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  • Listening to: Top Gear Soundtrack
  • Reading: Wikipedia
  • Watching: Mythbusters, Top Gear
  • Playing: Crysis, COD4, Reach, TF2, Portal, BLOPS is crap.
  • Eating: Hopes and Dreams
  • Drinking: far too little
"Outside Aperture"

At least, nothing cooler has come along yet.


Filming is done as of March 6th, deep into editing, effects, not looking forward to foley, soundtrack etc.
  • Listening to: A State of Trance
  • Reading: Wikipedia
  • Watching: Mythbusters, Top Gear
  • Playing: COD4, Reach, TF2, Portal, maybe time for Crysis?
  • Eating: Lasagna
  • Drinking: far too little
I'm no longer going to school.

I'm working, making money, and coming home to work on SFX tests and storyboards for Portal.

I made my own VFL bank lights, a 3x3 and a 5x5 made of 100 Watt Compact Fluorescent lightbulbs.  900 Watts and 2500 Watts respectively, making barn doors for the 3x3 tomorrow, a soft box for the 5x5 this week.
  • Listening to: A State of Trance
  • Reading: your mind
  • Watching: Mythbusters, Top Gear
  • Playing: COD4, Reach, TF2, Portal
  • Eating: fasting
  • Drinking: not enough
I'm setting a goal to FILM the portal movie by the end of the month.  We have an actress, I got a 10x20 green screen for christmas, we're starting tests today.

A job opportunity has arisen that I'll be investigating on Thursday, and if all goes well I may be able to NOT attend college this Spring and start working.

I had my first dream with DeviantArt in it today... it was weird.  To preface this: just know that I pull a LOT of art off of DA to be stored on my HDD.  Specifically I've been scouring portraits and figures which I've in turn painted in photoshop to continue practicing drawing.  Well, in my dream, I wasn't uploading the paintings I was making to DA, I was uploading the originals—other people's work.  I only realized that I was doing this after I had uploaded them, and I promptly took them down after realizing what I did, hoping that none of my watchers had seen them, and hoping that DA didn't have some sort of anti-art theft system in place that compared new uploads to existing works.  At one time I had uploaded 20 or so of other people's stuff only to realize what I had done after uploading all of them that I took them all down as fast as I could.  It was very strange.
  • Listening to: old music
  • Reading: your mind
  • Watching: Mythbusters, Top Gear
  • Playing: COD4, Reach, TF2, Portal
  • Eating: fasting
  • Drinking: molten ice
I've had Photoshop and Nuke open more often than Shake these days.  I feel dirty.
  • Listening to: A State of Trance
  • Reading: your mind
  • Watching: Mythbusters, Top Gear
  • Playing: COD4, Reach, HL2, Portal
  • Eating: chili
  • Drinking: dihydrogen monoxide
I've been super active on DeviantArt, maybe looking at hundreds of works a day, and getting at least 50 deviations in my inbox every day.  As active as I've been, I haven't been busy at all.  I have a huge back catalog of photographs I've taken over the last 9 months, and this week I'll be catching you all up to speed with 4 deviations a day.

In an ideal world I'd be updating you all and having material weekly, but these things just slip my mind when I have so many other projects going on.  One thing is for sure though, I'm drawing more than I ever have, and I'm getting pretty god at portraiture and the human form.  I'm still striving to bridge the gap into drawing from my imagination though.  Wish me luck.

The Portal Movie is still there, folks—and we're determined to get it filmed before Q2 2011... we're scared of Portal 2's release creeping up on us.
  • Listening to: A State of Trance
  • Reading: your mind
  • Watching: Mythbusters
  • Playing: COD4, Bioshock, HL2, Portal, Little Big Planet
  • Eating: tortilla + cheese + pasta = win
  • Drinking: wasser
Been busy making commercials.  I'll be sure to share them as soon as the judging is over.  Today I made the legs of King Kong out of cardboard for a video contest ending soon... pretty fun.  My buds are lacking spunk lately though, I'd like to point to the quote that perseverance is the hard work that you do on top of the hard work you've already done.

Of course all this busy moneymaking crap has gotten in the way of finishing a basically finished Portal Gun, in the way of finishing a basically finished painting...  I need to stop surfing the web so much and definitely need to stop going to my favorite blogs every moment a new post lights up in my RSS

Anyway, excuses.  Got some stuff on the back burner.  When I release the painting it will be accompanied by a nice tutorial on painting skin.
  • Listening to: A State of Trance
  • Reading: your mind
  • Watching: Life, Mythbusters, Top Gear
  • Playing: COD4, TF2, SC2 Beta, Reach Beta, (MW2 is dead)
  • Eating: tacorritos
  • Drinking: agua
Well school is over, and this time I'm not going back.  I'm dedicating this entire summer to starting my business.  We're starting small and doing things on an acceleration curve.  Some of you might have seen www.youtube.com/watch?v=ltzHJi… from my desperate plea here eisenfeuer.deviantart.com/jour… 2 things we didn't win because we arrived late to the party and the people at the top cheated for votes.

We won't let that get us down though, we're entering into a new contest every week, and focusing on contests where we don't need the popular vote.  Judged votes are gooood and professionalism gets recognized.  Our first submission to Zinio, trying to hit on one of the 3 top prizes.  I think we have a chance: zooppa.com/ads/zinio/videos/wh…

Not only are we entering high-reward national ad contests, but we've gotten our first hits in local advertising.  We've pretty much moved in for the kill on the suckage that is our local advertising, and succeeded in breaking the mold.  Now for marketing, which is delightfully trickier.

The Portal Gun... some of you already saw it in its last unfinished stage on the PraetoriaGuard forums.  Needless to say, you'll all know about it when I finally release it.  It's super sweet, dude.

Here's some fun links:
www.vimeo.com/11673745
www.vimeo.com/10151351

hmmmmthat'saboutit.
  • Listening to: A State of Trance
  • Reading: your mind
  • Watching: Life, Mythbusters, Top Gear
  • Playing: COD4, TF2, MW2, SC2 Beta
  • Eating: nawsing
  • Drinking: wasser
btw in case anyone actually voted, thanks.  We didn't win, a lot of guys cheated to get in the top ten and were not disqualified.  Boohiss

Anyway, big news to come out soon, my steel prop of the Aperture Science Handheld Portal Device (aka Portal Gun) is finished.  No more welding or tapping or grinding required.  It does look a mess though, tomorrow I take it apart entirely and polish it to death, as well as sanding back down the shell to prime, paint, decal, and clear coat to glossy perfection.  Pics as soon as it's up and about.  For now, I treat you with unrelated shots of the internal mechanism:

hphotos-sjc1.fbcdn.net/hs317.s…

I don't know whether I should finish my website before dropping such a bomb... or if my dA account can suffice for the flood of people that will be coming in.

btw random note:

The Portal Gun weighs a hefty 25lbs.
  • Listening to: Florence + the Machine
  • Reading: your mind
  • Watching: Life, Mythbusters, Top Gear
  • Playing: COD4, TF2, MW2
  • Eating: Santitas
  • Drinking: wasser
quick and dirty guys, go to this link: www.brettluft.net

vote, vote tomorrow, and the next day.  ENDS SUNDAY.

tell your friends.


Yes, I made the video.  Hope you like.
  • Listening to: Massive Attack
  • Reading: your mind
  • Watching: Mythbusters, Top Gear
  • Playing: COD4, TF2, MW2
  • Eating: sunchips
  • Drinking: Pineapple Piña Colada juice?
My TF2 painting is sooo close to finished, but I haven't worked on it for a week—just no motivation at the moment.  Been getting critiques from friends.

As for Shake stuff that my two recent pieces have come from, I've slacked on that as well... when I was working till 5am on it for a week a while there...  It's become pretty cumbersome, waiting 15 seconds for a single frame to render can kill the creative spirit.

Been doing an encoding job for my partner in crime Jesse- he told me it'd be 2-3 hours of footage, turns out it was closer to 11.

that's 1080p30, 11 hours of it, 240GB of H.264 off the Canon 7D.  Encoding it to Apple ProRes 422 for a final weight around 900GB... it's taking a while and I can barely do anything while Compressor is running full tilt.

On Monday I'm going Stargazing with a group of friends, I just cleaned all the lenses in my huge telescope and things are looking awesome- looked at Saturn, Mars and the Orion Nebula last night.  Amazing.  Today went 30 miles away from my town to scout a field to take the group to- it's perfect.  Unfortunately on the way back I slammed into a mud puddle- nothing out of the norm but it must have gotten some electronics wet or something, because I've lost a TON of power in my car.  Hope it's up to 100% after drying in the morning but if not... I hope it's a simple fix.

Also I've been going back to my old high school to the Art department, this last Friday I asked the top 3 levels of Art what they wanted to learn from me, the digital guy (the teacher has a traditional background).  Going to be teaching RGB vs. HSV, Digital Painting (specifically a lot of kids want to learn concept art), Video Editing and maybe a little Flash animation.  I gave them a tutorial on using gradient maps to get a good start on accurate skin tones.  Not getting paid (AZ public schools have zero money) but hey, maybe some kids will want to be tutored.  Found out some of the things I said on RGB and the skin gradient tutorial were going over some people's heads, I'll be spending their Spring Break making tutorials in Shake and Photoshop- hopefully Shake will be so confusing they'll focus on the imagery and not the process of things. ;)

Exit Question: should I link them to my DA page?  They already know my website URL...

(wow longer journal than I thought)
  • Listening to: Shuffle
  • Reading: your mind
  • Watching: Mythbusters, Top Gear
  • Playing: COD4, TF2, MW2
  • Eating: w/ mom at a local restaurant
  • Drinking: I would never!
as I promised, here for a mini update.

I just have to say I am completely enamored with the boundless opportunities of working with digital imagery right now.  For three straight days I've been staying up till 5am working on a little something for The PraetoriaGuard, mu home on the web.  It's nigh 100% Shake with a dash of Motion particle effects.

For more randomness, I love love LOVE working with floating points (the infinite depth 32-bit color space).  For those that don't understand that, normally in the digital realm you are limited between 0% (black) and 100% (white).  32 bit allows you to make colors that are darker than black, and brighter than white.

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THIS TOMFOOLERY?  you may ask.  Well if you're tinkering around in Photoshop (aka single still frames), don't sweat it, it doesn't really concern you.  32 bits come into play when you're doing a (usually moving) simulation of real life, where the sun/fire/lava is clipping beyond 100% of your exposure.  In my case, I'm making a plate of steel heat up from touch-ably cold to supernova-hot.  I could keyframe the brightness of that, then add in a glow and keyframe the glow's blur and brightness as well, but when you throw it into a 32-bit environment, just throw on a glow and let the color space do the work for you.  It's really liberating, and has allowed me to go photorealistic, quickly, in areas that normally would have taken a lot of fine tuning through keyframing.

Also, just the biproducts of this project... I'm taking screenshots and will be posting them as full on deviations.  Just hope you don't mind me posting lower resolution (720p) images. ;)
  • Listening to: ASOT 443
  • Reading: your mind
  • Watching: Mythbusters, Top Gear
  • Playing: COD4, TF2, MW2
  • Eating: Snow!
  • Drinking: Melted snow!
I've decided that my journal here... needs a bit of work.  But the problem has always been the feeling that I am yet again investing in another project that will not see the light of day—which for me there are many.

Whenever I have a little thought I'll just drop it off here like one would use Twitter- only hopefully in more than 140 characters.  I won't try to make it a story or a coherent piece, I'm just going to update you as things pop into my head.

For now there's some catch up to do, I can't believe my last journal was May of 2009.  Since then, I've completed another semester of school—I'm taking business courses.  This is the year I move out.  I'm starting a filming company with a good friend, and hopefully I survive the world of independence so I can tell you the tale.

So what's going on... unfinished projects as always.  I stretch myself too thin.  One painting is over 6 months old, and then that sort of milestone comes up, the will to complete has all but diminished.  I know you TF2 fans will like it though.

Not much time for video games.

The Portal Movie I've been trying to make for the longest time still rests on the completion of the Portal Gun itself, which I hope you'll all be impressed by.  It's getting there.  The outside was done LONG ago, but of course I had to make it fully functional and thus the last 6 months have been spent working solely on its internal mechanics.  It doesn't look much, but it's very complex.  One little design victory after another.

My metal shop continues to bulge with equipment.  Finally got an old drill press, I have a bench-top belt sander and a grinding/wire wheel, a wilder, a lot of hand tools, a vice, an anvil. I'm lucky.  There's little limit to what I can create with all these tools.  I'll have to update you on my smaller sculptres (all living in the shadow of the mighty Portal Gun)

You'll notice I've been doing mostly photography lately...  That's because it's quick and dirty.  I'm fascinated with lasers at the moment and the shapes you can make with them.  I did a shoot last night with a buddy, I'll post them soon.

A week ago I went to Hollywood to RED Studios, home of RED Digital Cinema.  Highly interested is an understatement in regard to how mentally invested I am in this company's cameras.  I cannot wait to have one of these in my hands.
  • Listening to: Song 22 - whoever did The Orange Box music
  • Reading: your mind
  • Watching: Mythbusters
  • Playing: COD4, TF2
  • Eating: asian food (MAH FAV) from my last day potluck
  • Drinking: apple juice
Classes are over, and more than any work I was doing, the pressure on my mind and inability to schedule anything is the greatest relief.  So many projects, so many different mediums, and zero money.  I'm getting back to work immediately—and very glad to.  Being dead broke has made me a social recluse as even gas has been too much to pay for.  But, I have two guaranteed jobs lined up and I'm so looking forward to that.

The projects, they'll be taking their tiem but they'll have more time dedicated to them depending on how much work I get (which will definitely be taking first place).  The Portal Mvoie however, is on the forefront and we're continuing to work as quickly as possible to get that off the ground.  When the Portal Gun is complete, I'll share it with the world.

Anyway enough journaling, time to get to work!
  • Listening to: Circles - Incubus
  • Reading: your mind
  • Watching: Mythbusters
  • Playing: COD4, TF2
  • Eating: nothing atm
  • Drinking: water, the original source of hydration
so a while ago I passed the 100 deviations mark, and DA itself has been spamming me with entirely pitiful pleas nonstop (in the form of news messages) to give them money for a subscription, or at least set up a print account so they can leach money off me that way.

I'm taking screenshots and saving all of them and I'll make a collage or something for you all, I'm not annoyed it's actually quite funny.  There's one where they show a gerbil on a wheel that's running DA, and if I don't pay up he'll die because he's getting tired etc.

I see past your scheme DA, I know you'll just sweatshop more gerbils and pay them in meager helpings of food.


ANYWAY photography etc for the most part has been put on hold because I'm wrapping up my rendition of the Aperture Science Handheld Portal Device (aka Portal Gun) for the movie I'm making this summer.  It's been a long 5 months tediously making the parts to this thing!
  • Listening to: Juda - Mortal (reliving my first techno love)
  • Reading: your mind
  • Watching: Mythbusters
  • Playing: COD4 and actually returning to H3 in certain ways
  • Eating: Beef Stroganoff (omz I helped cook last night)
  • Drinking: Snow+water slushies!
I find myself battling for time with all of my dearest mediums.  I love being involved in everything, and am currently coping with specialization as I must dedicate all my time to single endeavors with few outbranching mediums.

Right now, for the Portal fan-film I've had brewing for quite a while, I'm constructing the Portal Gun in my welded metal sculpture class, and I'm also doing another gaming related video.

When I'm not at the shop working on the gun or the assets aren't aligning to work on siad second project, I feel guilty about doing anything else.

I've been working on photorealistic digital painting, and my several projects I've put off have been put off for too long...and I've recently taken up music, whose instant satisfaction in creation is relatively intoxicating.  All the other things I'm involved in I can't even remember right now... oh yeah there's photography... but I'm sure there's 5 other mediums awaiting my return in practice.

For a while there when first learning Logic Pro I dedicated myself to reading the manual for an hour and learnign something new every day.  I'm pretty good in the program right now, enough to supplement anything I can currently imagine doing with my current understanding of music (Thank God I randomly took Music Theory, I would be so lost right now).  This study also carried over to Final Cut Pro, an app I thought I had relative mastery over, but now I'm digging up all sorts of little timesaving tools developed by frustrated editors over time.  Things I used to take 3 steps to do I can now do in one.  It's always fun to learn something new, especially in your most advanced areas of proficiency.

Anyway, even with these so called hard economic times I got another job, albeit not steady nor able to pay a living wage.  Still looking around, but I know this Portal fanfilm will be the one great outlet for all of my skills in film and an exposé to any would-be employers.
  • Listening to: Still Alive (Teadybears Remix) - Lisa Miskovsky
  • Reading: your mind
  • Watching: Mythbusters
  • Playing: tons of Portal. HL2, COD4 fit somewhere in there
  • Eating: Popcorn shrimp from a late night IHOP raid
  • Drinking: Water- the original source of hydration
A lot of the stuff I'm submitting as deviations are quite old, but I'm throwing new stuff in the mix.  I'm really experimenting with black canvas photographic image genesis (aka CCD burning aka light drawing aka dark still lifes).  Lasers, high voltage electricity (aka Tasers and lightning), fire and embers, molten steel, broken glass, sparks, burning steel wool, the heavens, [insert awesome thing here], I'm turning the lights off and photographing it.

Recent examples include:

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and my signature here:
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  • Listening to: Right In Two - Tool
  • Reading: your mind
  • Watching: nothing lately
  • Playing: COD4, Orange Box, Zelda: Twilight Princess
  • Eating: Cashews
  • Drinking: Water- the original source of hydration
So I think 17 is a little high for my 'fanbase' if you would even call it that, but I participated in too-much4you's too-much4you.deviantart.com/ little tag deal too-much4you.deviantart.com/jo… and therefore I will keep my word in passing it on.

The first 17 people to comment will get three works of my choice featured, the deal is, you must then post a journal and tag 17 more people as well as feature three thumbnails of my work.

Here's what I'm featuring of my tagger/tagee, too-much4you too-much4you.deviantart.com/
too-much4you.deviantart.com/ar…
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Now it's your turn:
  • Listening to: Hayling by FC Kahuna
  • Reading: your mind
  • Watching: Tales of Earthsea and Iron Man
  • Playing: COD4, Orange Box
  • Eating: snickerdoodles
  • Drinking: Water- the original source of hydration
So, you'd THINK being an art website, DA would pay careful attention to what DA's servers do to the color of images that are resized for easier viewing.

I've been told I can simply resize the images myself and upload them that way, well that crosses an important line in regards to the fact that all of my art (that I'm aware of...) is available for download at full resolution and original quality by you, for any reason other than personal gain or degradation of myself (so basically, for you, deviant, to learn from.)

Well some of the color changes are so bad, I've decided that at least with a few images, I'm going to resize and resubmit them myself.  This means the handy 'Download' button will not take you back to original like I want it to.

If you want one of these images, note me and I'll get you a copy.  If demand rises, I will host the originals and post a link on the deviation's description.
  • Listening to: The Mars Volta - Cicatriz E.S.P.
  • Reading: your mind
  • Watching: Obama win the world with a smile and a promise
  • Playing: COD4, Orange Box
  • Eating: ghost farts
  • Drinking: Water- the original source of hydration
So my photography, digital painting, film, everything- has been taking off, but I've been too lazy to upload everything, and it's stacked up on me.

I'll be uploading 4 images every day if I remember.
  • Listening to: Make Love - Daft Punk
  • Reading: your mind
  • Watching: NOT television
  • Playing: H3, COD4, Orange Box, GRAW2, Burnout Paradise
  • Eating: Tombstone Pizza
  • Drinking: Water- the original source of hydration
So I'm taking Photography this semester and I have all my work from Drawing II last semester, I also coincidentally have a scanner that I fixed (broken belt wheel) so I'm spending the next few days scanning in a helluva lot of stuff and this will be my biggest artdump yet.  I'm really wondering whether I'm going to continue this whole school-driven omniartist charade or finally find that one thing that I love above everything and stick with it- I hope not anyway, I know I'll have to stop doing metal work some day because I'm not going to school forever and I am currently highly dependent on on the school's amazingly equipped studio, which no doubt would cost me tens if not hundreds of thousands of dollars to make myself.  Thankfully, for a mere $170 a semester I have near unlimited access to their facilities, and you can take Advanced Welded Metal Sculpture as many times as you like, I'm a noob in this level with two others, among an existing populace of 4 'students' who have taken it multiple times.

Weird metal sculpture tangent aside, it's strange not having a drawing class this time around- really even though I love drawing I find my free time spent with my lovely gaming family the PraetoriaGuard and I just have no impetus to draw, unless of course I'm collaborating with the Man's Man that is Cevr, painting of course gun toting vixens (coming soon-ish?)  Just remember dudeman, girls>tennis.  Even the virtual ones.  :P

But anyway taking a photography class is infinitely fascinating to me- not because I find the simple operation of a camera such, but because I'm doing what I love doing, that is the opposite of an artist who has a medium.  In drawing you have a paper and you have a tool to inscribe an image onto it.  In photography you're working with the image in the first place, and anything you do afterwards is just manipulating the image.  You can only GUIDE the genesis of the image, it is not yours to create.  I know a lot of people will blatantly disagree with me but I think a photographer is an interesting paradox, they require the eye of an artist in order to see the image for what it is and what it can be when context is removed, but they didn't create what they are capturing- someone else did.  This of course leave a GIANT loophole for the people who actually DO make what they shoot from scratch but if you look at the greats of Photography like Ansel Adams it's not like he dynamited a mountain and made Yosemite, or well, Nature itself to expand on the point.

So in my Photography class I'm not really trying to be a good photographer by it's definition- I'm creating the image, not seeking it out.  The Photography part will just be some BS to assuage the Grade-Point-Average gods because there are actual assignments that need me to exercise my grasp on the process of turning the rotate-y thing on the glass tube on the front of the camera and pressing the button-jobby.  Ok yes it's a bit more complex than that and while I was delighted to finally understand what all those confounded numbers are on the camera mean I find all my time in the darkroom is spent in an enlarger booth with my photo sensitive paper and various cool objects to break the light with creating photograms, coming soon.