My most-listened-to music on my Google Play account. I’ve very clearly been listening to some very particular albums a LOT lately, starting on some particular songs.
I wouldn’t say this list is wholly accurate, though. I don’t think this list records plays from songs that are saved on my phone that I play when I have no signal (underground on the subway for example.) I’ve also only had my Google Play account for roughly a year, now. You might notice a particular lack of Boards Canada on here for these very reasons.
Ford & Lopatin is one of the most recent discoveries I’ve had. As you can see, I very very very much like them and am DESPERATE for a new album from them. Like just about anything on this list, you should be able to find them on youtube.
Either way, check some of these bands / songs out if you’ve never listened to them. Just thought I’d share.
Edit: Oh, and that one lone Modest Mouse track, “Fire It Up” what’s that doing there you might be thinking? (Well aside from We Were Dead being my favorite Modest Mouse album,) that track is actually one of the BEST songs I’ve ever encountered for testing the quality of speakers and headphones. The track has a good overall tonal range that really puts speakers to the test for things like clarity and distortion, I find. (The guitar solo half-way through causes some headphones to completely fall apart, I’ve found, or render it as mush.) For some reason this track became one of my gold test standards. Test it out with your speakers and headphones and see how differently it sounds from set to set :)
Hey there, no worries! It’s $25 ($20 with coupon code) for the WHOLE thing plus access to the classroom community / projects feedback system. There are 6 lessons in the class which are divided into several videos covering more specific topics. You’ll see what those are at the class opening date in January, but they are outlined in the class description.
My class: “Creating Illustrations with Dimension” IS READY!
I listened to some of your input, and my SkillShare class “Creating Illustrations with Dimension” is posted and ready for early enrollments! I’m still working on the classes video content right now, and it’s slated for a mid-January release.
This class is going to be more than just a regular tutorial on perspective. Aside from going over everything you’d need to know about perspective, It’s also going to have quite a few recorded demonstrations of drawing scenes and commentary about best practices and considerations in different situations. I’m making the videos as high quality as I can, complete even with well designed animated explanations! I’ve also grown quite a bit as an artist over the last 5 years since I wrote that brief tutorial in my DA gallery. There’s a lot I couldn’t include to begin with due to size limitations, and I have so much more to say now! These video lessons will be a fantastic way for me to share as much knowledge as I can on the subject.
Get to the class by clicking on the cover image above or by clicking here: http://skl.sh/18nySQD
EXCLUSIVE TO MY FOLLOWERS: Until the class goes live, you can enroll for $5 off if you use the coupon code: 3DMY2D when you enroll! Have at it! [Share this around, there’s 1000 coupons available and the offer expires 1/17/2014!]
For those who aren’t acquainted with SkillShare, you can think of it as a bit like other skill-building sites like Lynda or DigitalTutors except you buy individual classes instead of paying an ongoing subscription fee. It’s also unique in that the students of the class are assigned a project to work on and complete and submit it to the class for teacher (me) and peer review / commentary / critique! The more people who enroll in the class, the more robust the classroom will be. (However unlike what SkillShare writes in its FAQ about teachers not needing to participate, I will provide whatever helpful commentary I can to those who enroll and submit their project.) Your project can be updated rather “Behance style,” and I encouraged you to show WIP shots along the way so we can see your process.
I really hope that you guys will be enjoying what I make here. I don’t believe 150-200 page books are a good place to learn perspective (it’s frankly incredibly boring to read about so so dryly,) and I don’t think you need to go to an art school either. So I feel this is a good solution that would be worth your time and investment! If you like my work, like my informative teaching style, and would like to not only learn and engage in some new stuff but also support me and what I do, sign up and let’s make some cool illustrations! YEYEAH!
If you have any questions, please feel free to ask or email me at email@example.com!
Edit: By the way, a “Kickstarter” style “What’s this all about?” video will be posted on the the page soon! Maybe in a week or so. GET READY, HERE COMES MY FACE.
There will also be project incentives once the class goes live! Best submitted project(s) will some free prints of my work, video chat about your work, (or even an in-person meeting if you’re local for the same review!) Can’t wait to see what you guys will create next month.
The original painting I did back in 2009, I only spent 1-2 hours on.
Some 4 years later, I was thinking how would it look as a fully finished multi-hour landmark piece?
Guess we’ll all be finding out real soon :D
You might say that finishing it will detract from some of the charm of the original. But seeing as how I’ve never revisited an old artwork before, I guess I’d never truly know unless I try?
As with the last photo collection, here’s another look into the color correction process I do to my images. The left column (or first photo of each pair) is the original photo untouched as it was taken from my camera. The right column (or second photo) is the finalized edit done with Adobe Camera Raw / LightRoom.
I answered a question on DA regarding some details on the color correction I perform:
"These are all RAW photos, meaning I can pull an insane amount more detail out of every facet of them than traditional JPEG’s. I shift around all sliders of these photos to somewhat extremes. One of the biggest tricks is that every one of these photos has their contrast slider turned all the way down to the lowest (or near the lowest.) This increases dynamic range and makes higher contrast elements such as the sky and the ground closer together. Increasing the blue-channel saturation makes the sky more vivid and deeper, as opposed to lighter / overexposed. Next, I separate the Red, Blue, and Green channels in hue to make all of the colors in the photo very differentiated. Colors get pushed to further primaries (all elements in the photos become more starkly red, green, or blue.) And lastly, to re-introduce a bit of harmony, I warm the scene up in temperature and make the tint a tad magenta."
For details about why I do what I do to my photography, refer to this prior explanation.
@ndgo: Reality does have this much life and character! The problem is that cameras capture this reality at a very flat face-value representation. Through color correction, I try to bring the life that I experienced there in person back into the photos. I’m not making the photos look better than real life, I’m just trying to make them look LIKE it (or how I see it, anyway.)
October Photography, MIT/Kendall area of Cambridge, MA.
First 8 Shots: Sony Alpha A77 + 16-50mm 2.8
Last 2 Shots: Nikon D600 + Nikon 50mm 1.2
All shots: RAW, Post Processed in LightRoom
Last shot is my good friend Derek Scearce
If you’re getting jagged/aliased lines with your hard-edged brushes even while drawing at 100%, here’s your problem. Downgrade your Wacom driver to a previous version. 6.3.7-5 seemed to have no high resolution tracking support in Photoshop, despite whatever prior attempts to force it to work.
Your lines should always be properly anti-aliased while at 100% zoom as seen in Driver 6.3.6-3’s example. These lines were drawn very slowly to make sure the tracking was working correctly.
Test this yourself with your tablet to see if your drivers are working correctly!
Please, please, please do this artist a favor and check out his work. I’ve been listening to his music for a few weeks now and have been blown away by its tranquil beauty. Just listen to this track and try to tell me you’re not moved by it. Give him your support, he deserves much more attention then he’s getting right now.
It is staggeringly criminal to me that these do not have more views. Enjoy, and share!
New album by CFCF — a group I discovered earlier this year that I’ve become somewhat obsessed with — called “Outside.” It does NOT disappoint.
This is the first song on the album. Watch this music video, full screen it, turn out the lights, and just LOSE YOURSELF TO THE SIGHT AND SOUND.
The most awesome part about this video? NONE of it is CG. Welcome to practical effects, folks.
No specific date.
Synthesis is currently in its script writing phase, and things are going very very well. This is unlike prior false-starts where I had nothing to go on. This time, I have the entire story figured out. I’m just writing it out now as we speak so I can eventually start drawing.
I’m not sure when it will go live in 2014 as of this moment. But keep a watch on my tubmlr (or even my currently unused twitter) as I will be making posts there relating to its progress and more accurate estimations as to its launch.