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At the Soda Fountain by Ammut88
by Ammut88

Composition: Exquisite. The red domes/seat lead the eye around nicely. The diagonal lines in the counter also lead the eye into the ima...

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Shikijiyu
Nikolaus
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Current Residence: Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
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Operating System: 17in MacBook Pro - 2.4GHz Dual Core, 2GB Ram
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Sometimes life isn’t content with giving you a single serving of work and obligations.  Sometimes life sees it fit to heap it on until your plate is damn well near overflowing, and then life still tries to spoon on a bit more, like an insistent mother in law who is utterly convinced that you are much too skinny.

Such is my current situation.

Let me preface by making it clear that I am not complaining.  And although I find myself considerably more stressed and harried than I can remember being in a long time, I can say with utter conviction that I am actually quite pleased by life’s sudden effort to inundate me.

There are consequences, of course.  There are priorities to list, and I am mourning, to some degree, those hobbies that have slipped from the bottom of said list and have fallen quite out of my current reach.  Such is the fate of my random deviations, which, sadly, is a pastime that I have derived a great deal of enjoyment from.  Lost alongside them are rampant gaming, excessive hockey practice, and even gratuitous Family Guy watching.  But, like I was saying, priorities are priorities.

So I’m afraid I will not be making any more random deviations for a while.  Fortunately, the key word in this instance is “random.”  This is because one of my new obligations is a full course load of work from the Academy of Art in San Francisco.  I spent a couple of months compiling and creating a nice little portfolio, which they apparently judged as being sufficient for acceptance, and I am now enrolled in the graduate program for fine arts, where I am pursuing an MFA in animation and visual effects.

My two most recent submissions were for my figure illustration class, the first being for practice, and the second being an assignment.  If you were curious, they apparently went over without a hitch.  In addition to illustration, I also have an animation and an art history class.  Hopefully I will soon have something moderately decent to submit from the animation class.  I doubt I will be creating anything in the history class, though I hope it influences the overall quality of my work in general.

If a full graduate course load at a relatively demanding university were not enough, I have had the great fortune, and I mean that quite seriously and enthusiastically, of being taken under the wing of one of the top-notch engineers at my job.  He had been a fan of my 3D illustration work, but has now been making a very serious and active effort to push me into doing actual mechanical engineering drawings.  So in addition to learning all about art and animation, I am also learning about mechanical engineering, machining, and computer aided design (using Solidworks, to be specific).  

Although giving up hobbies to focus on obligations is never easy, I can look into the future possibilities this effort will unlock and try to accept, as gracefully as I can, the current burdens I am shouldering.  In the end I cannot imagine a more interesting, useful, and potentially lucrative set of skills.

Wish me luck.    :)
  • Mood: Content
  • Reading: The Illusion of Life

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Silence-x-Music Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014
Hi! is it okay if I'm asking you for help? I'm doing an animation project right now about ocean in cartoon style. So I already made the ocean with toon shader in maya, but I dunno how to add some splash there if there's a boat. All i found is to make the splash in realistic style but I can't find the one in toon shader. I hope you're still active in here D:
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Shikijiyu Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014
I'm honestly not sure.  Whenever I have had to work with fluids I have used RealFlow.  If you can create a realistic splash in Maya can't you just assign the toon shader to the geometry used in the realistic splash?
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Silence-x-Music Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
ah yes.. because basically the splash it self is created by the shader. but i changed the plan to the ordinary ocean shader instead of toon anyway. thanks! btw.. if i used ocean wake examples from visor, do you know how to add the splash onto it? because all it have is the simulation and wake. is it possible? 
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foto-z Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Professional Photographer
Hi, I'd like to use your BR Jungle image in the background of a personal project (i.e. non-commercial). Would that be ok with you? Have tried sending you a note last week but perhaps you no longer check those because I haven't heard anything.
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Shikijiyu Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014
Sorry, I'm hardly on here.  Consider this granted permission for your non-commercial work, if you are still interested.
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authorkatiemac Featured By Owner May 14, 2013
Would really like to use your picture The Old Tire Swing as a book cover. Could you please tell me how to contact you, or contact me at authorkatiemac@ymail.com. Thank you!
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dupac Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012
We would like to use your image The Old Tire Swing in our materials to promote our production of David Lindsay-Abaire's play Rabbit Hole at Dominican University in the upcoming 12/13 season. How do I contact you?
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znow-white Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2010
Your Resources have been included in my Gems Article for the Resources & Stock image gallery [link]
Thank you for sharing with the community.:rose: :heart:
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Shikijiyu Featured By Owner May 19, 2010
You bet :)
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Deathspiker Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2010
Hey, I'm wondering if I can use your hi-res wine glass picture for a website building assignment that's due tomorrow. The business I have do make the website about is a winery, and this would make a great background!!
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