Thursday, June 30, 2016
Saturday, June 18, 2016
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
|06282016 Update. To be honest I actually ran out of steam with this piece. I'm going to stop working on it for now and maybe come back to it in a month or so. I think I waited too long to come back to it. Now my mind is on other things.|
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Monday, June 13, 2016
Friday, June 10, 2016
|"Fire Dance" - Still frame from the animation "BlueHouseFireEnvy."|
After finishing "Walk in the Light" I tried my hand at another animation project using Amberlight 2. This time I used both Surface Pro devices to cut down on rendering time. I used the Pro 3 to do the final edits and output and it performed admirably. I used an old House song for the music. Something I wrote on the XP-50 many years ago after purchasing the House expansion card. "House XP Entro" is literally the first song I wrote using that card on the XP-50. Just as the last project, this was a lot of fun and once getting over the learning curve of Amberlight 2, very easy to do. Some still frames from the project are after the jump.
Tuesday, June 7, 2016
This is the final version of the animation "Walk in the Light." Amber Light 2 is really easy to work with. The wait time for the rendering takes a bit of patience but other than that, getting quality results is pretty straight forward. I did the composite work, edits, some additional effects work and HD output using Power Director 14 Ultra. The song, "Listen" is very old. I wrote and produced that on an expanded XP-50 many years ago, not too long after I graduated from college. I'm happy with the final results of the project and look forward to working with Amber Light 2 again to see what else I can do with it. it's not perfect, but for what it was designed to do, it's damn good.
Sunday, June 5, 2016
This is the first test of using scripts in ArtRage. Forgive me in advance for the zoomed in nature of the first part of the video. After I completed the script, I recorded it using Power Director 14 Ultra's screen recording application. I was then able to produce and output the video using the full video editor of Power Director. This was a really fun project to complete through and through. The SurfaceBook performed admirably without a hitch.
Saturday, June 4, 2016
Friday, June 3, 2016
|During the time I spent sketching, I used some of the other brushes and color schemes to loosely sketch out things that came to mind. Again, it was really relaxing because of how the application works. The lines are very smooth as the Surface Pen glides across the screen. Very Zen like, hence the name. Similar to the Sketch post, I'll be adding more to this throughout the month.|
|To start this section, I decided to use Flame Painter Pro 3 again. While working with it yesterday, I noticed that sketching with the application can be really relaxing because of how the brushes react to pressure and speed. Everything you see here are a series of really fast, loose sketches of 5 seconds to 10 seconds. I decided to try some gestures to see how Flame Painter would translate the strokes. The line quality is phenomenal even though really fine control can take some tweaking of select brushes. For idea sketches though, it's a great experience. It's also a good way to loosen up before working on other projects or to produce a few quick drawings just before bed (as I did this morning). I'll be adding many more of these throughout the month.|
Wednesday, June 1, 2016
|This piece was the test pig for many things. 1) I have to rebuild my watercolor painting process in Rebelle because a few key things are missing in the application that makes more ambitious projects a pain in the ass to do. 2) I wanted to use Flame Painter Pro 3 more because it has a lot of potential. 3) Two stories I wrote some years ago had a bridge that was never fully fleshed out but I'm in the process of doing it now. This image is a scene from a part of that bridge. Although this image may look simple, a lot of testing was involved. "Who is the Kianara?" Good question, "What" would be a better question though, followed by "why" and THEN "who."|
|This is a test of an idea I had in mind for a scene. Flame Painter Pro 3 is weird but it's damn good. I'm going blind using it though because the developer, Escape Motions still hasn't updated the UI to scale for HD screens. So the menus and toolbars are all incredibly small on my SurfaceBook. That's one of the reasons I used Clip Studio Pro 5 with this and other projects. The second I can export the project to Clip Studio, I do it. It's surprising considering it's 2016 and HD screens have been a standard for years. How could any developer NOT support UI that scales?|