Confused, dragon

Day 328

Some tablet studies at work, but mostly drinking with cow orkers (only a half day of work today) and watching Tangled.

I have to revise my opinion of Tangled.  Though the story (and especially the songs) are virtually a parody of a Disney film (like Enchanted was), and the character designs were rather bland, I still have to say that I think this film raised the bar for 3D feature animation in almost every way.  Besides some impressive advances in cloth and (naturally) hair, the broad performances had a hand-drawn plasticity that you rarely see done successfully in a CG film-- extreme squash and stretch, and even some Clampett-like smears, which I wouldn't think you could get away with in three dimensions.  But there were some exquisite bits of subtle acting as well, close-up on the character's face and you could really feel the emotion as if it was a living breathing person rather than a CG puppet.  Most of these were on Rapunzel, who turned in one of the best animated performances I've ever seen.  The film was also nicely edited-- definitely a modern style, but it worked well.

Don't see this movie in 3D.  It adds nothing, and it subtracts from one of the best things about the film: the color.  OMG the color.  So delicious.
  • Current Mood
    artistic artistic
Confused, dragon

Day 310

Productive day, but not for drawing.  Still:  Moira saddling a horse.

Also did a bunch of keyboard exercises for Rock Band 3, and mastered Everybody Wants to Rule the World on medium difficulty. It has been a long long time since I played any keyboards; I was slightly giddy when I was able to keep up with the fingering.
  • Current Mood
    accomplished accomplished
Confused, dragon

Day 299

Music is an art, right?  Rock Band 3 came out today and swallowed my entire evening.

I'm a Rock Band freak, mainly I play the drums but I also like to sing (if you could call it that).  RB3 adds a keyboard, which has me excited (I used to play piano and *cough* accordion).

The game is incredibly good so far: they addressed virtually all of my very few gripes from the previous game-- Your band members are there no matter what mode you're playing in; they added hi-hat functionality to pro drums; you can build setlists for quickplay and rate songs so that the ones you hate don't come up on shuffle; if you fail out of a difficult song halfway through a set you can still finish the set; keyboards are challenging but well set up.

The only disappointment is aesthetic.  They went for a more realistic look, which is understandable considering the pro mode, but the body models are not as appealing-- badly proportioned, wonky anatomy.  There is some degree of customization with the faces, but not enough to nail a look you are going for (it was actually easier to do in RB2 with fewer options).

One of my great pleasures in RB2 was watching my band members perform and interact onstage.  The band members interact well, but since you can no longer assign attitudes to your characters they all look kind of the same.  And since, inexplicably, you can no longer assign a stand-in band member to a specific instrument, they just play parts randomly-- you don't even get as much personality as 'this is the bass player, this is the drummer'.  The drumming animation is a big step backwards.  I actually learned a couple of things about drumming from watching my avatar play in RB2; now the drumming is stiff and lackluster.  The crowd is the worst-- bad models, terrible animation, it should not have been allowed into the game in that state.

Of course, this is first-day "RAAR it doesn't look like I'm used to."  But I also have a huge peeve about removing functionality from a game without clear reason, and I become attached to my characters, so I am really missing those aesthetic options.
  • Current Mood
    bitchy Peeved
Confused, dragon

Day 255

How hard is it to remember to post before bed?  =p

Trying a different inking technique in Sai.
  • Current Mood
    annoyed annoyed