My Oni Demon illustration is now available as an art print and poster on my Society6 store. I finally got around to fixing the resolution size from the iPad Pro to fit in a Photoshop document and adding text from a famous Musashi quote from The Book of Five Rings. As a fencer and martial artist myself, I find the supernatural Oni mythology to be quite fascinating and think the imagery of a Hannya half mask used by samurai is so cool. It's one of the reasons I airbrushed my fencing mask to kind of simulate that level of badassery.
I've been experimenting with Clip Studio Paint that's a full version, paid by monthly subscription, on the iPad Pro which is really amazing and useful. It's especially great now that Celsys has lowered the price of the iOS version so that it's more manageable for the budget and keep on using it. Lately, I was getting into the japanese oni demons and wanted to tinker around with the tools of CSP to see how I can work with the layers in order to observe how closely it behaves compared to the desktop version. Incredibly, it is literally the exact same thing and ports over native files well enough through Dropbox, in my case, however I found uploading the image to the CSP cloud via iPad Pro to the desktop a bit of a problem but I'm sure there's a way to do it on the Mac platform.
It is nearly completed as I've to fix a few areas before adding the text quote marks in the negative space and consider having it available as a printed piece, probably on Society6. I believe with more experience on this particular platform, it would make it easier to work around the UI and workflow process more seamlessly. I'm really liking CSP on mobile so far.
It's been a long winter and I've noticed that less blogging on my part is contributed to my being focused on other things and slacking. However, I plan to eventually revamp this site to a new engine that's more on the gallery and less on the blog activity.
However, what's new this month is a recent t-shirt design I did for the Vermont Fencing Alliance's 25th anniversary event coming in March which I'm excited for and plan to compete. Fortunately, I will be competing in two events rather than three now that I have achieved an E rating in Epee on my birthday a month ago. What a huge relief it was with hard work paying off.
Anyway, everything I did on this shirt was done entirely on my iPad Pro using Procreate and exported to Adobe Illustrator to finish off the project, inspired by the art nouveau period which is what my coach had in mind. And I think it turned out great. I cannot wait to see how the shirt will look in a few weeks!
One of the biggest reasons I acquired the iPad Pro over a year ago was due to the portability of the device and pressure sensitivity of the Pencil. However, I had long hoped that the company responsible for Clip Studio Paint , formerly named Manga Studio, would finally come to their senses to bring it over to the iOS ecosystem. Because I've had excellent experience with the desktop version for several years for my illustration work, it would be such a boon to be able to carry the native file formats and continue the work on the go and back home.
The wait would end just recently as of this month of November when I had just discovered that it was released to the iPad Pro. I was quite shocked and excited. And so I went to download it for FREE to test it out.
But there IS one huge drawback to it. It would be a subscription of $9.00 a month AFTER the six months of free trial is used up. Fortunately, I have until May to give it a try when the subscription kicks in. I just hope that the developers at Celsys would change their mind and go with the one time payment fee for the license OR reduce the monthly subscription to no more than five dollars which I would not mind paying for. It's a huge app at around 500 MB in size to download which is something to be prepared for.
However, having tried it out briefly, I can certainly say that this application is awesome. It behaves EXACTLY like the desktop version to my amazement and the half tones being used were perfection. All the tools I was familiar with on my desktop were replicated well onto the iPad Pro. Despite the beautiful UI on it, the rotation on the canvas is a bit choppy and not as seamless as Procreate. I'm hoping Celsys will clean up the code and make the scaling and rotation of the canvas much smoother without any slowdown.
Keep in mind that there are a lot of tools in this app that takes time to get used to and using the Materials such as half tones work beautifully. In fact, one can convert half tones to a solid in monochrome or in color. I will continue to test it out some more, now that I'm in the trial mode to see if I can move my original CSP files from the Mac desktop to the iPad Pro, hopefully they might allow the use of Files on iOS 11 to interact with Dropbox.
I've taken some photos of my experiment with CSP on iPad Pro and have had to download some gray tones for starters. Most of the effects and material tones are free on Celsys' website but one would have to register to have a profile to access them which I recommend.
The tools from pen, pencil, eraser, brushes and so forth are a godsend on this. One can produce comic panels or dialogue balloons in this. Even text. One can also change the canvas resolution from 75 to 600 DPI but I suspect the higher it goes, the more it may slow down on iPad Pro, although I haven't gotten to that point yet.
Would I recommend this app? For a hard core CSP fan and one wouldn't mind spending a subscription per monthly, the answer is HELL. YES. I would go so far to say it would complment Procreate and Sketchbook Pro nicely as well which I also highly, highly recommend. It's great for manga creators and/or digital artists on the go.
Summer has come and gone which has kept me away from this blog due to other personal things and getting another car to replace the old one. But also the heat which truly tested the creative juices to no end and doing what I can to stay busy.
Nevertheless, the cold wave has arrived to such glee and I'm all for it. But winter is where my creative energy shoots through the roof. Perhaps not all creative people are wired in similar fashion and have their own energy flow at different times of the day. Or year.
Now that October, or should I say Halloween, is so close by, I decided to show a small update of a great fountain pen I just bought and love the line art came out as seen on my Instagram page.
Below is a photo of the fountain pen up close with the new refills I ordered recently that should last me a year or so. The ink it uses is smooth and does well for hand writing on fine paper or notebooks. But I would suggest using a notebook with thick paper to prevent any spidering or bleeding of the page. It does interact nicely with a sketchbook but as long as it is smooth textured without the tooth, so that there's no accumulation of paper on the tip of the quill.
The pen works beautifully with the cartridge reload and is comfortable to hold. I find it addictive to sketch with it producing crisp lines of spontaneity. It's really worth checking out the Ooly pen at ooly.com.
On another note, I may be moving my site to a version 7 engine, from the old one, on Squarespace so it will have a different look slightly but more mobile ready. I'm also considering keeping the blog down to a minimum with a new focus on illustration and storyboard work in the near future. So, keep an eye out for future changes.