Top Five Fictional Libraries


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Couldn’t possibly agree more!

Originally posted on What I Like:

Libraries represent a world of open opportunities, the ability to not only learn but to immerse yourself in any number of worlds fictional or not. The library is a magical place and often it is within fictional worlds that this is demonstrated the most. Fictional libraries are often depicted as either realistic spaces in which characters retreat to learn or they are majestic and magical beings.

The libraries that are featured within this list have been taken from a number of sources, ranging from films, television shows, books and even poetry. The libraries discussed within are huge and humble, magical and mundane, but what they all have in common is they all have a powerful presence. The libraries within this list all represent what is so wondrous about books and the libraries that house them. However, as with modern libraries, books are not all that lie within their shelves, there…

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InDesign What I Love About It As A Comic Artist


I know what some of you might be thinking. But it is one of the best programs that I ever subscribed to. Some of you know or a little while I was self publishing on Lulu.com and during that year I spent almost a year trying to get it to upload correctly until one day I’d had enough and subscribed to InDesign. Later I upgraded my adobe package to all apps. But it was the best thing I ever did.

I no longer have the bleed issues I once had and for those of you that publish comics, you will know the exact pain and annoyance I am talking about. I tried with everything to alleviate it but nothing worked. I tried OpenOffice, Word, Photoshop and even GIMP but nothing was going right. I still had major issues with the bleed being to thick, to short or my art getting cut off in the spine or off the page edges.

The main problems I was having was when it came to resizing. As a comic artist I have to work at 1200dpi for various reasons the main one being quality and screentone range. That’s usually around 8000px by 12000 px or so per page. When I finally started using InDesign my headaches (literally) we far less. Being able to set up the perfect template bleed, drag and drop and not loose image quality was by far the best part for me.

Aligning, numbering, watermarking and exporting became a breeze. These are all the reasons as to why I have come to love it. If it wasn’t so hard to get the perfect bleed for publishing in Photoshop and loosing image quality then I probably wouldn’t have found or needed it but it’s so important that it’s almost critical.

I can’t even begin to describe the hell I went through plus the money in carbon copies. I have such good faith in InDesign that I only buy one carbon copy knowing that it’s going to be perfect anyway. And I recommend it to anyone that is a writer or comic artist or any other desktop publishing career. It’s absolutely worth it and worth learning.

The only downside for me was the inital learning curve. At first it wasn’t too bad since I had learned Adobe Illustrator the prior to using InDesign but it was hard for me (as an artist) to get use to all the new tools and terminology. But it was worth it. It’s a program that keeps paying off. Not only that but since it’s so widely use you can always acquire a job or freelancing work with inDesign.

Overall it’s a great tool. If you have something else that you use that you think is better or just as good please do leave your thoughts in the comments below. I’d love to hear from you and I’m sure others would as well.

 

Happy Blogging!!

Animation Plans


So some of you may know but most may not if you don’t follow me on DeviantART and read my journals but I’ve been hitting it pretty hard with animation. Despite trying hard, the wallet and my PC and laptop can not handle 3D animation. Yes Blender is free, it’s what I use even though I want to be using Max but my RAM and GPU can’t handle it. So recently I opted for 2D frame by frame animation merged with 3D and 2.5D in areas where I can get away with it. But I am back at square one having taken such a long break from it. But I’m not doing to bad. Below is one of my first full colour blinking tests. I am aware of the various errors though. This was more to see if I had enough skill to use cel shade. I’m still on the fence with having shading in my animation. I haven’t fully discovered myself yet with animation.

The second video was my first ever attempt at rain. I know it’s not great but now that I know more about after effects I think if I made the store a 2.5D or 3D scene I could make much better rain. I’m trying to learn how to animate rain with droplets on the ground but I’m having trouble doing it on my own since I’m still very beginner. I have learned an awful lot though. So I’m still pretty happy, just frustrated.

You can check out all of my animations here http://draconianrain.deviantart.com/gallery/44699976 and in my scraps folder you may find a few very early test animations.

So far my main plans are:

  • Learn Adobe After Effects
  • Learn how to animate better in flash
  • Learn other frame by frame animation techniques

My Ronson Rice Cooker


So some of you may know from my twitter but some few weeks have passed now since I bought a Ronson Rice cooker. Before this we had a gifted one. A Kmart Homemaker cheap one. The cheap one was good at first but it had a lot of problems that made it dangerous to use. It would constantly over boil no matter how you did it and often the rice was undercooked. It over boiled over the power cord where it plugged in and I hated it. In fact since it was our first rice cooker we thought well maybe they are all like this so I hit up youtube and saw a Ronson Rice Cooker in action. I had to have one. In the meantime I had to wait. I started washing my rice before I cooked it to remove the starch. This helped a great deal with the over boil in my cheap rice cooker but it would still over boil and spit. I’d have crusty rice water all over my kitchen bench and curtains. It was frustrating.

Then my Fiance gave me $50 for a blender. Of course by that time the blender I wanted was gone and a better one appeared for $70. So I looked up a few stores online for a rice cooker and found a Ronson rice cooker for $40. I think it was either $40 or $45. Either way it was possible to buy it. So I did. I’m extremely happy with it. My old one was hard to clean, this one promised easy clean and it was true. I use a wet sponge. Wipe it out and it’s done. And the feature I adore the most about it is it’s steam water residue catcher. You open the lid, the water trickles down into a detachable compartment. No water on the outside any more. No more danger of water near a power cord. I can have my rice prewashed or unwashed and it never over boils. I love it’s pressure cooker style lid and little steam chimney! The lid is definitely one of my most favourite features. I burned myself many times on the cheap one. Even while using oven gloves and a tea towel, the pot, though in warm mode would still spit because of the liquid on the rim. The Ronson rice cooker has won my heart. It’s safe, it works and it does everything promised. And it keeps my rice warm instead of turning it into a crusty uneatable brick like my old cheap one.

Below are a few photo’s of my Ronson rice cooker. One photo is off the first wash of rice and all the starch that came off it. I read somewhere many people saying wash first but they didn’t know why they were just raised that it was important and then finally I read why from someone and it makes perfect sense. My mother always washed her rice after cooking to remove starch but I personally don’t believe cooking that starch into it and washing off residue last. I’d rather do what I can in the beginning.

This rice cooker is worth buying. I love it and use it nearly every night.

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Animation Goals


During this week I plan also to blog about what I am learning in 2D animation on my own. A lot of what I will do will be tradigital. Paperless frame by frame animation. And yes it will be hard but it will be worth it. I learned enough from youtube, the rest now is just practise and do. I will also share what I learn about certain programs as I go along as well as other animation techniques such as bone animation and cut out. Cut out I kind of hate the most since it confuses me with trying to set up the pegs. The main software that I will be using will be:

  • Toon Boom Studio (Until I get money to upgrade)
  • Flash CC
  • After Effects CC
  • Clip Paint Studio Pro (for backgrounds, parallaxes and texturing.)

Update Soon About Rice Cookers


Next update comes with some photo’s and what I learned about rice cookers and why I hate my cheap one. It’s a hazard to use it. And hopefully I will have my new rice cooker by then and maybe I can review it took while I am at it.

Wow! 4 Years!!


I’ve been a member on WordPress for 4 years now! That’s amazing. I’ve never kept a blog so long. Nor have I enjoyed a blogging website as much as WordPress. Every now and then I wander away and try other blogs but I continue to come back to WordPress. My blog has served me well here. I do everything from Art to 3D and tutorials to rambling about life and cooking. I think it’s official, WordPress is my home.