MORE BEADS AND A RAPID PROTOTYPING PROJECT
What supplies do you need to do glass beads? :0
Depends what I want to do! 8D If you want the basic of basic kits, you’d need:
- A torch
- Fuel! I use propane, which is okay, but if you’re a professional oxyacetylene’s the way to go
- Glass that melts at the same temperature
- Metal rods (called mandrels)
- Bead remover
- Proper kind of welding glasses
- Some place to let the beads cool down slowly (preferably a kiln) (I cheat and use insulation whoops)
That’s it! The welding glasses are because when the glass is under the flame, it turns into a GIANT BALL OF FIRE and you can’t really see anything, so the glasses remove all the red flame. IT’S PRETTY COOL. If you want to do more, you can also get:
- Flat Tongs (to squish the glass into squares)
- Rounding block (I don’t know what it’s called. It’s pretty much a slab of something on a stick; you use it to make the bead more even if it’s a barrel, or make a cone bead or something like that)
- Poker (to POKE and DRAG GLASS to make bubbles and hearts and whatever)
- gold/silver filigree (to roll the bead in)
- Tweezers (to pull on stuff, and make stringers, which are skinny glass rods)
There’s probably a lot more stuff you can get! A place to let the bead remover dry on the mandrels and a well-ventilated area to actually make the beads is good, too. BUT YEAH LAMPWORK IS PRETTY FUN
Wally Wood's 22 Panels
There’s an interesting article on Robot 6 titled “Mike Oeming’s homage to Wally Wood’s 22 Panels That Always Work”. It’s about a piece of comics history that still floats around today for comic artists to reference. This actually works as lettering reference, as well. Although hand-lettering isn’t as common as it used to be, some of the oldest lessons still work best even in the realm of digital lettering.
(i.e. Word balloons float UP, more often than not.
Balloon tails can point toward the speaker without getting too close.
Oh and, consistency is key to legibility.)
James Cameron & JJ Abrams in conversation with Spielberg - for 2 hours, on video
This is a rare & very cool chance to listen to three directors talk about directing. These guys know what they’re doing, and there are some great lessons to be drawn from the conversation:
- Spielberg, about 2-shots as opposed to singles: “You’re the editor, as an audience. You get to look where you want.”
- Improvising is a strength: Spielberg talks about how he let the stunt director and actors come up with the flying wing fight in Raiders of the Lost Ark.
- On actors: The kids had to believe E.T. was real, they couldn’t just act like he’s real. They have to feel he’s real.
- “If the script has no tone, I don’t direct the picture.”
- Basic suspense as cinematic foreplay - make the audience so they don’t want to look at what you’re going to reveal, or they can’t wait to see it… but they can’t be in-between.It’s fortunate for us that the DGA recorded the event and posted it online! You can see the video here
Daily sketch, as promised.
Gonna try alternating focus between boys and girls every day. Not for any particular reason, I just want to make sure I’m sketching girls as often as boys in this 30-day exercise.
reblog reblog forever
a denial of temporal succession
Puella Magi Madoka Magica
every so often, I wonder why I’m doing this cosplay
then something like this comes along and kicks my feels in the gut
You’re strong, you can fly.
My hero! <3