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My Society6 store

My online store account for art prints.

LINKS FOR CREATIVES:

Society6- Online gallery and store for artists

AIGA - American Institute of Graphic Arts

Jakprints - Print & Apparel company in Cleveland, OH

Creative Commons

Society of Digital Artists

Mischief- freeform sketching app

Clip Studio Paint- Manga creation app

Wacom, Inc.-Tablet manufacturer

Sketchbook Pro- drawing app

Moleskine-Sketchbook company

INSPIRATION:

Abhishek Singh- Illustrator

Phoenix Tree Publishing-Cullen Nolan

Hi Fructose magazine

Shawn Barber - Artist

The Marquis by Guy Davis

Audrey Kawasaki - Illustrator

Katsuhiro Otomo - Illustrator

Katsuya Terada - Illustrator

Jean "Moebius" Giraud - Illustrator

Roberto Ferri - Fine artist

Yoshitaka Amano - Illustrator

Tomer Hanuka - Illustrator

Back to Frank Black- Millennium fan site

FENCING:

Vermont Fencing Alliance- Fencing club site

United States Fencing Association-National HQ

Sunday
Mar262017

Meeting Aaron Draplin-Graphic Designer

It's not so often I get to attend speaker events locally but one by the name of Aaron Draplin, hailing from Portland, Oregon, got my attention when he was expected to be in Vermont. One event was hosted by the AIGA VT which cost a bit more and challenging to get tickets since this was a workshop. The next evening was at the University of Vermont at the Ira Billings Lecture Hall, hosted by the UVM Ski & Snowboard club and sponsored by Healthy Living and Market Cafe. Fortunately, the ticket was ten dollars compared to the previous night through Eventbrite.

This event was for his book tour titled " Pretty Much Everything " in hardcover which I got at the bookstore wth beautiful looking logos on the outside and inside of the book. It surveys his mid-career work and examines the processes he's gone through. 

Although, the weather had snowy and wet conditions that made it a bit slushier on ground as I had to find parking, thanks to the Parkmobile app after grabbing Starbucks Coffee en route. I almost felt like a student again walking on campus to the other side at the Lecture Hall only to see some people already inside the building. I could see some staff walking about in the hall and getting the tables ready. 

Aaron then showed up down the hall, appearing out from the lecture hall doorway having a chat with other people. A few minutes later, he starts approaching the first few of us at the doors about to sign autographs. I've been made aware of his work the last few years based on some of the graphic design work he's done for Burton Snowboards, located in Burlington, Field Notes ( one of which I'm familiar with ) and a few other images, especially the Obama administration. 

Draplin's book cover

AutographAfter that, I picked up some food from the tables and found a seat in the hall, seeing a DJ warming up the audience near the podium section. It would take another half hour for the entire auditorium to fill up and lights go out for Aaron to be introduced. His talk took about two hours going from 7pm til 9pm with inspiring insights and experiences. One part of his talk amused me by his mention of my hometown Cleveland which he already toured in.

After it all ended, I decided to drive back home which would be a 45 minute drive back south despite the fact it was a Friday night. The weather was getting crappier and I did'nt want to risk the road getting worse by the hour. 

People may wonder why an illustrator like me would go to this and frankly, to me, he's an inspiration when it comes to design as it's one part of what I do. But also, the process of design fascinates me, giving way for an illustrator to understand what graphic designers go through. He's done some illustration work, so that part applies. Many of the images he's done were produced on Adobe Illustrator which is obvious and they have this clean and concise look. Illustrator has such wonderful precision that I can appreciate and I'm aware that there is a competitor to this from Affinity Designer which is very tempting.

And it was all worth it as I plan to read the book throughout the week. 

Monday
Feb272017

Contributing Art To Fencing

Some time ago, I created three prints based on each weapon of classical and olympic fencing using different gods to represent the past connecting to the present. It was also part of something I had in mind to expand on in the future as a way to introduce and educate people on this sport. For about nine year now, I've been fencing epee and really enjoy the aspects of the game but also the physical workout it provides for me as an artist to stay in shape. 

And each year or every other year I would contribute my talent to the fencing community to design a t-shirt. Although, I'll be doing the twenty-fifth anniversary shirt in Spring of 2018 instead. This time around, I've decided to contribute three prints from my Society6 online store to the Middlebury Open tournament on weekend of March 1st, which occurs every year by tradition, where they have raffle prizes to give out when people buy enough tickets. The money is used as a fund raiser to support next year's budget for the Vermont Fencing Alliance

This is also a good way for me to market myself through the fencing community and outwards., one in which I think would be an interesting experiment. The prints, having been delivered to my address, came out really nice which made me very satisfied. Society6's print quality is beautiful and they use, I quote:

`Gallery quality Giclée prints on natural white, matte, ultra smooth, 100% cotton rag, acid and lignin free archival paper using Epson UltraChrome™ K3 archival inks - the standard by which all other professional level ink technologies are measured.`

This is only one of these unique times when I contribute my work to the community because I enjoy this sport very much. 

 

Photo of Deus Epee printPhoto of Deus Foil printPhoto of Deus Saber print

Saturday
Jan072017

New Art for 2017

Happy New Year to all and apologies for the late posting. I've been quite busy for some time working on a few projects and managed to complete one that's been on top of my list. I had a friend pose for me with her leather jacket and holding one of my practice swords at the martial arts gym in Burlington one night so I could use several shots to get it right and I went with the pose shown in the illustration below, especially with spikes on her jacket inspired by the artistry of Toxic Vision

This piece has been in the works for months and finally produced on Procreate on iPad Pro and then it was given the finishing touches on Clip Studio Paint ( formerly Manga Studio ). The more I worked with Procreate, the more impressed I get especially with the Apple Pencil. That thing is so sensitive that I can make wispy lines to the thickest.

Lo and behold the darkness of things that crawl out of the shadows!

Dark DesecrationIt's also now for sale as an art print on my Society6 store

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This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.

Friday
Nov182016

The iPad Pro Experience

Just over a month ago, I have been working hard to acquire an iPad Pro with 256 gb of storage which is the top of the line model. With a business plan in hand, I got a special grant from a local agency to assist in my professional endeavors to make this acquisition which turned out to be a huge help. With experience using the Wacom Intuos over the years, I thought having the iPad Pro would be the next step to complement my digital art workflow because I needed the mobility outside of my studio.

The most important factor to me was accuracy and palm rejection in order to have natural flow. I'm quite pleased to say that the Apple Pencil does the job very nicely. It's no Wacom but comes extremely close even though the portability factor is what made it stand out. But the pressure sensitivity of Apple Pencil is one of the most amazing experiences I've had and the ability to tilt the pencil for a shading effect is eerily accurate. I think the Pencil and Wacom styluses are the best in the market for digital art, in my view.  

I was considering a Surface Pro but decided against it that it would take another iteration or two for Microsoft to perfect it and I'm sure they will, having seen their latest Surface Creative PC as one of their best innovations to date.  

Now that I have the iPad Pro, this will allow me to brainstorm and lay out the concepts visually, even do full size illustrations when I can, outside of my studio instead of being 'chained' to my desktop. This was the most liberating experience I've had using this tablet. 

But it's not to say I'm going to stop using my sketchbook. Far from it. I will always stay old school by hand to facilitate my thought process naturally. 

As of current, Procreate is now one of my most favorite apps for my illustration work along with Sketchbook Pro. Adobe Sketch and Draw are also excellent which I recommend. Even Forge and Concepts are fantastic which I'm starting to experiment with, especially when it comes to storyboarding when I delve back into this industry. AstroPad will be my next app to add in so that I can remotely treat my iPad Pro as a Wacom Cintiq and this will be handy when using Manga Studio on my desktop tethered to the tablet. 

There's so much I can experiment and work with on my future project endeavors. 

Drawing on ProcreateApple Pencil with my SmudgeGloveMore Procreate work