speaking of suits, here’s a thing I did trying to explain a simpler way to draw and understand lapelsed.: I realize some of the accompanying text is lost to the ages, so a brief summary: the idea is that you can align the points of a diamond along the collarbones
put the lapel’s notches at those left and right points
still a v good reference
Here is a very simple little app I wrote in AutoHotkey for Windows to help productivity. The artists I’ve attempted to give this to were horrified and sickened by the idea of it.
It floats in the corner of your screen. You tell it what programs you use for work/productivity. Whenever you’re using those programs, it turns a pleasing shade of blue and times you. If you alt-tab over to something that is not one of those programs, like Chrome or Spotify or 3D Pinball, or if you zone out and don’t move the mouse for too long, it turns red and stops the timer until you resume proper grown-up behavior.
This way, you have a constant peripheral reminder of how little of your day has actually been spent on important things like “doing what you’re supposed to” and “not having fun.”
This is indispensable for procrastination-prone home freelancers.
Front/back album art commission for KayR!
KayR updated their website with my illustrations!
Hey guys, I’ve made some pixel brushes!! I mostly just use gray tones, but sometimes I really miss screentone-like quality when doin’ uh, comic art :D?! I have made both Photoshop and SaiTool version, so I decided to share~
I’ll try to update if I make more screentone-like brushes or shape
HARIM IS SO PRECIOUS AND GENEROUS OK
HEY WRITER FRIENDS
there’s this amazing site called realtimeboardwhich is like a whiteboard where you can plan and draw webs and family trees and timelines and all that sort of stuff. you can also insert videos, documents, photos, and lots of other things. you can put notes and post-its and, best of all, you can invite other people to be on the board with you and edit together!!
this is really really awesome and a great tool for novel planning, so if you’re doing nanowrimo…. this could be good for you!!
Yiynova DP10U thoughts after using it for 4 months:
This thing is cheap. For a $370 Cintiq-like tablet LCD, I guess that’s about right, but I didn’t expect it to enter the super-finicky death state of electronics this soon. I can’t lean my hand on it too hard in certain areas without it flickering on/off, making my computer try to calibrate from a dual-monitor desktop to a single one and then back again, making me have to re-arrange all my windows to their proper places again.
In fact, while writing this, it did this exact same thing 3x because I rested my arm on the bottom for a second. Ughhhhh
Other problems: screen resolution is only 1024 x 600, viewing angle is ridiculously awful. You have to basically be looking at it straight on otherwise the colors/blacks and details are all wrong. Actually, colors are awful on it in general and shouldn’t be trusted. The USB cable that comes off the left side of the tablet LCD is super finicky and will stop working right unless in proper position. It has two tiny legs on the back to stand the top of the tablet up 2 inches, which is not only useless but also unstable. Also there’s no tools for OSX to calibrate pen accuracy.
Good things about it: it’s super lightweight and it’s powered only by 2 USB ports.
Don’t buy this unless you only need a temporary solution for a Cintiq-like tool.
Does anyone have any experience with the other Yiynova tablet LCDs? Are they more reliable than this? Alternatively, if anyone has questions about this model, feel free to ask and I’ll try to answer as best as I can.
Getting the signal out. Yiynova’s been getting lots of attention as a cost-effective alternative to Wacom’s crazy-expensive products, even I’ve been telling friends and colleagues about them, but it’s good to finally see some information on the product’s wear and tear.
OKOKOK Im just gonna condense what anons just told me
- dashes and hyphens and slashes and numbers no longer work in blocking tags
- neither do long sentences or random numbers / letters
- neither does the #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 tagging work anymore
- however, if you post a tag within a text post e.g. #exampletag inside a text box rather than the tagline, tumblr saviour will block the post - but the tag will not go into any main tags
I don’t know what the source of this is, but I think it’s pretty accurate. I know I’ve definitely felt my “Art Lows”. This helps to put things a little more in perspective. (Argh, I need to work on my perspective.)
The only thing I might add would be that to keep the graph consistently angling up, I need to be actively studying to get better. Constantly discovering, learning, getting myself out of my comfort zone, etc.
imgur: the simple image sharer
Much like my leaf tutorial this is another crazy simple guide but it might help a few of you! I love to get a lot of thumbnail type ideas down first before I settle on something final so I like to use this quick method as a way of exploration, basic research into what I’m trying to achieve and a means of creating variety in my work (I hope!) On the flip-side I know a lot of people struggle with creating environments in general, this could be a good way to ease yourself into drawing them without getting too bogged down in details and technicalities, just blasting your ideas down onto a canvas!
i needed this
Even more hands!
I don’t think you all understand JUST HOW MUCH I love drawing hands.
WARNING ABOUT A REALLY NASTY NEW VIRUS.
Meet CryptoLocker. It’s your worst nightmare. A lot of antivirus software, including the big names, cannot yet detect or stop it. If your computer gets it, CryptoLocker takes all your files hostage by encrypting them and giving you a certain amount of time to send a certain amount of money to the man behind the virus.
The encryption is very tidy, and so far seems uncrackable (well, crackable, but it might take a couple centuries). If you tamper with the virus itself, it will pretty much self-destruct and take everything with it. And the way the money is transferred, the dick programmer behind it all for the moment is pretty much uncatchable.
YOU CANNOT GET RID OF THIS VIRUS WITHOUT COMPLETELY WIPING YOUR COMPUTER. YOUR ONLY CHANCE IS PREVENTION AND PREPARATION.
Back up your computer to something like an external hard-drive, or even an internal hard-drive that you just take out and stuff away somewhere for safe keeping. Make sure your antivirus is up to date, avoid skeevy sites, and don’t open random emails. DO NOT download email attachments unless you know exactly what it is, because that seems to be how this is primarily being transmitted.
You can learn more about it here.
We’ve actually run into this at work. It’s extremely aggressive and a major fucking pain to get rid of. One of our guys got infected with it and even paid the company whatever fee they charge to decrypt the files, and due to “an error processing the first payment”, ended up double-charging him (no refunds, of course) and is virtually untrackable.
Literally fuck this guy with a cactus. Like, if you see him, offer to introduce him to your little cactus friend in a quite personal and intimate manner. This shit is FUCKING INEXCUSABLE.
Also, bulk up on your virus protection, limit your porn and illegal cartoon-watching and torrents to safe sites, DO NOT OPEN EMAIL ATTACHMENTS UNLESS YOU’RE EXPECTING THEM, and just be careful in general, cause this one is one of the nastiest viruses around.
I wouldn’t reblog a virus alert unless I was dead serious about how bad it is.
Be aware this is totally a real thing. I work in IT at my university, and this basically completely trashed one of our file servers (it WILL encrypt any shared network resources you have access to). Just, don’t download attachments if you’re not expecting them. Don’t do it.
GUYS IT’S REALLY IMPORTANT PLEASE READ AND BE CAREFUL WITH YOUR ONLINE DOWNLOADS!
Just one thing I forgot to add about that virus post, for anyone in IT that’s following me, it will be encrypting files for up to 24 hours before it alerts you. It will create a full list of encrpted files in the user’ registry.
IT PEOPLE: HKCU\Software\Crypto***\Files (*** will eitherbe some numbers, or the word locker, something like that).
EVERYON ELSE: If you think you might’ve goofed, SHUT DOWN YOUR COMPUTER ASAP. Get it to someone that can mount your hard drive and check for the virus for you using the above information.
ADDING TO THIS POST.
My mentor was telling me about this, and it’s why there’s been a bunch of recent windows updates
so if you have windows updates you should probably let them update
So I was chatting with the lovely Justin Oaksford yesterday, and he casually asked if I used photo reference for my recent Rolemodels piece- not as a bad thing, but because the pose and the camera angle read well. Pretty sure I grinned like an idiot when he brought it up because, goddammit, I’m proud that the work shows! I’ve felt like my work has been somewhat stilted as of late- I could feel myself subconsciously trending towards easier angles, easier poses, easier expressions just because it’s slightly less frustrating for my brain to process- so getting that confirmation from a colleague was pretty damn satisfying.
I think there’s a tendency for artists to take pride in being able to draw out of your head, and, while that’s an admittedly important skill, what’s actually important is what that skill implies- it implies that you’ve internalized reference. That you’ve spent so much time looking at the world around you, studying it, drawing from it, breaking it down, that you’ve amassed an extensive mental library that you can draw from. You are Google reborn in the shallow husk of a human being.
But heck, the world’s a big place- what are the chances that you ever get to a point that you’ve internalized all of it? Internalized it AND ALSO are never going to forget it ever? Probably no chance at all. Sorry buddy. So rather than bemoaning the fact that we don’t have impenetrable search engine cyborg brains- yet- you sure as hell better still be using reference to fill in/refresh those empty shelves in your mental library. You shouldn’t have worm-ridden books about dinosaur anatomy from the 60’s in there. Stegosauruses with brains in their tails? CLEAN THAT SHIT OUT.
So my general process for using reference of any sort is:
- loose thumbnails and brainstorming. If you have an idea, get that raw thing- unadulterated in it’s potential shittiness- onto paper. Good art is a combination of both instinct and discipline, so you don’t want to entirely discount those lightning strikes of brilliance. Or idiocy. Happens to all of us.
- research and reference. Start gathering and internalizing whatever reference is pertinent to your piece- could be diagrams, art, photos, good old-fashioned READIN’, whathaveyou. Please note that this doesn’t mean find one picture of a giraffe- this means find tons of photos of giraffes, read about giraffes, understand giraffes, and learn how to incorporate that knowledge into your art with purpose and intent (Justin uses the word “intent” a lot so I’m stealing it). Don’t blindly copy what you see, but understand how to integrate it in an interesting and informed manner.
- studies and practice. Could be lumped in with the previous step, granted, but it’s worth reiterating- if you’re drawing something new, it’s worth doing some studies. You discover things that you wouldn’t otherwise by just staring at them. It’s weird how I’m still learning this- “Gee golly, six-shooters are way easier to draw now that I’ve drawn a ton of them!” Yes wow Claire BRILLIANT. Gold star.
- go for the gold. Finally, I’m sure it goes without saying, you integrate all of that research and knowledge into your initial thumbnails. If you learned something about anatomy, or fashion, or color, or butts, now you can drastically improve your original idea with this newfound knowledge. Also, per the images above, this is also your chance to improve on the reference- photos are a fantastic tool, but trust your instincts. Cameras can’t make informed decisions.
…So that’s my soapbox- it’s pretty easy, and it’s totally worth it. Research and reference lets you stand on the shoulders of giants- it lends legitimacy, specificity, and allure to your work that wouldn’t be there if you were just drawing out of your head 100% of the time. To put it simply- it makes your work ownable. It makes you stand out.
It makes you a better artist. :)
why is the snow leopard “ounce”
Ounce is the traditional name for the snow leopard. Although not really in common use anymore it is still an acceptable alternative name for the species.
I assume since “snow leopard” wouldn’t have fitted into the space it made sense for the person who made it to use ounce instead.