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Information Art 101 Resources
Posted by: LoopyPanda - 12-30-2017, 10:28 PM - Forum: Art 101 - Replies (2)

Here I am, back again with a resource thread that may prove to be a helpful directory for visual artists, writers, and graphic makers! This will be updated over time with more stuff I find on the internet, so stay tuned! If you've any resources of your own you'd like to share, you're welcome to post it.

For applications, check to see if they support your device/OS! Some are Windows or Mac exclusives.

ON THE MARKET (Usually allows you to try it for free first)
Adobe Photoshop: People apparently do art with Photoshop, but after Creative Cloud was launched, basically everything hides behind a monthly paywall. I personally don't use it even with the copy I own that I use to make edits for art. It's not something I've ever gotten the hang of, and its interface just doesn't agree with the way my mind lays out things. Also, it's expensive. :p
HOWEVER, it is a very useful editor for scanned images and post-editing for color adjustments than things like SAI which does not allow you to adjust RGB values with nearly as much fine tuning.
Clip Studio Paint (formerly known as Manga Studio): Usually you can catch the Pro package on sale at an affordable price every couple months or so (usually gets a big sale around the holiday seasons), and it's worth the investment for all the stuff it comes with. EX is more expensive. A perfect program to upgrade to when you have the money and feel that you've developed enough technical skill to go to the next program. Recently, they released an iPad app (6 months free it seems), so if you're always on the go with an iPad rather than a laptop, perhaps you'd like this app even more than the desktop one. Comes with lots of screentones and patterned brushes, lets you make paneled pages for comics with appropriate typography features and the like. Good stuff. (Basically, CSP master race)

Painttool SAI: Lots of ways you can tweak the brushes (though downloading brushes from others and the like is a bit of a tricky process), but it has an outdated interface. If you're a cheapskate like me, you can find free versions pretty much anywhere on the internet. Just be careful where you get it. They're working on Version 2 that comes with a text box and things like that, but if you buy it, updates are free, including the upgrade to version 2 when it releases apparently. 

Corel Painter: EXPENSIVE (arguably more affordable than Photoshop tho). NOT the same as Corel Painter Essentials, as there is a significant difference in pricing. (It's on sale for 40% off right now!). Perfect for digital artists who want to try digitally painting and are really just looking for a versatile program to color illustrations; it just doesn't seem to offer as much in the typography department like Photoshop, however. Essentials comes free with the Wacom Intuos Draw bundle tho!

WACOM: A common brand for tablet shopping, but they sell a wide variety of products. Some of their tablets come with an art bundle, which is usually a digital art program like Corel Painter Essentials accessible via a download key for no additional charge. WACOM is not the only tablet making company out there though!

Just a disclaimer, but expensive programs does not necessarily mean your art will improve drastically just because you threw a lot of money at the program for it. Your techniques should improve with practice, not with how expensive your material is. (This isn't exactly  as applicable to traditional art, as things like the quality of ink or flexibility of a pen nib can impact your final product)

Are you a cheapskate like me!? No fear! They have free programs for people like us.  Gar

OPEN SOURCE (FREE) PROGRAMS [Check back for more!]
FireAlpaca: Basically a free version of SAI with a similar interface, but you don't have to stick your neck out to get it. Lmao FireAlpaca is the free paint tool that is compatible with both Mac and Windows. Simple tools and controls let you draw easily. It’s Free FOREVER! Interface looks like a hybrid between SAI and Photoshop. Apparently its compatible with even Windows Vista, so if you live in a pre-Y2K cavern somewhere that strangely has WiFi, you can use it!
MediBang Paint: Looks like a free version of Clip Studio Paint, but also is supported on mobile devices! Neat.
Krita: Krita is a professional FREE and open source painting program. It is made by artists that want to see affordable art tools for everyone.
MyPaint: A simple drawing and painting program that works well with Wacom-style graphics tablets. Hosted on GitHub. Responsive to tablet pen pressure, but might not be very good for people who prefer to draw with a mouse. It also has a brush library right next to it! Neat-o.

CamScanner: a FREE mobile app for Android and iOS (you may purchase for full capabilities iirc, but I don't think you need to for what we'd use it for). No scanner? Scanner takes too long? Too lazy to scan it? You want to show your friends something you drew but it's 2 AM!? NO PROBLEM! This app essentially imitates a scanner. It takes a bit of practice, but once you get the hang of it, it's much easier to use than the laborious task of using your printer's scanner and waiting for it to scan before doing how many other things.

How to use it:
  1. You typically will open it, and click the camera icon.
  2. click to "Docs" mode, focus the image by tapping where you think it needs to be focused the most (preferably try to get the entire paper/sketchbook page into frame) and snap a photo! It will then let you crop it or adjust the frame if you took a picture of a tilted paper. 
  3. After that is done, it presents a number of "filters" which are presets, and tapping each one shows you a different preview of how the image looks. You can also mess with the settings yourself by tapping the icon that has lines with notches on them; this allows custom editing, but requires more 'fine' tuning since it only has 3 scales [Contrast, Brightness, and Detail]. 
  4. When you're satisfied, click the checkmark. 
  5. To save it to your phone, you can go to where the image is located, tap and hold, then select "Save to Gallery". To send it to your email or someone else, use the "Share as [image file type] function".

Here's an example, using my drawing that was inked by hand and shot with my phone:
Original picture:
Auto (this one seems to do a fairly good job for black and white drawings).
BW 2: similar to Auto, but seems to show less gray around the bottom.
After a few tries of using it, I find this much easier to do for a lot of my traditional drawings without worrying about lighting and angle. It also takes care of the hassle of inking if I want to color this digitally. For colored pictures, you need more fine adjustments though, so it takes a bit more of a trained eye to edit them. 

Overall, I really like CamScanner and it's quite useful for traditional and digital artists alike. Even though the app was originally intended for office use.
Download Link from Official Site (click the device you want to download it for).

Check out Elio's post down below for good sources that will surely help you on your quest to traditional artistry!

Don't know what to draw? Try this!
Color Palette Generators: for when you're looking for a good set of colors to use or want to do a drawing using only the chosen colors! Coolors, Colormind

dafont.com ; a font source website with all the different kinds that would fit your need. Perfect resource for sig makers and artists who like to incorporate text into their art every once in a while. Be warned that not all of these fonts may be free, as most font makers only allow usage of the font for personal, non-commercial uses. Every font that is downloaded comes with a readme document outlining what you can and cannot do with the font. Some free fonts are royalty-free in all cases, while others require a royalty if being used in images intended for profit.

Remember, use renders responsibly: not every render you find out there was made with permission from the original artist! If you're a highly ethical graphics maker, a safe bet is to use renders of official art (i.e. manga scans or poster illustrations, official character art, etc). If you do use a render of someone's work, it's worth looking into seeing if you can find the original artist and link the work. Maybe you'll find a new artist to follow! (I'd avoid using Deviantart for Renders in general unless the artist who drew it gave permission OR created a vector for that kind of personal use for others)



GIMP: Not Photoshop. It's Free at least.
PicMonkey Photo Editor: Not Free, but you can use a free trial and it's a monthly or yearly plan, with varying degrees of Premium to Supremium membership (Monthly's 5.99$ if you pick the cheapest plan, but none of them exceed 10 bucks a month). We all know anything's better than GIMP. C'mon... you know it... I know it... y'now.
Adobe Photoshop CS6 (?): Apparently it was free as of a few years ago, but Adobe's website is confusing AF ever since they launched Creative Cloud to replace all the CS programs. If you're someone with CS6, help a panda out and show me how to get this thing without being forced to click through a bunch of CC links first (God help you if you need to buy a subscription to use the Creative Cloud). If you know a good way to get this without being forced through the Cloud loophole, tell a friend. Eyeballs
Adobe Photoshop 7.0: Kind of an old version, not like CS6, but hey it gets the job done. Not sure if it's free these days, you can buy the full thing for a one-time fee, or you have to buy it on their new subscription model. (I'm biased against the use of monthly fees rather than a one-time fee especially for hobbyists like ourselves and not industry creators, so I ain't linkin to that kind of noise.)

Here to make your writing experience a little less painful!

Make your brainstorming a little less painful!

[url=seventhsanctum.com]SeventhSanctum: Basically a website full of different generator types for all your needs. Fantasy name generators: Not just any name generator! This generator site has name generators for just about everything you'd need. It has many more generators than Seventh Sanctum. They even generate names for your story (genre-specified!), and have generators for franchises you may be familiar with. A helpful original & fanfiction writing resource. They have additional generator types, just take a browse along the generator hover-menus at the top.
Don't know what to write? Try some Writing Prompts!
Genre, Plot, & Story Generators
Looking for feedback on your writing? Feel free to make use of our Commentary & Critique subforum.

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  Al's TOP 10 games (2017 version)
Posted by: Alzoru - 12-23-2017, 11:06 AM - Forum: No Game No Life - No Replies

Last time I did this was in 2015, and frankly a lot has changed since then. Lots of new games and old gems came to my attention, and well let's just say A lot has changed.

10. Phoenix Wright: Justice for all (NDS) A worthy successor to everyone's favorite court drama. Out does it in story, graphics, and most other areas really!

9. Pokemon Alpha Sapphire (3DS) *TRUMPETS BLARING*

8. Undertale (PC) Eff what the haters say and screw the cancer fandom, this game's great

7. Minecraft (PC) What? I'm a creative type, I like making/building stuff! SPORE would probably be here too... if not for all its problems.

6. Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (3DS) I miss underwater combat, man... [Image: frown.gif]

5. Mata-nui Online Game 1 (PC) THE Bionicle LORE game that made this franchise awesome. Oh so very awesome.

4. Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door (NGC) Best RPG on the Gamecube, I will FITE U

3. Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate (3DS) The best Monster Hunter Game, everyone else go home.

2. Pokemon Ultra Sun (3DS) Did you really think I could leave out what might be one of the coolest Pokemon games ever?

1. Still Xexyz. (NES) This game is, don't get me wrong, balls to the wall hard and can be frustrating as hell but it's just so much fun! It's a lot like Cuphead really: Run and gun levels, larger than life bullet hell bosses, and even plane stages! Cuphead is obviously a more advanced and prettier game, of course, but XEXYZ is an NES game for pete sake!

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  Haven City
Posted by: Nick - 12-23-2017, 09:33 AM - Forum: Area Reservation - No Replies

Haven City was started in secret by an abstract group of entrepreneurs, who never got to see its completion. Its construction was then taken up by the workers building it as a labor of love. They took to living on site within the structure before finding themselves lost at sea when a storm had destroyed its pier. The workers survived due to the city’s status as self sustaining. The city has been lost to sea for an unknown length of time, so long that several generations having passed aboard. Few people on shore know of the city’s existence and attempts to find the city from above have failed to pinpoint it anywhere on the map.

The city generally does not allow visitors beyond the dry-dock but some may be allowed in under special circumstances. Contact to the outside world is kept to a minimal and systems aboard do not support long range communications equipment.

Some lower sections of the structure have been damaged and flooded, but generally don't spread to other floors. These sections are reinforced and barred off.

The internal government system aboard Haven is a true democracy, all decisions are made by the majority vote of the populace, and no positions of power are held for too long. Outsiders however cannot vote in these systems.

The city was recently found by Huey Ditrucius, whom claimed to be with the Hero Association. He took a large group of citizens from the city claiming that they would be joining the Hero Association to help the world. They were Then subjected to slavery and human trafficking before crashing on PEI.

Every so often people from Haven will leave the city and find travel to the mainland, usually by hailing mainland fishing vessels from the dry-dock. Similarly some mainland vessels may happen upon the dry-dock and attempt trade or receive repairs to their vessel (it is a dry-dock after all) and some may join the city in such cases as their vessels being destroyed. While it is impossible to pinpoint the City most of the time, it has a few points in its travel where it does pass by reliably, just not on any consistent schedule.

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  Haz Corp Orbital Weapons Production Facility: Orbiting Planet Booga
Posted by: Grey Star - 12-21-2017, 04:51 PM - Forum: Space - No Replies

Floating in an orbit around Planet Booga and avoiding the moon is the Haz Corp "Celestial Peacekeeper Station," abbreviated in company memos to the CPS, and more informally known as the Orbital Weapons Production Facility to everyone else. The facility is used for the production of guns, blades, knives, bombs, and even vehicles, all mass produced and prepared to be shot down onto the planet through drop pods, thus incurring a significant price increase compared to equivalent goods. The station's magnetic drop pod deliveries only occur in certain areas at certain times due to the orbit, something many investors lament. Regardless the deliveries are consistent and stable according to the timetables provided by Haz Corp, and can be relied on to supply public or private armed forces.

Haz Corp is a small scale private weapon supplying company on Booga that after it was evicted from their previous underground facility set up the orbital one, utilizing a small unmanned probe and portal device to construct it in the vacuum of outer space. This was done to avoid having to compete and pay for land, but also to avoid any gun regulations that could be imposed as they are in space and thus not part of a country. The facility is fed and maintained through a series of portal network devices in particular locations, private offices near Johannes Palace of Shina Ania, the Black Brotherhood and White Sisterhoods of Magic of Paradise Region, Cindy of Diemos Valley, Paris of the Desolate Lands (to the annoyance of the Meeting of the Dark who lack the direct control to oust them), and the Big Apple in Empire State. The materials required for weapon production are mined and shipped directly to the facility through portals used by the head foremen of Haz Corp, each one granted a portal network device and considered among the highest of responsibilities in the company.

The company sells three different variants of goods: the Freedom Swarm line being mostly reliable low grade weaponry suited for mass swaths of barely trained soldiers, the Republic's Grand line being suited for smaller divisions of well trained units deserving better equipment being composed of not only better materials but having a few upgrades such as secondary tactical components or increased comfort of use, and the Infinity One line suited being mass produced high quality arms and vehicles that is intended for elite and very well paid soldiers who need gear that is not only created of high quality materials but also possessed numerous secondary upgrades and comfort additions.

  1. Freedom Swarm
  2. Republic's Grand
  3. Infinity One

Each line has their own variant of the following goods list, thus a general order is composed of the number designation for desired quality, the letter for good type, and how many batches units of said good. Rather notably, the company does not produce aquatic vehicles, citing size concerns for delivery.

A. Survival and Tool Knife
B. Combat Knife
C. Short Sword
D. Long Sword
E. Zweihander
F. Pistol
G. Hand Cannon
H. Sub Machine Gun
I. Small Rifle
J. Long Rifle
K. Light Sniper Rifle
L. Anti-Material Rifle
M. Grenade Launcher
N. Rocket Launcher
O. Terran Based Survival Outfit
P. Stealth Suit
Q. Light Combat Outfit
R. Medium Combat Armor
S. Heavy Combat Armor
T. Bomb Defusal Suit
U. Plate Combat Suit
V. Recognisance and Messenger Motorbikes
W. Combat Bikes
X. Jeeps
Y. Fast Tanks
Z. Heavy Tanks
AA. Convoys
BB. Helicopters
CC. Arial Superiority Helicopters
DD. Spy Planes
EE. Cargo Planes
FF. Attack Jets
GG. Light Bombers
HH. Flying Fortresses

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  The Dark Hospital
Posted by: LoopyPanda - 12-17-2017, 11:10 PM - Forum: Omni-Tales - Replies (10)

Deep in the darker side of Boogaloo Plaza lies a sinister hospital run by a doctor of the Dark Arts....
Be careful upon entering and don't wander too far in... you might never come out...
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"I can cure any serious injury or illness, including the hexes of the supernatural. But be warned... if you're interesting enough to me, you might become one of my new test subjects..."
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Deep beneath the main floors lies the Morgue and creepy Lab where the Dark Doctor spends most of her time in... concocting sinister elixirs.

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An eerie echo of the air vents reverberates through the hospital... you feel drawn to this place, but the air is heavy and foreboding.

"Come on in... what ails you?~"

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  Black Clover: Most Boring Shonen Anime?
Posted by: ShineCero - 12-17-2017, 09:02 PM - Forum: Akiba Boulevard - Replies (5)

I honestly thought Fairy Tail was one of the most boring Shonen Anime, then Black Clover came along. The voice direction of these series is low quality, if not downright trash. The story is so predictable that you can tell what's going to happen before it can even occur. Astra is literally Luffy, Naruto, Ichigo, and Natsu turned up to 11. The fact that this anime is based on the manga, with only 137 chapters, shows me that this show is being pushed hardcore. What do you guys think of the show, your overall thoughts about Shonen Battle Genre?

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  The Forgotten Muse
Posted by: LoopyPanda - 12-10-2017, 11:35 PM - Forum: Modern INKers - No Replies

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. . . LAST EDITED: Unknown

ARCHIVIST NOTES : I did not write these entries. These are the only entries I can access, the rest of the drive is just full of spreadsheets and nothing but development notes that look like chickenscratch to me. I collected a few more portable drives that have more documents, but require me to use different passwords that were scribbled down on paper from long ago. Once I manage to access them through the old archival tools, I will add to this section of the database.


It's a short story, written as a challenge to write something under 2,000 words, with a writing prompt! Maybe I'll write more on this if I get the time to work on it, haha.

Basically the prompt asked me to write something about a mad scientist. I didn't want to write a literally mad scientist, so I went with something that would make somebody think it's mad or impossible to do! Does have a bit of some retro sci-fi feels to it, but not really. And I went with a different style of first-person narration! A diary entry series, but as if it were found inside some old floppy disk you picked up while cleaning out an old decrepit lab or something.

Anyhoo, I hope you enjoyed it!

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  God-Tier Video Game Music
Posted by: ShineCero - 12-09-2017, 08:32 PM - Forum: No Game No Life - Replies (6)

Alright folks, post some quality, god-tier music in here!

I'll start Gar

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  What went wrong with Steven Universe?
Posted by: ShineCero - 12-09-2017, 08:24 PM - Forum: Metroham Aveune - Replies (4)

The series started off, in my personal opinion, off with a decent start. However, season 2 started and began the all the problems this show keeps fumbling over. Garnet's future vision not using half of the time. Steven never asking questions. The inconsistency of their strength and abilities. Pink Diamond being regulated as her death being "mysterious", but never actually address the elephant of the room, Pink Diamond's characterization as being villainous by Garnet and Pearl, and the entirely of the cluster arc.

So what with wrong with Steven Universe?

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  Disney and Fox are closing in on deal
Posted by: ShineCero - 12-08-2017, 07:51 PM - Forum: Metroham Aveune - Replies (5)

Quote:Disney and Twenty-First Century Fox are closing in on a deal, and it could come as soon as next week, according to sources familiar with the matter.

CNBC has been reporting that Disney has held talks with the Rupert Murdoch-controlled media company to acquire its studio and television production assets, leaving Fox with its news and sports assets. Fox is also talking with CNBC parent company Comcast, but the talks with Disney have progressed more significantly.

The deal contemplates the sale of Fox's Nat Geo, Star, regional sports networks, movie studios and stakes in Sky and Hulu, among other properties. What would remain at Fox includes its news and business news divisions, broadcast network and Fox sports.

The enterprise value of the Fox assets in the Disney deal is seen as above $60 billion, according to sources. Current Fox shareholders would get one share of the Fox company that remains after the movie and television assets are sold plus shares of Disney in a fixed exchange ratio.

Shares of Twenty-First Century Fox finished Tuesday little changed, while shares of Disney fell 2.7 percent Tuesday. Shares of Comcast declined 2 percent.


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