cvilbrandt:

Today’s the first day I’m going to be trying to work with the Surface Pro 3 extensively. So far, I think most of the time will be spent tweaking pressure curve settings to get it to be as close to as smooth as a wacom as possible.

Issues so far:

  • So far, I haven’t figured out how to customize…

I’m super curious about how this will function as a portable cintiq. No one has made a good mobile art platform yet (that’s reasonably priced - Wacom) and the SP3 looks like the closest thing, but the pen tech has me concerned.

dovellonsky:

1. It helps to make the tablet thinner.

One of the reasons bigger and fatter Wacom Tablet PCs work better than thinner ones is that they can use thicker and better sensor board. I think one of the reasons why Surface Pro 1 and 2 was thicker than most people would have liked is because of…

Sounds like Wacom’s desire to sell their own overpriced hardware is going to bite them in the ass hard. 256 levels of pressure sounds like garbage to me, but I’ll wait till some artists who are used to at least 1024 get their hands on it and weigh in.

cvilbrandt:

crackervolley:

qinni:

I’m not even sure if people will reblog this, but I’m just very curious how many of us are actually on tumblr ( ´ ▽ ` )ノ.

try not to both like and reblog but just do one…? thanks in advance “ヽ(´▽`)ノ”

why not

pew pewwwww

I consider myself more of an illustrator really.

ramenbow:

adamwarrencomics:

Behold, another compilation of a lengthy, comics-related Twitter rant from a year or two ago! This time around, the topic was Japanese comics’ famed, long-established system of assistant artists, and that system’s theoretical application to North American comics production.

The manga…

To note:

The assistant program in Japan isn’t profitable either. For beginner Manga artists their assistants are friends, family or people of their art “circle/club” who are working with them for that comic, often for free but sometimes for a very, VERY meager salary that’s attached to the completion of the product. (Not based on time or rewrites or page counts.)

Only when an artist is taken in by a major publication do they get publication hired assistants but even then sometimes these assistants DON’T live in your area and DO live with you while the comic is being completed.

On occasion for larger publications (Say if JUMP were to sign you for something, JUMP is the Japanese equivocal of Marvel) and you DON’T live in Tokyo sometimes JUMP will have apartments that they’ll bring everyone to live in while they work on their comic. If the comic does get popular it might be well over a year or two before you move out of this very small group housing situation to get your own place (because you have the money) or to go home (because your time is up.)

((To quick note here there are more comic publication circles in Japan than you can shake a stick at unlike in America where it’s kind of Marvel, DC and maybe one or two other names and then you’ve fallen into vanity press and personal publishers.))((Also realize these “Apartments” are like maybe 200 squared feet and 3~5 people are living in them.))

So yeah not all Manga Artists live in the same city, some move into the same house from all over in order to work on their comic, they receive a salary based on the completion of the project not based on the physical time they’re working so many of the assistants are only getting maybe the equivocal of $20~25/page and any artist can tell you a single page of even just inking can take 2+ hours. And if they fuck it up? The Editor wants a change? The lead artist changes their mind? They don’t get extra money for the overtime of having to re-draw it.

So even in Japan being an assistant to “Work your way up” isn’t a shortcut. It’s a trial by fire and many assistants never get higher than that. Ether because they meet a Manga-ka they like so much that they’re happy assisting them forever or because they realize they just don’t have what it takes.

And getting assistants isn’t a “Short cut” for Manga artists either since many artists will produce up to 20 “Names” just to apply to a publisher. (A “Name” is a short 20 page introduction comic to your idea. Basically you’ll make 10~20 “First chapters” of different ideas and the publisher will look at them and if they like one they’ll buy it and you have to develop that) These “Names” are usually done in the space of about 2 months. That’s 200~400 pages in 2 months! And you thought Nanomango was hard!) And then if they’re accepted they’re expected to put out 20~30 pages of product EVERY MONTH. And no they CAN’T be late or miss a date because if the comic magazine is printed without them in it then often they’re dropped completely (If they’re just starting) and this is a major black mark on their record.

So yeah if you’re thinking about being an assistant to an artist it is a good idea if you want to get into major comic publishing or even vanity press publishing and want to see what it’s like first before you invest all the time and possible money into doing it only to realize you’re not very good and hate it, but realize that in all things art there are no short cuts and you’re not doing it for the money, because there’s very little of that too.

And if you want to get an assistant then realize you’re not hiring some noob you have to teach but hiring someone who’s good but just new to the field or doesn’t have the drive or ideas to make their own works and realize that if they’re expecting good coin for their work then you’re better off just doing it on your own or getting friend labour for that kind of stuff.

And Japan is wondering why their birthrates are plummeting.

thepunkrocker:

thescentofsouls:

I’ll respect your opinion as long as your opinion doesn’t disrespect my existence.

THIS PHRASE SHOULD BE WRITTEN EVERYWHERE AROUND THE WORLD 

Eh, I’ll respect your opinion as long as it’s factually accurate. I guess it’s not really an opinion at that point though, just a fact. 

Bottom line, I respect facts.

hijinksensue:

Starfleet pip necklace!!!
I came home from the store and my wife had made this without my knowledge. WHY IS SHE ALWAYS TRYING TO SEDUCE ME?! 
It’s in her Etsy shop now, and OF COURSE you get to choose your rank when ordering. 

Great, now I can get into trouble by presenting this with fewer pips than she thinks she should have. “Oh, so I’m just a Lieutenant to you?”

hijinksensue:

Starfleet pip necklace!!!

I came home from the store and my wife had made this without my knowledge. WHY IS SHE ALWAYS TRYING TO SEDUCE ME?! 

It’s in her Etsy shop now, and OF COURSE you get to choose your rank when ordering. 

Great, now I can get into trouble by presenting this with fewer pips than she thinks she should have. “Oh, so I’m just a Lieutenant to you?”

And enjoy this one from Ben Dunn

ladyjagan:

Really good gif

It’s like the feline Sisyphus.

kirailabs:

sirkowski:

Has anything ever used that Toslink?

Very high end stereo setups use fiberoptic lines, I believe, yes. We’re talking multi-thousand-dollar receivers tho.

I actually have a $350 set of computer speakers that have a TosLink input. Actually most decent computer add-on soundcards have them, and the Xbox 360 and I think the PS3 have them.

kirailabs:

sirkowski:

Has anything ever used that Toslink?

Very high end stereo setups use fiberoptic lines, I believe, yes. We’re talking multi-thousand-dollar receivers tho.

I actually have a $350 set of computer speakers that have a TosLink input. Actually most decent computer add-on soundcards have them, and the Xbox 360 and I think the PS3 have them.