a stab at illustrating another story.

I’m also getting back into Blender.  Recently I worked on a low-poly model for Freezing Moon‘s game Ancient Beast.  Some topology redirection and getting rid of manifolds should bring it close to completion.

Granted, his topology flow needs fixing. But after the fixes, I'm onto texturing him!

I also had a pleasant time yesterday evening helping dream up (and make one of the dishes) for a lovely meal at home.  And this evening was enjoyable as well, when my father took us out to eat and then tonight while I was absorbed into watching a lengthy amount of the sequel to Anne of Green Gables. :D

Well, there’s work tomorrow at 6am again.  Good evening, and the best of wishes upon your life!  May you find inner peace in all your pursue.

Keep in touch!  I have a lot ahead of me.

God bless!

Basic Image Scaling in GIMP

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And once again, another tutorial on how to use GIMP.  Grasp the quick-n-easy way of downsizing your image to a smaller resolution, using the completely free, open source GNU Image Manipulation program.

Working at Sheetz now.  Just finished day 8 of work.  It’s going well – there’s a lot to learn and get the knack of doing (Sheetz Bro’s Coffee mixes, including mochas, cappuccino, smoothies, the Red Alert, and so forth.  Then there’s all the sandwich making, and of course sweeping, mopping, swiping, washing, taking out the garbage… but on the bright side, you get free self-serve coffee!  …Yipee!)

Anyway.  Figuring out life.  If you get the hang of it, lemme know and we’ll take a walk in the spring forests and talk it over.  ‘Twould be nice to go on a hike… such chill, lovely weather.

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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