Studying Animation

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Finally, I HAVE FREE TIME!!! 😱😱😱

It has been a very VERY long time since I posted anything. Mainly because I have school. AND SCHOOL WAS VERY BUSY. Now it’s the semester break for 1.5 months so I decided to take a good rest, and work at the same time.

Well, now I study animation in school. I have to say I’m I having quite a fun time despite all the deadlines and rushing of work. I want to show what I did for school and what I did to secretly hide “Nirvalius” in my works for school. I’ll go over module by module.

Graphic Design Principles
This module basically teaches us how to use two adobe softwares which are Photoshop and Illustrator and also encourages brain storming ideas under one topic. This was my favourite module. Comparing Photoshop with Illustrator, I think Illustrator is such a bitch. Maybe it’s because this was still new to me so the software will not cooperate with me?

So the first assignment was to generate 50 ideas for one topic. There was a series of topics to choose from and I chose the work “Clocks”. These were the 50 ideas I had to finish in one term, it was rather short time period.

This is the 50 ideas assignment. You can Zoom In to see the images.

This is the 50 ideas assignment. You can Zoom In to see the images.

After that, we had to design a movie poster based on the ideas.

This is the poster

This is the poster

Introduction to Computer Graphics

This module is actually introducing us the basics of this computer animation software called Autodesk MAYA. As usual as this is a software I never used before, it was a total bitch to use. I will try to get used to this. Below is a garage I modelled from an image for the first assignment.

4 Angles of Garage

4 Angles of Garage

Below is the second assignment I did which is a model of a bicycle from an image.

Bicycle at an angle

Bicycle at an angle

And then this bicycle is put into the garage.

Bicycle in the Garage At An Angle

Bicycle in the Garage At An Angle

Traditional Animation

In this module, we produce animation by drawing frame-by-frame drawing on animation paper. So, we learn about the 12 animation principles and lots more. But I have to say that I spend the most time of my life in this module. It is very VERY time-consuming. Below is the second assignment I submitted for examination. They are just a few seconds long but it took me more than two weeks to do, not all days of the week, but still took a very long time.

I'm so sorry that the animation looked very glitched. Because I just converted the video to a GIF

I’m so sorry that the animation looked very glitched. Because I just converted the video to a GIF

Drawing

We do drawing. Basically. Learn how to do perspective drawing, some inking techniques and some basic anatomy. This module I would have to say was my worse one. Because I wasn’t having any of it. The lecturer’s teaching and instructions were very incomplete and that’s why the final work comes out different from other classes.

The Drawing isn't that good. Whatever

The Drawing isn’t that good. Whatever

History Of Animation

This module requires us to know how to do a presentation and use more of the PowerPoint tools to execute a “Graphical” approach to telling a Story. We have to do our research on a person in the animation Industry or film and tell a story on it through the PowerPoint Slides. The most irritating part of this assignment is that you would take the longest time ever trying to add the citations which is very important but irritating.

Other Modules

We have two more modules like “General Education” and “Communication and Team Effectiveness” which are irrelevant to what I’m learning so I won’t talk about that.

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So that’s all. I really have great fun with this course. Very interesting. I’ll see you guys soon. Bye Guys.

Do check out nirvalius.blogspot.com I’ll update new comics soon.

1 more day

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Time flies really fast, doesn’t it? It has been quite a long time since I have ever posted anything on this blog. I took a really long break because, I just decided to draw, and work.

I recently participated to the freshmen orientation camp organised by the school. I have made new friends and rebonded with two old friends. One that has been in the same school with me for my life, and another who is really close friends with me in primary two, lost contact for 8 years.

The official orientation was ok. Really, there wasn’t really time to bond with our classmates. But we had like one day, just during flag day. Flag Day was like my polytechnic’s tradition. Bit they sent us somewhere where there are all the residential areas are, so not much luck with the raising of money.

Lessons officially starts tomorrow. I’m kind of scared but VERY VERY excited. It’s really something new from what I study in secondary school so I hope I don’t die.

As for my blog, I decided to TRY to post weekly. And daily posts would be on Dayre.me/xelfstorm. I’ll try posting starting tomorrow or today. As for nirvalius, I’m still going on at it. But since school is starting, I don’t know if I’ll have much time to do. But I’ll try. Now I have photoshop since it came in free when I’m a student at the polytechnic, I should be editing it faster.

So, I’ll post tomorrow! Wish me all the luck in polytechnic as an animation student! 😀

Return & Update

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Wow, haven’t blogged in a very long time. I’m now seated in a food court waiting for my workplace to open their doors. What am I talking about? Well, let’s start from the end of my ‘O’ level exams…

I did mention that I won’t even touch blogging the slightest when the exams drew closer. I was really stressed because this might determine my future. So obviously I’d freak out. I struggled with Additional Mathematics (Duh!) and Chemistry exam. I am really afraid.

My exams were split into two parts: The written papers and the multiple-choice papers. There was a one week break between the two.

During that week, the was the annual Anime Festival Asia (AFA). And, it was stated that a fictional band called EGOIST was going to perform. I didn’t know what EGOIST is or what is it about. The rest of the acts didn’t gain my interest. Yes, May’n, LiSA and Aoi Eir are performing, but I only know like average 2 of their songs. So,.it wouldn’t be worth it to pay money to attend the concert until I know more of their music.

When I watched the official trailer for the concert. I was rather impressed. Music from EGOIST was so amazing. The song that wad playing was 名前のない怪物(Namae no Nai Kaibutsu i.e., Nameles Beast). It was so good. Since then, I have been listening to their/her music. Like, The Everlasting Guilty Crown, All Alone With You and elbadaernU(Unreadable). There was also this song called Traumerei by LiSA that was rather good. On my playlist.

When I got so engrossed with EGOIST, I decided that I would want to go to the concert, even though EGOIST will be performing with other acts. I’m OK with that. I asked my mum, and she said no, because concerts are expensive. Her disapproval was a blessing.

That’s because later it was announced that BABYMETAL will be having their first overseas concert in my country. It’s my favourite band anyways (I’m sixteen, it’s not creepy). For some strange reason, my mum agreed to let me go. But I must earn my own money to pay for the concert. Of course I wad happy.

I then asked my friends to help me purchase the concert tickets first since they are first sold at AFA and they are going. Being such good fiends, they did help me purchase the tickets in the first hour. (I got the second ticket ever sold for the general admission >w

After my ‘O’ levels, my mum initially agreed to get me a new phone which was the Sony Xperia Z1 (loyal Sony fan). However after realizing how expensive the phone is, she said I have to buy it myself.(sigh)

So, I went job hunting with my friends after the very last paper. That day was very tiring and stressful. We filled up application forms for a bakery, bookstore, supermarket etc.

Many days later, I got the call from the bookstore. So, the interview was long but very detailed and it was mainly the interviewer talking. I got the job. It was working for the stationary department of the bookstore, not very difficult work. Just arranging stuff and doing customer service. Seriously, customer service is the BEST, should do a whole post on that.

Right now I’m on my 5th day of work. Half-way there to reaching the total price of the Xperia Z1 (Seriously, why is it so expensive). More importantly, I hope my boss pays on time. I really really want that phone.

Anyways, see y’all soon. BYEEE!

*** OMG, finally started drawing for Nirvalius. Should be released on 23 December.

*** Started a vlogging channel: http://www.YouTube.com/user/xElfhood

*** Probably won’t be able to blog next week. I will be overseas and it would be rare to have an internet connection.

Weekly Sum-Up #2: Holiday Edition

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Monday
Had a study date with a close friend. We only did physics and some ranting. Like, BABYMETAL performed in Indonesia and is not coming to my country. Blah.

Watched episode 10 (I can’t remember) of Highschool DxD and started watching another anime: Valvrave the Liberator to hopefully get me excited about this year’s Anime Festival Asia (AFA). Seriously didn’t feel like going.

Studied Social Studies. Like reading the second chapter in detail.

Tuesday
Watched Episodes 2-7 of Valvrave The Liberator. The anime is not bad and very interesting. Also realized that the opening theme song is sang by TM Revolution and Mizuki Nana. (OMG!!)

Made the decision to finish an assessment book. It’s Additional Mathematics and each chapter is about average 60 questions. Started.

Wednesday
Watched finish Valvrave The Liberator. The anime is quite cool, a bit shocking and the finale was a cliffhanger. Oh well, noticed that the anime is rather old. So season 2 is next month. (Yay!!)

Continued with Additional Mathematics Marathon.

Felt like using Google’s Blogger for my Nirvalius Project since Blogger is free. I really really love WordPress, just that there is a memory limit making it annoying.

I’ll stick with WordPress for this blog. Nirvalius will be transfered to Blogger soon.

Thursday
Pure studying. Although it really feel like ripping my brains out. But, I’m fine with that.

Also, X FACTOR USA. I know a bit shocking but we’re able to recieve the telecast from my country. It airs on a local channel at the same day the episode is aired but shown at 10.30pm. All my friends know that’s my bed time. But, anything for X Factor.

Friday
Pure Studying. I really feel like killing myself but I’ll persevere. My mum decided to stay home.

My mum brought me out to a shopping mall to eat some Japanese food. I also had a haircut. The barbers never cut my fringe. Hmm, not aiming for a very long fringe ya know.

At 10.30pm, X FACTOR USA. I wad actually quite surprised because it’s 2 hours. It’s a good thing. But, shouldn’t the 2 hour episodes be shown on a Thursday instead of Fridays?

Weekly Sum-Up #1

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This ia the first Weekly Sum-Up where I summarise my week in one post. Here it is:

Monday
Had A Physics Paper. Only went to school for 1h 45 min. School Really?

Tuesday
Had an Additional Mathematics paper and Chemistry Multiple Choice Paper. It was hard.

That afternoon, my chemistry teacher also texted me saying I didn’t do well for that paper but did well for my structured answers paper.

It was also my mum’s birthday (3rd September)! We went to eat Penang, Malaysian food. It was a buffet. And coincidentally, my mum met her long lost neighbor from her childhood. My mum’s from Penang, so he’s from Penang too.

My mum’s almost like 40 and have not seen each other for like 30 years? Amazingly that he is able to recognize her after so long and calling her by her personal Chinese name.

Wednesday
Had A 1hr Multiple Choice Physics paper. Zzzz.

But, went I got home, I played The Sims 3!! I also started recording the gameplay with my voice and posted it on YouTube!

Y’all can finally hear how I sound like at my YouTube Gaming channel: xElfStormGaming

Thursday
Teachers’ Day Celebration! It’s along the day I found guitars mainstream and every script for a school performance of the MCs to be standard.

Every performance was the acoustic guitar. Anything else?

Friday
Actual Teachers’ Day. Wished my chemistry teacher teacher’s day by texting as that’s the only teacher’s number I have.

Also, HighSchool DxD Season 2 Marathon! Haven’t watched season 2 yet so finally watched it. Too much nudity. I thought that the story and plot was fantastic. Once they add the naked girls, they are just overdoing it.

Taking A Break from Daily Blogging

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Hey guys,

I’m letting y’all know that I’ll be taking a break from xElfStorm Daily category. I have to type a post every single day and I take away ten minutes of my studying time.

So, I’ll still be posting on xElfStorm Daily. But, it won’t be daily. I’ll just post whenever I have time.Sorry!

I’ll return to daily blogging at 29 October or 13 November when I’ll be finishing my National Exams.

Wish Me Luck!

I Lost My Phone

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Found It!

Lost it the whole afternoon and night yesterday. That’s why I couldn’t post yesterday.

Well, I hid my phone so that I won’t be distracted from studying. Then, I couldn’t remember where I put it. I found it when I was about to sleep: Under my blanket. So, oops.

Anyway, today’s exam was relatively easier so I hope I do well. And there will be a separate post Rants #1

Boredom

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Today was my Social Studies and Elementary Mathematics exam. This is the first time I am confident about my math exam.

Then, there is that Social Studies exam. Well, the Source Based Question was confusing and hell. It was about the Hutus and Tutsis and suddenly the united nations. What the hell. Don’t even know what the sources are talking about or refering to.

Now, I am studying geography. Oh god, not much time left. Byee

No School!

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Today was no fun at all. I truly studied the while entire day using my desktop on Google Keep. Ok, it’s really the whole day if you exclude transport time, meals, a bit of Happy Wheels, deciding which is better: WordPress or Blogger.

How to study using Google Keep? I was studying for Social Studies, which requires a lot of memory work. So, I typed whatever I could remember and checked with my notes to make sure it’s right. Anyway, it automatically sync with my phone, so I can sort of study on bus rides.

And yes, it was very distracting. That’s how I got to Happy Wheels. Trust, I only played for 15 minutes. Then I went to check why my science blog project on blogspot for more views than thus blog. After that, I diligently studied.

In tomorrow’s exam, I’m seriously going to vomit out all my knowledge and hope I do well. Hope that my teacher don’t fail the whole level again for being able to memorise word for word from the notes