• Misc,  Tips & Tricks

    Photoshop Tips & Tricks

    I’m getting a head start on my 2019 resolution to ‘master’ Photoshop. I feel like ‘master’ is perhaps an overly ambitious resolution but it sounds more goal worthy than ‘get to a point where I don’t rage quit in frustration because PS doesn’t do YY like app ZZ.’ With PS coming to iPad as well it seems a good time to put in the time to really get familiar with the software. So with that in mind I’m going to be posting frequently a condensed-ish post with tips and tricks I am picking up and sharing them here. ViewsTips 1 and 2 come courtesy of the incredibly skilled Goro Fujita.…

  • Updates,  Resources

    Bullet Journal Updates Coming Soon!

    A little while ago I made a Skillshare class on digital bullet journaling on the iPad. (https://skl.sh/2NUrzbB) For the class I created a bunch of stuff to help with keeping a journal and adding some color and personality to it with icons and assets. I’ve created some holiday items and will soon update both the class and Gumroad. If there’s interest I may even throw in some cookies and milk!    

  • Reviews

    Dell Canvas Review- 1 Year In

    I’ve had the Dell Canvas more than a full year now and I have some feelings about it. A lot of feelings.  Hands down this is the best hardware purchase I have ever made for art and the most expensive. For the mount, arm, and Dell it came out just over 2k. I wanted to get more serious about my art and even though I had a good pen enabled monitor with the solid, Ugee 2150. I wanted something with a larger screen, better display capabilities and touch. The Dell delivered in every aspect. I use my Dell almost daily for 2 or more hours- painting/drawing, gaming, web browsing, video…

  • My Art,  Thoughts & Ramblings

    Forest Lady Blue- Walk-through and Thoughts

    I initially started with a rough sketch idea. Some of the sketch is still visible. Prior to this when it is just a sketch I feel pretty excited and hopeful about the piece. In my head it is full of light and feels and most importantly finished. The next step shown above is where I start to lose all hope of that. This is usually the point where (at my current skill level) I realize my vision and current skillset don’t match and HOLY CRAP I don’t know how to paint or draw anything. Then I pull out one of 100s of brushes that are like stamps and play around.…

  • Thoughts & Ramblings

    2018 iPad Pro Update- *sigh*

    It’s been nearly a week since Apple had their big release conference. I used to be a huuuuuge Apple fangirl in that every update I made plans to upgrade phones and tablets (they couldn’t pry my mammoth of a beast first gen 17inch pro ‘laptop’ from my hands until the battery looked like it was going to explode).Then I got bored and needed a pc. So I made the leap and ended up loving my Galaxy note and tablet. When Apple came out with the original pros with pencils, I knew it was time to come back. 3 years on it still works and looks great but as any tech…

  • Quotes & Inspiration

    Irina Nordsol Kuzmina

    Artstation is my go to spot for art inspiration and the other day I came across some work by the incredibly skilled Irina Nordsol Kuzmina. These are pretty much all of my art goals- beautiful use of light, light texture, dynamic and interesting character compositions, etc. The rest of her gallery is just as gorgeous. She can be found @nord-sol.com &Β artstation.com/nordsol .

  • cinematography
    Resources,  Thoughts & Ramblings

    How I discovered my love for cinematography-Efflam Mercier

    There was another great Blender Guru interview (Youtube ) this time with Efflam Mercier about cinematography and other things.Β  He touched on something that I’ve been thinking a lot about recently. That being how much films (well done films) can teach artists. I was thinking about it mainly from the point of telling a story in graphic form- movement, camera/viewpoint placement, etc. but also lighting. Efflam points out some of his favorite books and films that handle those topics and more well. I’ve only seen Hero on his list and I remember being blown away by how beautiful it was. I don’t remember much of the story but I remember…

  • Updates

    Journal Assets and More: Behind the Scene Updates

    It’s been a hot minute since I have officially updated this journal. There has been a lot of stuff going on behind the scenes though. I recently published a Skillshare class on journaling on the iPad here (https://skl.sh/2Mwah4v) ( 7 free access codes are available if you want to check it out with no premium account strings πŸ™‚ ) I also created several free assets to go along with the class (pins, sticky notes, header images,templates, etc.) and posted them over at Gumroad (https://gum.co/pixelsnplay).Β  I’ve also been working on some Blender tutorials and things that I’ll be posting in the days to come!