The struggle…

The life of an artist; the constant balancing of normalcy and creative abnormality. A search for peace within constant flux of organized madness and disorganized bliss. To tidy up the scattered supplies strewn about your living quarters, or to stroll freely amongst the cramped creative battlegrounds we despise and prize. Who’s to say? I say yes to all of it.

Now about this whole online thing.

I’ve been around. Wait… I’ve been around the webs. Yes, and I have at times expressed my feelings on the beloved social media of this technological age. That thing which so many prize as utmost and divine. I feel…uhh…less fuzzy about it shall we say. Yet here I am.

I realize some people are quite adept at maintaining a cohesive online semblance of self. This can be quite tedious and tiresome in my honest opinion. I much prefer utilizing life and it’s creative freedoms to their fullest extents, and then repeating that again the following day…and repeating repeatedly. This however does not bode well with online representation, nor simply sharing for that matter. Which I quite like actually; sharing that is.

Anyhoo. I apologize for not sharing more.

We can all make excuses for what we wish to become better at, aspects we wish to change or improve upon. Yet in the end thats all they really are…excuses right? But not really. It’s important to remember that we are all people, all unique, with different lives, dreams and issues to tackle. Everyone needs a little support at times. Perhaps the real truth is that we can all do a little bit more to help eachother. Yes.

At this point in time you may perhaps be asking yourself, “Did I come here to read this blog post just to be lectured..ridiculed?” No. Of course you didn’t.

How about rattled, inspired, shook. Enticed even. #motivated ?

My bottom line here if there ever was one, is simple. I will try to share more of what I create. I will try harder to inspire myself and hopefully inspire others. All I would ask in return is the same. Share. Give freely and passionately that which we all crave and desire. Inspiration. Motivation. Creativity.

It can be a harsh and unforgiving place out there. We all approach it differently, handle it individually, and react to it uniquely. That is what makes it so great I suppose. People, and art.

Take care till next time!

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-