If you’ve ever wanted a peek inside the world of everyday Japan, Tokyo Cosmo, a new animated short, may be one of the most stunningly accurate looks you’ll ever get.
Rendered in a style very similar to the work of many Pixar classics, the four-and-a-half-minute clip, directed by Takahiro Miyauchi and Takuya Okada, takes us inside the home of a woman with a fantastic imagination. Her imagination is so powerful that a simple household nuisance soon becomes an epic struggle. Things get so crazy we even get to see a courageous flying pig, a city-destroying monster and a giant lightsaber.
Rocz3D has done a pretty comprehensive series on Blender Modelling on Vimeo. You can access them on the Vimeo site or via Rocz3D’s channel here.
Now I see why my previous attempts to model in Blender didn’t succeed – my reference images were not level and not the same scale. Whilst there was nothing mentioned on the tutorials at Blender Cookie (in those tutorials, the reference images came already prepared), the first step that Angela Guenette (modeller on the Sintel short – cover on the right) on the Blenderella DVD immediately mentioned is to prepare the reference images in GIMP: rotating, scaling, and adding horizontal reference lines to allow you to line up features across the various reference images.
Wish I’d known about this before spending time on my last modelling attempt. :/
Oh, well, you learn from mistakes.
GfxTablet (Graphic Tablet) is a project that consists of two parts — one is Linux input driver, and the other is an Android app. It turns your Android device into a graphics tablet and you can control your Linux machine with your tablet. There is no screen output on the android device and stylus/finger motion is transmitted to the Linux box.
The only downside is there’s no option for “lefty” mode for people like me. :(
It will be interesting to see how well I can use this.