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The Tavern / Re: Five years ago~
« on: February 03, 2015, 09:21:30 AM »
Five years ago today I was two months away from being unemployed. The company I worked for after I moved to Seattle was going to move down to the tri-cities region. My boss was grateful for my work and offered to help me move there if I wanted to continue with the company, but I didn't want to live there. That place is a small desert island of suburbia hell surrounded by a hundred miles of nothing in all directions.

Being at that company and doing monotonous (but fufilling) work running custom cutting machinery and doing short run print processing taught me a lot. The lack of intellectual engagement during the day gave way to a LOT of imagination and spawned the first Novel I've ever completed, 'Lanik's Journey'. And my most prolific period on DeviantArt since college.

But In February of 2009, All that was about to end. I thought that having a lot of free time on my hands and the financial security net of unemployment while looking for a job would make me extra productive, but instead it was one of the least productive most negative periods of my life. Since then I've been learning little by little how my own mind works, and how to work with and against my own creative impulses. I never feel like I've improved, but when I look back at art from college and from this period back at my first job, I see aspects of my art I wish I could get back (like some of my effortlessly pristine pen work) and a lot of ways I've improved (people look less creepy and stiff, and everything I draw looks more dynamic and delicate).

I'm glad I was working where I was, but man, I wish it didn't take me another four years after that to come back up to the wage I was making right out of college (stupid recession).  Also, I kinda miss working with machinery every day. You have to understand, I don't do a 'creative' job even now. I went to school for graphic design, but I've never been exceptional at it, and I've never found the right niche to launch my illustration work. But I'm a DAMN good pre-press and troubleshooter. I started with the cutting machinery, and moved to small printer, and then grand format printers. Now I'm stuck in an 'art' room all day prepping other people's art to print correctly. fixing colors, registration, ganging prints. You name it.

Oh, and I'm glad I haven't had to be unemployed in the past four years. Financial security does a lot to improve mental health >_>;;

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The Tinkerer's Workshop / Re: Self-promotion, growing readership, etc
« on: November 27, 2013, 07:34:59 AM »


Start by sharing a table with someone. Someone who can show you the ropes in convention land. And help you front the sometimes outrageous costs of setting up a table. :p anyone you know going to a convention near you that you could hang with?

I don't know anybody who lives near HERE, but I can ask some of my friends who travel if they are interested, I guess!

You should look up the Artists Alley International group on Facebook. They have extensive con lists, con reviews, and lists to match people up for hotel rooms and table sharing at conventions across the country for comic and anime/manga/japanese culture cons. :)

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The Great Library / Re: Royalty Free Music
« on: November 07, 2013, 03:02:47 PM »
I've heard of a variety of royalty-free music archives over the years. Here's one I found pretty quick on google:

http://www.freeplaymusic.com/

http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/

https://creativecommons.org/legalmusicforvideos

For my first Indiegogo I went with the white noise speak-into-the-camera route. Next time, I want to make more of an effort to prod a few video editing friends into helping me make more of a music-slideshow video ^^

Good luck on your upcoming campaign, Neeka!

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The Artist's Studio / Re: Time consumption
« on: October 10, 2013, 12:13:41 PM »
My pages for Aspect would take around 4-6 hours to complete, depending on the complexity on a given page. Skyborne takes somewhere like 6-10 hours a piece to finish, though some have taken 12-15 to finish (the long end was a 2-page spread, to be fair..)

I find that I speed up a lot when I have a chance to sit down for a longer time, OR, if I'm working in small set time periods. I try to work on my lunch breaks at work, and I find I'm very efficient during that 50 minutes I get. Probably because I focus more when I know I have to "pack everything up" at a given time. Like I'm mentally racing myself.

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The Artist's Studio / Re: Mischief vector based painting tool
« on: October 09, 2013, 08:29:14 AM »
It does look interesting, and I agree that there isn't much showing the actual brush strokes happening, just lots of 'look at this pretty artwork!'

Might try the 15 day trial myself.

On a different note, am I the only one wondering if that's Loish's artwork they're showcasing?

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Had a look around, don't have the vector version anymore, sorry. I might be able to find the original line drawing Alien made somewhere if somebody wants that.

Either way, everybody is free to change the logo as they see fit or to come up with a better one. I'm not a graphics guy, I'm a programmer :P

Sorry if I sounded offensive. :( I'm a prepress artist by trade, so I'm always looking to make things as clean and reproducible as possible (I'm suddenly hearing a hur-hur and a 'that's what she said' in my own head).

I just wanted to know if the logo was sacred, or if we could offer new versions *shrugs*

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The Town Hall / Re: Plans
« on: October 02, 2013, 06:22:20 AM »
I love the idea of biweekly or monthly hangouts! :D It'd be super cool if we had a way to get the members all together again (last time it happened was during anthology planning, IIRC).

Ditto to this. I love Google Hangouts :D

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The Town Hall / Re: Plans
« on: October 02, 2013, 06:13:33 AM »
"I want to deepen the community beyond what we have already to a place where people can find inspiration and dreams"

Woah, Mith. That's one hell of goal >_> good luck. *thumbs up*

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@Mith

I don't have any specific ideas for the banner right now, but I keep wanting to adjust and clean up your logo. Would that be okay to do, as part of submitting a new banner?

Specifically, I don't know if you have a vector version of the logo, but a vector version would help greatly if we end up stamping the anthology book with the FCP logo somewhere to show what community the book was developed by.

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The Tinkerer's Workshop / Re: Going beyond the frame
« on: September 25, 2013, 09:28:05 AM »
woah, creepy effect. Nice! :D

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The Town Hall / Re: Any changes wanted?
« on: September 25, 2013, 09:23:02 AM »
update the banner :)

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The Tavern / Re: Hosting an Art Jam
« on: September 13, 2013, 10:37:32 AM »
I go to a weekly sketch group now. When you put that many artists together, you either need something really rigid, like the anthology, or have to allow it to be pretty loose.

You can have a theme, or sketch 'games' or 'excersizes' but aside form that, just being sure there's seating and space for everyone, and way to get food and drinks, even if they have to be brought alone.

Another thing to consider: Be sure the host (whether that's someone's home, or a business) is alright with the gathering. I actually saw an email about a coffee house not-so-politely asking a section of my local group not to come back, because they weren't given notice of twenty-thirty people gathering, and people were leaving without paying, OFTEN. It's a worst-case scenario, but good to consider.

The comics joint we are going to is a "Coffee and Comics" place, and they've hosted a few of these before (nothing that I've been personally apart of, but still). I sent them an email but didn't get a response. I'm sending my husband down there next week to make final plans with them.

I was thinking about 4 hours long... is that too long?

4 hours is a good length of time. Ours runs from 1pm-4pm, but people come early or stay a little later.

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The Tavern / Re: Hosting an Art Jam
« on: September 13, 2013, 10:23:37 AM »
I go to a weekly sketch group now. When you put that many artists together, you either need something really rigid, like the anthology, or have to allow it to be pretty loose.

You can have a theme, or sketch 'games' or 'excersizes' but aside form that, just being sure there's seating and space for everyone, and way to get food and drinks, even if they have to be brought alone.

Another thing to consider: Be sure the host (whether that's someone's home, or a business) is alright with the gathering. I actually saw an email about a coffee house not-so-politely asking a section of my local group not to come back, because they weren't given notice of twenty-thirty people gathering, and people were leaving without paying, OFTEN. It's a worst-case scenario, but good to consider.

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The Tavern / Re: Photoshop CC $9.99/month limited time offer
« on: September 11, 2013, 06:23:16 AM »
So far, I'm vastly underwhelmed by the performance on the CC services. They actually TOOK OUT functionality I liked in CS6 in Photoshop (Mainly the ability to adjust image sizes by pixel size versus print size) and they did the toolbox shuffle AGAIN, forcing me to find options in new places, with new icons.

PROS: Photoshop seems to open large and complicated files noticeably faster (15 seconds compared with 60 seconds on my usual comic pages)

PROS: Illustrator's alignment tool (specifically the key-object functions) seem to work a little more naturally.

CONS: Photoshop had this option to auto-import all my old brushes, preferences, tool layouts, etc. Worked great, except it didn't import my keyboard shortcuts for some reason. Illustrator, however, didn't have this option at ALL. I'm still trying to adjust everything to where my old workspace was setup...

CONS: Illustrator, Like Photoshop, has little spots every ow and then where they've made inexplicable toolbox changes, like on the text window...

On a final note. I DIDN'T BUY this edition. My whole workplace upgraded (I do prepress for large format prints for a living. We tend to upgrade early on, because we will invariably get SOME designer who sends us a brand new file format, refusing to or unable to back-convert)

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The Tavern / Re: Good read about Amateur vs. Professional Artists.
« on: September 06, 2013, 05:53:51 PM »
If some of us swim and others fly, that's just how it is; it doesn't make the destination different.

*writes this down in her journal of awesome phrases, somewhere*

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