Sep 14, 2014

Late Happy 9/11 Post

For those that follow me on Facebook, I had completely forgotten about 9/11 up until September 9th and even then I had to come up with a concept that wasn't lackluster but not too overly complicated because my time was very limited because of my shift and the overtimes so I had maybe about 4 hours to put it together (1 on the 9th, 2 on the 10th and about 45 minutes in the 11th itself) and managed to come up with this:

I wanted it all to be pixelated but drawing the towers from scratch would be time consuming and I went video/screenshot hunting for anyone that had built the Twin Towers in Minecraft.

The quality of Samurai Shodown's Houmaru was thanks to having, by chance, my M.A.M.E. emulator handy and grabbing screenshots from the iconic (at least to me) game introduction. I remember him slicing up two lamp posts being one of my favorite things ever, second only to Super Street Fighter II's Ryu hadouken intro sequence. So the concept was there, but the art was going to suffer because I wanted to post SOMETHING on 9/11. In the end, I wasn't satisfied but I bowed to set things right by fixing what I could AND making it animated.

(Bigger version)

Sep 8, 2014

Photoshop - The Struggles

It seems I'm my own best subject to work on. All humour aside, this actually speaks volumes of how I've basically been living day in day out since my "episode" in January 2014. Interpret it how you will. And yeah, I never could get the hand on the shoulder to look convincing enough, but it ain't easy when you're rushing something before the muse runs out as well as shooting everything by yourself.

May 12, 2014

Photoshop: Ripped

This is my first "serious" photo-manip since, oh, perhaps 2011 2010 apparently. The only way I could find out was through the site itself since the original files in my computer have corrupted dates (all the way up to 2021).

The pictures, however, were taken in 2011. This was still when I lived with my mother (sad? you bet), 2 relationships and 3 places ago. A simple enough concept, a composite of two pictures, one with the pressure points on my face and another with a hand far from the face. The quality of the final product is not what I was hoping to achieve, my only excuses are that the pictures' quality was lesser than what I had expected after all these years and, that once I had achieved the main effect, I was in a hurry to finish it and most of the original concept was thrown out the door.

Originally, it was meant to have my face being stretched and ripped, much like this scene from Poltergeist:

An early concept also included my other hand grabbing the one you see, ripping it as well.  In the end, I solved it with a big "fuck it" and finished it.

Mar 31, 2014

So I want to go see the Red Hot Chili Peppers

But there's a catch. I don't have the dough for it, so I'm in this contest where the picture with most LIKES gets 6 free tickets.

So, LIKE (the picture, not the Radio Station's page) away!

Some Colombian asshole with the following picture:

Good thing the people hosting the contest didn't bother to check the validity of the "Likes" (we lost by about 21) or to reinforce the specification that the rules included that the picture had something to do with Salchichas Carmela, Red Hot Chili Peppers and "originality". Otherwise, I'm fairly sure we would've won with our entry:

Alas, I'm still going to see RHCP, and Gabriel is still a piece of shit.

Mar 18, 2014

Nov 2, 2013

Pet Detective (Halloween 2013)

Well folks, this year has been a bit rough. Some ups (getting a new full-time job) some downs (being broke for the year's first quarter), some ups and downs (getting kicked out by a nagging bitch forcing me to grow cojones and do things my way) but the time where it affected me the most was Halloween.

I couldn't invest a lot in this year's costume, so I had to find a smart, cheap way to make myself a recognizable character that I could have fun with. As the previous "hinting" posts laid out, I decided to go as Jim Carrey's Ace Ventura. The character was something I could do as a kid even with my eyes closed, in terms of quoting him, walking like him and even being out of place in certain public events was right up my alley. So I decided to invest $8 on a pre-owned Hawaiian shirt (or Aloha shirt, as it is supposed to be called), $2.50 on a faux-leather belt (I hate leather belts so I had none that could look the part), dirty black tall boots I already had (I used the same boots for the V for Vendetta and Ghostbusters costumes) and the two most difficult things were the hair and pants.

I looked up and down endlessly for pants that resembled anything close to these:

Chef pants came to mind, but the stripes weren't thick enough and the damn things were $30 or more. Even worse, the ones I found locally were always black and white, not black and red (or burgundy) so that's a double insult. Next, I tried 90's exercise baggy muscle pants, but again the colors were a problem.