“Gate-A4” - Maia TomiokaJiro style!
Background painted in Photoshop, Maia drawn in SAI.
Notes about background: The grand majority of the scene (including the wear on the foundation concrete to the building,) was painted with the “Broad Tip 2” brush in my brush set, (row 4, brush 6,) and contains no sampled textures. The speckles came from spray/spatter brushes I have. The rest was a standard round opacity brush.
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Hey, new video about digital painting in Photoshop by my good friend Tyler!
AND I CREATED HIS NEW INTRO LOGO and “BST” SEQUENCES!!! :D
I think the 13HD and the 21UX/22HD are both just as usable as each other. There are times when I use my old old 12WX and feel more comfortable with it compared to my 21UX. Sometimes the smaller screen feels more like a regular sized piece of paper, it’s easy to get a handle of the tablet like a sketchbook. Also the pixel density on both the 12WX and 13HD are much higher compared to the 21/22 inch models, so for line art and things, it just looks delicious.
Even though the color on the 12WX sucks. 13HD is much nicer in that area, though. I’ll be writing / videoing my take and experience on my 13HD soon!!
Thanks! It’s based off of a free theme you can get. All themes for blogs I run are based off of existing ones. But I don’t like default appearances, so I look at the HTML code and break it ‘till I like it.
I basically use an existing theme to get all the functions and CSS styles figured out for me. Then tweak it beyond prior recognition. Saves a lot of time!
Hey everyone! Thanks for all your interest for the print sale I’ve been having! Just letting you know that the first wave of orders are shipping out today, with more to follow going out on Monday.
I just don’t even know what…
The internet is a wonderful place.
I’ve been on an Evangelion binge all week what with the recent release of 3.33 on disc.
Whenever I use Win98 now, I’ll imagine myself as a NERV bridge bunny.
“Commander! Explorer.exe isn’t responding, we’ve lost communication with the OS! Should we try to restore contact?!”
“No! There’s not enough time, sever connections — force terminate all connections! The operating system’s health is our top priority!”
Just played through the beta demo of this very interesting (and difficult under pressure) game. About border control and immigration checkpoints.
Get it and try it for free here, http://www.dukope.com/#ppl
It gets harder than you think as the days go on, and more strict regulations get applied. The message behind the game is very strong, “Look at what’s put in place that affects everyone, based solely on the actions of only a few.”
You’re pressured to process as many people as you can in a work day, to earn money to pay for your rent, keep your family warm during the crushing winter, and just barely manage to feed them. You’re forced to sometimes make moral decisions if some people don’t have the proper criteria for entry: do you believe their story and let them in in exchange for a penalty fee on your part? Or do you keep your own family safe in following the rules as they’re written and earning your pay?
Okay! So I’m trying to save up for the new Cintiq 13HD so I can do work away from my desk, but I’m something like $200 short. I’m trying to bridge the gap before I do some travelling this summer so I can stay productive on-the-go!
I’m getting really tired reading all these opinions from people all around the country trying to tell us in Boston that we were violated by the police and military in what was a temporary experimentation in creating a police state. Whether to support their asinine existing political agendas or whatever, I don’t know, but I need to get some stuff off my chest.
As someone who spent 100% of his time in the city from the moment the bombing occurred to the time the suspects were caught, here’s what I observed pertaining to most of the convictions I hear time and time again from people who weren’t even there:
“The city lockdown was a violation of individual liberty and freedoms. The vast police presence was designed as a show of force to instill fear and control the public.”
I’m diving head-first into the most BS statement. This has got to be the one. First, and I’m serious here, the lockdown didn’t even last one full day. It took place from early morning Friday the 19th to about 5 or 6 PM that evening: in total, about one work day. The only place that was closed up until friday was Copley Square and the Copley subway station, understandable as it was a crime scene. The city ran normally — shaken, yes — but normally for that entire week, even though we knew that there were two or more people still out there responsible for the attack.
The actual lockdown on Friday wasn’t anywhere near as extreme as it may have seemed in the media. Don’t be fooled by photos showing “Boston as a ghost town.” As a photographer, why would you display the photos showing otherwise? That’s just boring. Wait for just the right moment and indeed it looked like a ghost town. The lockdown was only a police advisory for your own safety. Kind of like a severe weather advisory. (Hey the MBTA gets shut down for those, too!) You could go outside, sure, but you were warned. There were not police and military personnel outside of everyone’s homes and apartment buildings forcing them to stay inside. If you went outside, police didn’t force you back in. I live on Commonwealth Avenue in Allston about 1 mile away from where all the action was happening in Watertown. There were cars driving down the street, much fewer than normal yes, but people were still going places. I commonly saw people walking down the sidewalks on both sides of the street. I even saw kids playing with a sprinkler outside the building across from mine. They didn’t look violated of their liberties to me, and we weren’t that far from the epicenter.
Most of us stayed indoors because, well, why wouldn’t you? Who wasn’t glued to news channels or websites, watching the events unfold as they were happening that day? — You know, NOT hiding under our bedsheets crying for the boogieman to go away. Me? The weather was meh, why go out? Stay in, clean up a little, draw in photoshop, watch the news… It was a more or less average day off from work.
Above: What my neighborhood looked like during the lockdown. Few cars… no people… no trains… Actually this photo was taken on a completely different day like a month or so before the bombings even happened, but if I told you it was taken during the lockdown, it adds a cool oppressive vibe to it that gets you all riled up!
Yeah, businesses were closed. That sucked for a lot of people who lost a days wages, (including me,) but ask anyone here whether it really affected them, and I’m sure much more than not you’ll get the response “well they got the guys didn’t they?” The positive effect of knowing the suspects had been caught was healthier for the city the next day (and every day after) than anything else.
Remember that Boston is an EXCEEDINGLY small city. Even its metropolitan area is small. It’s maybe 5 or 6 miles square. You can walk across the entire metro area in just under two hours or so. It’s entirely possible that downtown businesses could have remained open with no ill effect on the operations occurring between Cambridge and Watertown. But as this has never happened before in the history of Boston, the decision was to take no chances that day, minimize possibilities for additional loss of life. The suspects, after all, were still capable of an attack, and since everything is so close to each other here, it’s not impossible that it could happen anywhere. For all the police knew, the initial track down of the suspects could have turned into a dangerous chase through the middle of the city. Again,why chance it?
And yeah, people celebrated with the police directly after Suspect #2 was caught. Ever see police officers high-five civilians? I did. It was awesome.
The nutjobs are blowing it way out of proportion. “The public cooperated with the police because they had no choice. When fully automatic battle rifle-equipped soldiers force you to cooperate, that’s your only choice” Give me a fucking break. The only people who can speak about that happening are a very select few in the small area of Watertown where the manhunt happened. And even then, I doubt those people were treated with malicious intent. But, I can’t speak for them. And neither can you.
“The people of Boston gave into the terrorists with fear. They stayed in their homes, cowering.”
I’ve heard countless non-Boston dwellers claim that the city was cowering in fear, that we hid in our homes for a whole week and succumbed to the shock of the events. You know what DIDN’T happen in Boston that week? Exactly what I just described. The three days after the bombings, I went out for some walks, got a gyro from a food truck near Kenmore and ate it in the BU school of music while listening to students practice. I went to the park with my girlfriend and pet bunny to enjoy the nice weather and get some exercise. There were people out and about doing their daily things. They went to work. Went out to eat. Went to the gym. Went to class. Rode their bikes. Sure, not in or around Copley, but that’s only one small-ish section of the city. I’d hardly call that “everyone cowering in fear in their homes.”
“They shouldn’t have killed Suspect #1. Whatever happened to ‘innocent until proven guilty?’”
In an ideal world, no they shouldn’t have — and I really don’t think the plan WAS to kill him. Plus, I mean seriously, if you are visibly and actively firing upon police (even gunning one down) who have surrounded your house, I think it’s safe to say — regardless of whether or not you’re a suspect of a bombing — you’re a threat that probably has to be dealt with immediately. Reports also state the brother was incapacitated by police, but was actually killed by his younger brother when he frantically ran him over with the get-away vehicle.
I would’ve liked to have seen the guy caught and questioned. But it didn’t turn out that way.
“If the US overreacted this badly to a 19-year-old-honors-student gone bad, that’s sending the wrong messages to terrorists everywhere to have a go at us.”
It’s hard for me to comment on this one. I have bias of living in the city where this happened, so of course I wanted a quick resolve so life could go on normally again. I honestly thought months would go by without any leads — nevermind closure — surfacing from the attacks. Four days after the attacks, the guys are identified and caught on the fifth day? I dunno, it may have been an overreaction with thousands of forces at the cities disposal, but damn were we pumped to get it over with THAT fast.
The reaction for shutting down parts of the city and services and such may send out the wrong signal, sure. So might dispatching shitloads of police and military. Makes you think a terrorist would jump on that recognition to go bigger and badder. But the manhunt side of it is present, too. Unless one commits the crime without fear of getting caught, okay, nothing will stop you, might as well commit suicide in the means of the attack. But for many others, the fear of the resulting manhunt is deterrence. Your photo plastered all over the internet and the news. Thousands of cops and the FBI looking for you. It WOULD be only a matter of time before you’re caught.
Boston may have gone a bit too far. I also think if it didn’t, there would be people slamming it for not going far enough.
Also, for the record, stop referring to him as a 19-year-old-honor-student. He’s not a kid. He’s old enough to know full well what he was going to do, the effects of what he was going to do, and the consequences of his actions. Describing such a person to belittle his actions and the city affected by his actions is despicable.
“The bombings were small. No, like, really small. Only a few dead and under 200 injured. All this for just that? I’d like to remind you of 9/11. That’s true terrorism. Is this going to be a thing for regular crimes now?”
It’s easy to say that when it didn’t happen in your city. I can say, absolutely, that the events of 9/11 are still more impactful and chilling to most anyone in Boston than the events of the marathon (who were not directly affected or nearby the bombings, that is). But this isn’t a contest. As I’ve said, Boston is a really small place. Shit like this just doesn’t happen every day here.
There are over 100 known definitions and qualifiers for “terrorism.” The Tsarnaev brothers were criminal radicals in reality, (and not very good ones at that,) who committed an act of senseless violence on completely innocent people. The same kind of people who might commit a school shooting, but with the knowhow to create and implement explosives. School shootings and bombings are a kind of terrorism because they emotionally charge the public with all sorts of topics from gun control to… well, this very rant. Convenience stores and banks get held up all the time, but you tend not to hear them become the focus of debate for days and weeks onward after it happens. That’s sort of the dividing line for me.
The term terrorism carries, these days, images of 9/11 and controversial destruction on a large scale. But really, just as a Weapon of Mass Destruction doesn’t have to be a nuclear device, a terrorist attack doesn’t have to kill thousands of people to clear the threshold.
In the days after the Boston bombings and even after the suspects were caught, crime did continue as normal in Boston. There were still shootings in Dorchester. Fights and stabbings between local rivals. They weren’t met with brute military force and city lockdowns to deal with them. It was regular police duty for those incidents. And will continue to be.
It wasn’t a police state. It isn’t a police state.
Alright. I’m done, had enough of this. Obviously these are mostly just my opinions and observations. I’m not speaking for the whole of Boston. But I seriously think I’m not far off from the general consensus here.
Thanks for reading all of this if you did, it means a lot to us.
Back in 2010, this was an infographic of sorts explaining how things a lot of things were for consumer electronics and technology back in 2000. A lot changed in just 10 years, and I wanted to do sections touching on many different areas, including cameras, gadgets, home theatre, storage media, web design, etc etc etc. These were the only three I got done until I got bored and went on to do other things,
Still though, back in 2000 the average camera photo resolution was like 1600x1200 at the very highest. It cost like $120 for a 64MB memory card, and they were the size of credit cards. Some cameras even used floppy disks for storage. Back in 2000 the iPod wasn’t even out yet — not ‘till 2001, and it still cost like $500 for 4GB, man. Stuff like this.
Anyway yeah, whatever, enjoy this old piece of abandoned graphic design from me.