1. Finally found my A-Level design work! I wanted to get new photos for my website redesign, but I think I’m gonna have to rebuild a lot of it before I can photograph it now.

    The damage is down to the way my old school stored it for a year before I was allowed to take it home. Sad, but at least it gives me a chance to use some better quality materials than I had access to before.

     

  2. Take This Lollipop - Clearly I’m doing Facebook right.

    Okay, so for a while now, D&AD on Twitter have been sharing this article about a Facebook app which is intended to highlight how public your Facebook profile is.

    Take This Lollipop is described as ‘an interactive horror film about Facebook’, but for me it was more of a poorly acted farce.

    It hooks up to your Facebook account, and gains access to all public information and posts, then shows a ‘creepy’ guy becoming obsessed with you.

    SPOILERS AHEAD, GUYS!

    He looks at your friends list. Mine featured such close friends as: people I haven’t seen since school, and Atomic Robo!

    Then he looks through some posts. I think he’s supposed to see the posts on my timeline, but I think I post so rarely, that it couldn’t find any recent ones. Instead, it showed him looking at posts from the pages I like, mainly from the Queen page.

    My favourite part was when he looked at the camera, and all illusion of creepiness was immediately lost. A better actor, or perhaps better direction is in order.

    Finally, he looks at your photos. Trouble is, my photos aren’t photos of me. They’re mainly drawings or artwork. Take a look through my blog. These are the kind of pictures he was looking at. Eventually, he’s seen stroking one, but it was a drawing of a tiger, so… yeah… I actually had to stifle a laugh at that point.

    The second act of the film is when he goes to find you. First, he looks at your location, for me it says ‘Paignton, England’. He then searches it in Google maps, and I’m expected to believe that from such vague information he knows exactly where I live, as he then drives to my house to kill me.

    And then the final joke of it all is the red razor blade lollipop at the end. It has your name on it written on some tape. But that’s not all. beneath, it says “[name of random friend]’s next.” But unfortunately, it picked a ‘friend’ I haven’t seen since school and never even really knew or considered a friend.

    All in all, I think either I’m doing Facebook right, or Take This Lollipop is doing it wrong. Either way, as ‘horror’ films go, it’s good for a few laughs.

    UPDATE: Reading other people’s reactions to this, I’ve found that apparently at the end he has your profile picture taped to his dashboard. Firstly, mine’s a drawing again, not actually me. But secondly, when I re-watched it, it was just a blank piece of paper. I’m so disappointed. >.<

     
  3. Pro tip time! Yay!

    The other day, I was looking for a way to speed up flatting my artwork, and I found numerous blogs singing the praises of a certain pair of Photoshop plug-ins.

    These do two jobs. The first, MultiFill fills all the white spaces between your outlines with colours, ready for you to recolour with what you need. The second, Flatten Pro then removes the outlines, and pushes the edges of all the colours so that they touch.

    The idea is that by doing that second step, there’s no little bits of black outline left showing through the blurred edges of your original outline layer, making it look too jagged and sharp.

    The thing is, Flatten Pro costs $99 if you want to use it on anything bigger than 1024x1024 px. But, I can save you $99 on that, guys. Simply by saying this: you don’t need Flatten Pro.

    What it does is totally pointless. It’s all down to how MultiFill works. The fact is that it fills both white, and grey pixels with colour. This means it trims your outlines down to only the solid black parts. These don’t show through your original outline layer when you put it on top, as they’re all covered by its solid black parts. There’s nothing worth removing.

    I’ve been using MultiFill alone recently, and it’s working fine. No need to shell out for a superfluous bit of software. All the blogs I read said they used both, but I just don’t see the point. So, enjoy your $99, and spend it on something more worthwhile.

     
  4. I think I’ve found a new style that I like. I took my painting methods from my miniatures to my digital artwork. Plus, it’s got outlines, and actually looks good with them! Yay!

    Anyway. Yeah. A mousy gal in dungarees. Dunno why, but I always think dungarees look cute. ^.^

     
  5. Nothing like a bit of shameless self advertising, right folks?

    Anyhoo, just thought I’d put this here. I’m open for commissions, so y’all can get a sketch from as little as £10, or push it right up to a fully coloured digital artwork from £35.

    Check it out, and get yourself a little something. >.O

     
  6. Just gonna, uh… leave this here…

     

  7. Y’all go fill my ask box, y’hear!

    I’m bored, so I’m gonna do some random sketch inspiration stuff. Send me an animal or an activity. I’ll mash two together, and draw whatever comes out of it.

    I’m also running this to Twitter guys, so if y’all prefer Twitter, send it to me there.

     
  8. Playing with textures now. I might need to scan myself a new paper texture. This one’s not really fitting the job. But the technique works.

     
  9. A new outlined style I’m trying out. It took several attempts, a lot of redrawing, and some deleted tweets and blog posts to get there, but I actually like the style now. I’ll be working more with it now, to try and get into using it.

    I especially like how the tail looks. I took a gamble on the smooth lines with little spikes at the last minute, but it paid off. It uses up less vertical space between stripes than my usual method, but it still has the little fur tuft look that I like.

     
  10. Estie the Photogropher

    I’m gonna work more on this tomorrow, and I think I’ll try out a new style when I colour it in Illustrator.