New Site Design

Yes, I’ve redesigned my site again. I’ve made it more open and made more room for content because it’s always about the content. Small tweaks are still being made. Stay tuned…because I know you’re all at the edge of your seat.

Moved

My blogging has been a bit on the slow side lately.  I’ve been really busy with work, marathon training, and moving.  Work is still really exciting.  Some image from the poster found its way online to various entertainment sites.  I can’t wait to see this movie on the big screen.  I think it is going to be great. Yesterday for marathon training we ran 18.7 miles.  I’m a little sore but nothing too extreme.  Last week, I ran in the Kaiser Half Marathon in San Francisco.  There were thousands of people out running, it was pretty fun.  I found that running is a lot easier and a lot more fun when you do it with other people.  I leave for Rome in a little over a month to run in the Rome Marathon so I still have a little bit of training left to do.  In a couple of weeks, I’ll be running 20 miles, which will be the longest distance I run before the marathon.  In terms of fund raising, I have currently raised $4,350 of my $5,000 goal for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  I’m almost there, I can feel it! I also moved to a new house closer to work.  It’s nice because it is 5 minutes from work and it has a pool and hot tub.  I’m still working out issues with the hot tub…like getting it hotter than 80 degrees, but hopefully I’ll have it all working fine soon.  The main drawback with the house is that the town is mostly full of families and retirees.  Not that there’s anything wrong with that but for a guy in his mid 20’s, it’s not exactly a prime location.  I’ll be here for a year though, so I’m sure I will enjoy having the pool in the summer when it gets 100 degrees.  After the year is up, I’ll probably move to the city. During my daily round of internet scavenging for interesting news, I came across this music video which I thought was really cool and creative.  I now share it with you, enjoy! Oren Lavie – Her Morning Elegance

All You Can Do Is Smile

Two months ago, not content with my downtime when not at work, I decided I wanted to do something useful.  I needed something to do, some goal to work towards while not at my job.  My goal a year ago and the previous 3 years before that was to learn computer animation really well so I could get a good job that I would love.  Now that I’ve accomplished that goal, a part of me has been pretty restless during my free time.  Many would probably be content with having no dire responsibilities or life struggles.  I have to admit, I consider myself pretty lucky. I’m healthy, have a great job, and have no serious worries.  However, many people are not so lucky and I feel that since I am willing and able, there really is no reason why I should not help them. For the past 6 weeks, I’ve been training with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training to run in the Rome Marathon.  In return for the training, I am fundraising $5000 for the LLS, 75% of which will go to cancer research and aid to people suffering from cancers such as leukemia and lymphoma.  A couple weeks ago, after a run, the team listened to talks from our honorees, people who had or still have these types of cancers.  One speaker in particular made an imprint in my mind. He was diagnosed with B-cell follicular lymphoma 3 years ago.  Once he was diagnosed, he went through chemotherapy and went into remission, which is when the cancer appears to have gone away.  A couple years later the cancer came back and he went through chemotherapy again.  He battled through and his lymphoma went back into remission.  He’s undergoing a series of injections now every few months to try to ensure the cancer doesn’t come back.  However, people can only take this drug a set amount in their life time.  For him, he would reach this limit in 3 years.  If the cancer comes back after that, all that’s left is more chemotherapy, which is why he said with a smile that he’s “depending on us to help fund the research to find the cure in the next 3 years.” When he was done talking, he sort of looked towards the ground, took a breath, smiled, and sat back down.  For some reason, it was that smile that stuck in my mind.  It seemed that after all that he’s been through and whatever the future holds for him, all he can do is smile. The Rome Marathon is in March and so far I have raised over $3000.  I still have a ways to go, so please, if you can donate any amount, visit my fundraising website: http://pages.teamintraining.org/sf/rome09/cvernon

Hyboria

Lately, I’ve being wondering through the lands of Hyboria in Age of Conan.  It’s been pretty fun hacking and slashing with Jigglybits, my Dark Templar.  On my latest adventure, I ran into a soldier with no pants:

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Poor Balthas, he has no pants! I’ve been playing for a about a week now and it’s pretty fun.  If anyone picks up this game, I’m on the Stormrage pvp server.

Getting Creative

Has it really been over a month already since my last post? Work is keeping me busy. A job in the CG industry is like no other job out there. Whenever I tell people what I do, their eyes light up and they want to know more. When I get home at the end of the day, I am still excited about CG. I finished my last set of personal training sessions last week. After 2-3 months of working out with a trainer, I gained about 13 pounds. The problem with working out a lot is you have to eat a lot. It almost becomes a full-time job. I like eating probably more than the average guy, but the amount I need to eat and the number of times I should eat was getting ridiculous! I picked up some drawing DVDs called The Structure of Man. They’re all about drawing the human form from your mind. I’ve watched the first few videos and it seems pretty interesting. Hopefully, with practice I’ll be at a level where I am satisfied with my own drawings. I basically would like to be able to draw my own character/creature designs so I can turn them into CG characters. I also really like concept art and would like to be able to draw some sweet work myself. And…here’s me in 3d:

Chad in 3d.

Finding Hobbies

I’m getting pretty settled into work life. Everyday has a challenge and I’m learning a lot. I’ve been digging into a lot of Maya API programming and Python scripting both of which are turning out to be pretty powerful. When I was first starting my job, I was expecting to get a lot of grunt level work but I’m happy to say I’ve been getting a lot of cool assignments thrown my way. After a lot of college jobs serving people, I can easily say that I am happy with my career choice. One of the benefits of not being in school anymore is that when I’m off work, I don’t have to do anything. When I was in school, I was always working on my reel or learning on my own.  Now that I don’t have to do that anymore, I am free to take up other hobbies. To give myself something to do, I signed up for a bunch of personal training sessions with this guy. I’ve been working out at my current gym for a couple years now and at other gyms for the past 6 years but this will be my first time with a trainer.  He said that I have good genes because of my build and I’ll shoot up about 15 pounds over the next 2-3 months.  Whoa! Hopefully, I won’t end up looking like this guy.

The Beginning of the End

It’s the beginning of the end of my time at Ex’pression College. I’ve just finished my final demo reel as a student, which you can view on my splash page. I have one last 5-week term and I’ll be done with school. I can’t wait because then I get to start working on my first feature film. It’s going to feel weird not being a full-time student since I’ve been one for the past 21 years.

I’m also moving to a new place with sweet roommates so I’m looking forward to that. Now it’s just a waiting game for the next few weeks until I finish school and move. The waiting game and a little Bioshock will have to hold me over until then.

Welcome to my (new) Blog!

This is my latest site. If you’ve been following along with me, you’ll know that this is something like my 7th generation website. However, all the sites before this one used all my own code as a backend. I’ve decided to ditch about 3 years of stored posts from my old database to move over to the wonder that is WordPress. Never fear, if you’re here for my DirectX tutorials, they’ve all been transferred over along with my Maya exporter.

What’s been going on in my life these past few quiet months? Besides my normal school work and part-time job, I finished a short film I have been working on with a team of my classmates for the past 6 months. It was an interesting experience full of many long and sleepless nights. Last week, I attended Siggraph as a student volunteer in San Diego. I met a lot of great people at Siggraph and made a lot of good friends that were once only acquaintances. With school coming to a close in a couple of months and my major school projects behind me, my life is starting to return to it’s less crazier form. I’m about to graduate from Ex’pression College in a couple of months. When I graduate, I’ll begin working at my dream job at a great new animation studio. I couldn’t have asked for a better job. I guess hard work really does payoff :).

Great job, great family, great friends, a new niece…I pretty much love my life right now. Fjorg! Stay passionate, stay determined, take a chance, and great things will follow.