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Creation Date: 2002-01-30
Ah, another JF lesson. Well, this 2d guy is holding a 3d shotgun. What's his deal? Well, we'll find out in Scene 5, won't we? For now, we find out how in the world I managed this feat of engineering. Well, First I made the guy. I was not even going to make this picture if my drawing skills were not right on tonight. Last night I made a horrible attempt at it. How miserably I failed can only be seen by people who ask me politely with good reason for that type of torture. Anyway, I made the face. I ditched the Relative Face Manipulation System for simple artistic intuition. It served me well tonight. I started out trying to make a guy and ended up with a decent guy-like form. Notice how the chin is wide. Notice the eyes flat, narrow, and very rough. I think the eyes do it for this image. The irises are bold and small compared to the eyes of most anime people. I think I stole the irises from Spike of Cowboy Bebop. I watched Real Folk Blues during dinner and there's a serious gaze into Spike's eyes.. Then I made a pair of eyebrows. I tried not to make it very feminine. Bad eyebrows can ruin a male face. Anyway, moving down, I tried to make a masculine nose and it worked pretty well. It's got more of the 3d/naturalist look than the anime look. I don't mind. The lips are interesting. I started with puffy lips (like I always do just to get the shape right) and then I shrunk a bit and a bit more and then I made them taller. Why? well, a circle was in my way accidentally and it looked like a perfect mouth. So I intersected the circle and the mouth and there was my separation. FYI, it was the circle that encompasses the entire skull region minus the jaw. Then I quickly added hair and made it look right. I added a neck as usual. The shirt was a little different from usual. I made the arms and then added the body to it. You see, it has to be in two pieces since the arms are in front of the body. So instead of messing around to make it look right, I just split it and made it into the shirt texture. Neat-o, huh? Those shirts are popular these days, eh? Well now they are in 2014. After I added the stripe, I added the collar. Collars are kinda hard to do, but they fall into place if you just think of it as a bent quadrilateral. The unbuttoned top button was created by just adding a vertex to the neck and pulling it down. Not bad, eh? It's just too hard to mess around with the actual shirt. The neck is easy because it's convex instead of concave. I added two circles to show the button and button-hole. Not bad. What about the shotgun? That was harder. I took a screenshot from the shotgun and checked if it would fit. Not a chance. So I rotated and did another. This time it was okay, but I had to change the hand positions. So once I got that, how do I get the 2d hands on top of the 3d gun? Well, there's this little magic wand tool. I did both of them, copied and pasted and there they were on top. I moved the lower one (you can see the outline where it's messed up) to where it ought to have been. Is there any rhyme or reason? Trial and error is okay for small projects. For large projects, trial and error does not handle it. Procedural is the only way to get 20 640x480 pictures in less than 100 hours. Remember that next time you think up a great design. Of course, if making a procedural system takes thousands of hours, weigh it out. I didn't quite do that with JF.

Even though I still think that AltSci Manga Director/Producer creates a product that is of a much higher quality than any other comparable method, it'd be cool to have known that a year ago. In fact, it was approximately 1 year ago that I started on JF. It's not much of an anniversary or anything, but I think from zero to mid-point in one year is an accomplishment. In fact, JF finally has non-gov't hosting available. javantea.keenspace.com is ready, but not up yet. I'm still wondering a bunch how I'm going to do that. I'll figure it out.

I hope that I'm not giving too much plot away with this picture. It's explaining a bit, but I guess no one reads this anyway, so no harm done. I have been trying to keep from giving away the plot in what I say. I was going to post a really good picture I drew, but it's about fifteen scenes too soon. No reason to worry, you'll see it in fifteen scenes.

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