Finally! I got my Animal Crossing Edition Switch

First, my apologies for not updating this blog in a while. My real job has been taking a lot of my time, including my "free time". I also recently went on vacation in Puerto Vallarta, right before this whole pandemic got really crazy. Now I am back at work, dealing with some public relations communications stuff. The magnitude of it is uncharted territory for me.

Anyway, some good news. I finally got a Nintendo Switch. Not just the basic, standard-issue version, but the Special Edition Animal Crossing console - which I was almost deprived of. I missed the pre-order day, and some enterprising people already had listed for twice the amount on Amazon and eBay. So I had no choice but to go to Walmart at 11:40 PM on Thursday, March 12 - so I could be one of the first people in line for the gaming console.

I joked that it was a new low for me, but I gots to do what I gots to do. It was a good thing that there were 6 other nerds there that night, waiting for midnight - the official release date. The store I went to only had 10, but when I returned later in the day to buy a game, I was informed that it sold out before 10 am.

If you're curious about what it looks like, I compiled my Instagram stories into this short video.

More Custom Content for The Sims

I made this last night while caucusing.

Maison Kitsuné "Fox Head" Sweatshirt

This was created using The Sims 4 Studio to extract the item. Then recolored in Adobe Photoshop. The design was created in Procreate. Then imported back to The Sims 4 Studio to package the layers together, before uploading to the game as custom content. I could just do the recoloring and design process in Procreate, but I find that Photoshop works better on Fill/Adjustment years. I do want the file size to be smaller, however. I might have to do this all in Photoshop or make that the last step - as it has the ability to reduce the file size. Maybe Procreate can do that, but I have not figured out how.

I guess I'm a swimsuit designer now?

Happy Monday!

If you're following me on any of my social media accounts, you might have seen my latest endeavor - which I shared on my Instagram account on Friday. It is something that I am really proud of because I think that it’ll give a new exciting element to my gameplay. I am of course talking about the custom content I created for The Sims 4.

I hand drew this hibiscus pattern on a recolored base game swimsuit.

I just have to say that I have never been this proud of myself since I learned how to write HTML on MySpace.

A couple of hours of research, some reverse engineering, and digital painting, I’ve created my first 2 custom content using TS4 Studio for the “technical” part, and used both Photoshop and Procreate for the “artistic” part. There were a few trials and errors along the way, which I feel helped me understand how the artistic part affects the technical part and vise versa.

Things Will Change

What was that thing they say about not having a plan being the best plan? I think I am starting to believe that more and more as I get older. I've also realized that it's best not to put labels on anything (or anyone). That minute you think you've had something figured out - it changes! So what does this have to do with the image below?

I had originally intended this piece to depict a devil and an angel. But I struggled with the horns - which would have been easier if it was profile or quarter profile. It's harder for me to draw them straight, front-facing. So I scrapped that idea altogether and just settled for the image below.

Self Portrait

A recent conversation with an acquaintance got me thinking about the word “audacity”. Personally, I like the word as it pertains to challenging the oppressive status quos, in being your own person and not caring about what others think. Audacity was not actually used in said conversation, it was implied, but in a way that seemed backhanded. The conversation went like this:

Person: You’re really confident.
Me: Thank you?
Person: You own up to everything. Good for you for not caring about what others think.

Big hair = full of secrets!

Was that a compliment? I don’t know. Was this person implying that my self-confidence, an anomaly that shouldn’t happen to someone like me or looks like me? I rarely cared about what others thought of me, but it is not due to confidence. I’m just tired of having to make myself more palatable to people who care so little about me.

I’ve spent some time thinking about what this person said, and what he meant. Not because his approval mattered, but because I’d like to know if he was insulting me. Then I’ll know how I should feel or react around this person.