Thursday, October 6, 2011

Portvale


I've never been one for RP stuff. I did a little when I played World of Warcraft on a role playing server, but thats about it, and usually it was weird RP like stuff with ogre lioncloths and getting married on the corpses of bosses.
However I decided to signup to Portvale, which is a Sims 3 RP site created by Jillie and Miss Harlequin.
They put a lot of effort into the back story of the town and just the whole set up of the forum. There's already 9 female characters and 6 male characters accepted.

I have one character awaiting acceptance, (I have to do her pictures first), and one character already up and running. If you're interested in RP I suggest you check it out, and while you are there, check out my simmys! hehe

Rivet Harkness Kinda loosely based on Captain Jack Harkness from Dr Who/Torchwood
Sweetpea Frost Very loosely based on Abby from NCIS

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Hard drive Failure

Well it hasn't failed yet, but last night I had a scare. Moved my laptop downstairs (I've been sitting upstairs working on it since my brother in law took over my living room downstairs because he's sick and needs mummy and daddy to look after him *Insert eye-roll here*) it crashed and when I tried to restart it it couldn't see the C drive.

While thats not a ''your hard drive has shat the bed'' definitive annoucement, it can be a sign that it is failing, and since my machine is also making a lot of unessesary noise when accessing the C drive I'd say it's safe to say it's on it's way out.

So I've spent all last night and all day today so far, copying all my important files to an external hard drive...Sims saved stuff, pictures, photographs, music all that jazz. Running repairs, deleting any unused folders, uninstalling old games anything that might extend the life of my laptop.

Lucky it's my birthday next week I might need to get a new computer faster than I was planning to.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

DEMONS results in!

 My favorite siggy of my collection I think! Was a close finale. If anyone is interested in some fantasy modeling with a demon (can be any interpretation of the creature, as you can see mine was with a Sci Fi twist) then check out Unbound for the possible cycle 2 of DEMONS, Simanims is a great host.

This win puts me up to 14 first place spots now, I've pretty much done everything, high fashion, lifestyle, teen models, male models, non editing, advertisements, fantasy. I know for definite that I'm joining the next cycle of Static hosted by Early (WOO SciFi), other than that I'm keeping my eyes open for anything that really sparks my interest.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Anti Smoking Advertisment

Really enjoying this competition. I really love being able to breaking up the regular modeling competition pictures with some advertisements, and ''Work It'' has some great assignments. This time all the contestants got the same assignment rather than all of us having different object or services to market, a anti smoking campaign.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

DEMONS finale

Here's my entry for the finale of DEMONS, was a short lived compeition due to a tonne of drop outs, but I loved being able to do sci fi themed pictures once again.
I like my demon so much I'm going to make her over and sign her up to the next cycle of Static when it starts. I have the most fun creating Sci Fi pictures, so I think I'm going to be always on the look out for them.
SEDUCTION

REVOLUTION 
The full story behind the pictures can be found on the thread on Unbound for anyone who is interested.

Working on my Anti Smoking Advertisement today for Work It, so I will have that up tomorrow!

Friday, September 30, 2011

Dominion

Here's my Hot or Not entry as promised yesterday


Dominion the new map for League of Legends has been released, gave it a go this morning with the husband before he left for work. It's interesting, probably a bit too Arathi Basin from World of Warcraft for me though. However I probably would have enjoyed my first experience more if we didn't have a total dickhead on our team.

I'm all for people trying to actually be good at an online game, since their personal abilities do effect the enjoyment of the game for others, but there's just no need to be total assholes about it. Verbally abusing someone because they die a couple of times doesn't help them and doesn't make you look like a decent human being either, there's just no need for it, it's a fucking computer game after all.

Felt sorry for the player that this guy just totally ragged on the entire match...he also had a jab at me, right after he died to a three vs two fight, (somehow it was my fault that we lost a battle we were outnumbered in when they popped all their ultimates) so I reported him, as did the other three people on my team. Hope the little cunt gets a suspension from the tribunal.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Assignment 3

Assignment 3 for Girls Just Wanna Have Fun is up and the example shot is another one done by me. Need to get around to doing the other three example shots soon actually.
The month is June, and I used the fact that June is the month that features the most weddings.

Finished and submitted my entry for Hot or Not, once those are posted up on the Wix site I'll post my entry here. Never did finish off the pose I was making for it, so I resorted to an existing one and used the liquify tool in photoshop to change the expression...handy trick that.

Finished one shot for DEMONS, hoping to get the other one done tonight. Once those are complete and submitted I'll be only in two comps again.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

It's the Way she Goes

Got first place with the picture I didn't really like, and not even top three with the one I did. >.<

Assignment 2 of Girls Just Wanna Have Fun is up, and it features an example shot created by me for the month of September. I chose a nice and simple holiday for Canada, Labor Day and did a picnic shot. Tough competition in this cycle, scores are going to be super close every single round I think.

Going to hopefully try my hand at making poses soon. Couldn't work out why Blender wasn't working....and the active pose makers I know of use Milkshape instead, so I might as well work with the same program so if I have any issues or problems I can get hold of someone quickly.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Ziggy's Laundromat

It's not great, theres some obvious errors, but I did experiement with some new tools so all is good, I'm learning new things. Working with a Laundromat as my business was really difficult, I had cool ideas for all the other contestants businesses, but I kinda like the overall theme.

Pose combined the face because the fashion expression on that pose just didn't work for the eccentric fun loving feel I was going for. It didn't quite work, I should have gone back into game and taken another screen shot to get an angle that was more suited to the original, but I was short on time. I did play around with the Liquify tool for the first time, which is pretty cool.

I'm still trying to find a way to effectively mesh media from a real life photograph into a sims picture, will have to keep testing out different effects and such to see what I can come up with.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

You Suck At Photoshop

Was given a link to a series of Photoshop tutorials on YouTube called ''You Suck at Photoshop''. They aren't super detailed, but they are hilarious. It runs kinda like a story of a guy who ends up getting a divorce from his wife who cheats on him, he also has a horrible job, a Facebook girlfriend who is quite a few years older than him and a weird World of Warcraft friend who skypes him all the time.

Through watching some of these today I've starting experimenting with some new tools. I'm very proud how this Hot or Not entry turned out. So much so I'm going to post the before and after pictures to show the differences. The pose I chose warped the dress really badly so I had to fix that, and I had to remove the weird lump it gave her foot. It's not perfect but I really like it.

The assignment was to have our model in a completely white/grey set wearing a bright contrasting color. I went a bit cliche with choosing red, but once again Sundra looks great in whatever color I put her in hehe.

BEFORE (completely unedited)
EDITED
Fixed the dress in three places
Re smoothed fabric
Fixed broken foot
Smoothed skin and hair
Removed cutting issue with hair
Recolored nails
Added Eyeliner and Eyelashes
Brightened eyes and earrings
Cropped image

Friday, September 16, 2011

Been a While

Sometimes there just isn't enough time in the day to do everything.

Trying to be an active member of 4 different forums, judge 6 Sims modeling competitions, plus be a judge and co-host for another one. Compete in three compeitions. Play League of Legends with the husband and our other online friends. Keep up with the chores (I feel like I mow the lawn more than anything else these days, thank god for snow coming soon...but then I guess it will go from lawn mowing to driveway/walkway shoveling instead). Trying to find time to read some sim stories I've been wanting to get into, watch more Torchwood and Haven and start watching some Photoshop tutorials on youtube.

Not to mention all those other little things that pop up, like the fact we have like 100 tomatoes from the garden sitting in the kitchen right now, we had to pick them all because of an incoming frost that did end up killing the plants. Now I have to think of something to make with them, my mother in law has a nice homemade pasta sauce recipe somewhere so that might be the best option.

Because of all this jazz the blog has been taking a bit of a backseat, once I have my entries for Hot or Not and Work it done I will post those but other than that posts might be a little few and far between, but we will see what happens.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Pontiac Solstice Advertisment

My entry for Hot or Not sucks, so I won't be posting that....however I had fun making my advertisment for ''Work It''.

We were assigned Cars to download, I got the Pontiac Solstice by Fresh Prince Creations....very nice vehicle, like all his CC. I decided to keep it yellow, seems to be a pattern I got a yellow painting last round, and this round a default yellow vehicle hehe.

Did some research and worked out that the particular design would more than likely be based off a Pontiac Solstice GXP, so that's what stats I went with.

I was going to do some hair drawing with this entry, but I just didn't have time....Really hope I can sort my life out so I can start planning my time a bit better, I'm sure it's getting old me always being the last to submit and my entries always looking a bit rushed.
Anyways, here is my Advertisment! Check out the thread on the officals, all the entries for this round are amazing.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Looking for a Judge


Cycle THREE of Girls Just Wanna Have Fun is now open! Sign-ups are in full swing.
For those that don't know it is a non elimination competition, with NO EDITING just pure Sim pictures
Suitable for modelers just starting out, but some stiff competition has already signed up for those that want a challenge too (Early, Mark, Phebes, Simpixie etc etc)

I'm co-hosting this cycle along with Felicia, and we are looking for an experienced judge to score along with me and our other less experienced judge whom Fel is mentoring.

Someone with judging experience is preferred, who can show some skill in simatography themselves
Reliable and has the time to do scores and write comments for 20+ simmers for 12 weeks
Comments must be detailed and specific, no two sentence feedback or ''there's something missing but I don't know what''

You can contact me on Unbound or Symlish
Felicia on Simpure Thoughts
Or you can access the thread on the officials if you are interested in applying for the spot....or if you want to join as a contestant!

Photoshop Progress

Yes long time no update. After a party my father in law broke his main walker so I've been trying to help out around the house more...plus the usual procrastination.

Have had some time to fool around with Photoshop, unfortunatly it was on compeition pictures, probably not the best place to be making shit up as I go along. My first attempt at hairdrawing was a diaster. The brush I was using didn't seem to be fine enough for my taste, and I think I might have to do some adustment with my pen pressure on my tablet or something since making strands wasn't as easy as I first thought it would be.

Hot or Not Black and White Assignment
Then I was kinda forced to edit heavily for Beech Modeling. I very much doubt I'll be lasting beyond third place, but I'm ok with that....this is the first heavily edited entry that I've done for anything that I can say I actually really enjoyed doing.

Beech Modeling Wild Animal (in swimsuit of course)

Learned some new tricks, and how to do certain stuff (like rotating and moving layers, desaturating single layers etc) in PS that I was so used to doing easily in GIMP. It's nowhere near perfect, however it's almost 7:30am and I would like to finally get some sleep lol.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Just Noticed

The title for my last blog post
HERPER DERP DERP...........
It of course should read ''Not Enough Time'', goes to show how frazzled I am right now, I'm fucking up my own blog posts

Thursday, September 1, 2011

No Enough Time

So after a tonne of crashing while trying to just do the in game part of my entry for Beech Modeling last night, I never got the chance to get into photoshop. Was too tired by the time it hit 1am that I knew it was pointless trying to teach myself a new program, so I just opted for some quick GIMP touchups and submitted.
Maybe it will get me through to the semi finals, maybe it won't......we shall see....either way it will be my own fault, I need to plan things properly like I used to. I seem to suck more with fewer compeitions, moreso than I did when I was balancing 10 or more lol.

Here's the entry which is meant to be a romantic, erotic swimsuit shot something that wouldn't look out of place on the front of a romantic novel.
So my OFFICIAL OFFICIAL first photoshop picture will be for Hot or Not.....which I'm going to start on today

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

YARRR!

So excited! Got given a link to a safe download of Photoshop recently from a lovely simmer on Symlish. I install it today...took me forever. I also tried to install 900 brushes that I  also nabbed through a torrent, but CS5 has a limit on brushes so I'm going to have to actually go through them all and delete all the ones I don't like or won't use since they didn't all successfully install. Luckily thats really easy to do since I can delete and load brushes WHILE photoshop is open and running.

Normally I would give myself a chance to get used to the program before jumping right in....but screw it. I'm about to finish of the in game base of my entry for Beech Modeling....and then I'm going to slide it on into photoshop and get busy. I think I'm even going to attempt some hairdrawing.

I have until midnight tonight to get my entry in, and even if I end up getting eliminated due to trowing caution to the wind and working with a brand new program right in the assignment that will decide the top three...then at least I would have gotten some practice.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Life, Death and a bit of Lolita

So yeah, I totally forgot to post my stuff....bad PK

DEMONS entry, Assignment was two pictures representing how our Demon sees life and Death.

LIFE

After recovering from the shock of watching her own body being created Static got a chance to explore her surroundings. She found herself in a strange synthetic world, full of all kinds of information.

She began to familiarize herself with her summoner even before being introduced to her, by viewing photographs and home videos she had stored on her computer. Static watched hours of television shows, flicked through hundreds of pictures and listened to many different audio recordings, most of which were musical.

She learned all about her jailer, her family and friends....as well as the eccentricities of this new species called human, via all the media both personal and commercial her summoner had stored on her hard drive, from baby pictures to animations. Some of the discoveries were wondrous, others shocking and some confused Static and had her mind racing.

''Zara'', she said her name allowed, it felt foreign and strange, but Static knew it was a name she would remember.


DEATH

Zara turned out to be an interesting creature. Sometimes Static quite liked her, she spoke to her like a friend, asked her opinion on things and even entertained her. But she was also very cruel, sometimes treating Static like a toy, a slave....almost like she saw Static as something she had created rather than someone whom she had summoned from another plain of existence.

Something Static found both enjoyable and horrifying were computer games, Zara had a large variety of them on her computer, her favorites though were the ones that involved killing things. She included Static in these adventures, sometimes as an ally, and others as her enemy.

Static had not quite got her head around certain concepts of human existence from Zara's media library and one such thing was death. However during her time in these games she experienced this over and over. At first it was a little rattling, the sudden darkness and feeling of weightlessness, but eventually became expected, mundane. Static would put herself in riskier and riskier positions, having no fear of watching zombies tear her body apart, or bullets rip through her flesh......as she would just re-spawn to try it all over again, she was immortal.



Not exactaly the most stunning entries in terms of smooth editing, but I had fun making them, and they are decent considering I procrastinated for so long and was late getting them in (won't be doing that again)

And then there's my entry for Hot or Not. Beech has opted for that pesky ''PM me your assignment'' angle, so I feel weird about posting my entry before they have been revealed. I will however try to be better at remembering to post it than I was with Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.

First assignment was Lolita style, plain background, contrasting colors, sex appeal
Scores are already in for this one and I came first, I'm glad I scored so high even though my background was a bit TOO simple and I should have upped the Lolita look by adding stockings (Sundra has lovely legs though!)



Saturday, August 27, 2011

100 Followers! Mwhahaha

Thank you to all those that visit. <3

Will have some more piccy's up tonight sometime, my DEMONS entry came out ok for a pretty quick job, and I have to do my entry for Hot or Not today too, so I might as well post them all together if I can.
Breakfast/lunch and scores for FLUX come first though.

Friday, August 26, 2011

I Get Distracted Easily

I'm currently desperately trying to finish scores for Inspiration and my pictures for DEMONS...I've been so slack lately. In between forums, and chatboxes, sleeping and spending time with the hubby I've done jack all in the sim modeling department, I'm behind in judging and my DEMONS entry is super late.
Soon as I have it finished I promise to post it, and I'm trying to get myself in order less time wasting, more making sure I'm up to date with all my other commitments.


Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Two Pictures

Been slow going with the Sims stuff, mainly because another friend of my husbands from World of Warcraft has signed up to League of Legends so we have been playing a lot of games with him. Actually did my first pvp games last night. I change champions so often I've never felt good about going a pvp game and possibly holding my team back, but I'm slowly accumulating a group of Champs I'm going to be practicing with.

Last night I managed to finish both my Beech Modeling entry which was something that was due, and my Work it entry which I actually got in super early. Both were of the high fashion style, which is actually quite a bit easier than doing an entry for say...a fantasy or lifestyle competitions.

Beech Modeling was a black and white high fashion shoot, in a swimsuit of course.
Work It was interesting this time around. We once again had a blind choice of CC to use in the picture, this time it was paintings, I ended up with a yellow stylized one. Our model had to pose with the painting on a white background, using the painting as inspiration for our model's style....something that would sell the painting. I kinda got a grunge feel from mine so I came up with this.




Sunday, August 21, 2011

Still Awake

Another sleepless night for me, I blame wrestling.

It was good, my husband wasn't overly happy with it, I guess he thought it was going to be a televised show, but that was never going to happen because our stadium (though bigger than the capital of SK Regina) isn't really equipped for a recorded event and the recorded event was going to happen in Edmonton. There were a few things missing since it was just a house event, no commentators, HHH didn't make an appearance in person and no promos, but I enjoyed it all the same.

It probably would have been better if we were seated with some more lively folks. We had some old folks in front of us who looked like they were falling asleep the whole time, and a guy and his son, he spent most of his time taking photos on his digital camera and his son only really got into it when damned Cena arrived (When I started booing Cena the kid turned around with this shocked look on his face like I had just killed a kitten) and this kid actually yelled out for Cena to ''show us his abs'' was quite disturbing. There was also a young girl behind us with the most terrible high pitched voice, she screamed basically the whole time Kelly Kelly was in the ring (lucky Diva's matches are short) and flipped out when Cena came out as well. The guy next to me was about my age but didn't cheer, or get into the chants or anything the sad sack of shit. Next time I think we will drive the 5 hours to Edmonton and get tickets to the televised event for the full experience....that way we can also go to Taco Bell because Saskatoon doesn't even have one grrr.

I was meant to be spending the rest of the night doing sims stuff if I was still awake. All I've done though is scores for PINK because I'm watching the Live televised Intel Extreme Masters tournament for League of Legends, the final starts in about half an hour. I swear my husband has turned me into a bigger nerd than I was when I met him....watching damned Starcraft and LoL tournaments.

I will be doing at least one competition picture today however, so there might be a second more Simmy related post today too. Hope everyone elses weekend is going as great as mine is.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Wooooo!

99 Minions! Just one more and I can rule the world mwhahahaha

Also in other news, I was planning to do stuff yesterday...then I got sidetracked with various things of the time wasting nature, mainly chat and watching games of both the soon to be released DOTA 2 and the new map ''Dominion'' and game play  for League of Legends.

I'm also about to leave to have dinner before seeing WWE RAW, something the hubby and I bought tickets for a while ago. I was thinking about taking my camera, but I think I might just go and have a good time and not worry about taking snapshots, it's all about the show anyways. Therefore there will probably be no Sims flavored updates tonight either, though I'm hoping the adrenalin will be pumping when I get home and I might finish off a few more of the assignment example pictures I've been doing....which was what I was talking about in my previous post. Felicia has asked me to be the co-host for Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, which is starting soonish....prob in the next couple of weeks, so 6 of the assignments will feature example shots done by me....and I've finished a total of....one.

Thanks again to the 99 simmers who have pushed that ''Join this Site/Follow'' button, much love.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Up all night once again

I'm definitly a night owl.
I've been up all night again watching another season of Big Brother UK and playing Sims at the same time, very handy having a laptop I can move it over to my husbands computer once he has gone to bed and watch youtube vids while playing hehe.

Some of you already know my exciting news, but since it hasn't really been announced yet....or at least I don't think it has, I won't go into detail, but I'm trying something different in the Modeling community soon, and I've been working on stuff for that.

I've also been tweaking a new sim model for a while now and finally decided she was finished and ready for a competition to trial her out. I once tried a dark skinned model back when I first started modeling....but the EA skins are so flat and lifeless the darker they get and I found it hard to light her well. However that was then, and this is now, and I would like to try something new, so I made Sundra Holt and she is currently signed up for Beechnutbaby's competition Hot or Not, which is still accepting sign ups over on Unbound and on the officials.


Thursday, August 18, 2011

Heart Canvas

I tossed up many different made up brand names for this lingerie advertisement, I originally was going to go with ''RedCat'' since that's the name of the creator who made the set. However when I was testing out sets I couldn't really come up with anything that matched the theme that didn't just look odd (who would wear lingerie in an alley way?). So I went with something a bit safe.

Had some issues with the tablet too, kept getting a message saying that my computer couldn't find the drivers and neither the mouse nor the pen would work. I installed new drivers and still had no luck. I actually ended up having to delete all my saved preferences for the tablet and then it started working again.

But it's done, not exactly what I had originally planned....but these days I seem to be either winging it or changing my mind in the middle of setting up assignments.


Monday, August 15, 2011

Quick Update

If I have time tonight I'll be working on putting together the new legacy town (Editing all the residents, creating the starter couple) and/or working on my entry for Work It. So with some luck there might be another blog entry tonight or early tomorrow.

I'm now judging Mythology over on Simagination, link to the site is on the side there. Alix has taken over as host, it's her first time, I think shes also looking for another judge so if you're experienced and interested drop her a line. It's an Elven competition, so as you can imagine the pictures are magical!

I've also submitted an application to become the Girls Just Wanna Have Fun Cycle 3, Co-host. This could be where I get some interest in Hosting, or decide that it definitely isn't for me....assuming I get picked hehe. Either way I will be judging as winner of Cycle 2. Sign ups start in September both on the officials and at Simpure Thoughts so if you missed out on Bad Girls Society and still want to check out one of Felicia's comps then watch out for this one, it's non editing and a great start for any beginner, or a great way to further perfect the skills of an already experienced in game photographer.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Sleep or Sims?

An age old question.......well maybe not really old, but it's pretty important anyway.
I had planned to do my entry for Beech Modeling last night, and get it in a day early. Unfortunatly my plans don't seem to go as planned these days, and an old friend of my husbands ended up joining the other game I play fairly regulary (League of Legends) and we offered to play a few games with him. A few games turned into 5, and before I knew it, it was already 2am.

Sleep or Sims?

I thought, screw it, I'm going to watch some old Amazing Race (hubby downloaded every season) and work on my picture for a few hours. I scrapped two sets, kept moving things around and changing poses so much that suddenly it was 5am. I was going to stop and sleep, I even mentioned on the compeitions thread that my entry would be in late on the evening of the due date (today).
However my ipod was dead, so I needed to charge that in order to sleep (I listen to rain). An hour passed the ipod was fully charged.

Sleep or Sims?

I have nothing I really have to do today....except maybe walk the dogs so I decided to finish. 7am and I'm finally done. Only problem with staying up all night to do a picture is that my tired eyes don't nessesarily see any errors....so I hope there aren't any.

Beech Modeling
Midnight Romantic Swim with that special someone



Thursday, August 11, 2011

So Far...

I managed to install Generations without any problems, took about 30mins to actually update my game though, since I never have and never will do automatic updates so I have quite a few patches to install when it comes time for me to add an expansion or stuff pack.

I have noticed I've been getting Error 12 on my legacy game more often, this was before I installed Generations as well as after. So I think I might have to research and try out the fixes and workarounds, it's not usually a hassle, I don't mind replaying a lost day. It usually happens when I try to save after changing too much, buying and selling, building, editing any sim in CAS along with everything that happens in the regular day. I'm kinda worried about my new project because of it, since I think I read somewhere that the bigger the house and the more stuff you have, the more likely you are to encounter an Error 12 message. However I have been planning to build a totally new house for this legacy family which includes double the amount of space they currently have, three stories and a basement (their current house is one level).

I couldn't put a treehouse on the Neverends current lot, kept telling me it was on a slope for some strange reason (the ground was totally flat). However I added all of the other new playground items.

On the first day the nerdier of the three girls (Dakota) woke up on the wrong side of the bed, and started having a mood swing, much to my surprise. She rolled some interesting wishes, including skipping school, being mean to her mother and getting into a fight with another sim, all of which I fulfilled. She also, of her own accord, booby trapped the shower after getting dressed, resulting in this.....

Her father was not a happy chappy. The other two girls are excited about prom, both are looking for dates. Moon the hippy sister, might be a lesbian, which is fantastic will be the first gay sim in this legacy family. She has her eye on a pretty townie from her class called Stephanie Rowe, but shes a bit of a social butterfly always inviting new girls home so who knows who she will end up with.
I think after her tempter tantrums and trouble making Summer and Shayne might send Dakota to boarding school to straighten her out a bit, I'm leaning towards the Snobby Prep School.

So far it's pretty fun, all the new interactions and things for the younger family members to get into make playing them more exciting....I'm finding I tend to let Summer and Shayne do their own thing on free will even more now.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

DEMONS Assignment 1

So it's not like, super fantastic or anything, but I'm quite proud that my overall idea came together. I wanted to do something straight forward for the first assignment which is just a regular old origins theme, but using some tools I've only just started using (the Pen Tool, and Gaussian Blur).

I'm also going to be submitting the story part of the competition like a diary kept by the demon herself, so the story unfolds from her perspective alone. Without further ado, here is the first assignment for DEMONS.

Date: 10th August 2731
Codename: Static

I wish I could tell you where I come from. However I don't remember. The first thing I was aware of was a bright overbearing light, green in color. It pierced through my closed eyelids traveling beyond my eye-socket, I can feel the remnants of it in my brain still. I was aware of feeling weightless, but not in control of all my limbs.

When I finally opened my eyes, I could barely see, like I was looking through my eyes for the very first time. I watched as green lights the same color as my surroundings finished applying flesh, or at least I assumed it was flesh at the time, to a grid of my arms and feet.

I don't remember what I am, or who I am but someone has given me a new body, bald and sexless but made from light and energy. I feel connected to my surroundings, a part of an interesting new synthetic ecosystem.

I cannot leave this small space so I have no choice but to wait. Wait for my summoner to show themselves.


Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Generations

Yeap I'm late to the party, I always am, I like to wait and see if theres any bugs, and ask people how good an expansion is, whether it met their expectations etc before I get it. I waited till I could get a deal on Ambitions, never bought WA (though I might now depending on how much it is online), but both Late Night and Generations I bought just a month or so after they were released.

Working on my entry for DEMONS right now, I want to get that in before I start the long process of backing all my save files and sim files, removing my CC folder and updating my game so I can install the expansion, just in case something bad happens which puts my game out of action for a few days. I'm intending on doing some editing I've never done before (no hair editing yet) but it's not going to be super in depth as it's only the first round and non elimination....don't want to show all my cards just yet, or bust my ass hehe

I'm tossing up the idea of starting another legacy file, this time in Sunset Valley, using another naming strategy. I haven't decided whether I can be bother actually doing a story with this one or not, but I love seeing how the genetics turn out in this game, so I would love to work with a couple of diverse legacy games at once.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Exotic Beach Holiday

Well things got in the way of the sims picture plan. Family friends came over to play Kaiser, which apparently is a common Canadian card game which took up one whole night. Didn't play like anything I've really played before so it took me ages to pick up on what was going on. Then last night we had dinner at the Saskatoon Inn which is really fancy, it was my father in laws birthday supper.
I did finish up my entry for Beech Modeling last night however, was glad to get it in because we were having internet problems all day yesterday, some issue on the ISP's end.

I tried out some of Evie's ''How to Fake Quality in GIMP'' Tutorial and added some shading to Laleina's skin, and smoothed out her skin and hair. Will go a bit further in the next picture I think, when I have a bit more time to play around. Tonight and tomorrow I'll be working on my entry for DEMONS, I have an idea in my head, it will take a lot of editing to pull off and I haven't started yet, so lets hope all goes well.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

3 Shells Advertisment

It's not anywhere near the best advertisement I've made, but I haven't done them for a while, it's good enough for the first assignment, tonnes of room for improvement hehe. Kinda did it based on an advertisement I did for Flux for the Sharma Day Spa.

Proud of myself for having in it before the deadline too for once hehe. Next up tomorrow is my entry for Beech Modeling, so far I'm on track yay!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Slack

Yeap, busy again. Summer in Canada this year is actually really nice. I'm normally not a hot weather person, I much prefer rain or snow, but the humidity here is low and other than a shit tonne of mosquitoes it's actually really nice to be outside in. Though I have still to develop any type of tan, I believe my skin to be untannable I am perma white.

I have planned out the next three days to include one simming picture a day though, one for each of the competitions I'm in, so there will be sim flavored updates soon. Feels a bit sad scheduling my sims time, feels like when I had to schedule WoW back in the day due to raiding...but I'm also trying to get back into all the sims sites and blogs I have been missing....mainly hanging around Cstyles again, and getting more involved in Simagination as well as Unbound of course, and catch up with some folks I haven't talked to in a while and meet some of the new crowd.

I've unpacked my camera and tablet so there shall be new new stuff in the works.....and hopefully maybe even some pose creation experimentation....guess you all have to wish for rain in my region so I have an excuse to not walk the dogs/mow the law/work in the garden/go shopping etc etc lol

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Beach Dream

This entry isn't exactaly wonderful, but considering I had no idea what I was going to do I guess it's ok.

Now that I'm only in 3 competitions (and it will be staying that way I think) I should have more time to really think my entries through....I've been winging it for a while now and with the talent on the forums nowadays that's just not going to crack the mustard. A bit behind on my household chores atm, but hopefully I will mostly rectify that today and get started on my assignments for either Work It or DEMONS.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Sign ups

So I finally got around to making my model for DEMONS and chose one other comp to join.
Some people have said that me joining a competition can be a little intimidating for some people, just because of how many I've won (13) and newer competitors and those looking for an easy win will skip over it. So just in case this is true I left my sign ups till late, waiting to make sure enough people had already signed up and reserved....I guess they could still drop if they don't want to play with me, but it's more obvious if they do lol.

My model for Simanims comp is a futuristic demon called Static.
Bio: Static can't remember where she originally came from, what she was born to do. Once upon a time she might have known these details, however now she only exists in the confines of a computer.
Trapped on a hard drive after being summoned by a technopagan with a fetish for the macabre. She only see's what her jailer decides to show her until summoner and computer board a cross galaxy space cruiser and the pagan's bunk mate links her computer to the ships network unwittingly letting Static loose. 




And I decided to join ''Work It'', a compeition hosted by someone I've never seen on the modeling forums before (though they could have just competed in a little known comp) and who has never hosted before. Felicia is judging and helping the chick out so that eases my ''noob alert'' alarm, so I'm pretty confident that we will be getting some decent feedback. I've loved making advertisments with the Sims since we did them in the cycle of Flux I won, and thats the whole premise of this competition, so I'm looking forward to giving it another go.

I just submitted Saffia, looks like she might become one of my permanent models along with Laleina. Though I did take a new headshot of her for the signups, the little smirk she's doing is a crack up.


Will be doing my entry for Beech Modeling tonight, after some drama with sliders not working and mods crashing my game I never got round to it yesterday. Have no idea what I'm going to do, will just have to wing it lol

Thursday, July 28, 2011

New Siggys for the Collection

As promised here is the Girls Just Wanna Have Fun siggy....I'm using this one on the officals, thought it was about time to start changing my siggy each time I win a new comp, instead of just displaying them here.

I also won All About Me too :D So heres the siggy for that as well. Felicia has made some pretty funky siggys :D


Will be joining Simanims comp DEMONS, and I'm contemplating joining just one more, something that might be a bit more easy going, but we shall see what happens with my time. Will be creating my entry for Beech Modeling tonight probably, as well as my model for DEMON...assuming these sliders I installed work without screwing up the existing sliders.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Current Mood

I've always been jealous of LiveJournal and how they have that cool little ''My Mood'' thing you can attach to each one of your posts. I haven't really looked to see if theres a gadget app for blogger that does the same thing, so if anyone knows of one let me know.

I've decided to make my own for the time being. I didn't create the pictures myself they are from a free to use E-card site, though I am contemplating creating my own sim version of a variety of different emotions.

In other news I'm down to one Sim Modeling competition, which is like....amazing, considering I was once in 11 at the same time. All About Me is finished, just waiting on the results and Girls Just Wanna Have Fun was cancelled due to Felicia falling out with a friend on the Unbound site, and deciding that was a good time to leave permanently for Simpure, which I figured would eventually happen, being an admin you need to spend as much time as possible at your own site to make sure it runs and supports members well.

I will miss her, but I won't be joining for my own personal reasons, we can stay in touch through the officials and her blog anyways (which I thought was on my bar, but wasn't, so that has been rectified). I know some people have been offended in the way Felicia and friends decided to vacate Unbound......in some ways I myself find it distasteful as some of the posts made it sound like the fact the ''friend'' is an Unbound mod was something that really needed to be stated, like it mattered considering the whole thing was a personal dispute that only involved 2 people and their feelings and had nothing to do with Unbound or Simpure. Also the way some of her friends acted after the fact, generally the ridiculous PM's that Bliss got from someone who wasn't even remotely involved in the matter. That being said, after hearing what was in the emails, I wouldn't expect her to stick around, so I don't think badly about her for closing her comp and leaving.

I am a bit squirally about anything that makes it look as if the fan sites are competing with each other, because its just not true, most active members of fan sites actually post on multiple different forums. I think the mares nest have been riling up some of the younger more impressionable members of the community to believe that first Simstopia and Unbound were competing for members, and then moved on to weave the story to later include Simpure Thoughts. They will possibility even add Simagination to that pot next. Anything that makes it look as if this is actually true makes me a little sad, its shit enough that the community looks so divided with all these different sites popping up everywhere, some of which offer nothing different from another one, other than being managed by someone different....but it makes it worse when people sometimes unconsciously grow this weird belief that you can't be an active member and promote and support multiple sites.

I understand there were accusations of Felicia's comps being rigged to favor her friends, and as a contestant I didn't see it, though I could be biased I was declared the winner of Girls Just Wanna Have Fun as I was apparently 23 points ahead of second place at the time of cancellation, and I think I'm either first or second in All About Me, probably second. Hosts choice is just for fun, just a way that someone can feel good about their picture.....and no matter how you throw it Crowd Choice is a popularity contest. The concept of three ways to win is a nice way to pump up the confidence of some simmers, but for me the only category I was worried about was my raw scores :D The whole idea is an excellent one, and I would recommend Fel's comps to anyone, especially those starting out in modeling who would like a ''not newb'' but not ''hardcore'' comp to start with.

I consider both parties involved my friends, I feel terrible that personal emails between the two of them ended up being shared both privately and publicly to others and that something that was a personal dispute between two people has become public business........however other than this fairly neutral post I'm not going to get involved, this is a personal matter that doesn't concern me.

Wow this was longer than I expected this was just going to be a ''HEY GUYZS I ADDED NEW GADGET'' lol.............anyways, mood gadget added.....yay for gadgets.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Legacy Play


I finally got the chance to play my legacy family. I was going to leave them until I had gotten Generations, but I realized upon loading it up that the triplets were in fact, pretty fucking close to aging up to teens. So now they have had their birthdays I might leave it again until I get the expansion since the youngest child is still a toddler, he can have fun with all the children stage stuff all by himself.

This generation turned out rather interesting looking, and very generic stereotype in their randomized components. As some might know my naming strategy for my legacy is to pull up a Wikipedia page, hit randomize, and use the first word on the page that could effectively pass as a childs name. I in fact have a little notepad document with pre randomized names.

This generation ended up with Triplet girls, Mira, Moon and Dakota....and a single boy, Forbes.

Moon actually took after her hippy name and so far has randomized traits all suitable for that stereotype, she rolls a lot of fishing wishes and when not micro managed makes a beeline right for the playground, her favourite is the slide. Here is her as a Teenager.


Mira is the dark sheep of the three; she looks considerably different to her two sisters. She rolled the Evil trait first off which matched her favourite color random roll of.....yeap, Black. She is also a hopeless romantic who watches a lot of television; I like to see her as an emo teenager, writing dark poetry about drop dead gorgeous vampires and such. Here she is as a teen.


Finally Dakota turned out to be a text book nerd, when she aged up she even had default glasses on lol (that I changed to some better looking ones) and some of the craziest default outfits I've ever seen, I kept some of the natural ''lack of style'' she has. A genius, she spends most of her time playing chess...on the computer of course and writing Science Fiction Novels. When left to her own devices she will either head to the computer to play games, or pull out a book. Here’s her teen pic.


All their traits were randomized, and I don’t change a thing.....I like to leave free will on high and play wishacy type style, aiming to fulfil wishes or letting them decide what they want to do.

Soon as Forbes is a Teen (the girls will prob be young adults by then) it will be Heir vote time yet again!! :D

Monday, July 25, 2011

Finale Assignment for All About Me

Here's my final entry for All About Me, Felicia's Simself competition, 10 assignments in total!
The finale we had to age our simself up to their elder stage, which rounds off the whole compeition nicely.

Won't know until everyone has turned in and scores are calculated who won each category, Overall score and Crowd favorite. It's been a pretty fun comp even though my simself isn't very photogenic...at least I know she takes after the real person lol.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

It's a Good Day

I slept in later than I wanted to but whatever hehe

Woke to discover that I won Vampire the Masquarade by one point!! SUPER close. Don't know if Dark is making a siggy to go along with the win, she is a very busy woman, if she does I will re post it so that everyone can see her handy work. I still don't like my finale entries for that comp so if you are interested in seeing them you'll have to check out the thread on the officials.

My sim model Laleina Kale was also selected for the sim showcase/spotlight on Unbound, so her face sits on the top of the forum index for everyone to see :D

One of my good friends, and one of the best of the best in the modeling community right  now Simanims is also going to be starting a comp soon....shhh it might be a secret. But seriously keep your eyes open for it, even if you can't join, please by all means lurk!

Friday, July 22, 2011

20,000 Hits, Thanks Everyone!

I was going to leave the self congratulatory post till I either had 20,000 views, or 100 followers....and the veiws won the race, though I'm still at an amazing 96 followers.

Thanks to everyone for making me feel welcome in the blogging community, after being a lurker and commenter on others blogs for so long it's really warming to see that some return that favor and visit my home too, and read my ramblings and look at my pictures.

I hope to be able to post more often, and maybe even learn to make poses and do some editing so there will be more reasons to stop by.

Much <3 to you all

P.S Harry Potter was pretty good, except the ''19 years later'' ending, they didn't even really TRY to make them look much older lol

Thursday, July 21, 2011

What a Veiw

When I was doing my entry for Vampire the Masquerade I took some time to look around Bridgeport a little more and took some scenery shots. Sometimes I forget to stop and take a look around when I'm playing the game or taking pictures for competitions. Here are a couple of my favorites.

Finally up to date with everything, submitted my entry for Girls Just Wanna Have Fun in private PM as per the new rules, and finished and sent away my scores for both Flux and Hitched. Feels really good to be finally caught up, even though I had to drop 2 competitions to get to that point.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

OMG a Post!!

Yeap, I have been WAAAYYYY too busy to even update my blog. Good thing is I'm no longer sick, took long enough for me to recover, I would say the fact we had packed my Vitamin B12 medication away somewhere and hadn't found it to unpack it would have been a huge contributor....but yeah, Hubby and I can be real dumbasses sometimes hehe

Finished my finale entry for Vampire the Masquerade, it sucks though so I won't be posting it here, will be a second place for me, which I'm totally cool with, right now I don't have any time to really sit down and play so I'm kinda rushing all my entries. I am going to post my entry for All About Me though, just because I've always wanted to Berrify my simself, and the assignment was just that.

So here's me Berrified as Pumpkin Pie a nerdy Berry Sweet with an addiction to the Sweet Tooth Arcade.

Have dropped from some of my comps, just because it isn't fair to make people continously wait on me, when I really just don't have the time to be in so many comps anymore. I'm still in All About Me and Girls Just Wanna Have Fun because those are nearing the end....and Beech Modeling because that one is a little less time consuming than the others. Will just have to see how much time I have tomorrow to see if I can submit something for Canvas or not.

Going to see Harry Potter on Thursday with some friends, grabbing the chance since my husband doesn't want to see it. We also have tickets to WWE RAW which is coming to Saskatoon, so if I remember to take photo's I'll prob post them here. Will try to be more regular with the updates even if they aren't all sim related.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Awwww Lots of Sad News

Bliss got perma banned from the officials for bumping right after someone else bumped....guess that's classed as spamming or something who the fuck knows these days.

RepulsiveDesire had something serious happen that really got her down about the Sims Community, don't know all the details but she has taken her lovely blog down because of it.

Beechnutbaby is closing the current cycle of Dark Shadowz due to a lack of participation, shes very busy this summer so continuing to run a non elimination competition still in its early stages when only 4 of the original sign ups have the desire to actually compete just seems to be a misuse of time.

Sucks when shitty stuff happens to people you like, even if they are only internet acquaintances.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Being Sick Sucks

Being sick and unable to go to the doctor to get drugs to make you better faster....sucks even more.
I'm hoping that my husband gets well enough, fast enough that I can steal the last of his antibiotics he got from the doctor, even though they always tell you to finish the full cycle of tablets....people rarely do lol.
Cheap ass over the counter cold and Flu pills and Robitussin just don't hit the spot.

Way behind in my sim modeling stuff still, Darkslayer should be punching me in the E face soon since the finale for Vampire the Masquerade was due a LONG time ago. Hoping to have at least the first picture done tomorrow, if not both. Just a hard time balancing online shit with real life shit while moving and having the flu (or whatever I have), though we have pretty much unpacked and moved/stored most of out crap now.

All I have right now is a not very good entry for Beeching Modeling....the unedited version of the shot probably looks better lol, but I haven't really played around with the dodge and burn tool nor color curves, so I wanted to experiment. Once I'm done with the comp's I'm in I think I'm just going to lurk, judge and piggy back assignments for a while and actually learn some new skills.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Superhero

We've had some pretty normal assignments for All About Me, Traits related stuff, our favorite room etc etc but this one was my favorite I think.
I have a love hate relationship with the Superhero assignment, it's a hard one to work with in certain competitions, however for my simself it was a lot of fun. Took me forever to think of what special power I should have, but eventually I settled on a kinda mix of Iceman and Storm.

Felicia has implemented a new ''PM submission'' for Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, so I won't be posting entries for that comp until after scores now. I don't quite understand the point of it, other than there's no risk of anyone copying you, but then the judges are so good that they have already picked up on people using others entries as ''inspiration'' for their own.

Will be working on the finale for Vampire the Masquerade tonight and tomorrow, that's next on the list.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Still Here

Will have some pictures up tomorrow been really ill lately, luck has not been on my side with moving and then becoming really unwell and then when I start getting better my husband gets sick (mostly his fault, kissing a sick person even after they say its a bad idea is just asking for it lol)

Really surprised that the pictures I threw together for Canvas (3rd), Girls Just Wanna Have Fun (1st), All About Me (1st) and Beech Modeling (1st) did so well, so I'm hoping my luck holds out for a few more days so my half assed entries don't get me eliminated.....hoping by the weekend I can finally get back to normal, my time management skills aren't normally so crappy.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

I'm Getting There! lol

Well I still haven't got very far with the actual unpacking of stuff, I kinda spent my day cutting a small tree down in the backyard because it was blocking the sun on the deck lol.........but I am also slowly getting caught up with all my simming competitions.

My entry for the All About Me assignment ''Cribs'' got first for the round. We had to show off our favorite room in our dream home, mine was a black, white and red study with his and hers computer set ups and a big screen TV.

Then I did the entry for Girls Just Wanna Have Fun which has a political career theme. Drew a bit of a blank with this one too be honest, which is why it's a bit cliche and boring. Many of the other contestants had some really interesting ideas, I just went with a lobbyist for the mafia, tying it into the previous assignment where Saffia was working as a hitman.

Really wanted to do some playing around with my tablet for my Canvas entry, but right now I just don't have the time for sitting around practicing and playing around...plus it's kinda packed away somewhere lol. So I ended up doing my Steampunk entry pretty much all in game just did some minor adjustments to color and lighting to get the look I wanted.

Last but not least is my high fashion swimsuit entry for Beech Modeling. Through my experiences with High Fashion Modeling comps, and actually doing some research on the topic, I have come to the conclusion the idea of ''High Fashion'' is very much up for interpretation.....so I hope this works lol.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Dark Shadowz Results

As suspected I came second in Dark Shadowz, Dark Faerie Edition. Was my very first non ellimination compeition, and I have to say it was very hard to stay motivated. While non ellimination compeitions are fantastic for those starting out in the modeling scene, I personally found it hard to push myself to do better each round when there was no threat of being elliminated.

It was pretty close between myself and Chellemh who has become one of my new favorite Sims 3 picture editors, her fantasy work is really fantastic.

I may or may not be judging the next cycle, I really have to think about whether I have time to judge anymore competitions, even though my scoring system doesn't take as long as actually creating an entry for a competition, it is still very time consuming as I try to put a lot of effort into the comments I provide.

Another amazing siggy to add to my collection. Beech really has a knack for making them, I think this is one of my favorite's right now.