Flashpoint AU, where Quinn is a sniper


hey um excuse me im sorry for bothering you but if we gave credit could we use one of your drawings as a sidebar picture? (note: credit would be given and a link to your blog would be provided) sorry for bothering you! ;w;'
Anonymous


Oh it’s no bother! I’m glad you asked me first!


PRINTING 101 FOR ARTISTS MAKING PRINTS

vythefirst:

ON BEHALF OF MY FRIEND I’M GETTING REALLY ANGRY THAT MISINFORMATION IS BEING SPREAD ABOUT PRINTING AND IT’S RUINING HER PRINTS AND FILES AND DKSJFKLSDJFKS

OK HERE’S THE RUNDOWN

1. SAVE YOUR FILES AS PNG OR PDF.

Do NOT use JPEG FOR THE LIFE OF YOU DON’T DO IT because every time you transfer or resave the files (eg. try uploading it on your printing website) you LOSE DATA. It is a LOSSY FILE FORMAT and every time you resave it pixelates and distorts and blurs your image so please for the love of god don’t use jpeg. I want to list alternate uses but….i really dislike jpeg in general so just don’t use it, it’s awful and it will ruin your images.

PNG and PDF are more reliable because they are not lossy files. They will retain every pixel you drew in that drawing.

Unfortunately, png sometimes doesn’t look good on tumblr and other art websites because the website will resize the image while the image is trying to retain all of the information (which causes it to look too “”“sharp”“” in a way that you can see individual and sometimes “random” pixels in the image. This is a common complaint but for printing it doesn’t matter because you want the best quality picture you can get on the paper. How it looks on paper will be very different from what it looks on the screen. If you’re really worried about that pixel look then I guess you can use jpeg for online but don’t ever use jpeg for printing).

Personally I like using PDF. Even though the file size is bigger, I feel like it’s more universal and printing companies can handle it easily versus image files like PNG. Just my opinion.

2. CONVERT YOUR FILES TO CYMK (if it’s in RBG)

I’ve tried working in CYMK and it’s a pain in the ass, because the colors are completely off from what you want to see on your screen. What I recommend is to work in RBG (Red Blue Green, for the LED lights in your computer screen. Basically it’s calibrated to look good on tv and computer screens, and things that are made of lights behind a glass in general). This will produce the best color combination that you are able to work with without any limitations.

Once you have finished your image in RBG, save a version, and then save a separate version as CYMK (Cyan Yellow Magenta BlacK, ink, calibrated to be read by printers). Make sure to flatten your image before converting so that the colorscheme doesn’t go wack when it changes file type.

It should look mostly like the picture you started with, though you might notice that some saturated blues and violets are looking greyish. That’s normal! Purple and dark blue don’t print well because it takes a sufficient amount of cyan, yellow AND magenta to produce those colors, and it tends to spread out to a greyish color because of the combination. I wouldn’t say avoid those colors altogether, but please be aware that this will happen if you use a sufficient amount of saturated blues and purples. With that being said, if you want a bright blue, instead of using ultramarine blue or some indigo color, try cyan or aquamarine. ;)

3. GENERAL TIP ON FORMATTING BEFORE I FORGET

Make sure to include BLEED. Bleed is a border of extended color from your image so that, in the case that the printer mis-trims the print, there won’t be this awkward white edge. Similarly, if it’s mis-trimmed to be too close to the edge, it won’t cut off part of your main image.

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I took this straight from CatPrint which I use and I damn love, I def recommend for printing.

Basically, you need to give your printer an 1/8 inch leeway edge for them to cut without killing your image or leaving the awkward white. Sometimes I leave a 1/4 inch bleed for bigger images - you can’t go wrong with more bleed!

Anyway, this is my advice for printing, from my experiences! I made a lot of mistakes before and this is what I learned after a lot of trial, error and research. I would hate for people to make mistakes on the same stuff I did, so here is my contribution!

SO REMEMBER:

  1. PDF OR PNG
  2. CONVERT TO CYMK
  3. REMEMBER TO INCLUDE BLEED

Good luck!!

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LET’S EMOFURI

phoenixflorid:

Okay, so I’m feeling pretty dang confident with this program. I have friends interested in using it, and, rather than create my own redundant tutorial, please allow me to link to the other tutorials people have made that I used the most when figuring out the program.

Emofuri requires three things:

  1. The actual Emofuri program (duh),
  2. an .mmo file template, which can be acquired on the Emofuri site (linked below!)
  3. and a .psd drawing with the character elements on special layers. You can create the .psd in Photoshop, Paint Tool SAI (my fav), or Fire Alpaca. (Fire Alpaca has the added bonus of being able to name layers with Japanese characters—if you are using SAI to create layers, I strongly recommend getting FA if only to rename your layers).

Before you download Emofuri, make sure to change your system localization to Japanese—otherwise everything Japanese will show as ??? or boxes. Don’t make this harder than it has to be. If you don’t know how to change your localization, do a quick Google to see how to do it for your OS.

After you download Emofuri, make sure you immediately open it to make sure it works on your computer. Don’t spend hours on a .psd file just to open Emofuri and realize it doesn’t work! Also, stare in terror at all the kanji you don’t know. Let it sink in. The horror will help you grow stronger. Pretty soon you’re going to know all the characters for “hair” and “eyebrow.”

  • First of all, the emofurihelp blog will save your butt. Especially the FAQ! If you’re having a problem that seems totally bizarre and unfair, 9 times out of 10 someone else has already experienced it and had it answered by emofurihelp.
  • shabnakh-adyr's layer tutorial was a FRIGGING LIFE SAVER. I referenced this tutorial through 90% of my learning curve in creating my drawings. It will help you figure out what to draw and what layers to put it on. There are also downloads to the templates you want to use (templates are basically your animation rigging, what you’ll apply your custom drawings to).
  • The official emofuri help forum has a few additional templates if you want to muck around with those!
  • yumizoomi has a short, straight-forward tutorial that really helped me when I was having trouble importing my .psd into Emofuri (it’s not easy to figure out on your own :T)
  • professorbel has a series of tutorials that really help with adding additional parts to your characters (parts that are non-standard, like glasses or scarves or something): importing the parts, and editing their animation settings. professorbel also has a crash course in animation, which is a useful place to start, but I found the catalog method to be a little clunky. I will show you guys how I animate in my own tutorial later!
  • And, finally, a helpful tumblr user I can’t direct link for some reason has a very simple guide to editing parts parameters, for when the program isn’t smart enough to realize on its own that eyes don’t move that way. And trust me: IT ISN’T.

Up next, I’ll have a tutorial for you guys on animation. The catalog method is quick but I had trouble making it work in the timeline. If none of that makes sense to you, don’t worry: I’ll cover all this crap. With pictures!

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Catches up to all the color palette prompts that have been sitting in my ask box for weeks

OTL

Posted 2 weeks ago

juliedillon:

eskiworks:

The Workaholic Pedestal

We freelancers have a tendency to never truly be away from our work, regardless of the time or day of the week.  Especially if like me, your work station is in your home.  We work long hours and dedicate ourselves fully to whatever project we have at hand.  We loose sleep, skip social gatherings, eat whatever is quick and easy so we can get back to work. I have noticed that there is a sense of pride in general among freelancers that we are so in love with our work that we can dedicate ourselves this way.  Passion for your chosen profession is definitely a plus!

However, I have also observed a downside to this part of freelancing.  That dedication can cross the line into an unhealthy workaholic lifestyle, and other freelancers actually encourage it.  There is an underlying unspoken rule in freelancer culture that if you’re not working, you’re slacking.  I’ve seen other freelancers take subtle stabs at their peers for taking time off to see family, to tend to daily life, or to just have a day (or three) to simply BREATHE and do something other than art. Doing things like comparing your work load with others’ work load, making yourself out to be the harder working one.  Referring to things like showering, cooking, and cleaning as “free time” or “vacation”.  It creates or adds to guilt surrounding work, which is really not a nice thing to do to your friends and peers. 

The disclaimer here is that clearly not every freelancer does this, and I think those that do are not being purposefully malicious, so please don’t misread this as an attack.  I’m guilty of playing into this myself, we are just falling into a part of the starving artist stereotype;  The idea that your chosen craft/art must encompass ALL of your being, every day and every moment for you to truly be passionate about it. 

The truth is, there IS life outside of art and work, and it’s not a contest. We are living beings that must eat and sleep, and we are social animals that must have a connection with others.  So not only do we HAVE to do things other than art, but it’s also ok to spend time doing other things that make you happy.  It doesn’t mean you are less passionate about your work, or that other artists who spend more time on theirs love it more.

And yes, there are deadlines we must work under.  But none of us want to be starving artists. None of us enjoy loosing sleep, eating crappy or skipping meals, working our fingers to the bone, letting friendships fall apart…  These are not good things.  You aren’t a cooler or more a passionate artist for making those sacrifices.  So I think instead of putting that lifestyle on a pedestal, we should be encouraging one another to take time to care for ourselves, and to have a life outside of their work. Just like anyone else doing any other kind of work.  =)

YES. Thank you. It makes me really uncomfortable when I hear professionals saying things like “if you are not drawing 24/7 you’ll never make it”, implying that having outside interests or taking care of yourself means you will fail. You undoubtedly need to be dedicated and focused to succeed as a freelancer, but what is the point of having the so-called freedom that freelancing is supposed to provide you if you can’t even leave your desk every once in a while? Exercise, get outside, socialize, have other hobbies. I’ve found I’m more productive and happier and healthier and more passionate about my work and my career when I take time off, every day, to get away from work for a little while. Building a career is important and rewarding, but your life is not comprised solely of the amount of work you are able do. Your life is not defined solely by how many hours you clock at your work desk. 

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rockets:

1001 NIGHTS
a magi fashion illustration fanbook
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Hey everyone~ Dunya and I are happy to announce "1001 Nights" a Magi anthology featuring fashion illustration. Magi has a world full of various cultures that is rich with fashion and it is all present in this book, featuring 13 artists and one author.

This is now available for preorder here, and will be shipped after Anime Expo (July 3-5). These books will also be available at Anime Expo, San Japan and Otakon!

USD $15 | 7x10” | 30 pages | full color | perfect bound | 13 artists, 1 author

Anja | Chim | Dunya | Laura | Lishtar | Haku | Kelbora | Kim Quim | Maggie | Naos | Pie | Tea | Tuna  | Yui


HAPPY BIRTHDAY KIM! HOPE YOU HAVE/HAD A WONDERFUL DAY DEAREST!!! <3 <3 <3


THANK YOU KAZE!! And it was great!! *v*


I think we've only ever spoken like, once, but HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!


!!!! It’s been awhile and how are you? And also TY! *v*


hey, happy birthdaay! ヽ(゜∇゜)ノ


TY my Australian buddy! *v*)/