For whatever reason work wasn’t going well today. Not badly, just slowly. But I did make two very nice rings, a simple skull ring of my classic type with aventurine eyes, and a vampire skull ring with beautiful sapphire eyes and a great glowing citrine on the back that sits in the middle of a massive engraved spiral that fills the whole back of the ring. The lower jaw has been left off and I have carved monster/vampire teeth into the uppers as well. The funny part of the story is the reason I did it like that is because when I was mounting the eyes I wasn’t paying attention and hit the jaw with my soldering iron and melted part of it off… so I just ran with it.
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After “work” we went across the street to Zocalo where I had a meal with pork sausage as the centre, which was very nice, especially because it’s not something I get to eat often. I’m looking forward to the rest of the night because I finally got my hands on an Iron Sky DVD and am greatly looking forward to. I admit that I did download a German cam, but the quality was terrible and it crashed the decoder twenty minutes in, so this should be much nicer. I admit that I’m not expecting a lot, but I hope it will be some campy fun with some nice Nazi UFO space and moon sequences.
Other than that, I’ve been using the new Photoshop, CS6, and I think the only feature that I use on any regular basis (over CS4 which had been my workhorse for the last couple years) is the oil pain filter. I find that it’s exceptional for cleaning up faux-vector linework, which may come as a surprise!!! All of the linework on the BME 2012 was first drawn by hand, then redrawn on the computer, and finally, run through this filter. I used the same process on a shirt that I recently drew for a friend’s food business, and I really recommend it. It seems to make things “flow” better. Of course you can use it for photos too, but it’s kind of a one-trick pony there and I see it getting old real quick.
And when the movie is over I will read the latest issue of Crossed:Badlands before bed, and remember, there are lots of free (and I’m talking guilt-free-free, not pirated-free) issues of the Crossed webcomic online with nine issues published as of this writing. If you’re an adult with a taste for the perverse and violent, there’s something special about this filth.