I think this design is done.
Trying to combine Miyazaki's forest spirits with Froud's faeries and faint memories of exposed-muscle-under-armor-plate Ro-Beasts from the Voltron of my youth that I can't actually find any evidence of online makes for a nice look, I think.
Especially after I wrap it in shiny pink rubber.
a modest OSX feature request http://egypt.urnash.com/blog/2018/06/04/a-modest-osx-feature-request/
Masto meta discourse, #forkoff
I’m lying here in bed scrolling through the Fork Off hashtag (which I am deliberately not linking to in this toot) and sighing a lot. Feels like the user/dev relationship is starting to polarize into the same hostile one as between users and corporate devs. At least for some people. Or maybe this is just a phase in the process of evolving from “one person’s passion project” to “the work of the Mastodon Foundation”.
I am not sure I have a stake in this given that Dragon Style is still running the same version of Mastodon it was when I first booted it up last year. It serves my needs as is. Updating is a big pile of Work that keeps getting put off in favor of either things that are more fun to do, or more monetarily rewarding.
Finally played the copy of "Pyre" that's been waiting on my PS4 for like at least a month. I really want to smack the Pyreball announcer. Like, hard, in his face.
I find it amusing that the first thing it teaches you has nothing to do with its little sport. No. The first thing you must learn is that putting your cursor over a highlighted word will pop up a little lore summary. Really this isn't surprising given Supergiant's other games.
It's really pretty, its characters are defty handled, but it's still about A Sport and... meh.
Summer Office 2 kicks people out around six so here I am in Summer Office 3 for today. I really love being able to wander around with my laptop and get shit drawn in small bursts. Super happy to have found a new place to do some of that downtown today. https://dragon.style/media/4UWAya0aogJiAZDp9BQ https://dragon.style/media/g944p8RNRKMJ0XSrWRE
Today’s summer office 2: a hidden garden on top of Pike Place Market that I found about just today. Sadly I have nothing to feed the office dog.
Ah. THAT’S the inspiration I need for this. I just searched for images of container ship engine rooms. Big, complicated, constrained. https://duckduckgo.com/?q=container+ship+engine+room&t=h_&ia=web#
The City & The City (BBC) spoilers
Also it had the problem that part of what was added on was a love story involving Borlu and a woman who vanished into Breach/Orciny, but it felt like their entire relationship was an informed attribute. There was just no chemistry between the two characters. Ultra-formalized scenes of them In Bed Doing It, flashbacks that were supposed to be about the growth of their romance but that were entirely about how she was cheating on him with the heretic professer who dared write abut The Forbidden Third City Of Orciny instead... this relationship just didn't ever feel like an actual *thing* that should leave Borlu broken and obsessed over her vanishing.
On the other hand, I *sure* as hell did believe that the Ul-Quoma cop and her wife were intimate with each other, despite the wife only being onscreen for like two minutes.
(Yes I know I am lacking all the diacriticals here, I don't feel like digging them up out of Wikipedia or whatever this late at night.)
Really great cinematography, set dressing, wardrobe, and color grading to sell the whole Two Overlapping Cities thing. But holy crap the last episode was just one person after another trying frantically to explain what had happened and why, without most of it actually hanging together. (Admittedly 'explaining what the hell happened and why' is not an uncommon last act of a noir, which this was definitely being at times - but your plot has to *hang together* and not have 90% of it rest on shit you only brought *up* in the last act.)
It is an interesting adaptation with some definite merit. There are far worse ways to kill four hours than to watch this. But I'm afraid it really does not hang together as a coherent Thing in my opinion.
The City & The City (BBC) spoilers
Man what the hell was up with the last episode of TC&TC. Orciny is fake, it's just the creepy corporation we crammed in. Wait no Orciny is heaven and you get there by dying. These additions were really not well thought out.
The cinematography was excellent. It did a really nice job of giving us viewers a sense of what it is to be a native of Beszel/Un-Quoma by using color and selective blurs; the sequence where Borlu learns to be Breach by being repeatedly dragged back and forth across the boundaries was really astoundingly disorienting, especially because after three and a half episodes the viewer's started to pick up on the city cues. But oh geez the last episode sure did fall apart into a twitching mess of first-draft dialogue and plot elements that were awkwardly jammed in.
An interesting failure to adapt something that was, to start with, a complicated concept to sell...
I have owned @firstname.lastname@example.org’s Texturino since it came out and have finally drawn a thing that needed it. I’m pretty happy with how quickly it let me jank things up with textures and save them in Graphic Styles for drawing in lots of future comic panels. https://dragon.style/media/z0xIQrp39CLTbt5g1j8
Apparently today is Pride Day?
Hi, I’m a trans lady who really doesn’t seem to have much pattern in the genders or genitals she’s interested in going to bed with. There’s a big rainbow flag in my window and my wi-fi is named “🏳️🌈🐉🏳️🌈”.
I don’t really feel much of a need to scream about it any more; I’ve had a lot of passing privilege for a good while. But I am pretty queer.
Unsolicited relationship advice found on the bus.
I've got one more commission slot left now! If you want me to make some custom emoji for you for your custom chat servers or as avatars or something, msg me!
getting back in (something like) the groove http://egypt.urnash.com/blog/2018/06/01/getting-back-in-the-groove/
*sits in a cafe for an hour doing some Parallax design work*
*posts some process notes about it to Patreon*
two-factor authentication wherein the second factor is me grumbling about trivial bullshit
Epic Games, every other day for the past couple of weeks: We've detected someone trying to log into your account! Please enable two-factor authentication.
Me: I didn't even know i *had* an account. How about we just delete it instead?
Epic Games, after a few more days of "someone's trying to log into your account" mails: First you have to make sure your account's email is validated.
Me: uuigggghhhh can't you tell this from your back end ffs oh god i don't have a *password* for this thing in lastpass am I really gonna have to reset the password, evidently yes... oh look, it's not asking me to validate my email, thanks for making me check that myself, really. Would you delete the thing now.
Okay. Proposed process for these "goth space dryad mech" designs I need to do for Parallax:
1. pull out some Brian Froud and Arthur Rackham
1a. wish I still had a copy of Froud's Dark Crystal artbook
2. copy parts of some drawings, making as many art brushes/patterns/graphic styles as possible in the process
3. use these styles to start drawing forms that fit the character themes
some lady that draws comics (http://egypt.urnash.com) and likes to call herself a dragon
owner and operator of dragon.style
current project: Parallax (http://egypt.urnash.com/parallax/, @parallax)
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