Etymon Arch

Visual blog of ionustron.

Apr 2

Garbage Gods Part 3

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Garbage Gods 2013 edition in 2014… Yeah.

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Be assured a dire battle took place while setting up each group.

There isn’t a whole lot for me to say this year because most of what I wished to write has been expressed already. Obviously this didn’t get done last year but perhaps I’ve improved some.

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A statement about sources has been long overdue. I wish to give a big thank you to the folks at Bedford Industries for the lovely ties received! I haven’t seen pink and brown ties in years and it’s really nice to add more colors with this set. Also, I wish to thank Twist-Ease and Weststone (and their various online sellers) for all their great ties. Most companies make a slightly different tie for which a more interesting figurine can be built.

Sadly as it stands, I cannot give a recommendation to Uline. Their ties are not the problem, it’s a decision by their CEO.

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There was a focus this year to become more comfortable with cutting large thick double-wire ties into segmented pieces instead of one long continuous wrap. Pipe cleaners were used far less last year because they adore dust which makes them dreadful to clear and unsurprisingly that’s a further nightmare in post. Also felt bad that it always covered up half of the rotations. I still need to find the right process for compositing but a proper camera is probably in order first. I have nearly grown out of this silly snapshot thing as coaxing it to focus is a challenge. Getting a somewhat composite image is a small miracle and I’m tired of fighting with it. Would be nice to reshoot some of this but I don’t want an endless vicious cycle. Also seems a bit of a waste of effort with the currant tool.

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Hopefully there are plenty of hints from previous years of where I actually want to take this work. This edition will probably be the last one for some time. That isn’t to say figurines wont be made but it’s time to act upon those suggestions. I don’t ever wish to shelve what I’ve started.

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Life permitting since this was many months late.

(Also, thanks flickr for all the resizing options. I’m sure folks wouldn’t appreciate a hundred megabytes of images loading simultaneously.)


Oct 25

The post in which I creep myself out.

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This isn’t really Garbage Gods 2013 (though the above image is part of it.) I’ve half wanted to do a silly character evolution post for a while but keep chickening out. Feels weird now I somewhat better understand the problem with muses or sets of designs you think about over the years.

A number of mostly generic knight designs began forming around 1997-2000. The one this post is

about was from ‘98 and a difference from others was that I apparently like the design so much that I would make a retuning more or less every three years.

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So this was done part way into highschool and stayed with me until trade school was finished. I gave away some figurines I had with me, including this one to close friends; this being the first version of the knight. I asked them to take photos. Wish I thought to do photography back then just so I’d have more memories.

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(Remember what I was cautioning about pipecleaner? I can’t fault this because the figure is a decade and a half old.)

((This reminds me, one of the reasons why I stopped the etsy thing was that I couldn’t reasonably come up with a price for the time spent vs. the fragility. I mean, it’s simple for me to fix inevitable wear but it’s not quite the same set of thinking that glue or paint could easily repair. When a piece folds, unravels, or peels, that’s part of the composition now.))

Sometime into my senior year highschool, something spurred a design change. I unfortunately lost the figure during trade school but since remembered the general design

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I did this strange exorcise earlier this week when looking through some old videos as I started to remember this design and attempted to remake it as close to how I would have made it at the time. Small bread and garbage gang ties only, somewhat simpler winding (admittedly I can never remember exactly how I wove a figurine,) same scale and more twiggy proportions, less trunk. It was weird how much I remembered and how quickly it went.

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Putting the giant blue wedge things on, I had this heavy feeling set in. I know what I was ripping off

in the year 2000 but what on earth was I thinking?

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The next iteration would be during trade school. I have a particular memory of weaving the ties while hanging with friends at the dorms on the evening of the opining ceremonies of the Athens games. It was a warm evening and we were celebrating a couple close birthdays together. I used this one with others in some embarrassing video production projects a year later. Wouldn’t say that I know tons

about film today but I knew much less at the time. It was fun. Here’re some embarrassingly poorly keyed, interlaced, and staged stills that were some of the better ones.

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I’m not sharing the videos out of respect for friends voices. Also, it wasn’t very good! This was essentially the reason why I was discouraged until the past year: I’d felt that puppeteering, let alone animating with these would be impossible.

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I lost this one with others in the big move upon finishing school. Like I said a couple years ago, it’s still a massive regret. Probably always. But I’d forgotten until recently about the silly video and spent a day hunting it out of my archives, so at least there’s something left.

Then there’s the past couple I already shared in previous years. The first was in 2008, some time after I had finished school. The latter was back around the first Garbage Gods I think? Perhaps a little after. Not sure what happened other than an armor conflict. This motif appeared when I drew some formless cloth bit pulled over the ribs and it turned into some sleeve extension things that sort of filled in the area that used to be more plating.

Then there was this past July where I guess I tried to compromise the armor ideas.

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The image dump post will be in a few weeks but don’t expect a massive essay. I wrote most of what I wanted to express last year.


Apr 12

(Not Mine, but really worth sharing.)

(I don’t normally do this because I don’t treat tumblr in the normal way and just use it as a portfolio, personal visual work blog thing. It’s mainly out of concern of the amount of unattributed reblogging that tends to happen in general. However this is too related to figurine work that I feel it’s absolutely worth posting.)

http://www.wellcomecollection.org/whats-on/exhibitions/souzou/image-galleries/making.aspx?view=souzou-katsube

http://studiovoice.jp/?p=16814

An artist by name of Shota Katsube made news on some online culture news sites earlier this week (Kotaku picked it up from Junk Culture and it probably made more rounds in a sort of ouroboros-ine internet bot nightmare. (Dear god don’t read comment sections!!)) This is the first I’ve heard of the person but seems their work has been exhibited since 2011, the newest one taking place at the Wellcome Collection in London until the end of June. Sadly I don’t have the money for this kind of trip!

Don’t know if I like the term Outside Art. Least in this case, this media is certainly rare to see shared but it isn’t a unique thing. Labeling it Outside just feels ignorant and possibly belittling towards the person.

There’s also a strong influence from manga and Super Sentai shows in his work and it’s really really neat to see different styles and inspirations. I have no idea due to language barriers, but I wish to encourage Mr. Katsube to do more of this, take it further, learn photography, and keep sharing concepts!

http://www.outsidein.org.uk/Shota-Katsube I just wish the photos in general (as in not just the last url) or least the resolution did the person’s work justice.


Oct 6
Puckman, I guess?

Puckman, I guess?


Sep 13

Charger

I wanted to create a horse. It’s been too long, too rusty. It could be improved, but the only regret is nearly depleting my stock of black ties.


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