Abstract Digital Painting – Momiji – もみじ

Pixiv Link – https://www.pixiv.net/member_illust.php?mode=medium&illust_id=65997627

Software and Tools

  • Adobe Photoshop CC 2018
  • Wacom Intuos Pen Small (CTL-480)

May you have Good Tailwinds!

~Neul

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I’m not writing anymore.

Life goes on, and times change. I no longer have time to write anything, and I don’t feel like I want to convince anyone to agree with my opinions. There are so many other sites for that kind of stuff, and so many other people who do it better than me. I could improve myself to be able to write to that kind of standard but honestly, I don’t really care enough to warrant improving myself that way.

So I decided to stop, and focus my efforts on mainly Graphics Design and Digital Art. I still have a long way to go. This blog will be where I upload personal projects, designs, artwork, and other random things I do, but I won’t be writing any articles.

~Neul

Gun Gale Online Version Kirito’s Lightsaber – Kagemitsu G4 STL files for 3D Printing (Free Download)

I cosplayed Kirito GGO Version at SMASH! Sydney Manga and Anime Show 2017 and I had originally planned to make the lightsaber handle by hand out of PVC Pipe but I ran out of time. The pipes were too hard to fit together and so I decided to 3D print the entire thing instead. Overall it took me just 2 hours to finish, and I tried to make it as close to the actual size as possible given the amount of information I found on Google image search.

If you don’t have a 3D printer, don’t worry! You can use 3D Hubs (https://www.3dhubs.com/) to find a 3D printing service. For me it costed around AU$31 with the 20% student discount.

I hope you enjoy this model I have provided, and I hope to do more 3D models for cosplay in the future for you to print and enjoy.

Good tailwinds!

~Neul

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Terra Formars verses Real Life – Terraforming Mars, Evolution, and Genetic Modification

In Terra Formars, humanity is plagued by the “Alien Engine Virus” that no one knows how to cure and so a crew of Humans who underwent a procedure to gain extraordinary abilities from various animals in nature will travel to Mars to capture “Terraformars”. These Terraformars are highly evolved cockroaches which supposedly have a link to the virus and so it is hoped that through the study of the Terraformars, a vaccine can be created to save those infected with the virus from dying. When watching the Anime, I simply can’t help but think that there’s more to the backstory than what is described in the events that occurred in the story so far. Perhaps if we analyse the legitimacy of the science of Terra Formars, we might get some insight into some possible plot directions. If the predictions are off, it would still be fun to nitpick on the science in the story anyway.

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A Commentary About Blizzard Entertainment’s Recent Game Design Philosophy

Blizzard has been often criticized for making their games to be “unoriginal” and “watered down” versions of the other games in the genre. With the recent release of Overwatch, many people have been criticizing it for its similarity to Team Fortress 2. Hearthstone was widely criticized as a Magic the Gathering ripoff, Heroes of the Storm was labelled as a heavily dumbed down version of a MOBA, Diablo III was considered to be too simple by many Diablo II players. Despite all of these critcisms, all of these titles are still performing well and it is clear that the obscene levels of Blizzard polish is making their games shine. It makes you wonder how these so-called “unoriginal” and “watered down” games could possibly be successful. I won’t comment on Diablo III because I haven’t been a long time fan of the series however for the rest of the games, are these criticisms really justified?

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Assassination Classroom vs Real Life – Teachers, Learning Environments and Educational Challenges

Warning – This article contains relatively minor spoilers. Please proceed at your own risk.

The over-arching plot in Assassination Classroom is basically, a very powerful and dangerous creature appears out of nowhere and becomes the teacher of class 3-E, the lowest performing class at Kunugigaoka Junior High School. So now the students of 3-E, aka the “End Class” are assigned with the task of killing their own teacher, and thus claim a bounty of 10 billion yen. The plot is quite interesting, as well as the well-developed characters that are supporting it however, there is another aspect of Assassination Classroom I wish to talk about in this article, and that is the apparent message being conveyed to us as viewers. As we see the class grow, develop and overcome challenges, we get a glimpse of the topics related to teachers, students and education that provokes some thought in how we think about teaching and learning.

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Assassination Classroom Combat Tactics In Real Life – Nekodamashi and Bloodlust

Warning – This article contains spoilers. Please proceed at your own risk.

Assassination Classroom is about a loveable yellow humanoid tentacle creature who threatens to destroy the Earth in 1 year but he also decides to become a teacher of the E class at Kunugigaoka Middle School and thus the Assassination Classroom was born. Over the course of the story we see quite a few skills used by many different assassins, and are often adopted by Shiota Nagisa, the adorable blue-haired “trap” main character. It certainly is fun to watch how these skills are applied in the story and combined with his training in assassination he is able to topple very strong foes which makes for action packed scenes. I wonder, do these tactics actually work in real life? If they do, how will they fare? Here are the two skills that caught my attention.

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