Art camp keeps going on and I try to recover the weeks I missed, so I'll be absent with the actual group, but slowly catching up, hopefully.
Something else though, very useful software to produce quick ref sheets. For those who don't know, ref sheets are often used by artists to help their designs when concepting an image. That can be armor variations from the 12-14th century, market scenes etc.
Generally producing ref sheets takes up some time, especially if you have 20+ reference shots. But I found this tool that was suggested by another artist, and it's quite awesome to browse your images with it and produce ref sheets in no time. It's Google's Picasa 3. I find it very useful.
Next thing, these past weeks I've really gotten around READING a lot and now I ask myself why I ever have not read this much before. I finally get around to read those many artbooks that I bought, now I'm about to finish "Das Skizzenbuch", which is in german. I was quite surprised how similar the suggested exercises were with those we do with Noah. Other amazing "beginner" stuff aswell in this book, especially tools and approach related. But you know, it's more about "sketching", so there aren't really techniques, just introductions to materials and methods. Which is still beautiful by the way.
Next will be "Color" book, in which a more scientific approach to the color theory is discussed. I'll try to upload as many "ref" sheets as possible, meaning I'll try to summarize the knowledge in something tutorial-y, like the color analysis sheets.
Oh yeah, I'm going to get a midi-keyboard, an M-Audio Oxygen 61 key, lookin' forward to that. The keyboard is to digital music production what the tablet is to digital painting.
What else? I've started to "replay" some interesting games, there were great offers over at Steam (by the way, you should check it out, it's insane how cheap some games have become) and I couldn't resist. Maybe not very smart, I'll be wasting some days how it looks like...
See ya around people.