Saturday, July 21, 2012

Six Degrees of Star Trek: Before and After

This is the bottom half list of guest actors in Star Trek roles other than what they were famous for. It includes everyone appearing in the different series, in no particular order.

Before he was Zephram Cochrane in Star Trek: First Contact, James Cromwell guest starred in The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine. In the episode "Birthright I & II", he was the most unrecognizable as a Yridian.

Gwynyth Walsh's Lursa made it to the big screen in Star Trek: Generations. After her long stint as a Duras Sister, she was a member of a telepathic race in Voyager's "Random Thoughts". I can't help but notice that parts of her uniform appeared in previous episodes as well.

You all knew him as Kang. After playing the Klingon, Michael Ansara was Lwaxana's husband. Their marriage was annulled, when Odo took Lwaxana as wife so she may keep their unborn son in "The Muse".

Scott MacDonald actually started acting in television in Star Trek: The Next Generation. Before he was Tosk in Deep Space Nine and the Xindi Reptilian Dolim in Enterprise, his first role was a Romulan in "Face of the Enemy". To see what he really looks like, watch Voyager's "Caretaker". He was on the bridge.

I have more, but these are the more notable of characters.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Royale Kittens in Pencil

Here is an old drawing. The Royale kittens. As you can see, I have a preference for negative spaces. White fur made for an interesting shape. Although, I do not like the shading the kitty on the left, I can't help but be drawn in by the eyes.

Commercial Art Logo Concept

This was the original sketch for the design I submitted for the logo contest years ago. It was drawn on a piece of scrap during my commute to work. That is why I keep paper in my pockets. I see now the finished product kept a lot of the same elements on the pineapple.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Betta Colour Characteristics As I understand it, iridescence occurs naturally. Only black and red are pigments. The best way to see the refraction is by shining a flashlight on the red betta.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Anne: Journey to Green Gables

A few years ago, when I was browsing my IMDB page, I saw two different credits appear for Anne: Journey to Green Gables. There is a very interesting story to go with that.

After Walt Disney Animation Toronto closed, I took over as Design Coordinator for a former colleague. This was my first production job, so I was naturally very green. Not long into this contract, I had a previous obligation to another job. Regrettably, I had to quit before the end of the project.
That other production did not last either. Over a year had past before I connected with this studio again. I had called the producer for 'lunch'. Instead of networking with her, I was offered a job. That is when I came back as a Production Assistant.
Now, it had been a while since I had seen the movie. There was just the screening at the Royal Ontario Museum, after production wrapped. I had no way of reading what was on the screen then. Until CTV started airing the Anne of Green Gables series Sundays this month. That is when I got to see my name appear twice. Considering this was not part of the live action mini series, I was very surprised to find the film streaming for a limited time. To think, this was the only feature for which I could not find the DVD.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Goldfish Camera Settings

This is the one. Shutter speed 1/15. ISO 100. It has been so hot lately, there is nothing like being in the basement, perched in front of the aquarium. Wished I could have used a tripod for this, but I have to hold the camera close to achieve the details on the eyes and fins.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Paper Model: Seated Figure

This is a scratch model of a seated figure in a dollhouse chair. The purpose of which will be for scale as I work out the design for the next version of paper cut man and woman. This was measured specifically for the little chair. The body was cut out as one piece and the head is a standard cylinder.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Dog Walk Cycle

Dog Walk Cycle via Stop Motion Animation
Here is something I was thinking of doing with the scraps left over from making paper models. It turned out OK. The full walk cycle for dog or any quadrupeds require 8 frames, but cutting by eye resulted in too many frustrating mistakes. I captured the images upside down with my laptop webcam. This is good considering the paper and size of the model made it too difficult to stand upright. Stay tuned for more original paper creations.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Goldfish Too White

Goldfish Too White by cin_kong
Goldfish Too White, a photo by cin_kong on Flickr.
I used ISO 400 for this shot, however the white on the fish body will allow for ISO 200, and obviously less noise. Definitely, the aquarium lighting will be sufficient. Now if only I can get the patterns on the other side of this fish.