Over half-way through the end of night!

Being over 2000 miles (3000+ kilometers for my international friends :3 ) away from home base is quite the tiresome thing. It’s been full of its ups and downs.

I had a great deal of my plans go under during this trip. I can’t believe how many times I’ve heard ‘Dang! You sunk my battleship!’ in my head repeat over and over. The bright side is that all was not lost.

Most of them are around what I had planned to do artistically. I brought enough to keep me going for months, but have rarely used any. Only maybe 10+ of the 500 pages have I actually touched. However, you didn’t think this was going to be a depressing blog post didja ;)? I’ve decided to try and steer away from those if possible from here on out .

On the bright side, I’ve photographed well over 150 textures that I can use on digital works (Overlay/Multiply layer type FTW!!). And since I took them for textures, I need not worry over copyright :). An added bonus is that I also got a few more professional contacts. That’s always a plus in any trek 😀 !

Oh, and here’s a little cookie on the adventure! I’ve also recently found a good program for making pixel art. In my opinion, Photoshop was not made for that purpose (At least my version wasn’t hah). If that wasn’t hard enough, though, try animating one in it. Now that’s a nightmare (Imagine the flaming version of Twilight Sparkle…And yes I had to throw that out there for the bronies :P).

For those interested, the program is GraphicsGale. While quite difficult to get into and use, its features way outweigh its difficulty in my opinion. Two grids for working on pixel art, an always going preview of whatever animation you have in one window AND the ability of onion skinning. It has features for pixel art I’ve been looking for years. I wonder why I just ‘now’ found it. Maybe I wasn’t delving deep enough? 🙂

In the future, I feel that I’ll have some posts dedicated to this very application as I feel that it’s extremely useful and can be daunting to new comers.

Later I’ll report back with images that I’ve made over this trip. For now though I’ll simply leave you with my first ever sprite from Graphicsgale: Awesomesauce Girl in sprite flavor ;). If you follow me on twitter, you might have seen it already (FYI, my artworks almost ‘always’ are seen on twitter first 😉 ). I plan on making several more versions including an animated one at one point :).

You’ll see more of her in the future I’m sure :3.

Take care, and remember you’re awesome friends! Stay epic!… I’m out !

Awesomesauce thanks you kindly for the visit!~ :3
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