Vectornator X and Adobe Creative Cloud

I have just recently had to update to Adobe Creative Cloud in order eliminate some of the technical problems of an older version on my mid-2010 iMac. However, that will change near the end of the year when I migrate to something a bit more stable at Affinity Serif that’s more focused. As of now, I like what Adobe has done to Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign with some UI improvements that cuts through the nonsense and easier to navigate, especially with new features I haven’t seen before. They do a great job of it with the updates, although the subscription fees tend to have room for improvement to make things more enticing in terms of pricing. At the moment, I’m fortunate to have had a good offer that I took advantage of which should tide me for the next several months.

The following screenshots will illustrate what Creative Cloud looks like and the changes in the user interface.

Adobe Illustrator CC with some familiar layouts. The properties menu can be see on far right for legibility and access.

Adobe Illustrator CC with some familiar layouts. The properties menu can be see on far right for legibility and access.

Adobe InDesign CC which I swear by when it comes to document layout design ( and yes, that’s the latest flyer I’ve done for the fencing club ).

Adobe InDesign CC which I swear by when it comes to document layout design ( and yes, that’s the latest flyer I’ve done for the fencing club ).

By the end of the year, or maybe a lot sooner, I may be upgrading to a new 4K desktop which is definitely going to be needed in order to have access to a wider range of screen and print resolution sizes. But also the legibility of the 4k screen will be much easier on my eyes, providing clarity and sharpness to fonts which will be very handy. Having a wider gamut of color range will be nice thing to play with. With this new desktop, it’ll keep things relevant and last me another several more years, given the fact it’ll have an SSD ( solid state drive ) than a traditional hard drive which is one of my goals to have for stability purposes.

As for Vectornator, the latest version just came out this month for iOS, or iPad Pro, and I’ve always admired how they kept this app lean and clean. What made this current iteration stand out was the new feature of Auto Trace, something that Adobe Illustrator had the luxury of. I tested it out which worked amazingly well, although it did miss a few elements so I believe will require more adjusting to find the sweet spots for both simple and complex illustration elements to retain the shapes. I’m also looking forward to the Mac version when it comes out and that’ll be a nice addition to my toolset.

The following screenshots will show what Vectornator X looks like.

The original image of the pirate kraken for our fencing club’s mascot done on Procreate. I imported this file to Vectornator to test out the Auto Trace which is seen on the above right.

The original image of the pirate kraken for our fencing club’s mascot done on Procreate. I imported this file to Vectornator to test out the Auto Trace which is seen on the above right.

The kraken’s image traced. One can see that some elements are missing due to lack of detail. It’s a matter of adjusting to get the right amount to retain the look of the original.

The kraken’s image traced. One can see that some elements are missing due to lack of detail. It’s a matter of adjusting to get the right amount to retain the look of the original.

The vector nodes seen here proves that Vectornator’s trace tool definitely works!

The vector nodes seen here proves that Vectornator’s trace tool definitely works!

The ability to export with various file formats and the use of Continuity is just amazing. Even the Send to Illustrator is a godsend.

The ability to export with various file formats and the use of Continuity is just amazing. Even the Send to Illustrator is a godsend.

New Oni Print Version

On my Society6 store, in the past I created a horizontal art print of the Oni demon with quoted Musashi philosophy at the side on things related to the martial arts and swordsmanship. And recently, a vertical version has been uploaded to fit in the poster template size on the store as the image was rebuilt on Photoshop seen below. So for those who prefer it vertical as an art print or poster, it can be found on my Society6 page.

I decided to keep the text centered like a box, in the form of zen, so as to not overwhelm the demon below as a subdued dynamic and composition. Whereas, the horizontal version shows more of the demon in larger size.

Oni2_Screenshot.jpg

Dark Desecration Poster Arrives

In the mail, the poster print has just arrived a few days ago from Society6 with a glossy surface appearance which is expected. Because of the price alone, it’s quite reasonable for those who like to keep it simple and put on the wall. But for those who prefer something a bit fancier, the art prints are the way to go due to the archival photo paper stock and print quality. I’m pleasantly surprised at how well this came out as a few other pieces of mine are now included in the poster category besides art prints.

The entire poster shown here.

The entire poster shown here.

Close up of the details.

Close up of the details.

This is thickness of the poster and the glossy surface’s appearance

This is thickness of the poster and the glossy surface’s appearance

New Poster Offer At Society6!

Just recently, I had noticed that my Society6 store now has offered a new wall art in the form of a poster which is a cheaper alternative to art prints for those who may be interested. They measure in 18 x 24 inches in size at around $20 which is a very good deal especially when special sales occur weekly.

As you can see the photo below, one can find posters in the menu section seen here.

This is a screenshot of my account with the posters in the red rectangle for illustration purposes.

This is a screenshot of my account with the posters in the red rectangle for illustration purposes.

And in the next image shown is a screenshot of my actual piece now available as a poster print. Art prints tend to be a bit more expensive but the paper quality is photo archival stock however.

Screenshot of my actual poster print.

Screenshot of my actual poster print.

I just ordered this poster and will see how it looks once it arrives in the mail within a few days or so. From there, I’ll have an update of it on my Instagram and here as well. Not only did they have posters but wood block art which is a pretty cool thing and something that I also have available in one of my images with the Oni Demon. Exciting stuff!

Fencing Squad Shirt 2019

As a new addition to the design gallery, the competitive squad shirt for the Vermont Fencing Alliance has been recently completed. A fellow fencer once approached me about how she had nightmares of a squid holding several blades and that I mentioned how I could draw it, considering the ‘lovecraftian’ nature of tentacles and dark art that compels me. Due to the club’s recent slight restructuring of the team that now includes all adults and teenagers instead of just the Junior Team, a new identity would be in need to show a sense of unification and attitude.

I set out to go with the Kraken and add in a pirate’s patch along with four blades. As tempted as I was going to make it seem like the goddess Kali, that decision led to restraint to focus on the actual weapons my club uses ranging from electric epee and foil while saber wasn’t the specialized discipline. I added in the pirate’s cutlass instead just for the fun of it. And once it was finished, it went to a Redbubble account owned by my coach so that anyone in the club can purchase it without need of going to a local shirt manufacturer.

Also, stickers are part of the store offering which I’m planning to buy one for my next sketchbook!

VFA Competitive Squad shirt

VFA Competitive Squad shirt