Time for tidying up a bit…

Hiya again! Just taking a day to organize and tidy up a bit of material around the webs. Keeping everything maintained can be quite tedious and tiresome you know.  Not too much to note in my opinion; but I added a few whatnot’s over on Deviant Art galleries. There are a few galleries that may interest you like the Laputa Robot sculpture I did a while back. (I should really do a post about that project 😉

Also, there’s a new short video posted on the ol You Tube channel that entails anime style character drawing in Photoshop; view-able on my videos page here. I originally live streamed the drawing on Google Hangouts a few days ago. That was a bit…umm…yeah. I talk about that experience more here. Lol. Anyways, if perhaps you missed the other art videos on my channel you can check those out as well.

Lastly, I’m cultivating ideas for other videos at the moment while simultaneously editing other material. If you have any suggestions of art you’d like to see me create I’d be happy to hear from you! (Not that all suggestions will be granted of course!) Sharing your interests will help us all learn more about art in the long run; and it helps me keep an eye on the most popular topic matter for me to share with you all.

On that note, thanks again to all newcomer art lovers that have joined me; and a big thanks to everyone already following, subscribing, and chatting up my work! Until next time, take care!

The Joys of Live Streaming!

Hiya all, welcome back! So I’ve been wanting to add some live streaming videos to the mix on my You Tube channel. I thought it would be nice to share some work in progress such as sketches, digital paintings, etc. With the intention of hopping online and sharing a little more frequently; I was very hopeful. Little did I know all the issues I would have once I’d gone live. Arrrrgh!

The frustration began as soon as the stream started. I had opened a blank document in Photoshop, ready to create. Upon placing pen to tablet however, I immediately noticed significant pen tablet lag. I would touch the pen to surface and try to draw a line in the same fashion I always do…but the line would not immediately be drawn. A split second later the line would appear about half way into the pen stroke. This made drawing anything look as though… I was using a tightly clenched crayon while drawing with my toes. Enormously frustrating you can imagine.

I attempted decreasing the resolution of the PS document; thinking maybe smaller file size requirements would help. This didn’t seem to help at all. I had recently checked my connection speed and RAM as well. Truth is, I’m not really sure at this time if the lag I was experiencing was due to a tablet error, Photoshop virtual memory issues, network nonsense…or my PC itself!

Fact is, my PC never gives me problems otherwise really. I use Photoshop regularly without issue. I also do video post production for my channel using Adobe Premier and Affter Effects with no problems. And anyone who has worked with those softwares know they can be very demanding on RAM and PC performance in general. So what could have happened?

Perhaps some other software was hindering me. Well let’s see…I was only running a short looping audio track on Windows Media Player during the stream. Internet Explorer was the only browser I had running, and that was to control the stream. I was using Google Hangouts as the means…hmmm. Maybe there’s a better solution to live streaming that’s not so demanding on my PC.

I guess the next step would be to test the memory allocations for everything again and run some scans on my PC’s performance as a pre-emptive strike before I stream again. At the moment I will just have to stick to desktop recording via offline; if I want to share digital works in progress. Altogether quite dissapointing I will say, but I will look into the issue and report back with my ‘findings’. Lol.

So if anyone else has had any similar problems live streaming like this, leave some comments. Perhaps you streamed some drawing in Photoshop or some other software and had similar issues…or no issue. Share your experiences with using Google hangouts or just streaming your art in general. We all would like to hear!

Until next time, take care!

Just Draw! Episode 2 On You Tube Now

Hiya Everyone! So ya know that popcorn graphic I plopped in the ol “Free Assets” page the other day….here’s why I created it. My latest episode of  “JustDraw!” is finally live on You Tube. Here’s a brief synopsis:

“I attempt to pay a brief ‘illustrated’ tribute to the recently founded Studio Ponoc and their new anime masterpiece: “Mary and the Witch’s Flower”. I sketch, ink, and paint a still image inspired by the movie and you get to watch every brush stroke. (Sped up of course.)”

So you can watch the video right here if you like! :


I hope you enjoy, like comment and subscribe!

Thanks everyone and I’ll see ya next time!

Just a shout out…and update!

StillHiya everyone!

Just wanted to take a moment to mention a few things. First of all, I am still wrapping up the next episode of Just Draw! for the new channel on You Tube. I want to make sure I am releasing high quality videos that are informative and engaging, as well as fun to watch. (In case you missed last week’s episode, here’s a link.)  Just Draw! Episode 1 

Also, in case you haven’t heard, the next episode will be based on the theme of anime art… a topic very special to me. I’ll talk briefly about the inspiration for the illustration I create, and show a compilation of the creation process from start to finish. You’ll get to see the blank paper get all filled up with graphite, ink and paint! (Perhaps a little extra bonus at the end too.)

Secondly, a big shout out of thanks to everyone recently following me on Twitter, You Tube, Subscribing to me here… and everywhere else I share my art! I am very thankful that you all are finding value in my content and are appreciative of art as much as I am. I really do believe that sharing the creation process of art has a way of inspiring and motivating people’s inner creativity.

So again, thanks for joining me on these adventures… you’ll be hearing more from me very soon. Take care!

-RJR Design-

Flower - Watercolor, Acrylic, and Pen on Paper- WIP



We all share an inherent need to express and to understand. These are all common traits we struggle with independently. Often times I am amazed at how life and art mirror each other, and how difficult to understand they both can be. Within this concept exists a philosophy: that life is art…and we are the artists.

“The Artist”

Some say it is better to understand one’s self, in order to better understand others. The truth of this rests in our ability to accomplish such a feat. Art is similar in this regard, existing as expression of self that not everyone comes to grasp. True comprehension and appreciation may however be obtained through the many trials and tribulations of life, where we find our capability and capacity for understanding. Perhaps only after overcoming these obstacles as only life can introduce, can we truly begin to acknowledge who we are as people; or as artists.

If someone were to ask of your true personality, a wise reply might be; “Well that is for you to experience, and not for me to describe.” Again, art is similar. Having said this also brings another correlation: that while it may be easy to interact with others in attempts to “know” them; understanding who they are remains complex. Thus, life’s experiences add hesitation and weariness in our ability to fully understand others…or their art.

At times the doubts we hold on to can be a hindrance to our remaining open-mindedness, as well as our innate ability to share. At times this may be considered a worthy protective mechanism. Once making it past any defenses, the discovery of your inner true self will be trustworthy and pure in expression. For example, striving to help others when possible or simply doing what is right when no reward is sought; is a true insight to character.

When you pursue your goals with the greatest enthusiasm while holding on to the feeling that anything is attainable, people may think you are crazy. Yet you can disagree in a respectful manner and justify your reasoning later with positive and creative action. Meanwhile we hold closely in great confidence those who appeal to our devotions in life and to our art. It is true that many times the paths we have chosen lead us to walk alone; yet we must pursue that trail because it leads us to what we desire most. Solitude can be lonely in physical sense, yet liberating and expansive for creative expression, heart and mind.

Following the paths we have chosen speaks clearly to who we are and what we do. We are the unchanged, yet ever changing; alone, yet not lonesome. Creators of new worlds and destroyers of old, versatile in our abilities to recreate ourselves endlessly. To fulfill our ultimate desires we create wonder and enchantment through that which we love. The imaginative innovators and focused idealists, seeking realization of our dreams in efforts to adapt and learn; on this great journey of self-discovery. Our lives are art, and we are all artists.



Tattoo Concepts

Here is a short video sample uploaded to the RJR Design You Tube channel that illustrates digitally drawing concepts for tattoo art. The roughing out of the concept was done in Photoshop using simple overlay layers, masks, and of course my Wacom Tablet.

The video is very short but made more enjoyable by the great music of Kevin MacLeod over at Incompetech. Enjoy!

Ajin. What’s that?

Slightly skeptical of how good a ‘Netflix Original’ anime could be, I was pretty hyped after watching some trailers. So I headed over to Netflix, and well, I must say that this is very well done. Without throwing out any spoilers, (I may do a review in a few days anyway); I will just suggest you go and check this out for yourself. If you’re searching for a new anime with a good story and interesting art style…Ajin should not disappoint you.

I’ll just acknowledge the fact that I have not read the manga this originated from, so I can’t yet provide any comparatives. In my future review there will be ample time for returning to that topic anyway. So lets just kick back and enjoy this new morsel of Anime goodnesss. But be warned, it does carry a TVMA rating!