Posts Tagged ‘cowboy’

Meanwhile in the Music Industry

July 3, 2013

Before you read, play this song as an accompanying piece to heighten the experience.

I wasn’t sure if I should post this as it’s a bit of a cheap shot. I asked my brother, he said: ‘It’s like slagging off the stereophonics, everyone knows that they’re shit.’
I responded ‘But should I post it?’
He replied ‘If the NME like them then you should post it, if not…’

Meanwhile in the music industry - Joshua Kahan

Josh

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Adventures in 3D using Zbrush

April 24, 2012

I must say i’m not a big fan of 3D, what I mean by that is I’m not a fan of doing it, or I haven’t been.

I had some classes at university but I found it a bit dry and didn’t enjoy them much. Probably because it didn’t match up to anything I was doing at the time or wanted to do. Namely drawing.

As I’m sure you know I like to draw.

Zbrush was always intriguing to me since it seemed to be like drawing and sculpting it also looked easy (rather than building virtual lego, using maths and playing around with different confusing tabs and sliders in Maya or 3DS Max). I was intimidated by the deceptively complex interface.

Last week I started doing some Z brush tutorials on Lynda.com from the beginning. I was pleasantly suprised with the results.

Here is my first attempt:

Is it just me or does the first one look a bit like Michael Winner?

And my second, the following day:

This is an as of yet unfininshed 3D bust of a character I created in early 2007: The Frankenstein Vampire Cowboy©. I’m going to be working on him a bit more in the coming months.

It’s amazing what you can do once you get the hang of an interface.

I think the problem with learning a new program is getting it to do the things you want it to do. Skill is transferable, which I guess is reassuring. I don’t feel 100% comfortable with the interface yet, given a little time, not as much as one might think. I reckon a week or two of tutorials and playing around would leave one feeling pretty confident.

There are some great things made in Zbrush on CGhub ch-check it.

Josh

Farewell Fear Agent – The End of an Era

December 13, 2011

Last month Fear Agent, one of my two favourite ongoing comics of the past few years ended (the other being The Boys).

For those of you that don’t know Fear Agent is an action-sci-fi-horror-pulp-esque space epic written by Rick Remender and illustrated by Tony Moore and Jerome Opena all of whom are badass. It tells the story of Heath Huston a drunkard, alien exterminator/bounty hunter and the last of the fear agents. He’s also from Texas and the luckiest ill fated cowboy ever to exist.

It has pretty much has everything anyone could ever want in life or comics (if you’re me anyhow). Things like time travel, space pirates, gladiatoral combat, zombies, giant robots of the stompy variety, ray guns, interdimensional jaunts, cowboys and plot twists galore. It does them well and nothing seems out of place.

This is my tribute to the ending of an era and a series I enjoyed very, very much. If you have’t read it, do so!

Josh

Don’t Cha Just Hate It?

December 23, 2009

I just saw a cowboy film I last saw when I was on holiday in 1996 and back then I thought it was awesome. For 12 years my brother and I wondered what it was called since we missed the beggining, there were no ad breaks, or TV guides in English, hell we didn’t even know what channel we were on!

The only detail of particular note that we remembered was the name of the Villain.

Graff

One night last year, by chance I stumbled upon information that led me on the trail to finding out what the film was called.

I found out, not only that the film was called The Last Outlaw, but that Graff was played by none other than Mickey Rourke.

A year later at my brother’s insitence I find a copy, we get drunk (that’s another story), and we watch the film.

I have to say we were both quite disappointed.

It just wasn’t how we remembered it. The film we saw all those years ago was epic, violent and cool and I swear there were Apaches in it.

This was short, dumb, and boring furthermore it lacked any type of native american tomahawk wielding, bow slinging action.

(side note: This is in comparrison to the film we expected to see, as a film it’s quite good and the acting is fine.)

The memory of the film all those years ago has not been tainted, and I retain the essence of what it was that made it great to a 7 and 10 year old.

One day i will make the film that i saw and not the film it was 13 years later. I might even throw in a few other fun elements into the mix. I think it would be pretty cool to change Graff into some sort of Vampire, Werewolf, stalker killer thing and give all his old posse bigger guns.


Josh