Fake Landscapes I

This isn’t the first “fake” landscape I’ve done but since I may be doing more of them with procreate on iPad I thought I’d come up with a series title. I’m still getting used to procreate because it’s still not nearly as comfortable for me to use as Sketchbook Pro – but hopefully that will change with time. Again, the best thing about procreate is that is allows the creation of paintings 1920 x 1408 (see this week’s painting at that size here).

Evacuation V

There was no doubt riots and mass chaos across the nation last week when I didn’t post a weekly painting on Sunday. My apologies for any trauma any of you suffered from that. That week was just a bad combination of “no ideas” and being too busy. I did spend time painting each day but I had to toss one because it was so bad and the 2nd one wasn’t near ready on Sunday. Anyhow – here’s the latest one – yet another in the “Evacuation” series. There are some areas that need more detail but I’ve spent long enough on this guy so I’m setting him free. I hope ideas are easier to come by this week!

Here’s the full set of Evacuation so far:

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TC 2011

I do a fairly good job saving bookmarks with Delicious every time I find something online I find interesting, helpful etc – but I thought it might be helpful (for myself) to occasionally create a post that mentions the latest few things I’ve come across in some kind of “time capsule” format so I can look back and see some kind of history/archival of these things outside my bookmarks. As usual, few disclaimers up front:

Disclaimers

  • For this first post it’s hard for me to not go back 6-12 months to mention things I think are much more impressive – but I’m going to resist that urge and just post things from here on out (starting with last week).
  • These posts may be weekly, monthly or even less frequent – no idea yet… we’ll see I guess.
  • The variety of items mentioned in these posts will likely be all over the place – so if I mention “solving world hunger” next to “awesome new iPhone accessory” please don’t assume I give them both equal weight!

In any case – here’s the list of things for this time capsule:

Time Capsule 20110905

  1. Book (by David Allen): Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity
      This is definitely the “big” item for this time capsule. Naturally it’s a bit embarassing that I’m only finding out about this just now (since it’s ~10 years old) – but I still am finding it fascinating. As late as I am to the party, I don’t feel too bad because:

      • Google had the book author come do a talk in 2007
      • Completely coincidentally, one of our customers at work is currently implementing this into their existing training curriculum
      • And finally, most importantly, I’ve found quite a few (current) iPad/iPhone apps built around this “GTD” methodology as well!


      In any case – I’m working my way through the book/audio book now and am obviously hoping to quadruple my productivity/efficiency in the weeks to come – I’ll get back to you on how that turns out!


  2. iPad App Omnifocus
      This is one of the more famous iPad apps (for certain groups) that falls into the productivity category. This one has the (unofficial) backing of David Allen (author of book above) so naturally I’m interested in learning and/or adopting this app into my work/life… another – time will tell item.

      For all those out there who swear by the “rival” app “Things“, I’ve researched both (and personally think Things looks cooler) but from what I can tell Omnifocus has a bit more GTD engrained than Things does (they even wrote up a whitepaper about it) so I’m going w/that for now.

  3. iPad App: Procreate for iPad
      I’ve been using Autodesk’s Sketchbook on iPhone/iPad for a long time now but a couple weeks ago I found out about this app because it was the first (AFAIK) to include “hi res” painting at 1408×1920 – which about doubles what all other iPhone/iPad painting apps have achieved to-date. The app also has some other features I’ve wanted in Sketchbook like paint blending, and more interesting brush types. It’s a different style of painting so it’s going to take a bit to get used to it. I’ve been experimenting with this app over the past couple weeks and will (hopefully) have something to show from it soon.
  4. Design Resource: CSS Gradient Generator
      I’m sure there are 2 dozen similar tools out there, but I found this last week and thought it was very cool/functional and I’m sure I’ll use it again in the future.
  5. Design Resource: 100 free @font-face fonts
      I, like many others, am addicted to fonts so naturally I bookmarked this link as soon as I saw it. I’m not sure who actually enforces legal/illegal font usage online but apparently these are all free for online use if you’re a stickler for that kind of thing.

Odd Scenes by Moonlight II

This painting is not as horrific as it might seem. I really did imagine the train in a stopped position here – so to all the folks claiming I kill bunnies for sport… untrue! This is another one that looks best on the iPad so the contrast/color is slightly off for PC/Mac screen viewing (all 3 of you with iPads enjoy the knowledge that you’re seeing it as it should be!). I actually have been spending some of my painting-a-day time practicing with another iPad painting app I found recently – but don’t have anything to show from that yet… soon though – stay tuned.