So That's Why Cally Joined Up

09 August 2005 | Hisham | | Humour, TV
 
You go, Cally!

Found on Scifi.com's Battlestar Galactica forums, obviously cobbled up after (and in context of) the episode Fragged, two Fridays ago. Made me laugh quite a bit. Or at the very least, chuckle out loud like a nutcase.
 

Illustration Friday

08 August 2005 | Hisham | | Artwork
 
Last week Lilian brought my attention to Illustration Friday. It's a website that posts an idea for an artwork every week, and links the artwork you made in that particular week. Sounds like a great exercise for me and the Wacom. According to the Welcome page:

Illustration Friday is meant to challenge participants creatively. We believe that every person has a little creative bone in their body. Illustration Friday just gives a no-pressure, fun excuse to use it. No clients looking for a particular thing. No one judging the outcome of the work. It's a chance to experiment and explore and play with visual art. Curious about collage? Try it here. Never even picked up a colored pencil? Why not now? Just have time for a doodle? That's okay, we'd love to see it. You don't have to be an illustrator or an artist to participate. Just pick up a pencil, for the love of pete.
If I don't participate this week, then look for an Illustration Friday artwork next week. ;-)

 

My Faux Star Wars TV Promo

06 August 2005 | Hisham | | Artwork, Star Wars
 

9 PM / 8 Central


A new Star Wars TV show?

Sadly, no.

Yesterday, as I was monkeying around with Painter, I remembered that once I thought of making a opening credits-type of video of my IRC Star Wars RPG gaming group, Sabredart. So I figured, why not just do a storyboard for the credits. Then it hit me, how about a storyboard for a promo using images like the old Justice League opening credits (before they became Justice League Unlimited).

You can check out the storyboard on this SWAG thread, and as an added bonus, my good buddy Derek Jones has actually made it into a real quicktime video, which you can download from the page. (Note: Thread has since been nuked. Click here to view the video on Youtube.)

Edited: 12th June 2013

 

1942 Photo Of USS Long Island Mishap

05 August 2005 | Hisham | | Humour, Star Wars
 
Landing Accident USS Long Island 1942
 

A Banyan Tree

05 August 2005 | Hisham | | Artwork
 
A Banyan Tree In The Morning Sun

More scratchings with Painter Classic using the tablet, with some highlighting using Photoshop. This barely resembles a real banyan, since I drew this without any references. Note to self: use more references if you don't actually remember what things look like.

Click on the thumbnail above to view a larger image.
 

Stephan Martiniere Concept Art Gallery

04 August 2005 | Hisham | | Artwork, Star Wars
 
In addition to Ryan Church in my post before this, I've also noticed that Stephan Martiniere, the illustrator that was employed on a freelance basis by Lucasfilm for Revenge of the Sith, has also started to display his production paintings from the movie. Apart from that, you can also see samples from other movies he worked on, such as I, Robot, The Astronaut's Wife and Red Planet.

MygeetoMygeeto
 

Ryan Church's ROTS Concept Art Gallery

03 August 2005 | Hisham | | Artwork, Star Wars
 

Looks like Ryan Church's official site has updated with new Revenge of the Sith concept artwork in his pro gallery. As with his Attack of the Clones pieces lower down in the same page, his stuff here are spectacular displays of digital painting. I miss Ralph McQuarrie's and Joe Johnston's (among others) concept art from the original trilogy as much as the next fan, but I think Ryan's work make up for the former masters' absence in the prequel trilogy.

Click on his pro gallery link above to see some of his work on the movie.

UtapauMygeeto
 

A Spider-Man Portrait

02 August 2005 | Hisham | | Artwork, Comics
 
I saw Spider-Man 2 again today. The movie version of the Spidey costume is quite rich and detailed in texture, yet true to its comic-book origins... As before I wondered how a student / freelance photographer, making barely enough as it is, is able to afford to come up with the costume. Did he sew it himself, or did he make a custom order from someone. In which case, how did he hide his identity from the costumer. Anyways, it caught my attention again enough for me to try to recreate some of its texture in a piece using Painter.
Peter Parker
 

Imperial Black Ops Project Funding

02 August 2005 | Hisham | | Humour, Star Wars
 
Well, he had to get the credits from somewhere
 

Valley Orchid

30 July 2005 | Hisham | | Artwork
 
It's not much to look at, but there's something that barely looks like an orchid in the picture below. No, I don't know which species it is, only that it's yellow. And yes, there's a water-filled valley beneath it. This is my second piece using Painter Classic, scratched out with dry media mostly. Using the program is more difficult than I thought.

The Valley Orchid

Oh, by the way, check out this amazing colour-based optical illusion. It's quite amazing, especially the third one.
 

Arise, New Graphics Tablet!

29 July 2005 | Hisham | | Artwork, Recent News
 
New Peripheral On The BlockThe other cool stuff I bought the same day I bought the table is this Wacom Graphire 3 graphics tablet. In fact, I've been wanting it for many years now that when I finally have it in my hands, I didn't have the heart to remove it from its box and plug it in for FOUR DAYS. This morning I finally did it.

After getting the tablet up and running with my computer, I proceeded to install the bundled Painter Classic software. When I finally ran the program, my blood went cold. All the colours were screwed up! It took me about 30 minutes before I decided to increase my monitor's setting from 16-bit to 32-bit colour.

Only then did I let out a sigh of relief. I grabbed the stylus, played around with the controls a bit; then tried playing with different brushes and tool on different layers; finally wiped the slate clean and proceeded to paint this:

An Oasis

My first Painter-made art ever. My technique is still way out there. It's gonna take some more practice to get myself up to speed with the new tablet and software. Ultimately, I believe that my work will go much smoother and faster on the computer.

Addendum: I just remembered that I had Open Canvas prepared for action in my computer. So, a mathematical equation came to mind. Graphire3 + Open Canvas + Hisham's Tired Imagination = ...

Bernhardt Baker
That's one of my favourite DC superhero from the late 80s and early 90s, Animal Man.

Addendum 2: This is so much fun I can't stop myself.

Some Random Volcano
 

Irfan's Birthday Present from ABC TV

28 July 2005 | Hisham | | TV
 
Apparently ABC has a birthday surprise for Irfan's 3rd birthday this year. They'll be airing the Lost second season opener on September 21st. Hooray! More answers to our questions already, like the fates of our intrepid (or suicidal) mariners Sawyer, Jin, Michael and (especially) Walt.

 

Tales of the Prototype and the Table

28 July 2005 | Hisham | | Artwork, Recent News
 
Look at the pretty colours!Last week, we printed out some of the prototype pages for the first ever Hishgraphics e-book. To be honest, prior to this I do have a fair amount of doubts about the project. In my mind, I estimated that perhaps this would have a 20-30% success when it's eventually released into the wild.

 

Baen Free Library

25 July 2005 | Hisham | | Books, Misc Sci-Fi
 
There are many reasons why I love the intarweb. One of them is free cool stuff you can get from various sites, and legal too. Baen Books is a publisher of science fiction books, and it has now jumped onto the freebie net goodies bandwagon by unleashing upon its readers the Baen Free Library.

Check out the free science fiction stories written by professional authors. You can read in several formats which is kind of cool. Cause if say, HTML format gives you an allergic reaction, you can always switch to RTF. I'm just gonna pick out which story to read. I'll go get my dice now.

 

Ringu As An Animated GIF

25 July 2005 | Hisham | | Humour
 
I can see this happening at a mamak stall or a university cafeteria, in full view of all the patrons going WTF?!?

Horror From TV (And I don't mean Screech from Saved By The Bell)


Thanks to Vincent "Dino" Gong, Evil Administrator of the Unofficial ACS Sitiawan Alumni Forum.
 

OMG! The Site's Been Sashed?!?

22 July 2005 | Hisham | | Recent News
 
Wha-? How? Sashed? What do you mean? How did it happen?! Should we tell someone?!?!

See the little diagonal banner with the link at the top, right hand corner of the page? That's a sash. I came across it while trawling the net and thought I'd try it on for size. Don't get used to it, it's just there for experimental purposes and won't be there indefinitely.

To savour the tale of how I discovered the code, how to reproduce it, how many Bothans died to bring us this code, and to see a screencap of the front page (in case the little diagonal banner with the link of top is banished from the land by the time you read this) check out my entry at Chris Curtis Dot Org.

 

The Cliff In My Mind's Eye

19 July 2005 | Hisham | | Artwork
 
So after drawing a dozen or so robots and a couple of cyborgs for a freelance client, I thought I'd take a break and draw a quick pencil sketch of this seaside landscape which real estate value would no doubt be way over my head should the location exist. I figure this would be a fantastic place to cook fried noodles. Anyway, enjoy.

The art, I mean, not the fried noodles.

The Crescent Cliffs
 

Today's Breakfast

19 July 2005 | Hisham | | Food
 
Fried Noodles With Omelette

Using whatever ingredients left in the fridge, I came up with this earlier today, took a picture of it, gobbled it all down, and now in my belly it will find a new definition of pain & suffering as it is slowly digested over a thousand years. Click on the above thumbnail for a larger image.
 

Baseball Anyone?

18 July 2005 | sila | | Family Pics
 

What could be more American than baseball and apple pie? Why would a Malaysian girl even give a hoot? Because baseball is Vin's obsession. (He likes apple pie too, and blasphemously, I don't, but that's a different story altogether). During the spring and summer months Vin eats, drinks, lives, and breathes baseball. During the off-season, he keeps track of the trades and developments in the Major Leagues. We started dating in August of 2000, and by the fall of 2001 (the first full baseball season, spring-summer of 2001), I could read a box score. And Vin and I had a long-distance relationship.

Many baseball widows would probably reprimand me for encouraging this obsession but (un)fortunately for me, baseball means more than just something Vin is unnaturally fixated on. We met at a baseball game. What? What was I, the least-interested-worst-possible-athletic person in the world doing at a baseball game?

 

Galactica's Fear Factor?

16 July 2005 | Hisham | | Misc Sci-Fi, TV
 
Separated at birth?

In conjunction with the much anticipated second season of Ronald D. Moore's Battlestar Galactica last night, I will put to you the somewhat retarded question:

Isn't Tahmoh Penikett (Helo of BSG) a spitting image of Fear Factor (and dont forget Newsradio)'s Joe Rogan? I can't get the image of Helo creating a stun gun out of a garage door remote out of my mind... with Dave Foley and Andy Dick running past him in the background.