Sunday, October 30, 2016

"Aren't you listening" Watch face - WatchMaker - Pixel XL

My Google Pixel XL arrived a few days ago and I've been testing it out. I'll have more on it and photos I've captured with it soon. In the meantime, I paired my LG Urbane Watch to it after doing a factory reset to start fresh (big mistake) and lost my FallOut 4 PIP Boy watch face. Total bummer. So I installed Watchmaker onto the Pixel XL to test out the latest tools and put together a quick watch face to use until I get the time to build something really nice. The tools have matured well and incorporating animated gifs couldn't be easier. I'll have some fun with this in near future. 

Saturday, October 29, 2016

"Londisa" Character Design with COPIC - Clip Studio Pro 5 - SurfaceBook

I finalized the palette for Disa's default outfit after taking the time to rebuild the Sketchbook Pro 7's COPIC color palette into Clip Studio Pro 5. It was a bit of work but totally worth it. This will be the main palette I use for the central characters going forward. But the monsters, demons, psychos and other weird and wonderful creatures will use other custom palettes in combination with COPIC when the situation calls for it. Of course, I saved and backed up each of my custom palettes for future use and sharing. A sample image of the COPIC set up is after the jump!

Sanctioned Lead Poisoning - Rebelle - Clip Studio Pro 5 - SurfaceBook

This piece is inspired by the times. When talking about murders committed by police, the media and internal investigation units follow a tried and true pattern. Uplift the office(s) involved which usually includes paid leave, minimize any wrongdoing committed during the officer(s) career, demonize the victim by digging into their past and sensationalizing even the most minor and unrelated of offenses or details all in an effort to justify the killing. Why does a Black man get shot when he's on the ground face up with his hands in the air telling police that he's a health care professional and the man next to him is his client? Really, the police shot the man anyway and when asked why, the officer said he didn't know. That's just one example that had a better ending than most because the health care professional, Charles Kinsey, survived. Others weren't so lucky.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

"Londisa" - ArtFlow for Android - Clip Studio Pro 5 - Nexus 9 - SurfaceBook

"Londisa" - The original illustration for this project was created using ArtFlow on a Nexus 9. I always planned to revisit this with a background idea I had in mind and after a year, I've finally been able to test out some things with it. Instead of going back to ArtFlow and the Nexus 9, I went with Clip Studio Pro 5 and the SurfaceBook to push it a bit further. The original project can be found here

Monday, October 24, 2016

Broken Glass - Rebelle - SurfaceBook

Speed painting practice. Completed in 20 minutes or so. I wanted to see if I could capture the look of broken glass. I'll revisit this test again some time later. 

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Londisa - Clip Studio Pro 5 - SurfaceBook

I took some time to work on one of my characters. I was also able to recreate the entire COPIC palette from Sketchbook Pro 7 into Clip Studio Pro 5. It wasn't as difficult as I expected and allows me to make some changes to the colors for my characters using COPIC without the need of Sketchbook Pro. I'm trying to distance myself from that application since Sketchbook Pro 8 has gone subscription based. Disappointing really, as I really like Sketchbook Pro 7 but can't give in to the rip off of subscription based software. I'll show the current custom COPIC palette in Clip Studio Pro soon. 

Thursday, October 20, 2016

More Quark Testing - Quark 2016 - SurfaceBook

This is a test created to further learn the new UI and features of Quark 2016 on the SurfaceBook. I was easily able to import and composite the design image from two separate files without the need to edit in a separate application. Modifying the color palette and creating new palettes are very straight forward. A godsend considering I'm building COPIC palettes into Clip Studio Pro 5 which I can then transfer and save as Quark 2016 palettes too. SkyFonts/Google Fonts are still excellent, working without a hitch. Output options are varied allowing a lot of control and it was good to see options for HTML5, ePub and Kindle output options. Quark 2016 also has easy set up for Android displays/Surface Displays and iOS devices, the full range of resolutions. Quark 2016 is excellent and inspires me to try more elaborate projects. I did find a glitch though that I have yet to find a fix for.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Character Sheets for Sisters of Water and Fire* - Clip Studio Pro 5 - SurfaceBook

The Bladesman* - As the story is coming along I started a collection of all of the main characters in this fantasy tale. In this collection there are the main designs, then the Storm Gear that I colored in such a way to blend into a snowy, icy environment, snow storms or blizzards. Then there's the Warrior set on the right that is basically light armor for when defensive enchantments alone aren't quite enough. The Bladesman* favors speed and doesn't care for heavy armors and shields choosing this light set or variants when armor is needed. He doesn't like the bulk or the noise of heavier gear. He has protective magics that boosts his defense without sacrificing speed and relies on these greatly, probably more than he should. But he is incredibly effective most times either working from stealth, direct attack or evasion so his party doesn't complain.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Quark 2016 - SurfaceBook

"Super Z" - You know, I really tried to run with Xara Page Layout and Design but ultimately, I realized if I want THE best alternative to Indesign to complete my Adobe exodus, then I need to invest in the application Indesign is based on. So I bought Quark 2016, the full version. Yes, it was expensive as hell. Absurdly so. But considering what Quark can do, it was money well spent especially because I OWN it as opposed to being ripped off with a subscription plan. I have no regrets. There is also a bit of irony here because I learned design on Quark in high school, long before Indesign ever existed so my design path came full circle. Another thing to keep in mind...fonts. Instead of farting around trying to find the best font client to replace TypeKit, which I never liked, I installed SkyFonts a couple of months ago. I used Google Fonts as the source and was greeted with over 800 fonts. I didn't install all of them of course but I did add quite a few to my system and they're quite good, readily available in Quark 2016 and all of my other applications. I highly recommend SkyFonts/Google Fonts as the source if you're doing extensive design work or just like to have a good selection of fonts for your projects. It definitely helps that it's FREE!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Sorrow of Our Days - Rebelle - SurfaceBook

This project is inspired by the documentary "13th" by Ava DuVernay that I mentioned in the previous post. After watching 13th which focuses on the prison industrial complex and how a loophole in the 13th Constitutional Amendment has been exploited to re institute slavery, then living through yet another circus of a presidential debate and then the farce of Columbus Day, it was all a bit much to take and expressed itself in the work. 

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Street Photography 1006 - Nexus 6p - Photo Director 8 - SurfaceBook

Relaxing and looking - I just finished watching "13th" by Ava DuVernay and it was a very hard documentary to watch, very powerful. Similar to the PBS Civil Rights documentary "Keep Your Eyes on the Prize." One particularly powerful segment that really shook me was when Ava set recent racist sound bites of Trump instigating violence toward minorities at a recent rally, while showing footage of Whites attacking Black peaceful protesters in the 60's, footage and photographs of young Black girls being hosed by police, the open casket of Emmitt Till fully showing how he was brutalized, White police officers attacking Black men and women and other scenes of racism against Blacks. The two fit together too well as if Trump was at the events of the past. It was a perfect example of how the racism of the past still persists in the present and continues to threaten the future.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Street Photography 1003 - Nexus 6p - Photo Director 8 - SurfaceBook

"How I feel about America sometimes" - I recently had someone ask me during a job interview why there were so many Black people/characters on my website. Asking a Black artist why are there so many Black people in their body of work is like asking a boxer why are there so many boxing posters in a gym as opposed to swimming and fencing. Yes, I believe it's an absurd question. Almost disrespectful, made worst because it was a Black woman that asked the question. But I answered it calmly and truthfully which I'll revisit here.