I’ve been learning how to use Maya this winter, and this is my first project/environment. This living room is inspired by Neil Gaiman’s Anansi from American Gods. My assignment was to model a room based off of a literary character.
Kvothe in Tarbean
I’ve been wanting to draw something from Patrick Rothfuss’ The Name of the Wind books for a while now. Here’s the protagonist, Kvothe in the city of Tarbean.Process wise, this was a self-inflicted exercise in patience. This image has been sitting in my head for months, but I’ve avoided it, knowing how much work would be required to do the city justice. I’m still on the fence as to whether or not this level of complexity helped or hindered. Something more abstracted/vague may have given me a better result, sooner.
Frozen concept art.
Happy holidays everyone! :) x
First Attempt at speed painting an environment. Not great, but it’s a start.
I was wondering if you guys would like a painting tutorial/or video?
I gave a quick demo at Alex Fine’s class at MICA the other day and it was a ton of fun! One realizes their public speaking capabilities (or lack thereof) when in front of a group of 30 students.
I’ve gotten quite a few inquiries regarding my process and techniques so I figure if the demand is right, I could upload something. Also it beats sending out a bunch of private messages.
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Oh this painting was from the demo if I wasn’t clear about it.
Had to draw Annie from Tom Siddell’s fantastic webcomic, Gunnerkrigg Court. Possibly my favorite comic on the web right now :).
"This world is going to burn, burn, burn." -Dr Horrible
I don’t know whether to consider this finished yet or not.
Constructing the Hertzsprung-Russell Diagram for Globular Star Cluster Omega Centauri [x]
me doing the good grades dance
I need to get better at drawing…especially with doing more finished drawings…bleh!
This is the Captain class from the MMORPG minecraft server I’ve been working on for like…ever.
Astronomers have discovered the largest known structure in the universe, a clump of active galactic cores that stretch 4 billion light-years from end to end. The structure is a light quasar group (LQG), a collection of extremely luminous Galactic Nulcei powered by supermassive central black holes.
So that’s cool and everything, but maybe some of you would be interested to know why this is a significant find? Beyond just its record-setting bigness.
Since Einstein, physicists have accepted something called the Cosmological Principle, which states that the universe looks the same everywhere if you view it on a large enough scale. You might find some weird shit over here, and some other freaky shit over there, but if you pull back the camera far enough, you’ll find that same weird and/or freaky shit cropping up over and over again in a fairly regular distribution. This is because the universe is (probably) infinite in size and (we are pretty darn sure) has, and has always had, the same forces acting on it everywhere.
So why is this new LQG so radical? (It stands for ‘Large Quasar Group,’ btw, not ‘Light Quasar Group.’)
Well, let’s try to comprehend the scale we’re dealing with. A ‘megaparsec,’ written Mpc, is about 3.2 million light years long. The Milky Way is about 0.03 Mpc across (or 100,000 light years). The distance between our galaxy and Andromeda, our closest galactic neighbor, is 0.75 Mpc, or 2.5 million light years. LQGs are usually about 200 Mpc across. Assuming a logarithmic distribution of weird shit outliers (if you don’t know how logarithmic distribution curves work, don’t worry about it), cosmologists predicted that nothing in the universe should be more than 370 Mpc across.
This new LQG is 1200 Mpc long. That’s four billion light years. Four BILLION LIGHT YEARS. Just to travel from one side to the other of this one thing. I mean for fuck’s sake, the universe is only about 14 billion years old! How many of these things could there be?
Right now it looks like the Cosmological Principle might be out the window, unless physicists can find some way to make the existence of this new LQG work with the math (and boy, are they trying). And that’s totally baffling. It would mean—well, we don’t have any idea what it would mean. That the universe isn’t essentially uniform? That some ‘special’ physics apply/applied in some places but not in others? That Something Happened that is totally outside our current ability to understand or quantify stuff happening?
By the way, no one lives there. The radiation from so many quasars would sterilize rock.
are you telling us astronomers have discovered something which is literally fucktuple the size of anything else previously estimated to exist
Anything that fucking rewrites all of what we know about the universe needs to get its ass on my blog. It’s giant, glowy, black hole filled ass.
So basically physicists, scientists and NASA (and outerspace buffs) are kinda having a massive orgasm and freaking the fuck out right now.