Monday, October 19, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Monday, June 8, 2009
I've just gotten back home from a two week tour around Turkey. In the photo, we're standing outside the Blue Mosque in Istanbul. Istanbul was lots of fun and full of great shopping. There are so many sites to see in Istanbul that it is hard to list them all. The best were: Galata Tower, Bosphorous Cruise, Grand Bazzar, Topaki Place, Blue Mosque, Suleyman Mosque (althought it is currently undergoing restoration), Hagia (Aya) Sophia, Basilica Cisterns (my personal favourite), and the Church of St. Savoir in Chora (also a personal favourite).
Cappadocia, Turkey had the best valley walks and unusual land formations. I got to ride the oldest camel in Cappadocia who was 38 years old.
In Pammukale we swam in the Antique Thermal Pool and walked down the cascading hot springs known as the Cotton Castle. We visited the Hierapolis, which is an ancient Roman city.
In Ephesus we visited the last home of the Virgin Mary, made a wish on the Wish Wall, and visited what remains of the Ancient Wonder of the World: The Temple of Apollo.
We stayed in Kusadasi (pronounced 'kush-ah-das-ee') for three days and soaked up the sun on the beaches and in the Aegean Sea. Kusadasi is best known as one of Turkey's top resort towns.
[More to come]
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
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Sunday, April 26, 2009
Friday, April 17, 2009
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
There are a lot of pressures and responsibilities when one is named a leader.
Here's what I drew after tonight's leadership class, properly drawn on leadership staitionary:
Jacob says that the worried rabbit (and/or animal thing) closely resembles the face my mother's new dog makes. He may be right :o)
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Saturday, March 7, 2009
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Saturday, January 31, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Work In Progress!!!
I did a dance animation for my character animation final last spring. Since then, I've been working on adding more animation and refining the keys. Currently the tangents are splined, for the smoothest animation results, but most of the animation was done with stepped keys. The choreography is adapted from Polina Seminova's contemporary ballet piece that is very popular among dancers. The music is by: Herbert Grönemeyer, which is also used in the dance piece that Seminova is dancing to. And special thanks to HighEnd 3d for supplying me with the Andy rig! As soon as I get the video compressed, I'll post it here! For now, a still render will do!
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Tuesday, January 27, 2009
I'm currently trying to set up my new gmail account as my primary blogspot email, so that I can discontinue using my original gmail account that my blog was first set up under. Huge PAIN!
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Monday, January 26, 2009
It was a relief to get the skull cap working in Maya Fur. I'm not trying to get the Renderman engine to render out both output fur descriptions (one for the body and one for the skull) together, so that I don't have to render them out in separate passes. However, I think it might make sense to render them separately and composite them later. To see the fur pass of the body, please see my older posts.
Friday, January 16, 2009
Monday, January 12, 2009
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Currently, I'm working in Maya 2008 and trying to get Sunny the llama's fur working around the face. Maya Fur is a nightmare compared to Shave and a Haircut, but I'll making some progress.
I can't seem to get short hairs around the face though, and with even coverage.
Here is an image that I took with Maya Software of Sunny with 2 fur descriptions. I added a second fur description to it's head only, by using a skull cap, to hopefully gain greater density around the face.
Still working on it...
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Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Sunday, January 4, 2009
A couple of days ago I had a dance reunion with a few girls I had danced with at International Ballet School, Colorado Ballet, Julia's, and other places around town. A few years ago, I had decided to take the college route instead of pursuing a career as a professional ballerina. This was an incredibly difficult decision for me, as well as incredibly easy. I had been dancing since the age of 3, and had given up my chance at a normal life to practice in the studios for hours each day. But on the other side of things, I wanted a social life, a proper college education, and to be able to eat more than vegtables and yogurts.
The picture shown is of me (burgundy leotard and black skirt) and my friend Emily Small (left) during a Pas a deux class taught by (will remember name and put in here) at Boston Ballet. We're taking class in studio 8, which is located on the top level and has observation window for parents and other students to watch us from (and from where this photo was taken from).
Now that I've been off dance for a number of years, I think I'm ready to go back. And if I can find any more pictures or videos of BB SDP 2000 and 2001 floating on the internet, I'd love to have them!
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