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Sunday, October 30, 2016

The Triad

An illustration I made for a friend's birthday depicting her and her friends. 😄



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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

SiLD: The Cross 180 Steps

Introduction

This is a more refined article about blending Cross Steps  and 180 Steps - particularly as the 'Cross 180 Step'.

Popularised as a “cross step over”, what is referred to here as a Cross 180 Step can be more specifically referred to as a “Heelside Cross Toeside 180 Step” in the case where one needs to distinguish between the many other variants of this move, which will be described below.


Comparison

These Cross 180 Step moves are a blend of a Cross Step and 180 Step moves. Therefore there are as many variants as it is possible for human feet to blend any Cross Step variant with any 180 Step variant. If it’s a Heelside Cross Step, the 180 Step has to be Toeside, and vice versa. It seems every Cross Step can be blended to one of four 180 Steps – depending on which foot is used to start the 180 Step. For instance, in Figure 01(1, 2a and 2b), the rider does half a Cross Step and then can go either for a Toeside 180 Step or a Fakie-Switch Toeside 180 Step, in order to have the board carve Heelside and then Toeside. Secondly, the rider could’ve stepped [HS,TS] – that is, the first footstep is Heelside then the next is Toeside – then she can go for a Heelside 180 Step or a Fakie-Switch Reverse Heelside 180 Step, as shown in Figure 01(3, 4a and 4b). Otherwise, doing a Heelside Cross Step with the latter two Heelside 180 Steps will result in the board carving Heelside and (almost) turning completely to one direction. Likewise, doing a [HS, TS] Cross Step, or just a Toeside Cross Step, and either a Toeside 180 Step or a Fakie-Switch Reverse 180 Step will make the board carve Toeside deeply. Doing so can be useful for dancing while turning where a U-turn is necessary.



Figure 01: Heelside Cross 180 Step variations


Tabulated below are the respective variants of Cross 180 Steps and Reverse Cross 180 Steps. Of the four 180 Steps listed for every Cross Step, the last two 180 Steps cause the rider to carve deeply in one direction, almost doing a U-turn, because they are the same carve direction as their initial Cross Step. (Refer to Cross Step and 180 Step articles for how to do the individual tricks in the chart below)


Cross 180 Steps Chart

Cross Steps
180 Steps
Heelside Cross Step
…to Toeside 180 Step
…to Fakie-Switch Reverse Toeside 180 Step
…to Heelside 180 Step
…to Fakie-Switch Reverse Heelside 180 Step
Switch Heelside Cross Step
…to Switch Toeside 180 Step
…to Fakie Reverse Toeside 180 Step
…to Switch Heelside 180 Step
…to Fakie Reverse Heelside 180 Step
Fakie Heelside Cross Step
…to Fakie Toeside 180 Step
…to Switch Reverse Toeside 180 Step
…to Fakie Heelside 180 Step
…to Switch Reverse Heelside 180 Step
Fakie-Switch Heelside Cross Step
…to Fakie-Switch Toeside 180 Step
…to Reverse Toeside 180 Step
…to Fakie-Switch Heelside 180 Step
…to Reverse Heelside 180 Step
Toeside Cross Step
…to Heelside 180 Step
…to Fakie-Switch Reverse Heelside 180 Step
…to Toeside 180 Step
…to Fakie-Switch Reverse Toeside 180 Step
Switch Toeside Cross Step
…to Switch Heelside 180 Step
…to Fakie Reverse Heelside 180 Step
…to Switch Toeside 180 Step
…to Fakie Reverse Toeside 180 Step
Fakie Toeside Cross Step
…to Fakie Heelside 180 Step
…to Switch Reverse Heelside 180 Step
…to Fakie Toeside 180 Step
…to Switch Reverse Toeside 180 Step
Fakie-Switch Toeside Cross Step
…to Fakie-Switch Heelside 180 Step
…to Reverse Heelside 180 Step
…to Fakie-Switch Toeside 180 Step
…to Reverse Toeside 180 Step


Reverse Cross 180 Steps Chart

Reverse Cross Steps
180 Steps
Reverse Cross Step
…to Fakie-Switch Toeside 180 Step
…to Reverse Toeside 180 Step
…to Fakie-Switch Heelside 180 Step
…to Reverse Heelside 180 Step
Switch Heelside Cross Step
…to Fakie Toeside 180 Step
…to Switch Reverse Toeside 180 Step
…to Switch Heelside 180 Step
…to Fakie Reverse Heelside 180 Step
Fakie Heelside Cross Step
…to Switch Toeside 180 Step
…to Fakie Reverse Toeside 180 Step
…to Fakie Heelside 180 Step
…to Switch Reverse Heelside 180 Step
Fakie-Switch Heelside Cross Step
… to Toeside 180 Step
…to Fakie-Switch Reverse Toeside 180 Step
…to Heelside 180 Step
…to Fakie-Switch Reverse Heelside 180 Step
Toeside Cross Step
…to Fakie-Switch Heelside 180 Step
…to Reverse Heelside 180 Step
…to Fakie-Switch Toeside 180 Step
…to Reverse Toeside 180 Step
Switch Toeside Cross Step
…to Switch Heelside 180 Step
…to Fakie Reverse Heelside 180 Step
…to Fakie Toeside 180 Step
…to Switch Reverse Toeside 180 Step
Fakie Toeside Cross Step
…to Fakie Heelside 180 Step
…to Switch Reverse Heelside 180 Step
…to Switch Toeside 180 Step
…to Fakie Reverse Toeside 180 Step
Fakie-Switch Toeside Cross Step
…to Heelside 180 Step
…to Fakie-Switch Reverse Heelside 180 Step
… to Toeside 180 Step
…to Fakie-Switch Reverse Toeside 180 Step


Extension

The Cross 180 Step can start as a complete Sexchange and then be followed with whichever 180 Step. It can also start with a Walkup Cross Step. A pirouette or a V-Step can be used instead of a 180 Step – which opens up a whole range of other tricks that work on the same fundamental way of blending tricks.


Keep Dancing.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

FAN ART: K-A-N-A as Spiderwoman


In recent times, it seems that most costume redesigns of Marvel characters haven't been received positively by fans. So I took it upon myself to randomly pick and redesign Spiderwoman. It's a risque design with elements from both her old and allegedly new costume. I referred to the visage and physique of one of my favorite cosplay models K-A-N-A for Spiderwoman's adaptation to a realistic appearance - so that it virtually is her wearing the costume.


Saturday, October 17, 2015

FAN ART: The Titan's Bastard

Yaaay, I drew that affable character, Mero from Game of Thrones...
He may be as vulgar and dirty as white-walker innards, but I like his clever prose - blame it on the writers!


I like his costume design as well - all three captains' actually. Did you notice the chameleon on Mero's chest???


The artwork's style is adapted from Dragonball Super TV series. I like how they use line variation on closeups in that show, unlike their previous Dragonball shows and movies.

Monday, August 17, 2015

"Descendant of" by Pale Dian


Here's a freestyle line I did a while back. At the time, I was focused on learning most of my moves riding fakie (i.e. backwards). It's worth it; as I've said somewhere before: when you see someone perform a very impressive move, one of the best ways to surpass them is to learn the very same move but fakie or switch-fakie!

This video was also shot when I was still developing a Hip Hop dance-looking style for my longboard dancing (January 2015). Since then, I've tried to make it look like Japanese martial arts and even taken moves from jumpstyle dance!

Monday, June 22, 2015

ENTELECT: Space Invaders (2015)

Here's a poster I did for Entellect, commissioned by MAAN Creative.


And here's an accompanying animation that I created the graphic assets for:


Friday, May 22, 2015

TIME GLIDERS: Fan Art Reform

"Time Gliders" is a comic-book series by my friend, Cobus Prinsloo. These are the main characters:


Here's my stylistic, flat-cartoony re-intepretation of them: