Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Late Merry Christmas

I'm traveling, have to update the syllabus for the Woodbury Maya class.
Snowing here in Ohio, visiting my family.
Here's to a better New Year.

Ken R.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Gun Culture
Copyright Walt Disney Productions and Carl Barks. Guns in the United States are here to stay, BUT-
"With great power comes great responsibility", according to Voltaire ?

Like Hogarth said in the Iron Giant, "You choose".

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Edinboro University Animation at CTN Expo 2012

Edinboro was at the CTN Expo this year. I had been feeling nostalgic for the old campus last year, but could never find the time or the wheels to get out there when I visited NE Ohio.
Instructor Michael Genz was there; he had moved to Edinboro back in the '90's I believe; had a nice chat with him about the program, and the snow:) Doucette Hall is still the heart of the animation and graphics departments. It even looks like the old cafeteria is still there too.
Anyway, my department chair Dori from Woodbury let me know Edinboro was there. I saw my name on their banner of Distinguished Alumni quite a few times. It gave me a nice boost after feeling worn out from CTN. For modesty's sake, I only posted one close up shot of my name with Warner Bros. and Woodbury; two of my best achievements. Nice to be listed with Bill Waldman from Warner Bros. and Dave Filoni from King of the Hill. (I only did some freelance for Tom T Productions.) Some people say my head was swelled up enough after that;)

Sunday, December 09, 2012

Argyle type pattern made in Maya, w/ Photoshop

Needed a pattern for a character's scarf, got stuck trying to create the pattern in Photoshop alone; and Illustrator is not my best thing.

Started in Maya, took a polygon plane, and rotated it 45 degrees, RMB to select faces, assigned a new Lambert to every other face. Took a screen shot and opened it in Photoshop. Had to use Edit-Transform-Scale and stretched it vertically to get the diamond shape. Duplicated the layer and reduced the opacity, moving it over to get the diagonal patterns. Had to experiment with Image-Adjustments-Hue/Saturation and Brightness/Contrast. Try it, you'll like it!

Saturday, December 08, 2012

Diffusion of Innovation

Found this interesting, on how quickly, or how slowly people accept new technology. I've been guilty of being on the slow end, but I'm trying to stay ahead. Just like everyone else right?


Sunday, December 02, 2012

Saturday, December 01, 2012

Blog views down Again!

Well, views of this blog have taken another nose dive. Who evaluates these things?
Is the information on this blog not worth anything?
Should it be organized in a better way?
Someone please let me know!