Women in Gaming award luncheon Panelists: Brenda Romero, Constance Steinkuehler, Josie Nutter, Lydia Antonini, and Siobhan Teddy.
The Wind Rises
Just saw this movie. A beautiful reflection of the fleeting moments in life and the passion to accomplish dreams.
Such a beautiful scene! One of the best Miyazaki films, so brilliant in character portrayal, symbolism, and Existentialism. IMHO, it should have won the Academy, although I feel the controversy over the hero being basically a weapons inventor affected the vote, in addition to the rumor that most academy members don’t even bother with animated films.
Within 15 minutes of the movie, I almost cried like three times….
Work is kinda slow right now, so I started working on the new cover for the second Omnibus. Something creepy and Dante’s Inferno inspired!
Finished the art for the omnibus 2 cover, or at least I’m happy with it at this point. I may go back and polish up the top of the Soul pillar and make this into a print. In the meanwhile, I’ll have a link for purchasing in my shop very soon!
Simon (Simon Sues)
A little tutorial about smart objects and clipping masks. I was too lazy to type up a lot so I just hand wrote some notes. I also added a couple of work flow images for fun. I don’t use the same painting process each time, but this one I found to be the quickest.
If you haven’t ever used clipping masks or smart objects, then your missing out on two a major areas of experimentation.
Basically smart objects are great for saving space in your file as well as applying smart filters and adjustment layers while still keeping your original art in tact. They’re also perfect for resizing because they preserve the original resolution and even if you scale up, they do a better job of interpolating your bitmap.
If you do a lot of UI or graphic design work, they are extremely helpful because you can reference one smart external smart object from several files. And if you update the master, it updates all instances of it. For example, if you have a button you’ve made for a website and you place the button in many different page layouts, you may want to make changes to it later but don’t want the hassle of updating each file. Just turn the button into a smart objects and go to file>place and import in your smart object button. Now you can just change one file instead of multiple.
To turn any layer into a smart object, just right click o the layer and in the middle of the menu is the command ‘convert to smart object’. You can also select multiple layers and the smart object will preserve their order and settings.
Clipping masks on the other hand, are layers that use the layer below them as a track matte. So you can force your painting to appear only in the areas where’s there content. I like to use clipping masks for adding gradients, coloring line art, and painting in large area affects. The clipping mask option is in the same interface/menu as the convert smart objects function and if created in almost the exact same way.
I guarantee that once you start incorporating these elements into your digital com-positing work, you’ll find it’s a hell of a lot easier and more fun getting just the right effect.