iPhone Videos - Brushes
Thursday
Jun112015

Mischief for Mac Desktop

Mischief is an app that I have been playing with lately; it's a very fast and
inexpensive drawingapplication that has an infinite canvas and is neither
vector or raster, but a hybrid. I have been using it for making annotations
on edits while working on UX and modeling concepts.
I've also started to use it on concepting; it's taking me some time to
appreciate its simplicity, mainly due to my reliance on Photoshop...
which is such a swiss army knife that you can get distracted or slowed
down by its features. 
Arguably you can use other apps for a similar purpose, but on a Cintiq,
 t’s very fluid for drawing; my hands seldom leave the screen/keys.
I have just started to experiment with using it for more robust drawing. 
I came across this excellent video of illustrator Ryan Dening on Mischief
which makes it pretty clear that it's not a shortcut to talent, but a way
to keep from getting bogged down in deep software. Mischief is fairly
simple, clean, and elegant. 

 

Tuesday
Oct072014

My Touchboard landed in DC

All, right, minds out of the gutter, folks- I mean that the fascinating Kickstarter project that I backed a while ago finally shipped my k it, and it arrived a few days ago. I didn't go for one with a project pre-built; rather, I have a few ideas for how I can use the interactive paint. Yes, I said interactive paint. So far, I am still putting together my scribbles, but the Arduino board works fine, and I went through the tutorials on-board.

Tuesday
Sep232014

3d App Icon Template

Warming up a Maya scene at this stage, as I know I need to make some redesigns for iOS8...and that shape is still underway, so I have a placeholder for now to get the lighting down for a 3d template for future icons.

My aim is to build a setup with 3 lights and 3 cameras, where the front camera will be the actual app icon. 

While I realize that the trend has been for icons to become flatter, build them in 3d gives them a throwback

feel that I can't help digging...

The most recent update modifies the format to represent the cleaner rounded edges of iOS8, with a less 3d 

perspective to represesent the 'app state' of an icon. 

Monday
Sep152014

GIFs for retouched images and wireframes

working on a very simple test of retouched images in a GIF format for presentations. It needs a transition back state...but it made me think that I may have some other uses for GIFs in my portfolio:

Tuesday
Sep092014

Modo 801 testing 

Though the rest of the world is going crazy over whatever Apple may be saying on the keynote tonight, I am knee-deep in learning a new piece of 3d software, Modo. I was really on the fence when the Foundry purchased Modo, as I felt like 3d software keeps getting gobbled up by huge companies, but I was pretty impressed with what I had seen out of Modo, and the 801 updates looked very strong...especially in modeling and rendering. It's been a few years since I learned a new 3d package, and it was time- I find it to be a great way to evaluate your own status quo in terms of working methods, and to see whether you can make your life a little easier. Modo feels uncannily familiar, enough like Maya that I can navigate around, but a bit easier to get up and running. It seems like 3d beginners will have a much easier time with Modo.