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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

Procreate - iPad 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

FENCING:

Vermont Fencing Alliance- Fencing club site

United States Fencing Association-National HQ

Entries in procreate (3)

Friday
Feb162018

New t-shirt design for 2018

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!

25th Anniversary t-shirt design

Tuesday
Nov142017

Clip Studio Paint on iPad Pro 

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. 

 

The CSP icon

Introductory panel to CSPThis is the only big bummer of this deal, although six months is quite generous.At close up, you can see the default DPI and canvas size.The entire user interface of CSP for iPad ProThe pencil tool works beautifully like the desktop versionOne of the few color palettes I can work fromHere's the Pen tool sub-menu. I chose the Real G-pen.Layers section works flawlessly. The Materials menu with the halftone dots. Works beautifully. Love them.You can see the half tones up close. EXACTLY like the the desktop version.This is a test image to see how the ink and tone lines work. I'm really impressed.

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