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I just love knowing that impressionism was influenced by Japanese prints. It's such a cool connection.

"Alright, I'm heading to bed," I say as I turn my computer back on.

Thinking I might need to try out acrylic gouache for painting cels. A lot of the acrylics I've been using have been pretty hit of miss, especially since not all of them are opaque (including some of the ones that are labelled as being opaque).

I love the feeling on a saturday when I realize that not only do I not have to work today, I also don't have to work tomorrow.

montag boosted

Well I now have a separate account just for posting cute pictures of myself if anyone's interested in that: @montag@photog.social

animation improvement thoughts 

I've been thinking about it a bit and I think I'm figuring out what steps I need to take to improve my animation:

- Get a peg board and eventually a real camera setup

- Develop a reference library, especially focusing on material for backgrounds

- Learn more about figure drawing, focusing on using 3D shapes to provide structure

- Develop a workflow for adding shading on cels during the paint phase

- Explore new mediums for painting backgrounds since watercolor is making it hard to transfer enough pigment to the page and add texture

- Incorporate thumbnail paintings into the concept phase

I know this is a lot of work to do, but I'm not expecting it to happen all at once. It's just nice to have a roadmap so I don't feel like I'm going in circles.

Sometimes I look at people and think "I wish I had their keen sense of fashion" and then I realize that they're just wearing random stuff they found without planning any of it out and that's exactly what I do.

porch garden stuff 

It looks like the heat has nearly killed the black beans, so they get to come inside for a while and hopefully they'll recover.

art struggles 

I feel like my animation hasn't been turning out as good as I want it to be, but I don't really know what I need to do to make it better. Everything just doesn't look right to me and I can't figure out what steps I need to take to fix it.

I have not been keeping up with my 5 day animation challenge because I've been too busy and too tired, and I think that's 100% okay.

When it comes to drinking enough water, rather than thinking about how much to drink, I think it's good to just try to make sure you always have water on hand. Your body will tell you when your thirsty, but it won't always tell you to go get some water from the fridge.

animation of a face, eye contact 

First animation done.

Okay, new 5 day challenge starting today: A (short) animation every day. This will probably be the trickiest one I've done so far, but hopefully it'll give my skills a nice boost.

I really like how many super obscure Japan-only Myst clones there are for the original Playstation.

Well I now have a separate account just for posting cute pictures of myself if anyone's interested in that: @montag@photog.social

Biggest reason I need to upgrade my animation setup to an overhead camera instead of a flatbed scanner: color. The scanner absolutely drains the color out of its scans. I've been doing my best to enhance the color in post, but at that point the color has already lost a lot of its depth and it can't be recovered.

With a record lathe you can cut CDs into functioning records.

It took me a while to get back to sleep, but the rest of my dreams ended up feeling mostly normal, so that's good.

strange dreams, hemp protein powder 

I had a 1/4 cup of hemp protein powder not too long before going to bed, and that's the first time I've ever tried protein powder, so I think the two might be connected. I found a reddit thread (very scientific I know) where someone posted about something very similar happening to them with a few replies (at the very bottom from people years after the original post was made) backing it up: reddit.com/r/LucidDreaming/com

I really just got the protein powder because I was curious how it tasted, I definitely didn't expect a little taste test to return these sorts of results.

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strange dream transcript 

I guess this is where having a public dream journal comes in handy. Here's the thread for anyone who want to read it: writing.exchange/@montagsdream

It's gets a little existential and intense, but I don't know if it just feels that way to me because I just barely dreamed it. I'm honestly a little afraid to go back to sleep.

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