Saturday, August 18, 2018

Yoga Collection - Totally NSFW

Visvamitrasana - created using Rebelle on a SurfaceBook

As early preparation has begun for a new series, I realized the prior series was never posted as a collection. Displayed are the completed entries from the yoga series started in 2014 and completed earlier this year, 2018. Originally the series began with a friend that took yoga classes. She was already incredibly flexible and her body type is great for drawings and paintings. After completing a couple of sketches of her, drawings were created of her in yoga poses she was practicing at the time. As time went on, various other poses that caught my eye were painted. I would have liked to have pushed the series even further and may do so in the future but at present, life happened leaving me without a model. Some of the poses are in the nude so this is NSFW. For the uninitiated, that means NOT SAFE FOR WORK. 

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Website Update and Store

Pillow sample from The Store featuring my Flower #1 Rebelle painting. 

Some time was taken last week to update the ArtGallery website that is linked to this blog. In addition to various gallery changes there have been quite a few other new additions, including an online store and a new blog, Creative BumBum. The Store is in its modest early beginnings but various images can be applied to merchandise, edited to a degree and purchased directly from the site. Supported merchandise includes pillows, ceramic mugs, tote bags, acrylic prints, posters and more. I'm really happy with it 😅. I'll be adding more images and some other swag as time goes on. Unfortunately, all of this is still a one man show so handling the tasks takes time. The sample images presented here are all cropped from The Store so apologizes for the fuzzy visuals. Also, the watermark is present for the sample images only. It doesn't show up on the final product. Some images will still include a very small digital signature though for credit purposes. 

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

The Swordsman WIP - Rebelle 3 - SurfaceBook 2

The Swordsman WIP, created using Rebelle 3 on a SurfaceBook 2. 

Technically speaking this could be a throwback project considering the original drawing was created over a decade ago in one of my old sketchbooks. I tried to created a scene with this a few weeks ago using a much darker layout but it wasn't working as planned. This is the second attempt using a lighter scene with darker shadows. The lighting was approached differently because Rebelle 3 doesn't have the full list of layer effects that are supported in Clip Studio EX and Sketchbook Pro. But the canvas selection, paint brushes and how paint reacts to canvas in Rebelle 3 makes the trade-off worth it in the long run. 

Friday, July 20, 2018

Affinity Designer for iPad


Anyone that has visited this blog for a good length of time knows that I am no fan of the iPad. But I am a big fan of having options. Serif released Affinity Designer for iPad and it's a massive achievement. Affinity Designer is developer Serif's answer to Adobe Illustrator. Although it's not as feature rich as Adobe's offering, it has enough features and enough power to not matter for all but the most insane projects. Even for the nutso projects, I'd probably still reach for Designer for the ease of use and the option to actually own it instead of being subject to Adobe's lame subscription. I have not and probably will not use Affinity Designer on an iPad but it's awesome that iPad owners will be able to put together a robust creative suite using industry standard tools with Affinity Photo, Affinity Designer and apps like Procreate and Sketchbook Pro. The only other piece of the puzzle missing is Affinity Publisher. 

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Throwback Thursdays - Bubblegum Crisis - ArtFlow - Nexus 7

Fan art of Priss of the Knight Sabers via Bubblegum Crisis created using ArtFlow on a Nexus 7 with a Wacom Bamboo stylus in 2014.
If there is one anime I'd love to see make a strong return it's "Bubblegum Crisis" (BGC). BGC is Japan's late 80's anime version of "Blade Runner" where Replicants are called Boomers and the Knight Sabers are the equivalent of "Blade Runners" except they're all women that fight in hard suits with military grade weaponry. Like many other anime, BGC also featured a great soundtrack in its 8 episode original video animation (OVA) run. Unfortunately, due to legal issues from copyright entanglements, "Bubblegum Crisis" came to an abrupt halt after the three part continuation of the series, "Bubblegum Crash" was released. After years of legal battles, a television series of "Bubblegum Crisis" was released but turned out awful. It was nothing like the original OVA, the magic of the original lost. The only evidence I personally found of that magic turned up years later on YouTube in the form of the offshoot OVA, "Parasite Dolls" which takes place in the Bubblegum Crisis universe.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Turn a Surface Pro Device Into A Mini Surface Studio

Surface dock that Microsoft should have made but didn't, by Kensington. 
Ironically, the Microsoft built dock for Surface Pro devices came up in conversation yesterday. The question being "Does the Surface dock support HDMI out" the unfortunate answer being "no." Checking the news feeds earlier today I came across this awesome bit of tech from Kensington. A Surface dock that's better than the Microsoft built dock and transforms select Surface devices (more on this later) into a mini Surface Studio by placing them in a housing with arms that can be repositioned just like a Surface Studio. The Kensington dock supports one HDMI out, four USB -A ports, a gigabit Ethernet port, a USB-C port, a DisplayPort, a 3.5 mm audio out, the dock charges the Surface device and has a caddy for the Surface Pen. The dock also supports display output to two 4K displays but at 30Hz. To output at 60Hz, output has to be limited to one display. 

Monday, July 16, 2018

Bendi Flexi - Rebelle 3 - Surface Studio


Using Rebelle 3 for sketching in the previous post, this was created to see how well the application held up after the latest update to version 3.0.5. There are still a couple of areas that are a bit wonky (such as lag in areas and sometimes strokes will vanish upon canvas rotation) but the experience was better than before. It seems using the first new numbered release for Rebelle is not a good idea. Better to wait for version 0.2 or later. Every single new number release for Rebelle from version 1 to version 2 to version 3 has had some glitch or bug(s) that caused headaches. Each time, it took one or two updates to correct the issues.