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Site Revamp

I decided the site was in need of a revamp. There were some old things that weren't relevant anymore and some new stuff that needed attention. So I took everything down and started from scratch. It's always easier than trying to fiddle with an old structure and altering it into what you think you want.mI will be continuing rewriting the text, adding more pages, and rewriting again.

If you were here previously looking for something you saw before, it will probably show up in a while, or maybe not. I won't be adding everything back as my objective with my web site has changed with time.


Site Overview

Welcome to my art space. This is a collection of my past and future art and data work. Below are the navigation links to parts of the site.

Earth PD Comics, Infosheets, and Other Material created from Public Domain characters.

eCards (tag) Public Domain images repurposed for satirical and ironic use.

Projects ( => sidebar on the right =>) Includes work in various genres of data and graphic design.

Posts in this space pertain to art, design, and creativity.

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SteelCityCon-December 2016


Went to SteelCityCon on Saturday. After attending a few I'm getting to know some of the artist better. It's great to talk shop with people with the same interest as I have. Got some good advise on how to continue with the production of the book and actions I should take next.

But the best thing I heard was the mass of encouragement to get it printed when it's finished and continue on with the story. On artist said even though this subject matter was not something that interested him, he liked to style and said it reflected the era fairly well. I will probably work toward getting a booth at a future con (either by myself or splitting one with another artist.).

Shane also thought that some of my other work would do well in the Artist Alley. He particularly like the medieval version of Jabberwocky. I can see I will need to come up with some money in order to make prints of a few items. Again, another expense I don't have the money for but looks like will be a necessity to get into the game.

Working at home by myself can be a drudgery at times. With no conversation on artistic subjects, it occasionally feels like I'm barking up the wrong tree. Wandering around the floor at Artist's Alley gives me a renewed outlook on my art that I am heading in a good direction. Time will tell if it's actually one that will be financially benefitical.


What I Learned About Digital Art

In the past weeks, since beginning this venture of the Earth PD Comic, I've learned many things in design, drawing, and digital art. I will now keep a running log of those discoveries. These first few will be from memory which is not the best way. Future things I learned will be on the spot.

Making Brushes

Illustrator has a variety of built-in calligraphy and art brushes. It seemed like a good place to start. I soon found these were lacking for my needs. So I began searching for tutorials on brush making and found different methods from different people. I found the common thread that ran through these tutorials was they showed me exactly what I needed but somehow, it didn't turn out the way the tutorial told it would. There was always something just a little off in the end.

I concluded that being a complex program with many intricate settings, it's easy for one artist to have their program set up to their specifications and this leading to getting particular results when they make brush. Or some important detail is not mentioned in the tutorial that causes my brush to not give me the results I viewed in their video.

It was after much trying and failing that I got the brushes I wanted. It was necessary to view these tutorials, more than once, pulling out bits and pieces from each then combine all this accumulated knowledge to get the results I expected


Tutorials that show drawing a line, turning initiate a shape, then tweaking that shape all have one thing lacking - addressing the initial thickness of the line used and the size of the artboard. I watch them create a line. I duplicate the procedure exactly. My line is inherently much thicker than I see in the video. My conclusion was the artboard must be large to have that brush look perfect when they're drawing over their sketch.

Action Taken (or will be taking)

The action I will be taking is an experiment with doubling the size of my dartboard and fitting my template to match the new size. I will create the brushes as seen in the video and see if I do indeed, get the results as seen on the vide.


Quirks Of Illustrator Brushes

There's a lot to get used to when trying to work in Illustrator. There's also many unanswered questions to which I'm still researching. The one I'm working on right now is why are different 1-point calligraphic and art brushes different sizes?

Take for example the following four brushes I created for my comic book. They have different head and tail stylings for different effects. But that's not the odd part.

I created these four brushes for various effects to simulate what I could do with a traditional brush. After some trial and error, I got these four brushes to the general size I needed. Notice in the stroke palette, all of them are considered 1-point brushes. I then increase the stroke width to 10-points on all the strokes. Is it me or does that seem a little strange? How can all of these now be considered 10-point brushes

When I first began this project, I watched and read many tutorials on brush creation. And every time, my brushes never came out the same as the person in the tutorial. I thought, how can I follow all the instructions and still not have my end result come out the same? I suspect this is due to Illustrator having so many interconnected little fiddly-bits that if your settings are exactly like the teacher's, you won't get the same results.

So instead, I gathered everything I could from all the tutorials and began a regiment of experimentation (which seems to be normal operating procedure.) The result were these four brushes. Not exactly the results I expected but I finally have a handle on the situation. I will need to go back and recreated the last three brushes based on my first art brush style. From these brushes I can increase the point size to create the brush width I'll need.