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What are you working on?

GuerrillaGuerrilla416 HelsinkiPosts: 2,430Administrator
edited March 1 in Work in Progress #1
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Welcome to What are you working on!

This thread is meant to provide a quick snapshot of what the good folks at SFM are currently working on. If you're currently working on something, feel free to post a shot in this thread. If you have a proper thread going on for your project, include a link to it as well.

This is a special thread, so it has a couple of special rules:

1. Post work
This thread is mainly for showing off your current project. If you want to comment, see if the author linked a thread.

2. Posts should contain at least one image (or video/sketchfab/whatever)
Since this is a thread for artwork, posts should ideally contain some actual work.

However,
3. Don't post too many images (or videos)
A couple of images per post is enough, and not all minor changes require an update. Focus on significant updates, and think of it as project highlights.

4. If it's huge, consider hosting it yourself
In case of truly massive images, please be mindful of the server load, and host them yourself. Videos should be uploaded to one of the many streaming platforms (youtube and vimeo embed directly). Also be mindful of page loading times. If your work is truly massive, post a smaller version and link to the big one.

5. Mind the text-to-image ratio
You can certainly explain what you're working on, but it shouldn't take longer than a paragraph. If you've come up with a cool backstory, technical specifications and such, post them in the actual project thread, and link to it.
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  • Howard DayHoward Day346 Posts: 375Member
    Hey, Awesome new forum! I'll start things off in this thread. I'm working on a Set of short Star Wars animations/films. I'm sorta working my way through the workload right now, but thanks to some lovely help from quite a few friends (not the least of which fractalsponge!) I've made some good progress. My current task is finishing up this Corellian Gunship:
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    Here's the latest 4K turnaround: (another one is rendering right now with some model updates)
    https://drive.google.com/file/d/1qVZe8iNTZ9bdyJL1uOh4j9SSmmwmIjuv/view?usp=sharing

    And here's the latest WIP 4K render (it varies in quality, apologies, it's a bit of a patchwork render) of the animation itself - two B-Wings returning from combat to land on a Mon Calamari cruiser.
    https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Jx-_oha9CygGD0mCEHDbEUY9Q644oWD1/view?usp=sharing
    Anyhow, I look forward to posting round these parts again.
    Enjoy!
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  • TallguyTallguy182 Posts: 393Member
    Howard, that's lovely. That kind of ship used to show up in the original Marvel Star Wars comics all the time.
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    • Like - scifieric on February 16, 2019.
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  • liam887liam887210 ViperPosts: 547Member
    Awesome Howard, glad to see you back! It was your work and others all those years ago that inspired me to get into 3D in the first place.

    Are you still working on the wings of Saint Nazaire game?
  • ComcoComco277 Posts: 1,233Administrator
    @Howard Day - Looks great! Looking forward to seeing some updates! How are you going about the fighter animation at the moment? Is it animated using spline paths? Or some other technique?
  • scifiericscifieric228 Posts: 874Member
    This is BEAUTIFUL work!
  • GuerrillaGuerrilla416 HelsinkiPosts: 2,430Administrator
    edited March 31 #7
    Messing around with more logos for a change, instead of doing anything actually productive
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  • BlueNeumannBlueNeumann268 Posts: 1,011Member
    I love logos! I did this kind of thing ages ago (pen on paper, of course) way back oin the day while I tried to create the logo for Xenoprobe. So this is right up my alley.

    I'm still doing Iron Star work, what else, but I saw this hubcap that would be the perfect design for the flag of the Framework, the overseeing body of that universe.
  • BrandenbergBrandenberg295 CaliforniaPosts: 866Member
    Truly Amazing Work. Congratulations to you.
  • MadKoiFishMadKoiFish1073 West of the right nutPosts: 3,735Member
    Nice to see CBS is now empowering fan art theft.

    https://www.teepublic.com/t-shirt/378880-trek-in-space?store_id=223493

    This company is in partnership with CBS for licensing fan designed shirts. Sadly it is just another venue to exploit stuff by scabs.

  • evil_genius_180evil_genius_180678 Posts: 8,505Member
    They finally found a legal way to make money off of fan art. As long as the cash rolls in, they probably don't care if the people making the shirts create the art themselves or not.

    As I recall, IDW was also ripping off fan art a few years ago, and you know CBS was making money on that license too.

    But, it's fan art. Odds are, if you make something people like, someone is going to steal it. It hasn't happened a lot, but I've found a few of my images with the credits removed/replaced in image searches over the years.
  • MadKoiFishMadKoiFish1073 West of the right nutPosts: 3,735Member
    edited July 22 #12
    It just galls me when I see people claiming others work and making a profit off it. I mean yeah I loath when these paypal and patreon filled RPG sites use art without permission (reason I do not do orthos) but least they are generally just using it in their game vs any profiting.

    Guess it is a reason I no longer release meshes as well though nothing stopping a person from shooping out the design pushing some filters on it and calling it theirs. Lack of professionalism. Almost makes me want to quit making scenes.

    I have seen my stuff cropped reposted rehosted etc a lot. That I have gotten used to as part of the net. It is when someone is attempting to use it as a way to gain with it that I get pissed.

    Yes IDW, I do not buy or read anything from it when a lot of it is just traced promotional photos and others work. How a artist could consider pulling a income from tracing others work be it a photo or a render/other art. hell I have seen some US comics where they use random photos off the net for poses etc. Just trace over a photo and alter it to suit.

    And some assholes have the gall to call me a shill for not having interest in their "project" or not doing as I am demanded to do or say I do not have time to waste looking things up or communicating information to them on demand.

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  • evil_genius_180evil_genius_180678 Posts: 8,505Member
    edited July 22 #13
    I don't like it when people profit off of others' work either. But, I'm also a realist.

    I stopped releasing meshes when I hardly saw them getting used. I did have one individual on another forum start modding one without asking permission once. He didn't understand why I didn't like that.

    I buy some IDW stuff because they have licenses I like. I think they mainly have good artists now. I don't understand feeling good about tracing over someone else's work and calling it yours either. Then they drew a salary on that too. I remember one particular instance where someone traced over Tobias Richter's Kelvinprise, he could even identify it down to which revision of the mesh it was.
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  • MadKoiFishMadKoiFish1073 West of the right nutPosts: 3,735Member
    Yeah when it is something you work on oddly you can pick it up right off. That tshirt thing was a small thumbnail on trekmeshes and I was like uh wait. . . .

    I still remember that wars poster where the person used a imperial ship from here in it.(was it Howard Day's or fractals's original design ship)

    That whole not getting it thing is really common now. People think we are there to serve them and nothing else. had some guy give me shit for a comment on Drexler's blog thinking we can just snap our fingers give up 3 months of life to provide them with the refitted NX mesh.

    Professional Morals seem thin on the ground lately. Seen other cases where people pinch concepts from online for pro work as well as film production. Heck you could argue the whole Discovery design was keyed up due to the popularity of reimagined designs from those old titans concepts.

    Cannot argue the 09 enterprise was not influenced by Gabe's connie design.

    In the end I think that particular mesh of mine has created more headaches than anything I have done. People ignoring the TOS and kitbashing it and using it in promotional materials or other derivative works. BUT it has been the one mesh released that got used a lot.

    I can totally understand the waste of time feeling when little is done with it.

    IDW if they had stuff I really wanted to look at I still do not. Wont support a company who allows what was done or cannot be educated enough to know about what is happening. The blind eye.
  • evil_genius_180evil_genius_180678 Posts: 8,505Member
    edited July 22 #15
    The main issue is the thinking that, because it's on the internet it's free. "Oh, I found this, I can do whatever I want with it." That's the society we've turned into.

    I actually had a discussion with a couple coworkers earlier who asked me if I'd seen the new Spider-Man film. I told them no, I hardly make it to the theater. It's true, I'm up all night and sleep in the daytime. (so do they, we all work 3rd shift) They were thinking maybe I'd seen it through **other** means. I was like, "no, I'm not a fan of coughing and heads in my movies." It's true, but I'm also not into digital theft. I'm not saying I'm a saint, but I usually prefer to at least pay for a streaming rental for a movie I want to see. If I like it, I buy it. The reason I'm mentioning this is because it's a great example of "it's available on the internet, so it must be free." I even had another guy at work suggest one of **those** sites for watching movies. He claimed it was legit, but I told him it sounded like piracy. I checked it out and found out it's piracy, as I thought.

    Another ironic thing is how CBS and Paramount will throw a fit, issue C&D orders for people using their stuff, have YT videos pulled, etc. Yet, they're apparently cool with digital theft of others' work. Hypocrisy at its worst.

    Speaking of Discovery and theft, the legal case between CBS and the makers of that Tardigrades mobile game is still ongoing. Apparently, everything from a giant space traveling tardigrade, which is usually a micro animal, to the character designs and even character relationships is copied straight from that game.

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  • MadKoiFishMadKoiFish1073 West of the right nutPosts: 3,735Member
    edited July 23 #16
    Yup know some people who dl screeners cause they get to see it that few days earlier. it just is not worth the quality.
    I do not rent films anymore the price is often half that of just buying it.

    I really doubt this is the sole reason for the issues of the internet, its free behavior. I think it is more of a case of I can look at it and copy it free issue.

    As for that game it is dodgy at best. While I poo poo STD a lot only some superficial connections exist. The only real issue is the tardigrade and the spore network thing. The characters all showed up way after STD would have had that sort of thing sorted. While I support the game(it never really came out) side of things I doubt it will do much than litigate for years until the guy runs out of cash or his lawyers decide it is damaging their careeers/rep. They rarely care about what is right just the rules they have to play by.

    I doubt I will ever get anything from emailing that company hell trekmovie deleted my post, so that just shows who cares about what.
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  • evil_genius_180evil_genius_180678 Posts: 8,505Member
    I don't know much about the game or what all is what. I think there's a good possibility that some of it is unintentional, but I still find it interesting. If they did copy anything from it, it shows at least how strong the moral fiber of the show runners is.

    Anymore, I make a decision if I want to rent or buy a movie I've not seen. I occasionally get stuff I don't like as well but, as you said, rental prices are so high. I actually only rent movies very occasionally. A great example is Captain Marvel. I was going to rent it but, working at Walmart, the Blu-Ray was just too accessible, so I bought it. Fortunately, it's a good movie. ;)
  • MadKoiFishMadKoiFish1073 West of the right nutPosts: 3,735Member
    Yeah it is more like the movies are so cheap to buy. with Frys near me often new releases are like 13usd to 20usd.
    You have it bad as you see the discs daily lol. Still wish they would come up with a way to get a BRD experience in streaming content IE all the extras and stuff. Flix has started to at least release some of the stuff. Solo I think had some roundtable conversation special.

    The "game" is a sort of forever in dev sort of thing and the dates are all a bit questionable. What stinks is he as the minority has to prove the theft and claim it was not a happy accident. Add in is they way he was treated by CBS. It just shows everything is geared towards protecting companies not individuals.

    https://www.plagiarismtoday.com/2018/09/11/understanding-the-star-trek-discovery-plagiarism-allegations/
    Best article I seen so far on it. Too many of these "news" sites just elude to this or that or do not even do work to really understand what they are reporting on.
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