Well, my job has been quite the tailspin. I'm no longer focusing on art tasks, and am now in the Test Procedure club, gettin' to the bottom of reworking procedure docs for our project. It's nothing exciting, but I've learned (as my dad used to say when I was a kid) that sometimes it's not about just doing what you want. People are counting on this stuff to go through, people I care about, and that's what drives me, coming through in the clutch. The work is actually kinda interesting, even though I'm just working with spreadsheets and word documents. I've been learning more about our training system, it's components, as well as VBS2. It's also good to know that people are pulling for me and counting on me.
In other news, as far as personal stuff, I've still been cracking away at the Robo-Bunny model. I got to the modeling stage, (for the 3rd time, no less) and have reworked the concept design time and again to ensure this is something I want to pursue time in, and that it will be worth it for me, my growth, and my portfolio. If there's one thing I picked up from it, I started using a new method of painting during the concept-rework stage. (Not to say that any method is superior to others) Instead of using blacks for shadows, whites for highlights, and colors for rims, I'm starting to use palettes of colors for shadows and highlights, and I'm finding that I'm getting more of a solid cohesion with the picture. Warm/Cool shadows and highlights are starting to creep their way into my paintings, and I'm excited about it. I never really practiced a lot of color theory back when I was still taking art classes; I was always more of a monochromatic kind of artist, but I'm finding joy in searching through colors to build up the image, instead of relying on polarized extremes that just wash out the vibrance.
I also picked up a good amount of facial anatomy practice in ZBrush. There's more subtle details I'm starting to notice, and the quirks of composition of the face and silhouette are revealing themselves to me, slowly but surely. It feels good when you can make a head bust that doesn't look like a Play-Doh gorilla.
I also got my new monitor and DVI connection, so now I've (finally) got a dual monitor setup. Stoked.
I'm going to try to update more often this year. I have tons of new years resolutions, but being more active in the art community is just one of them.
Take care y'all, and happy belated new year.