Alchemy’s Outline Mode

Krita should implement this feature. Different mind functions differently, and I find it easier drawing with outline instead of filling the shape automatically. This is a quick demonstration using a mouse. This tool can be very useful in the ideation phrase.

References and Learning from Others

There are two things that Christians are made fully aware of, the first is that: There’s nothing new under the sun:

Ecclesiastes 1:9-10 (KJV) The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun. Is there any thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? it hath been already of old time, which was before us.

Christian artists can never run out of ideas because The Book they study daily is full of historical events. Take the story of Moses for example. God preserved him and sent him into Egypt, and then later used him to deliver the Israelites. Moses is a type, foreshadowing what Christ later would do when God sent his beloved Son into the world to save mankind. This is one event that gets repeated a lot in movies and stories in our modern days. Transformers and Superman are two examples that come to mind. Just one historical event can generate many movies and stories out of it (see this post: https://www.codeberean.com/weblog/?p=139).

Want to create a character concept based on a Script? You have the Bible, full of Scripts. Want to get into the habit of researching actual places, cultures and people for your concepts? Again, the Bible is full of it (look up biblical archaeology for example). Need ideas for a character? Samson, Moses, Elijah, Jezebel, anti-Christ, Ahab etc… Creating fantasy characters and environments? Hell, Heaven, Spirit, Soul, Angels and Demons… it’s all there in the Bible. The subject of the old Masters was either Biblical or based on it, take the Last Supper by Leonardo Da Vinci for example.

When it comes to art’s techniques and methods, there’s really nothing new under the sun as well. When ZBrush and digital Sculpting first came unto the scene, people were exploring and studying it. Now, these techniques and methods are out there. Which brings us to my second point.

Acts 8:26-31 (KJV) And the angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying, Arise, and go toward the south unto the way that goeth down from Jerusalem unto Gaza, which is desert. And he arose and went: and, behold, a man of Ethiopia, an eunuch of great authority under Candace queen of the Ethiopians, who had the charge of all her treasure, and had come to Jerusalem for to worship, Was returning, and sitting in his chariot read Esaias the prophet. Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot. And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest? And he said, How can I, except some man should guide me? And he desired Philip that he would come up and sit with him.

The second thing that Christians are made fully aware of is: We are to learn from and be taught by others. It’s how babies learn and grow, and the same goes for us Artists as well. A lot of painters and sculpters of old learned and copied from each others. Spurgeon once said, “He who is his own guide is guided by a fool.” This is a good principle to live by.

When you look at creation, there is much to learn, and many have. When you look into the lives of other artists, there’s also much to learn, and many have. Whether it’s techniques, methods or ideas, it’s all there for those who will see themselves as “student.”

Do you need 2d skill to be good at 3d?

You might be asking this question if you’re interested in 3d, but are starting out late (age-wise). The short answer is no. You do not need to take life drawing lessons, nor do you have to read tons of books on anatomy or figure drawing! What you need is a good pair of eyes, and this can be trained through “Observational Drawing.” Here are two examples from an artist that I know. If you ask him to draw you a character from imagination, he wouldn’t be able to do it. Line of Action, Contrapposto, Gestalt, Notan etc…? He has no clue. Give him a reference, and he can bring it to life in 3d.

All these were modelled in Wings3D. You’ll see more and learn from him later on once his website is up.

Securing Your OS

The only operating system I feel safe browsing the internet with is macOS + Little Snitch (Firewall). I have used Windows for many years before I made a switch to Mac. And soon I’ll be switching back to Windows 10 to focus more on Blender and Krita to do intensive art works and studies.

Then I hear this: “Major Windows flaw was discovered and reported by the NSA” (2020, Jan 14).

This isn’t the first nor will it be the last. Operating systems are made by human, and human make mistake(s) and overlook certain things. In my opinion, the safest path to take is to have two computers. The working computer should always be offline. This is one of the reasons why I use only Open Source apps (as much as possible) to avoid online activation. This also means that apps that require “subscription” is a big no no for me.

To browse the net (check email, research, gather references, update blog/website etc…), just get a cheap laptop or a used MacBook with Little Snitch, and also to pick the right Browser with the appropriate addons/extensions. One artist told me that he came across one of his workfiles online and was shocked because he never upload it himself nor share it with anyone. How did that happen? The average user aren’t that tech-savvy. Back in the old days, people got the thrill out of making viruses that destroyed people files. Now it’s a lot harder and there isn’t much to gain from that. Welcome Ransomware, backdoors and botnet.

Instead of destroying/wiping out your data (virus), wouldn’t it be better to encrypt it, and ask you to send a large sum of $$$ via bitcoin to have it decrypted it? Or how about keeping a tab on you, watching to see what you have and steal it? Or turning your computer into a botnet to be used to attack other website(s)? This is why it’s crucial that you stay away from wares and cracked apps, and only download apps that you trust and from sources that you trust. Certain sites you visit can attempt to infect your computer, so having a good browser and setting it up right is also important.

Knowing where to look for information can save you the trouble of randomly searching the web, going into unknown sites. More can be said, but am keeping it short for now.

3dBuzz.com : Creating Compelling Character Concepts

I don’t know too much about 3DBuzz, but based on a quick search, Jason Busby, the man operating 3DBuzz.com, died of cancer back in 2017. Out of their kindness, they have released all the contents for free. Someone has made a torrent out of it here: https://archive.org/details/3dbuzz-archive

Since my main focus here in this blog is concept and design, both 2d and 3d, I found a set that is relevant for this blog: Creating Compelling Character Concepts.

Creating Compelling Character Concepts

In this series, professional concept artist and illustrator Tyler Edlin will walk you through the workflow needed to create pro character designs like those used in AAA games and major films. Through the creation of a Fantasy Mage called Kari, Tyler will demonstrate a professional workflow, as well as covering all of the design considerations needed to create concepts from scratch, and why design is so important to artists in these fields. By the end of this course, you’ll be armed with all of the tools you need to design compelling, complex characters that make sense within the world they are created for. Tyler also includes his personal Photoshop brushes, as well as the final .psd file for you to deconstruct and review.

Alchemy on macOS

I finally got around to running al.chemy on macOS. If you’re a Mac user, you need Java SE 6 Runtime. Which can be download at: https://support.apple.com/kb/DL1572 . This might sound strange, but it works: You need to download the Linux (not the Mac) version from the site. Run either “Alchemy” or “AlchemyOpenGL” after you unzipped the tar file.

I haven’t got my workstation setup yet, so in the meantime I’m just using the mouse for simple experiments.

Mouse, using al.chemy.org

There’s a web version with limited features (webchemy.org)

Mouse, using webchemy.org
Mouse, using webchemy.org (blur effect in Affinity)
Finger scribbling before church service starts

The mind is a pattern recognizing machine. As kids, most of us could just look into the sky and form images with the clouds using just our imagination. Alchemy can help with the ideation process. It can be random scribbling or intentional shapes and strokes. Sometimes when you don’t know what to concept, alchemy can step in and help generate ideas. Two people looking at the same random/noise/chaos alchemy can see two totally different things. One alchemy can bring forth many concepts.

Clip Studio Paint and DesignDoll

Lately I have been exploring “Clip Studio Paint” and it seems to be a lot faster than Krita on the Mac that I’m using. 10,000 x 10,000 @ 300dpi, with a rotated Canvas, and there’s no lag or jagged lines like you would experience in Krita. I also like the GUI (Interface) and its built-in 3d model to pose and draw on top.

DesignDoll is a program that is only for posing the mannequin. As of this writing, I have not tried it since I’m on Mac, but I would combine DesignDoll with Krita to get what CSP is providing (posable mannequin) if you prefer to stick with Krita.

But isn’t it cheating to use digital mannequin(s)? That depends on who you ask and what the objective is. This is a topic we can explore and talk more about later on.

CSP seems like a good alternative if you don’t like Krita. As for me, I’m sticking to Krita.

Switching to PC

I’m actually thinking of switching back to PC. A custom-built PC is a lot more powerful and costs a little less when compared to a Mac. I want to focus more on Sculpting and Drawing, and macOS is giving me a lot of headaches. For research and biblical studies, macOS serves me well, but not when it comes to 3D. There are a lot of cool apps that are only available on Windows, like DesignDoll for example, or Black Ink.

I’ll blog more and share a lot of things once I have everything setup.

Draw.io

I needed a program to make diagrams, but OmniGraffle is overkill (price). Came across a free alternative that has just what I need. Check it out if you haven’t heard of it. Web-based, but you can download desktop version and run it offline.

https://about.draw.io