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Meerjel01
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Well I'm working on a website for myself to enjoy. For real this time.

It will contain planed projects, art and documentaries about my ideas. I'm using GitHub to make it. Now I know that I can make it and I'll have something big done for once.

Why I'm posting this is because it's a site for people to see. And I can guess it's gonna be fascinating to the members of the Pfhorums to know what I've been coming up with for all my thinking years. It needs some more work but I'll link it here when it's done. It's really simple and fast to work on.


And I changed my name to Meerjel01. Just need to remove some accounts and create new ones.
Meerjel01
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I am getting worried about something. Something sensitive. Have I done something way wrong that you people knows about? Is that the reason I'm ignored?
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Screamernail wrote:I am getting worried about something. Something sensitive. Have I done something way wrong that you people knows about? Is that the reason I'm ignored?
I don't know if you've done anything horribly wrong, I suspect it's more that your posts don't mesh with the flow of the board, or something like that. It's the internet, so if you pissed someone off then it is more likely that they would respond, right?

I suspect your expectations for interaction are altered slightly by social anxiety, but you mustn't use the internet as a reference for how well you interact with people because the internet is a twisted reflection of mankind's deepest derangements and absurdity. Still, in any place, not everyone will care what you (or any given person) are doing, and this is just normal in any context. If you disagree strongly with this statement, you may be at risk for narcissism. What with 8 billion + people living in the world, how special are any of us? And yet statistically with those numbers I can almost guarantee someone out there will be deeply interested in whatever it is you have to say. But, the sample size for this particular tiny niche of the internet (which is normally somewhat idle) is so limited that you may strike out here, but it would hardly an indictment of you.

It's nice you're building a website for yourself to enjoy. Maybe when you finish it and have something to show off people will have something to say about it good or bad. In my homeland, we have an ancient saying: "Where's the beef?" It means: Intentions are cheap, results are what matters. Also everyone is probably busy with their own crap. For me, it's figuring out how not to screw up my revised 3d models and getting these damned UV maps not to look like they were scribbled with a potato.

But, anyway, good luck with that website, have fun doing it for yourself, as that is what is important.

And, as always, be well.
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I'm glad Ku-rin took the time to write such a kind response. I wish you well too, Screamernail.
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I actually wish to change my name to Meerjel01. Because of the "Will to change" cliche. Screamernail doesn't seem fitting a space fish with no mouth.

Thanks you two. No matter what, I'm still grateful for any kind reply.
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Also keep in mind that this place only has like 4 active members at this point, and they all basically are just talking to themselves. The pfhorums are not the right place to be if you expect actual interaction with other people.
Meerjel01
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Sure the place doesn't talk alot. But that doesn't stop me from sharing my ideas with you all. And I think you will like these ideas ( Or mostly concepts) I've come up with for all these years.

And yay my name is making sense now!

EDIT:
Beta release! (Sorry for releasing it too early I where just too eager)
https://meerjel01.github.io/index.html

It is supposed to look real simple because it's more chilly that way. If somethings wrong then tell me so I can improve.
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Do the link even work?
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Works for me.

What does your new name mean?
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Not bad! Good, clean, simple static website. A very strong start.

As a friendly suggestion to take or leave: Where possible, use some margins and left-align the text in places where there are many words so as to enhance readability. Headers and such look great as they are, but the longer paragraphs are somewhat less comfortable to read when centered. If you use a single stylesheet for your pages and link them into the header it will be quite easy to adjust the layout without having to make atomic changes to each document.

If you weren't already aware, if your browser has an inspector or other debugging tool, you can manipulate your CSS on the page in a WYSIWYG fashion to try things out. In Firefox, for instance, right click anywhere on a page and select "Inspect Element" from the contextual menu. Please refer to the relevant documentation for your browser for more information on how to use this, although it is easy enough to play with it.

For example, I inserted this simple change, and it made it a lot easier to read the larger blocks of text...

Code: Select all

p { margin: 1em 5em; text-align: left }
For more info on CSS, refer to this guide and associated reference: https://www.w3schools.com/Css/css_syntax.asp

Good luck!
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Pfhorrest wrote:Works for me.

What does your new name mean?
It's just a name for a specie I made. Which is shown in my avatar.
Ku-rin wrote:Not bad! Good, clean, simple static website. A very strong start.

As a friendly suggestion to take or leave: Where possible, use some margins and left-align the text in places where there are many words so as to enhance readability. Headers and such look great as they are, but the longer paragraphs are somewhat less comfortable to read when centered. If you use a single stylesheet for your pages and link them into the header it will be quite easy to adjust the layout without having to make atomic changes to each document.

If you weren't already aware, if your browser has an inspector or other debugging tool, you can manipulate your CSS on the page in a WYSIWYG fashion to try things out. In Firefox, for instance, right click anywhere on a page and select "Inspect Element" from the contextual menu. Please refer to the relevant documentation for your browser for more information on how to use this, although it is easy enough to play with it.
I'll be keeping that in mind. Even tho I wanted the site to be extremely simple, it might not work as I thought it would. But everything has ups and downs so I would have expected it.

Would want to ask if some of you found something interesting there, but it got to wait cause the site lacks important information and I need to learn patience either-way.
Meerjel01
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I'm gonna put up an image here exclusively (Before putting it up on my site) and let some of you "guess" who the characters are. When they're names been said I'll text out my descriptions of them.
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Onboard AI.png
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Meerjel01 wrote:I'm gonna put up an image here exclusively (Before putting it up on my site) and let some of you "guess" who the characters are. When they're names been said I'll text out my descriptions of them.
Spoiler:
Onboard AI.png
Leela, Durandal, and Tycho?
Meerjel01
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Bingo! Have some text!
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Leela
As the main AI for social interactions and diplomacy, Leela is the most caring and believable individual of the Marathon’s artificial systems. She really did deserve a better fate.

Durandal
An AI dragged down to only operate doors and automated systems, Durandal’s attitude where remade into a sarcastic and (At times) rude persona. Obviously gone rampant for good reasons.

Tycho
As the AI of Marathon’s science systems. Tycho’s the most intelligent individual of the from asteroid built station but also a depressed loner. But that’s not a problem in the future now IS IT!!?
Meerjel01
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Maybe I do want something said about my content in the site. Maybe.

Some feedback?
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In general? Add more content. Always, this is the answer. More creation yields refinement of techniques and style, as well. Picasso made so much stuff, some random thing he drew on a cocktail napkin went to auction and sold at a ridiculous price. Well, the price doesn't matter so much (avoid ego-centrism and narcissism!) but it goes to show that art is a creative function, and as such there's nothing for it but to create as much as possible, whenever, as often as possible.

Maybe go get a DeviantArt account. You can interact with an art-focused community, and have a place where you can easily display and organize your work. You'll have an easier time getting feedback and opinions there, I suspect.

When I look at your art, I'm not sure what is precisely stylistic (aesthetic?) and what is simply unrefined skill. I mean, you draw your characters with spherical heads, whether it's on purpose or if you simply lack the ability to draw a more complex shape there, I don't know. Don't take offense at this, I mean none, and I certainly couldn't draw a face all that well off the top of my head, it's not what I do. If you were simply looking for people to say "Ah, I like it!" or "Ah, I hate it!" then I would have to say that the style isn't my cup of tea, I neither love nor hate it. But, it's your style, what I think of that is irrelevant.

If you were looking for more technical critique of the work, the best I could tell you is that it looks unpolished to me. Again, this is why I think you should talk to a larger community of artists, many of whom will invariably share similar aesthetic interests. Maybe do some boring practice of your linework, proportions. Go to a library and do a little research on different styles. Sit around with a pad of paper and a pencil and just fool around. And, of course, whatever you do, don't be discouraged or stop creating at any point!

I will say, your one work "Tear Out" is quite good, as you have correctly indicated that the figure on the left has had to enter the thorax through the abdominal wall in order to remove their heart (rather than say, trying to breach the ribcage, which is unlikely) and you have left a good portion of the aorta hanging out. Anatomically correct! Kudos.

Oh, quick security tip for your website: Don't leave email addresses in plaintext sitting around on the public web. If you didn't know already, various people run crawlers that look for that, so as to make lovely lists of addresses to send spam to. Pure scavenger-capitalism. (https://www.labnol.org/internet/hide-em ... ges/28364/) Revealing your name and other personal information is your prerogative, but beware of evils lurking in the fell depths of the internet.
Meerjel01
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To be fair I just don't care enough to be seen that much and wouldn't put too much into my work. A half of me thinks that, while true me seeks attention and fame. Kinda demented and such. Always thought of myself as an un-sane individual cause of my flaws. I at-least hope I can blame some sort of insanity for my flaws. And why I'm drawing so simple can be because of not wanting too much attention and get a wrong doing community like everyone else (I don't really want my children in any porn-art), or maybe because I wanted to make a new art-form for everyone to work with. But I'm just very special and I don't really know what I want myself.

Thanks for giving me some praise for Tear Out, and telling me not to show my Gmail in-front of the starting page. I hope I can finish the Mornaverse documents sooner.
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Sanity is largely a matter of perspective. Many people do awful things and these things are rationalized and deemed sane, with terrible regularity. In the most rational sense, I would suggest that sanity is a matter of how cohesive and consistent your reality is to you. However, when most people speak of sanity they're usually considering how cohesive and consistent your behaviors and expressed ideas are with their reality, if that makes any sense?

Hard to say where the line is drawn, but that said, if you're not dissecting animals with a spoon and/or throwing poop at the wall while having a conversation with god, you're probably doing okay. If not, well, there's always medication.

Otherwise, being different is not a flaw. How you deal with it can be a flaw, or it can be a defining quality.

Well, in any case, as before, keep creating.
Meerjel01
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Okay maybe the perfectly round heads is a bad thing and I need to improve. Maybe it isn't fun using the circle tool for heads all the time.


Hold an eye on the images section cause I'm gonna try make something different.
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So?
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Maybe one of these will interest you:

https://www.alexhays.com/loomis/Andrew% ... Pencil.pdf

https://www.alexhays.com/loomis/Andrew% ... 0Hands.pdf

https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B8VO-JQ ... hZWHc/edit

Or, if you don't want your drawing skill to be the focus, maybe try making more webcomic-style sequences of panels with more text?
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Progress! Your characters have well defined jaws now. And you've carried over your shading as well, which works well here. Being able to shade more complex shapes to proffer depth is good.

$lave makes a good point, you could pull off a webcomic. I mean, most likely you don't want to theme it around taking the piss out of people with brain injuries and such. But, when you tell a story with the picture, and the character's comment is the punch-line, that's a basic formula for a comic. It could work well.
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I also liked the style of simplified Marathon textures that you shared with us before, and thought it went well with this kind of character art. An interesting hybrid project could be some kind of Marathon machinina-esque webcomic: place your characters in sets built in Marathon with those textures you made, take screenshots, add text bubbles, and make a comic that way.
Meerjel01
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Yeah I thought about the whole "Drawn characters in a game screenshot" thing before! I even tried it with Marathon areas too!

But I haven't gotten any plans for comic making for some time and a higher priority is slideshow making. But I can shape some new fate when I want.
Meerjel01
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I feel sick again. Sick because I'm sure people are saying bad things about me cause of my past misbehaviours. Figured out in The Whole Half-Life site, where I once was a member in and socialised in. Maybe I don't deserve to be Meerjel01. Maybe I should focus on that other part of me cause that one seems more successful.

I know I'm not liked by some people, on any forum I've been on. And that other part of me seems to reflect me better. Those sins. Those ideas. I'm certain I don't fit as Meerjel01, or Screamernail. I'm more active on the other side even.

I can shape some new fate when I want. And it's not gonna be sane.
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