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Today I Learned 2022-07-01

Jul 01, 2022

Alternative video hosting platforms

  • PeerTube, like Mastodon for videos
  • MediaGoblin, can host a little bit of everything and seems to have come back to life as a project

Freeplane

  • Multiple root nodes can be simulated with floating nodes: double [Ctrl]-click on the document to add one.
    • This node is still attached to the root node. Create a child node, then Format -> Edge Properties -> Styles -> Bezier on that child node to get visible connections between child nodes in the floating node back.
    • cats

Too many open files on Ubuntu

May 2020 to May 2021 Art Progress

May 17, 2021
Showing my art progress over a year

Top is from an unpublished The Industrious Rabbit comic. Bottom is from The NES: Playing Volleyball with Three of Your Friends.

2020 was the first time in a very long time I’d put serious study into my art since college. I have three main resources I used during that pandemic time:

Hopefully once May 2022 rolls around I’ll be even better and faster.

Krita 4.4.3 on Android works!

Mar 31, 2021

Krita 4.4.3 was released recently, and the Android version fixed the biggest show-stopper for me to be able to use it: customizations to the app configuration are now restored on startup, so you can rearrange and modify settings and they are preserved between app uses.

This means I was able to set up Krita so I could minimize the time needed to go into the main menu, and not need to use my Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+’s keyboard, while supporting a workflow similar to the one I came up with for Clip Studio Paint:

Krita 4.4.3 on Android
  • The addition of Clear and Deselect to the top bar lets me use Lasso Select for manipulation and erasing much faster.
  • Adding Show Dockers lets me hide most of the UI without having to go into full-blown Full Screen mode.
  • I added Mirror View to the toolbar as well so I can quickly flip the canvas to check my drawings for errors.
  • I moved Tool Options to the navigation and out of a docker since I don’t use it too often. Mainly for Reference Art.
  • I moved the Toolbox docker to the top of the screen so all the tools are laid out in a row. Having them in the side docker meant I had to scroll up and down a bunch in the docker to find things.
  • Everything else on the screen covers my usual CSP workflow.

There are a few things that are missing

  • I want to be able to lock transforms to aspect ratio as a tool option to Transform. Without a keyboard, it’s not locked at all so you have to be precise when manipulating selections.
  • There’s no right-click support on the canvas at all, even with a keyboard or with a Bluetooth mouse, so vector operations are more difficult. I went back to drawing balloons by hand like I did in the Autodesk Sketchbook days of The Industrious Rabbit.
    • More robust balloon handling in general would be great. I don’t care as much abuot text handling on Android since dealing with fonts is a total mess.
  • I don’t seem to be able to save tags on brushes to be able to group them. I’ll have to experiment with this more.

I plan on doing all the art for the next The Industrious Rabbit post in Krita to give it a real good workout. So far, so good!

Unused fanart for The NES: Cartridge Constraints

Mar 09, 2021

I had started down the road of redoing the covers of the games I featured in my recent The Industrious Rabbit post about Nintendo Entertainment System Memory Management Controllers, The NES: Cartridge Constraints, but decided to switch instead to the memory magician acting out the game using balloon props instead.

I did manage to finish one that came out pretty great, and it’s a rework of the cover of the game Arkista’s Ring. Enjoy!

Arkista's Ring Cover Fanart

Root Fan Art, posted specifically for a contest

Feb 28, 2021

These are some characters built for a Root RPG campaign that I’ve been running for quite a while. I’m sure that I’ve referred to their existence while playing actual board games of Root. This post is for the Root Fan Art contest, and this is just a small sample of the art I’ve built over the past year. These pieces just happen to be the best. Hashtag RootFanArt. Enjoy!

Skipper, Yiss, and The Chronicler

Thorn

Madoka Nygaar