Has humanity always been engaged in anachronistic behavior? Did the people of the 1900’s have the same interest in ‘bringing back’ the 1850’s like people nowadays like to ‘bring back’ the 1950’s?
Stunning Steampunk Leather Bags And Books
These bags and books are the work of Russian leatherworker and throat singer Serguei Kooc. He’s created incredibly detailed Steampunk bags and books with lots of brass accents.
I think Chemb0t will like this
That I do. Very cool =D
Q:Do you have any advice on eyes? I notice that with your drawing that the eyes really extrude form the face and don't look flat - in turn with the muzzle. Do you have a guideline/can you show an example?
I’m not sure this exactly what you wanted, but I felt like drawing out! This is how I think of Mobian eyes and basic facial structure. You can see the basic forms here (these are VERY rough doodles, done straight from my head).
For drawing purposes, the eyes are ovals that mostly conform to the curve of the head, with just a slight bulge outward while the eyebrows are set over the surface of the head.
As far as my headcanons for what’s going on here anatomy-wise, the Mobian eye is set up differently from the human— they still have relatively normal eyeballs, but they are set in very large eye sockets, cushioned by muscle tissue. Instead of the eyeball rolling in the socket, the whole eyeball moves around the socket. The sclera/cornea/iris is not wrapped around the eyeball; instead, the sclera is an elastic surface covering the whole eye area, only attached around the pupil. On the characters with the giant mono-eyes, the sclera is connected but they still have two eyeballs underneath. The advantage of this eye setup would be a very large range of vision, but it presents a very large vulnerable area; as such, Mobians have thick and highly flexible brows to help protect the eye and sturdy eyelids. They probably have secondary eyelids too, but that gets in strange territory.
Bottom line is… they’re toons. I’m obviously playing fast and loose with everything here!
(and yes Sonic is a little cross-eyed when he looks forward)
I hope this helps!
This is something I had been wondering about for the longest time, and I knew you would be one to resolve it. =] These diagrams will be tremendously useful for anyone wanting to model and rig a more expressive Mobian/sonic style character.
In terms of anatomy, I find this explanation quite plausible. Only thing for mono-eyed characters is that they seem to lack lacrimals or tear duct structures, which are usually located between the eyes… Then again, that comes to some advantage for expressiveness. If they cry, the tears will just spray out everywhere. XD
Q:Is it true we don't use all of our brain??? If so, why can't we. I mean, we have a brain, why not use it all to its superlative capability?
Why not indeed. The idea that we only use a small portion of the brain, usually quantified by a very specific number, is completely false. I don’t even have a guess as to where it originated, but it has since spread and infected the public consciousness. We do, in fact, use all of our brain.
Of course, this implies that we can’t just “switch on” the rest of the dormant brain and magically become smarter and more handsome, like Bradley Cooper’s character in Limitless. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
However, that doesn’t mean that the way in which our brain operates is at all times completely optimal for our goals. Increasing or decreasing activity in certain parts of the brain, or certain neurotransmitter pathways, could plausibly make at least some of us happier or more productive. Which, of course, is nothing new, since we have been using psychoactive drugs for such purposes since the dawn of medicine. As we learn more about the brain, we will come closer to the level of understanding required to really mess with it in ways that can, possibly, make us smarter or happier without risking dangerous side effects. But we aren’t really there yet. Most current drugs, or non-drug methods of altering the brain come with a long sheet of possible adverse reactions.
Obviously it would be easier if there really were large swaths of the brain going unused all the time, just sort of hitchhiking on the evolutionary trail, a sort of parasitic neural network gobbling up nutrients and energy—the brain is the part of our body that uses the most energy as compared to its volume—that we could activate to become superhuman. But that really isn’t the case.
And if you think about it, that really makes no sense at all on two levels. First, why would we have a huge organ that consumes huge amounts of precious (at least in prehistoric times) energy if we only used a small portion of it? If we could do with the brain of a baboon, we would never have retained, or evolved such a big brain in the first place. And secondly: consider the extremely implausible-even-for-a-hypothetical scenario that we all were actually carrying around a huge brain but only using a small portion of it. That would constitute normal experience. What would happen if we suddenly activated the rest? In the movies, the obvious answer is that we’d be superhuman. But maybe we’d actually become emotional wrecks, or maybe we’d become intellectually impaired because the mind could not integrate all the new activity into a coherent picture.
Luckily for us, no such dilemma faces us. The 10% or whatever number is making the rounds is completely fabricated.
However, while it’s not the case that ordinary healthy people go around not using a large chunk of their brain, it is possible to survive and even thrive with minimal loss of cognitive function with only half your brain. A procedure known as hemispherectomy involves removing or severing one hemisphere of the brain. This surgery is only performed in extreme cases of epilepsy where the source of seizures has been found to be localized to one hemisphere, due to the obvious risks of cutting out or off one half of someone’s brain. Remarkably, the brain, especially if the surgery is performed at a young age, is able to adapt and allow basically all of the functions of the other hemisphere to be taken over by the one remaining.
This comes up way too often than it should. Let this clarify. =]
I’m Looking at the Man in the Mirror
Visited this last week. The video does not do it justice. They keep it so clean that it’s hard to tell where it starts and ends, and it feels as if you could reach out and touch the reflections. Definitely worth seeing in person if you have a chance.
A long overdue sculpt of King Kazma from the Summer wars film. =] I started this around August last year and never got around to finishing it off until now. It was no easy task doing the final passes. Apparently I had made the parts so complex that it was crashing Zbrush every time I tried exporting. Nothing can bring your computer to its knees like 3d modeling software! @_@
Anyway, I’m happy that this is done. I was tempted to go further and do some hair sim on it but I think I’ll save that (and my sanity) for another day. Enjoy!=]
Done in Zbrush and Photoshop.
Total hours spent: ~26 hours (non consecutive)
Check out my model in live 3d here!