There always seems to be one obsession in my life, up until recently it was The Walking Dead TV series but that has now been replaced by an amazing digital art program called ArtRage.
Initially after leaving school I went on to study illustration, followed by design so I guess it makes sense that I still have a desire to create non-commercial pieces of art. I’ve tried many times to get back into both sketching and painting but something always stops me – either forgetting my sketchbook or just not having the time to set up the necessary equipment. After completing a recent digital painting project in Photoshop I started looking around at alternative solutions. Photoshop was just way too cumbersome for the task – step forward ArtRage.
So far I’ve had the demo of ArtRage 4 for just 48 hours but I’m completely blown away by it. It just works exactly like it should – I didn’t need any tutorials to get up and running. The best thing I can say about it though is that it feels like painting, from the texture of the canvas to the paints mixing together. It just feels great to use.
If you’ve never tried ArtRage and have any interest in making art I would highly recommend it, it’s around $50 to buy.
Here’s a quick painting of Ted Danson* that I did…
*Ted Danson should have been Hellboy.March 20, 2013
Langdon is a new typeface from the very talented Steven Bonner, not only is it an incredibly useful typeface but it comes with a great price tag – it’s free!
I have been abusing and generally over-using Langdon ever since I downloaded it and I suspect I’m not the only one (free fonts are generally awful).
Design | No commentFebruary 13, 2013
As a freelancer you’re never more aware of your value. You’re paid for the time you work, generally by the hour. It doesn’t take long until you start seeing breaks in your schedule (whether they’re days off ill, meetings that you can’t charge for or something entirely different) as a direct loss of income.
The idea of passive income is incredibly appealing, what could be better than a steady stream of money that requires little to no maintenance on your part? There are countless blog posts out there talking about the subject, here’s my approach… (more…)
Freelancing | No commentFebruary 3, 2013
Whenever I am considered for a new project I aim to be honest with the client right from the beginning, just recently though this has started to work against me and I’m not sure that I’m comfortable with the alternative. (more…)
Workflow | No commentJanuary 3, 2013
You won’t last too long on twitter before you find an example of someone lambasting a piece of design that uses the font Comic Sans. There are countless blog posts doing the same and even a handful of websites dedicated to either mocking the use of Comic Sans and/or trying to get people to stop using it. But why? Comic Sans is just a font.
Design | No comment