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Merch

Decided to branch out and start my own merch line. As stated in previous posts, Having my own brand of offerings has been something I've thought about for a long time but lacked dependable resources to pull it off. The gig economy has helped address this issue through platforms such as TeeSpring and RedBubble. I opted to work with the latter as it was the quickest from start to posting designs in your shop.

The first design (iterated into two versions) is the "Damned if I do, Damned if I don't" emblem that was inspired by personal events that were intensified by the advent of COVID-19. DIIDDIID is a mantra I've held and looked to in times when it really felt like there was no point in even trying, knowing that certain situations would arise again in ways I couldn't defend against. This inevitably lead to many days where half the battle was getting out of bed. I know this pangs of heavy depression "vibes" but I can solemnly swear it's mostly related to things happening behind the scenes that would intensify if I started speaking about them publicly - rather keeps things at "not-so-great" than make them "worse".

I let go of a lot of dreams particularly this year, and even started scrapping the progress of my YouTube channel which had started to see increasing and stabilizing growth as it was becoming a major source of anxiety due to the new issues it was welcoming along with the "safe-space" codependency I was developing with it. It became the place I could run to to block out some of the things I could not control. Granted, it made it possible for me to prove to myself that I was capable of building something that could be appreciated-by and help others, but it also incentivized ignoring other things that would not go away without really addressing them.

These unnamed issues are still very much in play, but I've been able to get some perspective recently and take a serious look at where I am, how I got here, how I'm still here, and where I want to go and be. I think the biggest lesson is that things take time. Whether is be healing, learning, rebuilding, the decision of when and how these things take form works on a timeline outside my present perspective/scope and all I can do is work on those little bits that contribute to realizing these goals.


These two designs are the first in a series that represent that ultimate choice we're given at any point: to do or not to do, to be or not to be - either way it's a choice that needs to be made to the best of your ability and hope that you succeed, or at the very least learn to do better next time and not dwell.

In the past I decided to walk away, biggest walk-away was this year when I let go of the pursuit of being an architect, with everything done except the dissertation which was already underway. Unfortunately, and excluding C-19, some things went left and I had to decide if preserving my mental health and regrouping was more or less important that getting that degree which I had been losing the luster for - rather have someone passionate and hungry for it get it. This resulted in me starting my YouTube channel and exploring the things I was more passionate about - something that has done wonders for my mental health and self-esteem (and saved my life in many ways). It did, though, come with new challenges outside the space that showed me that I needed to be more vigilant and attentive with my interactions with people, and I'm thankful for that as I will hopefully not make the same mistakes when I was more trusting and naïve. 


There's a wide variety on offer with just these two designs. I know it's weird that my first branded offering isn't even related to AFRIKANIZ3D and its associated imagery. This resonates the most for me with where I am and I look to it in those moments of doubt - Lord knows there'll be more ahead, but that's life, isn't it?

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Check out the store here:
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The Week Before ChristmasThe week had it's ups and downs. Work is going well. My YouTube audience...

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Hiya,

Had some technical setbacks earlier this week as I was completing the the final two inserts. I finally managed (for the most part) to work around them, but this was also taken as an opportunity to re-evaluate what I was doing and how I was doing it. 

This resulted in going back to the start and reworking the design of the pieces (hand sketches) and I'll be spending today and tomorrow translating them to construction drawings that will be part of the final presentation - a personal throwback to the high school days in TD (Technical Drawing)

I'm very happy with the improvements and glad that things worked out the way they did because it means it's going to be a better final product than would have been had things continued.

Will be posting WIPs as things progress

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HEXES Update

This weekend was to mark the end of the modeling stage of the insert, but some persistent issues I was having, particularly with the fourth insert, led me to discover that they were not going to open/work in other versions of Blender that weren't 2.92 alpha.

Admittedly disappointed, I do also see the bright side: starting again in a more stable version is also an opportunity to improve on the designs. This type of thing has been happening a lot this year and I have to believe it's working in my favour - making a better product.


2020 continues to strip some and distill other qualities, and it's mostly been to my benefit.
Persistence and Patience have become the name of this game.

With that I move to working on HEXES Vol 1.1
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HEXES WIP 3

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HEXES WIP 2Working on the third 3D mesh insert of Volume 1 is proving to be an interesting one an...

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An that marks the last of the teaser projects. Posts from this point on will mostly be reserved for subscribers, so I hope you'll consider joining. All models/products produced will be available for you to download depending on the tier you join.  

Still building this page and I hope to have everything settled very soon.

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3D Social Media Icons Series

One of my early projects in the ABW series was making 3D versions of social media icons. The intention was two-pronged: the first was to build a library of items I could tap into when I needed little bits to include in videos if the scenes needed something more than 2D objects; the other was to put in some practice and look at different ways to represent items and how to build them.


Facebook, Twitter and Instagram were first on the list. Some of them were pretty straight forward, requiring a simple translation from 2D to 3D. Others were an opportunity to find different ways of representing the same idea.


The Instagram icons were probably the trickiest ones as they were the first, meaning the well of tricks to draw upon was still empty. Because the icons were being turned into 3D I wanted to take it further than just build the 3D version, I wanted that version to also be readable from multiple angles and still be understood to be the same icon whenever possible. This, of course, wasn't the case for all of them, but that was taken to be an opportunity to explore other options.


I wanted to try different approaches with each platform. Instagram was very much a near-direct translation, Facebook looked more at finding alternative representation, and Twitter...well, that was another story behind the scenes..

Twitter Home Icon : The Cage

By the time I got to the Twitter icons, I was interested in trying something a bit more removed from the previous two. This took the form of using MECH/FY to create more sculptural pieces that were abstraction of the original icons. There were a few downsides to this approach unfortunately, namely memory. The crash was real and it lead to a reduction of the total number of the final set. The final result still came out as hoped.


I plan on making more sets and there have already been requests by viewers on my YouTube channel that I'm looking forward to exploring.

P.S. All of the icons shown in the video can be downloaded for free and used in your own projects. The links for the hosting folders can be reached using the QR codes embedded in the videos. Some clues have been given as to where in the video* if you're in a rush.

Links to watch the full videos for each set are below:
 Instagram: https://youtu.be/JWn1ciZZzcg
Facebook: https://youtu.be/U7STG4K04iU
Twitter: https://youtu.be/M5wfQu5lz5E

If there's any social media platform you'd be interested in seeing modeled next let me know.
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The ChickeNeck project was inspired by the classic Mercedes advert (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLwML2PagbY) that showcased the insane engineering of the delectable companions as well as the desire to step up my content and explore/include/learn rigging.



This was also round the time when I started introducing more structure to the how I delivered content, particularly the visual style. This takes the form of the new wireframe signature that started with the beetle mech project, as well as randomly-selected colour palettes that would help set the tone of the project.

Selected colour palette for ChickeNeck

Suffice it to say I may not have stretched enough before embarking on the reach that was the scope of this one - the rigging, for a beginner, was insane. I sought to combine two rigging systems to create what I think is how the neck of a chicken actually work (excluding the other drivers that complete the system).

Piston rig combined with a Universal Cardan Joints


Because I had little experience with rigging in general, I wasn't at the time able to overcome some of the conflicts that arose in the process of combining the two rigging setups. Funnily enough Level Pixel Level (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpxizXEIm73-GJJwayhGceA) released a video soon after the release of this one that would have helped resolve issue completely - talk about jumping the gun 😅

This project, although not a complete success, showed me the results of being persistent with the unknown path relying mostly on the "vision" and it's helped fuel that curiosity which I think benefits the channel greatly.

You can watch the full video here:
https://youtu.be/glZ6XjT8WyI
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Samurai Jack
Samurai Jack is a long-time favourite "cartoon" on mine. I put the word cartoon in quotation marks because I still maintain that it's so much more than just a cool animated series. I've recently been reading psychology literature and the concept of "the shadow" I've become increasingly interested in. Samurai Jack, I feel explores this subject in subtle ways and this is something my younger self had no chance of picking up let alone understanding at the time, and this gives the series a lens one can watch it through.
Early concept/blocking-out. I know it somewhat looks better than the final result 🤣

MECH/FY was also used in this one to achieve a "Dragonglass"-like effect. A major downside to the is the severe memory usage which limits the amount of detail that can be introduced> This project, however, also marked the start when I started getting a better handle of the tool and this can be seen in the jingasa (the hat) which is more refined compared to the other parts - it's unfortunate that this was the last item completed in the project.
Definitely looking to revisit this one down the line and complete the full vision after doing a better deepdive of the topics involved in the series. That said, I'm glad with how it turned out and I at least got to further test the limits of the addon in my machine.

 
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The beetle mech was another experiment in Blender using the MECH/FY addon. By the time I got to this project I had learned more ways of using Blender and, in turn, ne ways of working with the addon - namely the tapering of vertices which can mostly be seen in the head of the beetle.

The wireframe modifier also found its beginnings in my arsenal in this project. In this case it is used for the wings. Midge/Mantissa (https://www.youtube.com/user/T4ch1k0ma), a brilliant artist, uses modifiers as for the bulk construction of his projects to get insane results that would take you eons to accomplish using traditional/manual methods. I've since incorporated wireframed objects wherever I could in projects since then.

There's a lot to be said about reading the manual before taking any piece of tech out for a spin, but my approach has always been to jump right in, explore and channel whatever picture I have in-mind into a 3D format. This of course means that a lot of conventions known by other artists aren't employed and I often take a stranger route to achieve some results. This has since changed and ditching that bravado has benefitted both me and my work, although I try to always keep that blind exploratory element every project - getting an unexpected surprise in your own projects is always cool, I think.

You can watch the full timelapse here:
https://youtu.be/86mVRIbRKJ0
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There was a time when I was set on one day having my own clothing brand. Went as far as registering the name and designing the whole first line and contacting tailors/suppliers. Suffice it to say things went left and it became clear it was inviting problems I couldn't clearly see at the time, but was thankfully able to avert.

Brauberry was a fun exercise in keeping on the periphery whilst also using it to learn Blender. I'd post links to the early videos, but even I cringe at the production quality as it was my first foray into online content creation. No, regrets, though, and that's why the videos are staying up. 

I did take short break from the series to learning mech design and modeling and fully intend on continuing the Brand Mash-Up series. Here are some of the highlights for the Brauberry series so far:
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One of my first projects that is special to me is the Bee Mech. It was designed in Blender and the final form was fully realised using a free addon called MECH/FY. What makes this project more special to me is that it later spawned my channel's most successful video (the Drip - my designation for the YouTube Shorts feature) which coasted past 100k views 😶 As a new creator this is still something that takes me aback when I check on channel analytics. 

Please consider subscribing to support my efforts as well as getting a glimpse on new projects. I do intend on posting content exclusive to SubscribeStar that you won't find anywhere else in the same form. Subscribers can also suggest content ideas that will be put at the top of the list.

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You can have a look at the Drip here:
https://youtu.be/UW7hPm0QfL4

and the full video here (should you want more insight into the project):
https://youtu.be/UEBIu3mPjhA

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Here's a sneak peak at my upcoming HEXES asset pack. What you see below are the guidelines for ea...

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HEXES is a new playground that revolves around the theme of the hexagon. One of the first tasks was branding the project. The HEXES typeface and font were created to help tie the vision of the project together both visually and conceptually. 

Here's how it was created:
https://youtu.be/ceyGcsOiK64

Free font file available to all Subscribers 🤙
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Completing my Formal Studies 2020 has been a difficult year for many - that cannot be denied. I was was on my way to completing my masters degree in architecture and due to circumstances (that aren't COVID-related) I made the decision to withdraw in service of protecting my mental health. I pivoted and started my journey towards becoming a Technical Artist and my YouTube channel serves to document that learning journey. This didn't, however, completely close my chapter in academia - I just needed to regroup and re-evaluate what I wanted and what having that degree would mean for me moving forward. I've since found an avenue I'd like to pursue with the intention of it complementing what I'm doing now. Finding funding (avoiding the loan route) isn't an easy one, but I'm exploring as many avenues that I can - This is one of them. The listed amount covers registration and full tuition. Everything else I'll hopefully be able to cover through odd-jobs and commissions. My goal is to raise these funds throughout 2021 and hopefully register for 2022.

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