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The latest review is of Shameless, and Ray Donovan. Both on Showtime.
Please check out my blog at Nimble Dog.
The latest review is of Shameless, and Ray Donovan. Both on Showtime.
New blog post about me and my dawg. Read the whole thing if ya wanna!
New Blog post about Silk and I. Or read the whole thing if ya wanna!
Hey! Read the whole thing if ya wanna!
She’s crazy. She’s got too many clowns in the Volkswagen.
After a long hiatus, I am back to working on Andy Hero of Brooklyn. Why?
I keep telling other people to work on their own stuff, and I feel like a hypocrite.
I have more of the skills I need to do it right.
It’s killing me not to. I have a ton of notes and great advice from people who really care, and I want to use it to make the Great American Graphic Novel. I am moved to create beauty.
Just felt like it!
I’ve noticed that whenever I board the B or Q trains to Manhattan, I always sell more than one copy of “Andy Hero” between Dekalb and Canal (for the Q) or between Dekalb and Grand (for the B).
Just today I sold FOUR copies on the bridge! And in one car!
I was selling Andy Hero of Brooklyn! on the MTA just a few days ago, and a customer became my first Andy Hero twitter fan!
Apparently he gets around. He was at the Istanbul and New Zealand ‘Zine fests. Wow!
Ever need to find that folder where you store a template? How about where you stored that favorite Brush you created? The info on how to locate these Library folders is sparse in the Adobe help websites. This is what I’ve figured out so far…
Alpha Channels, in a nutshell, are Layer Masks that you can put aside and use again later in the same document. While regular layer masks are only for the individual instance where you applied them, Alpha Channels can be used again and again.
For my tutorial in Alpha Channels, hop on over to http://www.nimble-dog.com/tech-blog/
Now including self-portraits, and cool stuff in general!
Hello one and all.
I’m happy to announce that “Postcoitus”, my collection of stories, is now available on Smashwords.
Please follow this link .
Read the story of an otherworldy nomadic tribe abandoned by their God.
Click HERE and download your free copy! (After the file opens in Adobe Acrobat, click View / Zoom / Fit in Page for easier reading.) Or, for the easy online viewing experience hop on over to Nimble Dog Graphics.
Please write to me if you experience any problems downloading in Mozilla Firefox. Otherwise, enjoy!
Nomads on the move, baby!
“Brilliant, man. Brilliant.”
— Jesse Greene’s Three Word Review
“Must finish comic book. Must finish comic book. Must finish comic book…”
Some may not be suitable for minors: You are fairly warned:
In the past you may have imported, say a blue circle from a SOURCE FILE in Photoshop, into a TARGET FILE in Illustrator containing, say, a red square. Then you saved the Illustrator file, and forgot about it. If imported incorrectly (and you can’t just Edit/Copy from PS and then Edit/Paste into ILL), it caused an error message when you opened the Illustrator file much later on, which brought you here to get a solution. Welcome!
What happened, technically and behind the scenes, is that a LINK was created between the PS image and ILL. The terrific idea behind linking is that whenever you change the PS image, it will automatically update every ILL file that imported that image. This is a great feature when operating under strict controls that never change. But it causes error messages and a lot of headaches when, likely, the source file in Photoshop changed significantly (like a name change) or was deleted to free up space, or any number of other situations.
This is my solution, and it involves breaking the link:
In Illustrator: I found the best process is to start by opening a new blank file, and NOT work immediately with the target file.
Click File / Place
Choose the source Photoshop file to import
Click OK, and the imported file opens in Illustrator.
Select the desired layer, and copy
Now go to your target file
Click Edit / Paste in Front
Open Links Panel
In Links Panel, open fly-away menu
Click Embed Image
Dialog box pops up
Click Convert Layers to Objects
File / Save target file
Close and reopen to double-check if the Link is broken, so no future mishaps with deleted linked files.
No more linked images, no more headaches.
Workin’ hard. Wanna FINISH the final draft by end of March.
These are the latest panels in a sequence of Nomads gathering grasses and preparing them for a feast…
Beautiful sketch style! Nicolas Jolly! Does watercolors too!
I just keep crankin’ out the panels, baby…
“But George, negative is good. That means everything is OK.”
Doctors need serious lessons in bedside manner because their standard jargon flies right over patients heads.
“Mr. Greene. I’m calling from the ________ Medical Center with your results! On the biopsy the results show an atypical mole that exhibits a negative trend towards melanoma and static trend towards common dysplastic nevus! Do you have any questions?”
Or something like that.
Couldn’t they have just said, “Mr. Greene? _________ Medical Center here. All clear! That little spot we took off your back was worry-free and your insurance covered everything. Have a nice day! God Bless Obamacare!” You get it? Maybe couch their language with positive terms at least?
Their good news just took ten years off my life!
Don’t sweat being single. Sure it’s nice to have company, but dating just means introducing yourself over and over. Feels a bit like this:
Some panels from my short story “One Step Behind the Sun” that I felt like animating today.
Used Illustrator, Photoshop, Power Point, and Camtasia Studio 8.
All my illustrations are made with a combination of Photoshop and Illustrator. In a nutshell, Photoshop lets me sketch out the base drawing of a Nomad Woman, then I import that base into Illustrator. In ILL, multiple layers are set over the Nomad Woman and then I dedicate each layer to tracing over a particular part of her (the hand, the skull, the face, the legs, etc.) with the Pen Tool. The Pen tool in ILL is dynamite for exactitude and sharp image creation, while PS is more for editing previously created images. Once the tracings (AKA ‘Paths’) are created with the Pen Tool I just choose a preset stroke weight and brush style, and it all “magically” turns into the look I need. Original images like of the woman, the bearded man, the child, the grazing Land Beast, etc., each image can take an average of a day just because I want to get it right. I have a certain look in mind, and I do my best to achieve that. Some images come very quickly, others not so quickly. In some cases, I do use Live Trace with Live Paint to create an outline I can work with, but that trick definitely doesn’t work the way I need with all images, and it can create artistic obstacles in other areas as well.
As for the animation itself, I took the final ILL files and turned them into JPG images. I put the JPG images into an animated PowerPoint slideshow. Then I recorded that slide show with Camtasia. The I turned the Camtasia file into an Mp4, and uploaded it to YouTube. Then I copied the YouTube address and put into my WordPress post for all to see.
The whole process sounds ridiculously retarded, and it probably is. However, being a hermit, I haven’t discovered a better way yet. If you know of any ways to save time, please let me know.
I’ve forced myself to do at least one panel per day. Since I’ve been in non-post for three days, I owe myself three panels.
I don’t want to work on this story anymore. I want to FINISH it. There’s a big difference.
The latest experimental panel in what will be the final draft of ‘One Step Behind the Sun’.
I found a silhouetted image on line. All black. I needed the shape of it, not the interior color.
I used Live Trace and Live Paint to strip the image of everything but the outline.
Very useful if the image you want to work with is relatively simple. Please feel free to add suggestions if you have other scenarios.
Latest panel in my illustrated short story. A transition panel, it doesn’t say a lot admittedly, but I just like pumping out the work. It helps to drink a lot of coffee and listen to Liquid Sound Lounge on WBAI.
Found a neat trick: Hold ALT and drag down the layers in the Layers Panel. You might guess you should drag on the target dots themselves but that doesn’t work.
If you have a lot of layers and sublayers to select at once in the Target dots, this is better than clicking them one at at time.
NOTE: This is a more advanced concept. If you don’t know yet what a Slide Master is, or how to create one, click HERE.
If you have a presentation with hundreds of slides, one look for all the slides may not do the trick. In this case you’ll want to use more than one Slide Master, and therefore have more than one look.
Click View / Slide Master.
You should already see one created with all the attendant layout suggestions.
Click Insert Slide Master.
A new Slide Master will appear beneath the old one.
Edit and design it to your specifications.
Staying on the Slide Master ribbon, go to the ‘Edit Theme’ group, and click the Themes icon.
Click ‘Save Current Theme’. (By the way, this is where I got initially confused. When you save a theme, you are actually saving the look of a Slide Master. Two different names for the same thing.)
Save it to it’s default location, or wherever you can easily access it.
Close the Master View.
You are back in your presentation with several slides.
In the Slides panel, select Slide #1, or multiple slides.
Click on the Design tab. (This is where I initially got confused even further. Design is just another word for Theme, which is just another word for Slide Master. Feel free to correct me if I’m wrong on this, but it’s the only way I can understand it. For the purposes of this tutorial, just think ‘Slide Master = Theme = Design’.)
Locate your recently created Slide Master(s).
If you simply click on any choice in the design tab, it will affect every single slide. We don’t want this.
We want multiple looks for multiple slides. So do NOT simply click on your choice in the Design tab, but instead, RIGHT CLICK.
The obvious choice from there is: Apply to Selected Slides.
First, I’d like to thank whoever cautioned me to stay out of the sun, because my dermatology exam turned up totally in-the-clear for any sort of melanomas. With the few brown spots on my back and freckles galore, I can get a little anxious. “Nothing evil,” sez my doc. Of course, I’ve learned that’s entirely the wrong language to use. One should say, “All clear,” otherwise the patient (that’s me) thinks, “Holy sh*t! Then what DO I have?” Sort of like saying, “You’ll be very comfortable,” instead of, “Don’t worry,” because then the only word that sticks in the mind of the person you want to calm down is: “WORRY!”
Second, I’d like to thank the Metropolitan Transit Authority ridership for snapping up four more copies of “Andy Hero of Brooklyn!” A fifty-page hand-drawn story for a mere two bucks? Who can resist?
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