One big highlight was the fact that after saving for a couple of years now, I finally got a Cintiq! Good old Wacom, I finally got the money for a 21" screen, then I heard that they were to bring out a 24"- Son of a bitch! I carried on saving.
It arrived, and it was a LOT bigger than I was expecting. And after getting used to it, sorting the shortcuts and attempting to mimic the colour levels of my Mac, I'm very happy with it. It makes sketching SO much quicker and precise (I previously had the smallest Intuos).
I was happily finishing a drawing (the Manager character design) on a Sunday night when my girlfriend informed me of a character design challenge on HitRECord, an open collaborative production company run by Joseph Gordon Levitt. As I was finishing up one image, and I wasn't tired yet, I thought I would give it a go., especially as it gave me an excuse to play with the Cintiq for longer.
The brief was a character design of a man with a turnip for a head. It is to be animated over a poem read by Gary Oldman. The are more details of the brief on the website.
Anyway, here is my submission.
After uploading it I went to bed. he next day, I see that it has loads of hits and even a comment from Joseph Gordon Levitt himself. That made my day. It also made it onto the "Featured" page!
If the design gets picked, then a group of talented animators from hitRECord with animate my character design over the poem read by Gary Oldman.
I cannot even begin to imagine working on a project that has Mr. Oldman's name on it. The closest I have gotten to this before is by watching Leon with my nose pressed to the screen whilst swallowing Tic Tacs in the way that his character in Leon swallows his pills.
Anyway, if you want to see the post, follow this link. You will also be helping me out by adding another hit to the hit count!