Category Archives: Useful

Halloween Pumpkins

Well it’s almost that time of year again, so I guess I’ll have another attempt at properly carving a Halloween pumpkin ‘a la’ the fantastic Ray Villafane.

I expect his site is getting loads of traffic as everyone checks his pumpkin carving tutorial nowadays, on how he makes such amazing sculptures out of a simple fruit (ok, vegetable if you prefer, but it has seeds, so technically it’s a fruit!), so if it’s down, try checking back later.

If I manage anything not too terrible I’ll post a few pics.

Interesting article

Whilst browsing through the sculptors section in The Clubhouse forums I came accross a link to an interesting article which is defiantely worth a read if your job is in any way creative, or involves freelance work etc.

First line goes:-

If you have the slightest creative talent, you are probably being hustled constantly to create for little or no money.

Be sure to follow the link to the following article too at the end.

Mood Music

If you’re like me you have fairly ecclectic musical tastes, and often have a problem deciding what to listen to next, or you’re not sure what you’re in the mood for, and leave your music player on random, yet keep skipping past tracks that don’t suit.

I’ve only been playing with it for a few minutes, but this site looks like it could be the right solution at least some of the time (for some reason the link won’t work so just paste the following link into a browser http://www.musicovery.com ). You click on the small interface somewhere between energetic at the top and calm at the bottom, and dark on the left and positive on the right and it selects a track for you and follows a meandering path through tracks in the same ‘area’. You can also select/deselect different types of music like rock, disco etc and pick either a specific decade or choose all.

Doesn’t look like it’s great if you’re lookig for a specific artist of track, but if that’s the case you already know what you wanna listen to anyway and play it before visiting the site.

Toy Making Tutorial (kind of) – Second Attempt

My first attempt at Toy Making whilst not a complete failure was slightly abortive, but was an interesting experiment and taught me enough to spur me onto a second attempt.

Whilst there is a still some work to be done as the casts I have made need cleaning up and painting, I count this attempt as a near complete success. It is possible to make models, molds and casts at home for very little cost and in a relatively short space of time.

Watch this space to see if I decide it’s worth trying to go into full production at home. Anyone interested in owning their very own limited edition Jerry Collectable Model let me know.

Toy Making Tutorial (kind of)

I’d always had it in the back of my head that at some point in the far flung future I’d like to create my own range of limited edition collectors toys similar to the kind of things that can be found over at Kid Robot but based on characters I’d create for my own animations, so that they’d have their own ‘life’ that people could follow in a kind of episodic nature, as and when I found time to animate them.

I was vaguely aware though that to create a bunch of toys you need money. Money for prototyping, money for mold making, and money to get a whole bunch of toys cast, painted and stored, with no prior guarantee that they would be popular enough to sell, so money that you might never see again.

Then a week or two back Angry Zen Master had a cool post about Hiroshi Yoshii’s Blog and how he’s hand making his own range of toys. It’s all in Japanese so I have no idea how/what he’s doing other than what you can see in the pictures (some of which are fairly informative admittedly), but it has inspired me to see what I can do at home with my very meagre budget.

Back in the distant past I used to like to make things and dabble in the odd bit of sculpture, but the only things I’ve made in the last 5 or more years is the odd bit of rickety splinter ridden shelving to hold my ever increasing collection of books comics and DVD’s, so where to start? Whether it’s the wrong way or the right way, I guess is part of the reason for going through this process, but to see what I’m up to and how far I’ve got, go to my new Toy Making page.