Daily Archives: 9 August, 2009

Brushes 2 beta…

Woo an on the beta program. Think I’ve proved that I like the program enough…

That said was seriously worried that the things added would steal from the purity of it. For the moment, having only played with it for one day and one image, I can’t say for sure but think what the dev’s added only adds, if that makes sense.

Anyhow, doodled this which is an image with a history. Basically when I’m teaching shrink plastic this is something which always gets an airing. I start the kids off with a blank page and get them to draw the circles which will make up the image: fried egg shape for the ufo and simple shape animal. Then, once that’s all done I go over the fact that the bottom circles are any animal they want and in the ufo is any type of alien they want too. It’s surprisingly fun to do and works well into what happens next. In college it’s the same sort of lesson but much more tied into abstract/unintended artwork and how to deal with whatever the artistic version of writer’s block is called. Absinthe distraction or whatever.

Anyhow: added but likely to be still played with at a later date. I hope that Brushes 2 doesn’t overwrite Brushes 1 as the working methodology is slightly different but, as the philosopher said: it’s all good.

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iFanboy image, lesser shaded version.

Or, alternatively, here’s a less shaded version. Think I prefer the shaded one but thos doesn’t seem too shabby, and a little cleaner in a way…

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Have been tidying up and decorating the past week, whilst doing youth work too (I know… not my choice but that said I did the much smaller percentage of it all) and book shelves have been stripped out, painted behind and re-ordered. Will probably post pix of that later, I can tell you’re all hugely excited about that.

Podcasts

Those who know me have probably become long used to me with headphones stuck in my ears listening to my iPod.

It used to be that I was listening to music and, by and large, that would be bands such as Onehundredhours, Quench, Alison Moyet, Blur, Booley, Duke Special, Gorillaz and a fair few more.

Nowadays it’s split between that and podcasts. When I bought my first iPod (a nano that said it was {red} but was in fact metallic pink) I downloaded a podcast onto itunes to see what they were like and was hooked ever since. So if you see me with headphones in it’s as likely to be One Life Left, Macbreak Weekly, TWIT, BOL, Joystiq, Kermode and Mayo and iFanboy as it is likely to be music and they’re all ace and fine companions to the week.

Not that I have a favourite but this image just sprung to mind and I started and finished it yesterday on a bus and in the Weatherspoon’s. Twas fun to do… The image isn’t really original I guess but it works (for me at least) so up it goes. Financially and time wise I don’t really follow comics as much as I would like at the mo (I was hugely into them in the 80’s/early 90’s) but still catch up with the various universes through iFanboy at least.

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Brushes again, with a hint of Pixelmator as well to finish off. Now to have a rest for a while, worked with 120 kids this week and it’s time for ten minutes of silence to let my brain cool down…