Looks like I forgot to post anything in 2015. I spent the vast majority of last year working on Rock Band 4. I started with Harmonix Music Systems on January 6th and hit the ground running.
Along the way, I have done a few 3D printing pieces for a client, but no personal projects. I did however win best-of-show, in the studio's Halloween pumpkin contest, though I was accused of cheating in a tweet or two. Lolz.
I have in the meanwhile discovered a new passion and that is drawing while commuting via public transportation. I spend about 2 hours a day on a train and bus, so I've started drawing on my phone using Sketchbook Pro, Pixlr and a few other apps. I started the year a truly 2nd rate 2D artist, and while no illustrators are in any danger of losing their jobs, it's amazing what drawing every day can do for your 2D chops. Anyhow, I'll post a few of those as well as a few other bits of news.
Commuting via public transportation can be a wonderful thing; you don't have to drive, it's good for the environment, it **usually** carries on despite in-climate weather, and so on. That said, it can also be completely awful. The buses in Boston get crowded sometimes and the trains even worse. For the most part, my fellow commuters are well versed in public trans etiquette and despite being nose to nose with them at times, are acceptable traveling companions. However, on occasion there is that outlier, who's bad day, addiction and/or mental illness ruins it for everyone. Not to mention the smells (namely urine with the occasional errant bus-fart) and sounds that one is assaulted with 5 days out of the week (the squeaking brakes between Harvard and Central are ear splitting).
Most people deal with the conditions (and don't forget boredom) by distraction, namely via the smartphone. In addition, music is a popular distraction (for the most part using earbuds/headphones - don't get me started on the assholes who opt for their phone's speakers...). This is what I for the most part did, in the beginning of my public trans days. Staring at Facebook while listening to music on my over-the-ear Bluetooth headphones (to hell with wires).
But one can only refresh FB so many times before your brain starts to go to shit. So one day, I started sketching on my phone, using SketchBook Pro , with a recently acquired Wacom Gen. 3 Bamboo Stylus .
I did this piece a few years ago. The helmet was wearable (albeit a bit awkward to say the least.) The display bust consisted namely of a urethane (Smooth-On's Plasti-Paste) casting I did via a life cast a year or so before I made the helmet.
I built this kit a year or so ago. One of these days I'd like to revisit it's paint job and perhaps build up a diorama. I love the Maschinen Krieger as designed by Kow Yokoyama. Some of these designs are over 30 years old and, in my opinion, hold up to this day.
Took a snapshot with my phone today, and played around with Autodesk's Pixlr Express. I have to say, it feels like cheating, but is actually a lot of fun.