Thursday, January 26, 2012


A few weeks ago, on a sunny Saturday morning as I leaned against our back gate talking to the neighbor across the way, the top portion of one of the boards decided that it had had enough, and it quit.

Turns out that the entire gate was ready retire. After a quick review, I found that the rest of the boards that made up my gate had grown so rotten that they were not worth salvaging. Notice the old white gate sitting on its side against the wall. I think that it looks bored... board?

Anyhow, being a cheapskate, I chose to make the gate out of salvaged 2x4s that I picked up from the construction site at work. In an attempt to keep the weight of the gate down, I ripped the boards, some across the height to create 1x4s and others across the width to create thick lath strips.

The boards are held tight with screws but also anchored with a health spread of construction grade glue to keep them from shifting. I will paint it this weekend, if the wood is dry enough from the rain we got on Wednesday. Can't complain about moisture falling from the sky, would rather that it had been snow, but any form of wet is better than nothing.

It is a quaint little gate. It wont keep out the advancing hoards, but once I have the latch installed and the concrete blocks buried in the base, I think it will deter the rouge skunk, or dog that ventures near. Cats are another issue. Have you ever seen a cat walk through a gate, even an open gate? It seems that they would rather hop the fence than walk through an open gate. Obstinate and uncivil beasts.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Guitar and Revolvers

Here are a series of rendered images stuck on a generic background (where I would love to be). I still need to work on the phonemes and facial expressions. The guitar, both revolvers and all ten fingers are rigged and working.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Man with no name, Partially Rigged

I still need to work on the movement of the fingers on the right hand, Weighting for the guns and guitar and facial expressions, but here are a few renders of him posed.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Latest Modeling Project

Just a quick post showing a quick render of the latest modeling project. Haven't got a name just yet. Names can be tricky, they can skew a characters personality. Any thoughts or suggestions? This guy will have a guitar slung on his back and will be carrying a shotgun or a henry rifle. I had thought about giving him a New Mexican name on account of his being created on the centennial.

Note: He is standing with his arms out because I have not rigged him with a skeletal system yet. His stance is a basic symmetric modeling pose. He is not getting ready for a gun battle.

Posted later, I built a quick skeletal system, gross movement only. Here he is with his arms down.