Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Photoshop Rig & Mecha

So i got a new PC, and i tried to stay below or at $1,500
the main function would be Photoshop, so for the scratch disk,
got a Solid state hard drive and didn't care much about 3d capabilities,
nor the quad core processor.

Photoshop can only use 3 Gigs of Ram in 64bit, if i remember well,
but i didn't go for the 64bit OS so 4GB ram was the way to go.

first test on it was trying some crazy
scaterring + dual brush+ none spacing + texture
BRUSHES at 170dpi , and i gotta say it was very smooth.

I usually work everything at 72dpi cause i like the speed,
with this machine i can finally upgrade to 170dpi for everything
and keep my speed addiction.

Altough, somehow i fear this Rig is not that stable,
yesterday it frooze meanwhile i was painting this image,
just frooze, never happened to me with windows XP
and the same version of PS been using for a while . . . only time will tell.

Here are the main specs:

case: CoolerMaster Centurion 590 RC-590 Mid-Tower 420W Case
cpu: Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 CPU @ 3.00GHz 1333FSB 4MB L2 Cache 64-bit
hard drive: Single Hard Drive 750GB SATA-II 3.0Gb/s 16MB Cache 7200RPM HDD
2 hard drive: 32 GB 2.5 inch SATA Gaming MLC Solid State Disk
motherboard : Asus P5N-E nForce 650i SLI Chipset LGA775 FSB1333 DDR2
Ram: (Req.DDR2 MainBoard)4GB (2x2GB) PC6400 DDR2/800 Dual Channel Memory
Powersupply: 750 Watts Power Supplies (Corsair CMPSU-750TX - Quad SLI Ready
Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT 1GB 16X PCI Express

Gotta give credit to my wife Kelly who was the mastermind
behind the planning of the new PC, great job baby <3

And now some Mecha partially created and finished
in the new "IL MONSTRO" PC

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

COMICON challenge Top finalist

Yay!, results are out and i'm happy to share with
you guys, the good news :-) got a 3rd place in the competition.
The contest was great and as always FredH did a great job!

The competition was similar to Dominance War but with a comic book spin.
So the character i choose was Battle Angel Alita

I got some great critique and comments from the judges
and got another chance to share and have fun with a lot of talented artists.

Here is the page with the COMICON challenge results
I guess in retrospective i see that my illustration abilities
are still really weak, i don't feel very comfortable,
but i like more the concept art and brainstorming part.

If you guys want i can share and post all the process and images for this entry,
drop me a comment to let me know :-)