Hurrah, I'm going to Sweden! I'm going to be couch-surfing at some point between the 24th of August and 3rd of September. Please do note me if you or anyone you know can spare a couch/floor for any of this time, or someone who could show me around. ^^
The TV series Lie To Me is excellent in combination with a book like Gary Faigin's The Artist's Complete Guide to Facial Expressions. The book teaches you how to recognise subtle expressions, and the show helps you practise spotting them and seeing them in different situations (plus teaches you some also).
In other news, my tablet PC is great. The hard drive failed, unfortunately, but I got a new one and I rescued the important stuff.
I've been wondering what the most lazy way of colouring while preserving the lineart cleanly (without the annoying white pixels) with Photoshop is. This is my current theory:
1. Clean up the lineart: Scan it at high-res (200-300dpi), then mess with the brightness/contrast so that the lineart is as black as possible without losing detail, and the paper is white. It depends on your scanner's settings, but putting the contrast up +25 and brightness up +15 is a fine starting point.
2. Make a background layer below the lineart layer.
3. Set the lineart layer to 'multiply'. Use the magic wand on the lineart to select the area you want, then Select-->Expand by a couple pixels (depending on the thickness of your lines. Basically, you don't want the selection to go outside the lines, but anywhere inside is fine).
4. Select the background layer so you're editing that, and use the paintbucket tool to colour it. Assuming I understand Photoshop, it should colour under the lineart and look all pretty.
November. Meanwhile, Apple has released some damn nice MacBook Pros. I don't think I'll buy one until a 17" model is released. And I may even wait until the Mac tablet, should it come into existence.
In preparation for my tablet PC, here's a tag for me to do later (originally found here):
1. Draw yourself in what you're wearing at the moment.
2. You can only use one layer.
I decided to get a Lenovo ThinkPad X61t. It's a convertible, but it has a great screen (bright SXGA+ with wide viewing angles and no colour shift) and it's considerably cheaper than the slate options -- not to mention the specs are better. I should have it in September.
If anyone has suggestions or advice (or is selling one in the UK), please leave me a comment.
So that I don't forget all the art trades and so on that I'm planning to do, I've decided to make a list of them. If I'm missing any, let me know and I'll update the list.
Inspired by [link] , I'm considering doodling a chibi group picture of some of my watchers. If you want to be included, post a comment (and if you have an outfit/persona preference, state that. Otherwise, I'll just draw whatever I find most associative).In Other News
Cheers to ~moglenstar for this new snazzy CSS.