Friday, January 16, 2015

winter travel

I have a lot of vacation time this winter, so I'll be visiting the US January 20th - 30th and Japan February 14th - 24th.  I'm not too excited about the trip to the US, but I'm glad to be going to Japan again.  Being able to travel easily in Asia is one of the things I like about living in Korea. 

2014 review

2014 flew by, I don't know what happened.  It was not exactly a fun year like my previous years in Korea, but I was mostly productive and don't feel the year was wasted. 

Last year I moved to Yongin and started working at a middle school.  It's much better than my previous school.  However the city is not better.  I was very close to Seoul in 2013, now I'm in kind of a rural area.  
This area isn't so bad though because I spent most of my free time doing CAD by myself, and much less time hanging out with friends.  I spent a lot of time doing ZBrush.  Much less time with Rhino.  I put Rhino on hold for several months so I could concentrate on ZBrush, and just started using Rhino again regularly in November.  Right now I can do a lot with Rhino, but still have a lot of limitations.  I also started learning Modo a little, but I think I am going to spend more time with Rhino before I spend anymore time with Modo. 

Since I am only doing CAD I don't have any new finished pieces, but I did have pieces I made years ago published at least twice in Art Jewelry magazine, and had two pieces published in a patina book.  
In April I finally started taking Korean classes in Seoul.  I took them till December.  I think I made a lot of progress till about September when I started feeling sick of it all.  Right now I'm completely unmotivated.  I think I will take a break from studying for most of January.

Last January I visited the US for about 2 weeks.  It was my first time back in almost 2 years.  In August I went to Japan for about 2 weeks.  I went to Yakushima, a place I have wanted to go for about 10 years.  I also went to Osaka, Kyoto, and Nara, all places I have been to before. 

I found out at the end if December that I can stay at my school another year.  I'm happy about that.  I am planning on this being my last year in Korea. 

Thursday, January 15, 2015

One more year in Korea

Just what the title says.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

new photo publication

I heard from my parents yesterday that they received the January 2015 issue of Art Jewelry which has a photo of my earrings.  I mentioned this in a post from July, but I had forgotten all about it, so it was like a surprise when I found out. 

Monday, December 8, 2014

CAD stuff

I've been working on CAD consistently since my last post.  Mostly ZBrush.  I really enjoy it but I've learned it well enough that I am trying to put more time in to learning Rhino now.  I have also started learning MODO a little.  It seems it will be really useful to use in conjunction with ZBrush. 

In September I got a Wacom Cintiq Companion for ZBrush.  I love it.  There's a couple things they could have done better, but overall it is great.  Working directly on the screen is much better than looking at the cursor on the screen while using the pen someplace else.  I rarely do any work at home, that's why I got the Companion rather than a normal Cintiq.


 I recently had  Shapeways, a 3D printing company, 3D print some things for me.  A couple waxes, some plastic pieces, and one steel piece.  My friend in the US is casting the waxes for me.  After they are done my parents are going to send everything to me.  These are the first things I have had 3D printed.  I have only seen the pictures my parents sent, but from what I have seen, I am not too impressed with the level of detail.

CAD process pics aren't very interesting, so I haven't felt much reason to post them. Here are some finished, or nearly finished designs I have done.  Most of these were primarily done in ZBrush.  Usually I make the basic shape in Rhino, then import the file to ZBrush to sculpt on it.

 Some pendants...

 I'm not sure this ring could actually be made in metal and keep all the detail.

 3 stone ring.
 Another pendant...

This last one is the only design here that I did completely in Rhino.  

Monday, September 1, 2014

Japan trip

I went to Japan August 9th - 19th.  This was my 6th trip there since 1997 and it was great, as usual.  I was going to take a boat from Busan, but it was canceled cause of the weather.  Luckily I was able to get a flight for not much more than the cost of the boat ticket.

I flew from Seoul to Fukuoka, train to Kagoshima, boat to Yakushima (an island), jetfoil back to Kagoshima, flew to Osaka (KIX), then took trains between Osaka, Kyoto, and Nara.  Flew back to Seoul from KIX.

The pics below are from my phone.  I haven't had time to go through all the photos I took with my DSLR yet.

This is what I brought.  Each trip I try to bring less than the previous trip.  I didn't like that my bag was so full and I didn't have room in my bag for my camera.

I liked this white ant sign in Kagoshima-shi.


Me in front of a 3000 year old tree.


I was finally able to buy more of my favorite incense at Toudaiji.  Last time I was there was 2004.

Deer near Toudaiji.

Fushimi Inari Taisha

Thursday, July 31, 2014

ZBrush rings

Last week I finally learned to make rings in ZBrush.  The reason I couldn't do it before was I didn't know how to cut out the finger hole.  Finally I learned how to do that and have been working on rings constantly since then.