And in digital artist news - multiple epiphanies! Two, to be precise. The first is my belated realization that now that I can create EVERTHING I need purely in Procreate, it would pay to look at how the art file sizes are in the other apps I use. You see, even though I do almost all my art in Procreate on my iPad, I still export as a Photoshop file so it can them be read by Clip Studio and then archived in Clip Studio form. Due to inertia I never fully realized that, just possibly, this is dopey. And looking at the file sizes - it is. The biggest files are, in fact, Clip Studio files. Notably smaller are the Photoshop files. But uniformly the most compact, by a good margin, are Procreate files. Example: Clip Studio - 2.5 MByte, Photoshop - 1.7 MByte and Procreate - 1.1 MByte.
Is there a reason to save the files in a form that downloads slower and takes up more space? Ummm, no, there isn't. So from this day forward it's Procreate for the win!
The second epiphany? I've been wishing for dual monitor capability when using an iPad and I just realized like a dope I'd been missing the forest for the trees. I already HAVE dual monitor capability. And modern Apple device has the same information (as long as it's up in the cloud) and all AirDrop to each other. So all I need to have a second monitor is to have a second iPad. Which I do. So - with zero added expense, wish granted!
Yup, this inauguration day has been a great day all around.
Funny. I'm a digital artist, as you all know. And there's a neato plastic "screen saver" called Paperlike that isn't actually for screen protection but rather to make the super slick and glassy surface of an iPad feel more like paper. I've used them in the past and needed a new one for my big iPad.
They come two in a pack and the inventor has a detailed video on applying them. He recommends doing it in a bathroom after running a hot shower to cut down on dust and that's what I did last time. Still got a dust mote under it. Grrr.
So this time I decided to just do it in my dining area. There's a whole rigamarole involved. Little adhesive pieces, peel off the bottom layer, lay it flat, remove the bubbles and then peel off the top layer. I did all the prep, applied it and ... a tiny piece of something underneath. Clearly visible as a black spot on the screen. So - not ignorable like a bubble would be.
Well, they come two to a pack, eh? So I figured I'd just take off the first try and do it right with the second. I worked faster and confidently and boom, a pretty good job.
Until ... I noticed after turning it on that the cutout of the plastic was on the bottom. Wasn't that supposed to be on the top? Isn't that where the itsy bitsy camera is? Let's turn on the camera and check. DOH! In my confident 2nd try I installed the stupid thing spun around 180 degrees from what it should have been.
ARGH!!! Why didn't I leave well enough along with the first application. Of course, I'd thrown away all the application sheets and what-not. But I decided that it's time for the caveman engineer to appear. Forget all that fancy stickers, and hinges, and dust cloths.
I just picked at the Paperlike cover with my fingernail, got it up a bit, whipped it off and then reapplied the right way. And lifted it again and reapplied, and again (almost there) and again and ... it's on but with bubbles. LOTS of bubbles!
No problem. Old plastic sheets out of the trash and my plastic. cast iron scraper to the rescue. Long story short (wait, it's already long, isn't it?) is that it's now not aligned perfectly (so OCD folks look away) but free of bubbles and 100% ready for art.
Ahhhh. Old fashioned engineering. Doesn't get any better.
I don't know who did this one - no signature that I can find. Thought it was interesting for the intended message and the unintended one. The obvious one is clearly: shooting himself in the foot.
But the cartoonist did something that I suspect he'd be mortified to learn. Can you spot the problem? Take a second if it's not immediately clear.
Spoiler alert - the answer's coming up ...
He painted the person shooting himself with a revolver and ALSO illustrated brass being ejected. Thereby confusing two classes of handguns. Revolvers hold their brass in the chambers - you have to rotate the barrel out to empty the brass cases. It's only semi-automatic pistols (like Bruce Willis used in Die Hard) that eject them itself. They also throw them pretty far from the gun - they don't just drop down as illustrated. So two errors, although the second was just done for artistic reasons, obviously.
Anyway ... most cartoonists hate to get stuff like this wrong. I know I do. What makes it interesting, though, is that the person who posted it (where I first saw it) was making a point that liberal cartoonists who don't know how revolvers work shouldn't be making laws about guns.
Well, first off, there aren't many cartoonists who are in a position to make laws about anything. The cartoonist closest to politics in a national way, besides editorial cartoonists, is Jake Tapper. But he reports the news, he doesn't make the laws.
Beyond this, the cartoon speaks to how one needn't understand how something works to understand what it does. Few can really understand what's happening inside their phones yet everyone knows what they do and how they influence our society. And one needn't be fully up on the biology going on inside someone's cells to know that the person himself isn't someone who should be allowed outside without a personal handler.
And on the OTHER hand, I also see the implication in the image that it IS important to know something about how things actually work before moving to regulate or restrict them. The laws we have in place in California, for instance, are quite assinine in many ways. Whether a weapon is judged to be an "assault weapon" is based on objective measures that make terribly little sense. Color, for instance, is one of the criteria. The shape of the handles is another. Long guns that look like Rambo would use them are bad but ones that John Wayne would pick are good. Pretty silly once examined with an unbiased eye.
Whew. So much thinking from such a simple cartoon. But ... that's what good cartoons should do! Make us think.
Wish I knew who created it. Anyone know?
That's the ticket! Because the answer to what's better than selling a cartoon in the afternoon is selling two to the same place! A little happy time in this Covid nightmare.
I shall celebrate with just a few drams of scotch, I think.
What's worse than a watched clock? How slowly the time goes by. What's needed is a clock that provides the proper perspective:
Amazon's online order status just informed me that my package was recently "handed to a resident". Funny, there's nothing in my hands. Let's open the front door. Ah ... looky there, an Amazon delivery.
Who agrees that Amazon needs a new delivery category?:
"Tossed onto the front porch".
Oh maaaaan. Tell me it ain't so. Years back I purchased an Aeropress, a device that lets you make coffee that's guaranteed to not be bitter or acidy and you can use it at home or take it on trips. Only requirement is a way to heat water for it. Worked great.
So what happened? Somehow it got lost. And thus I bought another. And then found the first. Great. Two identical devices. Oh well, at least I had one when I wanted it, right?
Except that we then decided to move out of my home. Packed everything up and put it in storage awaiting the finding of "our new forever place". Buuut, Covid. So we're stuck in a holding pattern in a small temporary living spot. And what don't I have? An Aeropress.
Sigh. And then there were three. Anyone want to bet I won't need a fourth before this comedy ends?
What's that? You say you'd like a Crowtoon as well? Well, sure!
Have you all watched The Princess Bride? I hope so but in the event you haven't, please take my strong recommendation to do so. It has everything one needs in a movie.
And especially, it has the noted swordsman and shrewd observer of life, Inigo Montoya. I'd like to quote him here. "You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means."
How appropriate for this day. In that horrific riot at our nation's capitol, where the American flag was removed and replaced with a T**** flag, where violence was done, murder accomplished, and desecration spread, what were the words that stuck out to me?
Christian and Democracy. Those insurrectionists defiling the very seat of our government dared to call themselves Christians and claim their actions were in defense of Democracy. I am sure, very very sure, that those words most definitely do not mean what that mob thought they mean.
I can only hope that in the days to come those poor delusioned fools might actually open the Bible and the Constitution and spend some quality time learning what those words REAlly mean. It will be worth their effort.