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So! Hi everyone! (at least to the few who still read my diaries after such a long time of absence) *chases of the dust bunnies*

Good news all around! I started working for Rock Pocket Games. A small company in Tønsberg/Norway which is specialized in IOS, Android and soon xbox games. If you are an Iphone user you might know/or have tried one of our games called "The Package". It was Game of the Week in the US app store last year and we are currently working on a IPad HD version with improved Graphics as well as an Android version. So if you like puzzle games go check it out (or check out the IGN review from June last year before you get it) :)

We are also looking for highly motivated and talented Programmers in the area (if you want, follow us on facebook (I'll be making a lot of silly useless updates in the future so be forewarned ;))
We have a lot of very exciting projects coming up.

I also got quite a few emails about if I am still painting and what happened to my website:
First of all yes I am, however I am having not a lot of time currently since I am also attending evening classes after our move here in Norway to learn Norwegian :)
Secondly, my website was hacked so my hosting provider took it down for security measures and I am currently working on a new one (however since I am also doing a lot of stuff for my new job I am also not having much time to work on that area).
At the moment my fitness blog is the main domain which will change once I got around to redo my portfolio.

Anyway, I am still alive and kicking and sure not many care but hey, I have a few free minutes and decided to spend it bugging you guys ;)

Much <3 to everyone who is still around and lets not be strangers!

  • Mood: Irritated
  • Listening to: The humming of my computer
  • Reading: A man's search for meaning
  • Watching: Torchwood
  • Playing: Various I-Phone Games
  • Eating: Oatmeal with chocolate protein powder
  • Drinking: Water


Woah, I got a hoardload of PMs about the art4love issue. Thanks a lot for the heads-up. There are a lot of pieces besides mine that I recognized.
It seems much more evident lately that people who actually don't do artwork themselves or artists who steal from others, make a shitload of money while the ones actually working their asses off are left out in the cold.

Karma is not always a bitch it seems..

  • Mood: Irritated
  • Listening to: The humming of my computer
  • Reading: A man's search for meaning
  • Watching: Torchwood
  • Playing: Various I-Phone Games
  • Eating: Oatmeal with chocolate protein powder
  • Drinking: Water

Ah wt.....I just missed it..

Sun May 29, 2011, 11:49 AM


I just missed noticing my 470000th pageview - and that without submitting anything for almost two years (or more?) woah..thank you!

If anyone happened to get a screenie of that actual number..let me know!

  • Mood: Irritated
  • Listening to: The humming of my computer
  • Reading: A man's search for meaning
  • Watching: Torchwood
  • Playing: Various I-Phone Games
  • Eating: Oatmeal with chocolate protein powder
  • Drinking: Water


..don't forget to check my blog at www.tascha.ch/fitness :)
You can even laugh at videos I take from my workouts, I promise!

I keep posting this here because it was actually after some recommendations from people here on DA that I decided to pick-up some of the programs I used. That leads me to believe that at least SOME people here are interested in working out ;)

For you others, sorry for the spam, I promise more art updates soon (tm).

  • Mood: Joy
  • Listening to: A dog barking outside
  • Reading: Navy Seal's Handbook
  • Watching: Buffy Season 6 (again)
  • Playing: Various I-Phone Games
  • Eating: Soon: Pasta with feta and veggies
  • Drinking: Water

Little update!

Mon Aug 16, 2010, 11:42 AM


Nope sorry, not about the painting progress but that will follow hopefully soon.
I am in overdrive and full of energy, so stay tuned!

I started a new blog, which is not about painting, since that is what my website is for, but about fitness and health. Now that I am done with my first round of P90X I have more time since Insanity is not as time demanding as the P which leaves me soon with more time to paint.

So much energy, not enough time!
For those who want to take a peak: www.tascha.ch/fitness/
It's in its infant steps but will hopefully grow at a steady pace.

Hope everyone is doing great :)

EDIT: I moved the domain and blog to my own domain and updated with quite a few new posts at www.tascha.ch/fitness/

  • Mood: Tired
  • Listening to: Dropkick murphys
  • Reading: Navy Seal's Handbook
  • Watching: Buffy Season 4 (again)
  • Playing: Various I-Phone Games
  • Eating: Soon: Brown Rice Bowl
  • Drinking: Water

So...all right *coughs*

Tue Jun 15, 2010, 4:04 AM


I'll keep this shortish, as I don't want to use this ugly layout too long. Which means I get this in before I need to find time to redo the CSS for my journal (or at least do some proper graphics for the journal and gallery).

First of all, I am really floored that not only did I get such a warm hello from old friends but also from a lot of additional Deviants. I can't tell you how appreciated that is. It made me feel like coming home :)
After all DA was one of the very first mediums I used to share my art (and where I met Henning and a lot of great friends), so I do owe it a lot.

I am doing quite well health wise (after some rough up and downs) and it doesn't seem to influence my painting right now. Thanks to a more healthy lifestyle I also have much more energy to concentrate on all the things I feel like doing and on top getting the things done I don't feel like doing ;).

Let me also thank everyone for all the comments, messages and Iamas (still no clue what those are for) I got during my absence. You can imagine that my inbox was completely overloaded and in the end I gave up trying to get back to everyone (sorry about that).

I am still working on the current practice piece - decided to give her very curly red hair and some head-pieces. I do have a general idea for the painting, so stay tuned. I'll be updating with a few more progression shots maybe later today for the ones interested.

I am also excited to work for Fantasy Flight Games again for some freelance Trading Card Art. We'll see where it leads me :)

Ok, that was a lot of "I"s..

edit: Oh random question. Is it possible to hide or disable notifications of groups you are part of? Too much spam -.-

  • Mood: Tired
  • Listening to: A co-worker talking to herself
  • Reading: The Primal Blueprint
  • Watching: Caprica
  • Playing: Various I-Phone Games
  • Eating: Turkey Patty and Salad
  • Drinking: Water

Ugh - wtf previews..

Thu Jun 10, 2010, 2:09 PM


The new previews here look horrible - what happened :/
looks skewed and slightly pixelated at parts - only the full version is ok.

That's the new system? -.-

  • Mood: Tired
  • Listening to: Henning's computer making noises
  • Reading: Journal Dramas
  • Watching: Burn Notice
  • Playing: Angry Birds on I-Phone
  • Eating: Grilled Chicken and Veggies
  • Drinking: Water

So yeah...

Mon Jun 7, 2010, 12:31 PM


..while I am waiting for my new wacom pen to arrive (spending time sketching traditionally instead) I am working my ass off (literally) with P90X. That program rocks!
I hope I can get in time to do everything I need/want to do per day. Hmm...everyday work, household stuff, working out, cooking AND painting. Yup, somehow I'll need to squeeze a few more hours out of a day..how about..like..30?

Not to forget I really should make a proper php journal, but I just can't be arsed (pardon my french).

I hope everyone is doing fine out there in the hyper space :)

EDIT: Since so many of you are interested in P90X I wanted to post a little youtube video a friend I met through the program made for me. One of the Yoga stances that you learn is called "Crane". It's a pretty advanced pose and I am super proud that I can hold it for a few seconds. However Norm shows in the little video what you'll end up with you keep practising :)
Oh and btw, if you are doing P90X and need a Coach he is a great guy and very knowledgeable and helping wherever he can with tips and encouragement. You can look him up here: www.teambeachbodycoach.com/nammie or just put in his coach number (44127) when you sign up.

So, here is the little video though: www.youtube.com/watch?v=2T0gTT…

  • Mood: Tired
  • Listening to: Henning's computer making noises
  • Reading: Journal Dramas
  • Watching: Burn Notice
  • Playing: Angry Birds on I-Phone
  • Eating: Grilled Chicken and Veggies
  • Drinking: Water

Workout!

Tue Apr 6, 2010, 5:52 AM


Long time no see.
So, random question: Anyone having experience with the p90x program?

Edit:
Already some answers, thanks a lot!
Does anyone know how to get it outside of the US or Canada? I have seen it on amazon.co.uk but the resellers don't ship to Greece or anywhere outside the UK it seems.

I really would like the actual program, including the nutrition plan and such.

  • Mood: Tired
  • Listening to: Massive Attack
  • Reading: Work related stuff
  • Watching: Clash of the Titans
  • Playing: FF 13
  • Eating: Carrots and Bananas
  • Drinking: Water

Go forth my disciples!

Tue May 12, 2009, 3:01 AM


kasvaefa.mybrute.com

You know you want to kick my ass ;)

  • Mood: Tired
  • Listening to: Blue Oyster Cult
  • Reading: Norwegian Language Course
  • Watching: Supernatural Season 4
  • Playing: Darkfall Online
  • Eating: Apple
  • Drinking: Tea

Oh hello there..

Mon Dec 15, 2008, 5:59 AM


EDIT: Sorry, I just had to link this for happiness :)
Where the hell is Matt?

So, wow..I haven't made any of these in ages haven't I?

I am still lurking around but very busy working on Darkfall Online (and no I am actually not doing anything art related except the Worldbuilding I have done last year and early this year). Right now it's other fun stuff :)

Anyway, yeah work is very busy as we near the release (January 22nd, 2009! phew).

Painting wise I haven't done anything, turned down every request I got (even though some of them I really delayed to say no because I always hoped I would find back to my old self in the end but..nuh uhh).
Oh but Spectrum 15 arrived at my parents place and I am finally able to drool over it and bath in the fact that I made it in (such a huge honor, I am still quite flattered).

Been playing Warhammer Online for a while until I got super bored waiting for real ORvR sitting at 40 for a long time (my bad really for leveling up way too fast).

Now I am hooked on Guitar Hero World Tour (even though we only have two guitars, no mic or drums or so). I totally love the playlist (Mr. Crowley!!) and it's great practice for my weak hands too. I ended up hardly being able to move my arm and shoulder because after we bought it I ended up playing all weekend without a real break :D I still don't manage anything else but some songs on medium..I am such a noob, as where henning is jamming along on some expert songs already (bastard).
But then he plays the guitar irl, so I got an excuse and I still love him ;)

What else, oh yeah, looking forward to next year, lots of cool movies coming.
On the same topic: we just finished watching the Special Edition of "Hellboy 2". The Angel of Death is hands down the coolest fantasy creature I have seen in a movie. That design is just so totally kickass..seriously..

So, that were some random thoughts. I wish everyone a happy X-mas and hopefully a healthy and eventful 2009 :)











Tips and Tricks for Photoshop Users
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Color blending in Photoshop
General tutorial page overview

  • Mood: Tired
  • Listening to: Husky Rescue
  • Reading: The Jewel of the Seven Stars
  • Watching: Hellboy 2: The golden Army
  • Playing: Darkfall Online Beta
  • Eating: Spaghetti
  • Drinking: Milk

Spectrum 15

Tue Mar 11, 2008, 2:18 PM


I hardly make posts about being published somewhere but I just learned that I got accepted into Spectrum 15. I consider that a huge honor, specially since I submitted for the first time and only one piece (and I actually totally forgot about that until today..)

Good news is really welcome right now :) Specially since I had to turn down the 3D Total Masters Art Book Invitation due to health issues. (Sad puppy I am, but I am happy for the artist who got my spot :))

That being said - I hope you forgive me for bragging a bit :)

Anyway, that's all - oh and I installed WoW again -.- shoot me..











Tips and Tricks for Photoshop Users
Separate your Linart in Photoshop
Basic Theory for Beginners
How to paint hair in Photoshop
How to paint silk fabric in Photoshop (PDF)
About Shadow and Light
How to use two windows of the same painting in Photoshop
Color blending in Photoshop
General tutorial page overview

  • Mood: Tired
  • Listening to: New Pornographers
  • Reading: Master's of Doom
  • Watching: Old School
  • Playing: Lost Odyssey
  • Drinking: Water

FFA PvP Games

Sat Mar 8, 2008, 8:25 AM


Isn't it quite funny that some of my first longer posts since a looooooong time is about gaming not painting? Well it is kinda logical since I haven't really painted in almost over a year, gaming however I never stopped. Quite the opposite. It provides me with a welcomed emptiness of my brain while playing or grinding - being totally involved into something without having to really deal with anything else that might occupy my mind otherwise.

So, yeah. That means I have been downloading every free MMO I could the past few month - also included going back to Vanguard for a short visit to my lvl 60 monk and other trips down memory lane (like DAoC and AO for example). My I-net is currently also busy with downloading all the patches for WoW I missed since playing back in 2006 (yeah yeah I know....wow sucks)

Anyway, the reason for this post is actually something slightly different but reading a lot of forums linked to MMOs is a huge hobby of mine and I just find it slightly amusing how many people are linking FFA PvP games immediately with griefing.

For the not so geeky: FFA PvP = Free for All Player vs. Player Games (in this case I am talking about MMOs btw).

So, imagine you can attack any player anytime and try to kill him or her. Sounds like a huge fun breaker to you, doesn't it? Asshat player xy is just out to ruin everyone elses game experience with just randomly killing them left and right.

So, well. That is what we would call griefing, right? Ruining someone elses gameplay fun with being a total idiot.

All right, let me look at normal games without any pvp:
I am sitting at my favorite hunting spot killing rats (yay for rats!) Player x comes along who has the same quest or is grinding on the same mobs. So he goes on taking my kills because he thinks it's fun. Nothing I can do about. Well I can report him/her but that rarely does any good.

Or

Player xy is annoying as hell over public chat. Insulting Countries or making racial jokes. Some think it's funny, I don't. Nothing I can do about that. Report him maybe..

Or

Idiot xy is cheating on a trade - nothing I can to do prove it to the GMs (most probably).
I could probably think of more examples of griefing in a normal non pvp game but I think you get the point.

Let's now move on to pvp games with factions and level areas within which you can attack other players (WoW, Vanguard or EQ2 for example)

The same as above applies if you have a member of your own alliance/faction grief you.
On the other hand you might be able to get back to that idiot who is in the opposed faction.

But behold and beware if he/she has better gear and higher level you get your ass handed without a chance. Besides what would keep that person from doing it again? Being killed in any of those games doesn't really hurt so is no incentive to play nice or not mess with the wrong people, right?

Now take FFA PvP Servers for Games with level and classes.

On those you are mostly restricted to be able to attack people say within 10 level range. Good thought initially but the problem is that:

a) you see the other persons level and most  griefers pray on the weak. Making sure they only attack people they overpower in level (and thus in pretty much every game - in skills. Since skill gain is linked to level).

b) Try to be sure to get the overhand in gear - too many variables that can just ruin the outcom of a "fair fight"

Once again, also hardly any loss for dying thus no real danger in actually attacking someone.

All those example in my opinion don't do anything against griefing - if anything they encourage or at least don't fight it hard enough. Luckily there are not that many idiots playing those kind of games but nevertheless every MMO, no matter what kind of has those.

Now take the FFA PvP approach without level and class.

I can attack any person I want but do I want to do that?
First of - I have absolutely no indication of what skills that character/person has. No idea how skilled that person is or how long he or she played. I also might have a harsh penalty if I die. So I am really thinking about the decision of just randomly attacking anyone I see or pissing them off for that matter.

Not to mention, that person might have many friends to backup on at a later time.

The other way round, if you decide to attack me without any reason whatsoever, maybe even being the same race as I am then be assured that I will call in my friends to hunt your sorry ass down for that.

Don't you think that in ffa pvp your actions count much more then in a normal non pvp class and level based game exactly BECAUSE you could attack but you also know that it will have consequences which in most other games it doesn't?

I am by no means a hard core pvper. Not at all - but I just don't understand how people can be afraid of it. Actually - I guess it is because they experienced the incidents I listed above in games that were not really laid out for pvp, maybe?

;)









Tips and Tricks for Photoshop Users
Separate your Linart in Photoshop
Basic Theory for Beginners
How to paint hair in Photoshop
How to paint silk fabric in Photoshop (PDF)
About Shadow and Light
How to use two windows of the same painting in Photoshop
Color blending in Photoshop
General tutorial page overview





3D Total's Digital Art Masters
The Art of George RR. Martin's a Song of Ice and Fire
Exotique
The art of Call of Cthulhu
My artwork will be shown during this years Conflux Art show in Australia.
Exposé 5

  • Mood: Tired
  • Listening to: New Pornographers
  • Reading: Master's of Doom
  • Watching: Old School
  • Playing: Lost Odyssey
  • Drinking: Water




We didn't expect this at all when we, me and Henning, started the Pixelbrush forums one year ago we had different plans; lesser plans than what it turned out to be.
We wanted to launch a simple art-related forum where the two of us could answer to questions that we kept getting sent to us repetitively, we didn't plan on starting an art community, or this resource site you can see today.

So what happened?

Well, people actually signed up and started using our little corner of the internet. New suggestions would lead to alterations of the forums, new features added, and here we are today, one year later (per February 3. 2008), with 681 members, 32.646.675 page-hits, 50388 written posts in our forums.

We would like to thank everyone who is, for being part of this little community. We think that the fact that we never really tried to start something big was the recipe for success; this place evolved on its own based on what we had from the start, heading towards what ever lays ahead of us. We are saying "success" as this is faaaar from what we were expecting would happen to our forum from the start. It's been a fun year, with great events where we keep getting amazed at the amount of activity and quality from all of the members.

Any plans for the future?

Well, since we're rolling, we have some vague plans and ideas. We're still taking it easy as we don't want pixelbrush.net to be too complex or extensive. We want this place to be easy, fun, and educational for all of us. And this is something we want to hold on to in the future as well.

We probably want to start some kind of daily sketch solution (probably starting off with new themes 1 to 3 times per week). This because doing daily speed painting is incredibly important for any artist to evolve, and by having a simple solution and a place to post these kind of things in an existing system, might help us out to actually do this.

We will naturally continue our monthly events, as they have been very successful, and probably and hopefully have one major event, or competition within the year with possible prizes (this will be with judges only and not as the events).

We want to finish our first art book, featuring all works from the Events of 2007. (Sorry, it's having a sliiight delay because of this site and lack of time, but it's coming along)

So we now launched the resource and information site to go with the forum. We want this new addition to evolve and get filled with all sorts of helpful and fun content, and need YOUR help to do so by sending us links or articles that you believe would be educational or entertaining to fellow artists.

Without further ado, please feel free to visit www.pixelbrush.net

  • Mood: Tired
  • Listening to: New Pornographers
  • Reading: Master's of Doom
  • Watching: The Stand
  • Playing: Cabal Online
  • Eating: Chinese Take Away
  • Drinking: Water

Del Toro to direct Cthulu Movie

Fri Feb 1, 2008, 1:34 AM


Nuff' said - that's the coolest news in AGES!!!!

moviesblog.mtv.com/2008/01/29/…

  • Mood: Tired
  • Listening to: Disturbed
  • Reading: The Science of Pullman's Dark Material
  • Watching: Seinfeld Season 9
  • Playing: Shaiya Online
  • Eating: Chinese
  • Drinking: Tea

Voting and new website

Wed Nov 21, 2007, 2:39 AM


Another Events deadline has passed and the voting has begun!

Besides working on the official Pixelbrush-Site I finally managed to get my own redesign up. After trying out about 5 different layouts and designs I settled for the current one.

Still some issues to be solved and some content to be added but hey, for now I am happy it's finally online :)

-> www.tascha.ch
(and darn, I really need to clean up my webserver)










Tips and Tricks for Photoshop Users
Separate your Linart in Photoshop
Basic Theory for Beginners
How to paint hair in Photoshop
How to paint silk fabric in Photoshop (PDF)
About Shadow and Light
How to use two windows of the same painting in Photoshop
Color blending in Photoshop
General tutorial page overview

For more tutorials, critique and fun join henning's and my forum at:


  • Mood: Tired
  • Listening to: Typ-o-negative
  • Reading: The Science of Pullman's Dark Material
  • Watching: Seinfeld Season 9
  • Playing: Tomb Raider Anniversary
  • Eating: nuts
  • Drinking: Water


The ninth [pb]event is here!

[ opposites ]
"Imagine if anyone or anything has got two sides; good and evil, saints and sinners, light and dark, angels and devils, fire and ice, drunk and sober, etc. Use your imagination to make extreme opposites work together in artistic harmony."




This theme should open up for a wide range of subjects, we think. Remember that this can include anything from characters, to animals, scenery, structures... What ever you like, as long as it somehow focuses on extreme opposites.

Aaaaaaaaaalso, we had two winners last time (which I personally am really happy about). Both Lolita and Nickillus came up with super cool pieces for your Halloween event. Check them out here:

Lolita's process and final Entry
Nick's process and final entry

We are so incredibly thrilled to have a range of young and more experienced artist on our forums. :heart:

And for some news from my part. I haven't really been painting much recently. After a hard fall back and another visit to the hospital I really have a hard time getting my inspiration back. This also means that I pretty much turn down every commission request from either private or commercial clients. On top my hands never really went back to what they used to be..but enough of that. Here are some cutouts of the process of a piece I am currently working on (hurray for the fact that I actually opened photoshop for longer then a few minutes). Some of you might have seen some bigger cutouts in my scrap section.
As always, it will probably change a lot during the process.










Tips and Tricks for Photoshop Users
Separate your Linart in Photoshop
Basic Theory for Beginners
How to paint hair in Photoshop
How to paint silk fabric in Photoshop (PDF)
About Shadow and Light
How to use two windows of the same painting in Photoshop
Color blending in Photoshop
General tutorial page overview

For more tutorials, critique and fun join henning's and my forum at:


  • Mood: Tired
  • Listening to: The killers -
  • Reading: The Science of Pullman's Dark Material
  • Watching: This is Spinal Tap
  • Playing: Vanguard
  • Eating: Chinese Take Away
  • Drinking: Water

Watch this..

Wed Oct 17, 2007, 12:02 PM


...please do. I think everyone should, some people I know should watch it about a 100 times even..

www.persiandna.com/4u.htm

  • Mood: Tired
  • Reading: Cosmopolitan
  • Watching: National Geographic Program
  • Playing: Archlord
  • Eating: Hot Dogs
  • Drinking: Water

Dimfall comic

Sun Oct 14, 2007, 2:02 PM


Darkfall Online (the game Henning is working on as Art Director and me as Developer) has it's own comic now. One of the fans from the official Darkfall Forums started to illustrate a few comics already. I know, most of you won't be interested in that kind of stuff but I think they are quite hilarious - specially if you have been (or like me, still are) playing online games :D

Link to the forums with all the issues he made so far:
forums.darkfallonline.com/show…

Link to his blog (for the times when the images might be down on remote linkage server):
themuffinarium.blogspot.com/20…

  • Mood: Tired
  • Reading: Cosmopolitan
  • Watching: National Geographic Program
  • Playing: Archlord
  • Eating: Hot Dogs
  • Drinking: Water

Pixelbrush Halloween-Event

Mon Oct 1, 2007, 4:05 AM


[ halloween: cute things that bite ]
"All Hallows' Eve is soon upon us, and we want you to prepare for your trick and treats by painting something cute that bites, set in a Halloween theme."

Dive into the underworld and find your inspiration. All Hallows' Eve is the night during which the division between the world of the living and the other world was blurred so spirits of the dead and inhabitants from the underworld are able to walk free on the earth. It is necessary to dress as a spirit or otherworldly creature when venturing outdoors to blend in. But you can still look cute, right?



  • Mood: Tired
  • Reading: Being John McEnroe
  • Watching: Charmed Season 3
  • Playing: Archlord
  • Eating: Greek Salad
  • Drinking: Water