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Progress is being MEH

05/07/09 @ 06:46:25 pm, Categories: Baka-chan Brings The Funny, Life of Baka, Pretty Pictures, 121 words, 1200 views  

I have so much going on right now, and half of it isn’t even the fact that I have to MOVE OUT OF MY APARTMENT.

Anyway, before everything got crazy I HAD made some progress on that drawing but abandoned work on it for the time being. I still have to completely redraw the hand so it no longer sucks. ;(

I don’t know why the website is being a bastard and no longer letting me use ‘a’ tags, but I think when the dust settles, I’m just going to rebuild the site on WordPress or MovableType (Preferrably WP because I’ll need to know WP later when I make a ComicPress site) Then I’ll have to start porting over the old posts.

*scribble scribble*

09/21/08 @ 08:32:45 am, Categories: Life of Baka, Pretty Pictures, 262 words, 1076 views  

So I’ve been doing a little drawing the last week or so. I managed to scribble this little doodle a week and a half ago…

It was just a silly little thing, and not very good, but I was happy with it. It’s kind of endearing. ^_^

I got sidetracked with other stuff, so I didn’t get back to drawing for a couple days, and I suddenly found myself MOTOR-RETARDED.

Sometimes I think I have some kind of brain tumor or something between the creative center of my brain, and my motor-cortex, and it responds to the change in gravity from moon phases or something, lol… I’ll go through these cycles of being able to sort-of kind-of draw, to not even being able to draw the circle+cross that you use to start drawing a face… Which is where I stayed for a week after that… But then, sometimes…just sometimes… The planets will align or something, and inexplicable things will happen.

(Click to zoom in so the screentone doesn’t look like shit.)

I really totally absolutely lurve ComicStudio4 EX. Head and shoulders above 3. It’ll be nice when an English version comes out this fall, because as it stands, it’s way too goddamned complex to have to wrestle with READING, too.

You can see me working in CSEX4.

Again, it’s not great, and I don’t even like the character style all that much, but it was progress. I was playing around with some advanced techniques as well, like using the totally awesome focusline effect filter to do the hair highlights and iris details.

How goddamn many NERV logos do we need?

05/02/08 @ 12:00:36 am, Categories: Pretty Pictures, 49 words, 1093 views  

Wow. While watching EVA 1.01 yet again, I noticed that the NERV logo on Ayanami’s ID card is yet ANOTHER version of the NERV logo… A sort of hybrid of the old and the new. So I went ahead and recreated it as well, complete with the hologram foil effect.

A week in Adobe Illustrator

03/23/08 @ 09:28:31 am, Categories: Life of Baka, Pretty Pictures, Random Randomness, 292 words, 2014 views  

As I’m sure you all know, one of my functions on this planet is that of a graphic designer. As such, I have a certain affinity for Adobe software. I love vector-based graphics. So clean, elegant, and unlimited resolution, almost without any kind of overhead.

Adobe Illustrator is one of my favorite programs, period. I can, in a short period of time, churn out all sorts of craziness.

One of my ‘Damn I’m bored’ activities, is to recreate a logo or image in Illustrator. Many of you, I’m sure, are familiar with the concept of ‘vectoring’; taking a screenshot from an anime, and creating a vector-based image of a character or scene. I wish I could do that. I don’t know why I can’t, maybe I just don’t have the patience… But all attempts to do that have ended in failure. I am, however, extremely good at logos and other such things.

Here’s some stuff I’ve done in the last week.


The title logo from the mahjong eroge FULLANI from Leaf/Aquaplus. (I’m really proud of this one, because I pulled off an extremely complex logo and effects, with very very few objects.)


If this requires introduction, leave my site now and ever come back.


The new NERV logo from the movie. Not 100% accurate because the source I was basing it on was not the final design. Once the movie comes out on DVD, I should have a better reference. (There are some very small differences in the final)

I also showed the guys in #moe what my $500 printer and its CFS can do. (When combined with the moe.imouto image repository)

Other than that, I’ve got some stuff going on, hope to have something cool to share in the immediate future.

Testing something cool.

01/08/08 @ 11:24:32 am, Categories: Pretty Pictures, 35 words, 936 views  

I hope to be able to embed these things directly into my posts soon… But here’s something I’ve been working on the last night or two. (Takes a minute or two to load, it’s 6.65mb)

Project Baka'cade - Part 1 - Baka'troller

09/17/07 @ 07:10:16 pm, Categories: Shiny Things, Life of Baka, Pretty Pictures, Baka-chan on Games, Project Baka'cade, 797 words, 6572 views  

So a couple weeks ago, I got the urge to play some good ol’ fighting games. Not just on my PS2 or something, mind you… Real arcade fighters. So I broke out MAME and got my hands on some ROMs… It was fun, but something was missing… I was playing them with a Dual-Shock2, which wasn’t really suited to the task.

I saw an arcade controller on Play-Asia a while back, and it got me thinking…

I mean, I know people have built their own upright cabinets to play MAME, and there’s plenty of commercial solutions out there… How much would it cost to build something like that? It turns out, not much. But I’m getting ahead of myself.

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Making Mithril

12/03/06 @ 03:29:15 am, Categories: Life of Baka, Pretty Pictures, Random Randomness, 1026 words, 13262 views  

The epic in which Baka-chan does battle with the internet, Illustrator, Photoshop, and Celtic mythology to recreate the emblem of his favorite fictional asskicking paramilitary organization! Don't miss it!

Read on!

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Some good tunes, and good photos!

07/12/06 @ 01:57:43 am, Categories: Life of Baka, Pretty Pictures, Credit Where Credit's Due, 177 words, 1301 views  

So, we Middlebury folks are in the midst of the Festival on The Green, here. It's a six-day-long event featuring free concerts, that takes place on the village green. I went out to see if I could practice my event photography...not really going for the music, as it's usually not my thing.

I caught the tail-end of the WDEV Radio Rangers' performance, walked around during intermission, then came back for the next performance, which was 'Rani Arbo and Daisy Mayhem'. Still not my thing, but MAN can they play! Good music. And I got some good pictures. Unfortunately, it was a terribly low-light shoot, and my pics came out grainy as hell and full of color noise. The better ones made great black and white photos though.

I'm going to finally put up the damned gallery soon, sorry kayaker guys...this is normal for me. When that happens, I'll post the rest of the good ones. In the meantime...

Rani Arbo on fiddle.
Anand Nayak on guitar, and doing lead vocals on a song he wrote.

Some cool pictures

04/22/06 @ 02:32:26 pm, Categories: Life of Baka, Site News, Pretty Pictures, 288 words, 1300 views  

Back when we had our POS Fuji FinePix point-and-shoot camera, my father took this great picture of a kayaker going over the falls on Otter Creek. Really cool stuff.

So, ever since we got our new EOS 350D, I've been waiting for the warmer weather to come so I could have an opportunity to shoot something similar. The opportunity came this afternoon when a spotted a pair of kayaks going down the river from the kitchen window. I immediately got my stuff together and ran out to the bottom of the falls to see if I could get some good pictures.

Yes...and no. It seems I can take pictures of buildings and flowers okay, but something like that? Not so much. It didn't help that I forgot some of the more important features of the camera, like Continuous Shooting mode... So I only got a few pics out to begin with...and apparently there were some stealth trees obscuring the better ones. (We're talking some ninja trees here.)

Yeah, I fail. _| ̄|○

Anyway, You-guys-whose-names-I-failed-to-remember-for-a-whole-ten-minutes, drop me a line at - r e m o v e d - so I can give proper credit and whatnot despite my typically addled nature. Thanks for the email, sorry I haven't gotten around to replying yet.

I'm going to be putting the few good pics I managed to snap up on the Tangible Imagination gallery when I go and update it so I can make it publicly accessible in a real way. (As I'm still in the process of kicking the tires on it.) That goes for all you GPMoD people, too! See what some people are out doing while we're playing our video games and watching anime!

(link to gallery still pending)

Japanglish wa sugoi desu!

03/28/06 @ 06:18:18 pm, Categories: Baka-chan vs. Stupid People, Baka-chan Brings The Funny, Pretty Pictures, 95 words, 1085 views  

We've all seen Engrish, and if you're like me, you know that Japanglish, Japanese badly used by foreigners, DOES exist. But never has it hit so close to home for the Baka-chan. Observe!

Not just performance apparel, SUGOI performance apparel!
Click for larger image.

This sticker is in one of the Merchant's Row-side display windows of the Alpine Shop here in downtown Middlebury, right down the street from me. I couldn't help but stop and shoot a picture, and when it turned out not looking as good as I'd hoped....I went back out and shot it again. It was THAT BAD.


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