Upcoming Post Animating on iPad

Soon I will make a somewhat short then followed up by a longer post of my adventures in animation using an iPad and various apps. Just a heads up, I don’t quite have a whole lot of positive things to say about Animation Desk but I will share my indepth reasons and comparisons why.

Currently, I can’t write to much about it without image examples which I am working on. I must admit though I am impressed with what I have discovered so far. It’s definitely fun but if you were patient and skilled enough, there’s an awful lot of choices out there to make ok to great animation. Depending on how much effort you’re willing to put into it of course.


Blogger & WordPress

Some of you already know that I have a blogger blog. After I finally earn enough to make the Adsense threshold I will be upgrading this blog. So in the meantime for updated art related posts please visit my blog on Blogspot aka Blogger.\


After the changes have been made, a lot of the posts on Blogger will be similar to the blogs here but I will keep blogger strictly art related. Posts on here though will start to include more reviews and rambles about various software’s I am playing around with.

DeviantArt is very much dead and there’s no such thing as feedback anymore so I have more or less stopped posting art entirely in favour of livestreaming. Considering this, I am also working on a way to livestream more efficiently on YouTube. Which is harder than it sounds since I seem to have a major issue with YT’s servers more than my internet connection itself.

I will either update this post some more or create a new one with my plans for this blog. I also have another WordPress blog and if you are following it, I am sad to say that I will be deleting it or renaming it. I want a place other than tumblr to post some fan art related works or fanfiction.

OpenToonz Animation Timelapse

OpenToonz Animation Timelapse from Draconian Rain on Vimeo.

I made this in hopes of showing others that you don’t need to be in a studio or use fancy software to make animation with cool looking effects. It’s 4hrs sped up to 26 minutes.

It’s a shame that so many people strongly believe that you need After Effects to create anything halfway decent. It’s simply not true. All you need is passion, determination, motivation and a willingness to not only learn but be prepared to do problem solving. After you learn OpenToonz, your only real roadblock is yourself.

Keep trying guys. Just keep at it and please always use freeware to learn animation first because so many people after they realise there is not “do it for me” option and find out that you have to do everything yourself, these people give up while others come to find that despite the results they absolutely hate the process and also give up.

Don’t waste your precious money on paid software until you are certain that animation is for you and who knows, perhaps you will never leave freeware and opensource because of the many benefits, including an active and friendly community.


Nikon B500 Macro

I decided to use the Macro feature on my new camera and I must say, I am impressed! I have never used macros before. In all honesty, when it came to cameras I had no idea what they did or what they were for and trying to read the manual about them made very little sense to me at the time.

Over the years as a digital artist however, I have become a lot more proficient in the terminology and how to find better information to explain things more clearly. From what I read in the manual for this camera, it was much clearer than ones I have read in the past about what macro is used for. This is the best setting for closeup photography. I tried the zoom with it out of curiosity and the focus went strange so it’s not a good idea to use zoom.

The detail however was very impressive. I only edited the colours slightly to change the overall mood of the photos.

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I am thoroughly impressed. The Nikon B500 is a bridge camera and I wasn’t expecting the pictures to be this crisp. I love it. The more features I discover, the more I fall in love with it!

Landscape Photography

It’s been years since I’ve done any landscape photography. In the past I never edited my images other than adjusting the rotation. I used to wait for the right time of day, take a bunch of snaps and upload the best. However with the increase in photo editing and it’s colour correction capabilities I have started taking more photos. Even more so with a newer camera.

I am not a photographer. I am however a painter and every so often I like to take photo’s of things I might or definitely want to paint later. Sometimes I take a photo that looks great on the camera screen but once I get the files, everything is either hazey or dull. So today I have finally given in and used Lightroom to do some edits. I usually use Photoshop but like I said, I rarely need to make adjustments. Here’s what I’ve done so far.

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The first is the original the other two are two edits. I stopped here because I don’t know enough about Lightroom to make further edits and I don’t feel like going to crazy in Photoshop but it was interesting and there certainly are a lot of interesting tools to use.

New Camera

I recently bought through AfterPay a Nikon Coolpix B500 and I love it! I am not photographer, but I do like to have my pictures with the least amount of weird blurring as possible. I love it.

Yesterday we went out to visit some family and I took a few snaps of the land around us in the very late evening. It was about 6pm. In Summer here, the sun sets very late.

It’s a good beginner camera if you want to get into photography and it’s a great camera for ordinary use. But if you want to do complicated things, then I suggest either saving up or brushing up on your Photoshop skills.

Gardening Update

I plan to clean up this blog soon but before I do I thought I would share a gardening update. My garden is currently in a shocking state but for Christmas last year I recieved multiple fruit trees and it’s inspired me to get back into creating a fresh and positive yard.

I recieved 2 mandarin trees a mango tree, kaffir lime tree and 2 apple trees. They’re all beautiful especially the red fleshed apple tree. That one I am the most interested in seeing fruit.

Fortunately most of them are suitable to stay in pots until I am ready to plant them in the ground. Which I may or may not do since the soil in my yard is not the best and there is an awful lot of clay.

I am very excited about it. As you can see, some parts of the yard are a bit out of control but the weather has been unbearably hot lately. I keep talking my husband out of mowing because it’s not worth the heatstroke. Next cool afternoon though we will clean it up and figure out where to put these beautiful trees.

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