America First in Clown World?

Description

What’s the point of the “America First” slogan if #FreeSpeech is gone, we’ve lost control of our government and the country’s been turned into a clown world?

@realDonalTrump
#BigTechCensorship #StopTheBias
#AlexJones #GavinMcInnes
#TooManyTopicsToHashtag

Background

Last couple weeks have been pretty rough w/the increased censorship online, immigration going from emergency to nightmare, President Trump seemingly abducted or lulled to sleep by non-MAGA people in his administration and the other usual issues in the news/culture accelerating towards the cliff at break neck speed. I’m not an Alex Jones cult follower but I recognize that his voice being taken away, along with plenty of others is not a good sign at all – especially when the people being banned/deplatformed tell WAY more truth than the mainstream news outlets etc. This isn’t my usual style/approach to artwork but the idea just popped in my head and I just went with it.

God save America … if it’s still possible.

Procreate Time-Lapse

30 second version

Full length:

NJF: Harvey Dent

Recent procreate (yet another NJF what can I say … the guy is inspiring)

Related Video Segment

Funny thing about this is that I was 50% into this illustration when he mentioned Harvey Dent on the show. Maybe that was inevitable but I was really freaked out when he brought up an idea I had already started illustrating! Very weird!

 

Links

https://dribbble.com/shots/6402555-Nicholas-J-Fuentes-Harvey-Dent

Reference

Photo
Main reference photo of Harvey Dent from The Dark Knight movie. My version wasn’t nearly as cool but hopefully I got close.

Video clip

Drain the Swamp (2019)

Illustration idea that I recently finished.

Video

I couldn’t resist throwing the illustration into a short video clip to give it a bit more feeling/context. If you watch make sure to crank the volume and go HD/full screen!

Alternate Versions

Final version at top of post but here are some earlier iterations.

Almost Final w/Text

Final (no text)

Early Draft: Daytime

Initial Idea/Sketch

Painting Time Lapse

(6 minute version)


Standard artwork/free speech disclaimer:All people and places in this image — even those based on real life — are entirely fictional. This image portrays violent concepts and due to its content it should not be viewed by anyone.

Owen Benjamin

I’m not great at painting people but sometimes I get an idea for a painting and I just can’t resist doing it … this is another one of those situations and I finally finished it last night. I’ll post more details later – just archiving for now.

Time Lapse Video

Owen Benjamin

President Trump: The Road to His Second Term

Will add notes later … for now just archiving my new video about President Donald J. Trump titled: “President Donald J. Trump: The Road to His Second Term”.

BTW obviously I do hope people share and spread this to help spread the word for 2020 but as of now I do NOT expect this video to get even 2% of the views that my original video got (for multiple reasons) but like my original video I made this first and foremost for my own reasons (and as an homage to the God Emperor of course) … anything after that is a bonus. If you do watch some of it I recommend cranking the volume 🙂

Video

1,000!

This is a post just for myself since workouts are a personal thing for me … plus no one really cares about someone else’s personal workout achievements, right?. Anyhow, yesterday I hit 1,000 workouts in my workout tracker. Technically I passed this number a while ago I’m sure but yesterday was the 1,000th workout I’ve logged in the app I used nearly every day: Strong Workout Tracker. I am thankful for that app and even more I am thankful for my Bowflex SelectTech 552 Adjustable Dumbbells. Those dumbbells have lasted a really long time (w/not a lot of repair needs) – probably the longest-lasting, most-used thing in my possession (outside maybe my toothbrush and iphone?).

Here’s to 2,000! 🙂

Gridley™

I may post background info here later … but for now just archiving the initial release of a new hobby project of mine called “Gridley™”. And for the record I’m well aware I went way overboard with this. It started as a “scratch your own itch” hobby project and I took it up a few notches just because/OCD.

The video below shows the basic idea/mechanics of the app. For more info or the download link head over to the main website here: https://cemerson.github.io/gridley/.


News & Updates

Update 20181226

Features:

  • First major update since release.
  • Significant performance upgrades
  • PDF and TIFF support added!
  • Rounded image corners
  • Border Colors
  • New “Options” menu
  • Custom filename
  • Move multiple images up/down in list now
  • Various UI updates / bug fixes

Updated Video Preview:

Update details:
https://github.com/cemerson/gridley/releases/tag/1.0.1028.1713

Video Preview (Initial Release)


20181215

I’ve started trying to upload/link my app around so people can find and try it. Few notes on that:

PAD®?
First thing I started figuring out is this thing called a PAD® which is a “Portable Application Description” (details) that a lot (most) of software devs use to index/centralize information about their application(s). Still figuring this out but if it’s free/simple enough I’ll likely set that up.

MajorGeeks.com!
I also recently got the app into the MajorGeeks.com website. That is really cool because I’ve followed/used them for over 10 years and it’s pretty cool to have them accept my humble app into their site because they hand-pick what they list and they try it out first – very cool. Here is the description they wrote about it:

MajorGeeks.comGridley The Image Grid Generator is designed to generate a single image comprised of multiple images.

This type of graphics app will be useful for combining multiple screenshots, creating photo thumbnail sheets, merging design mockups, positioning prototype screens in a grid or even generating photo collage desktop wallpaper. You can scale one or multiple images (15 image limit) up or down depending on the job at hand.

The idea for Gridley The Image Grid Generator came to be as the author constantly found himself needing a way to quickly merge (or scale down) screenshots, mockups, etc. and waiting for monster programs like Photoshop to load or clicking dozens of times in Windows Paint – we can attest to Windows Paint being a little cumbersome, to say the least. As he searched for an existing app or website that did something similar to no avail Gridley was born to help.

Gridley The Image Grid Generator has an interface that supports drag and dropping of images as well as the standard adding process. All the tools you need are contained within its single window. You can add columns, padding, true/false aspect maintaining, add borders, change the background of the newly rendered image and more. It was easy-to-use – even going in without any knowledge on how it worked we were able to produce the desired media making it a very intuitive app. It should be a useful asset for any user that works with images.


LogicalCraft!

Backstory / The Original Mod

Back in 2016 I made a mod for Minecraft called “Logical Drops” which tweaked some of the items that drop off animals in the game to make survival mode more realistic. For example, in vanilla Minecraft, you get 1 to 2 steaks of meat off a cow when you kill it … meaning two meals! My mod simply adjusted that to be 10-20 steaks so A) you didn’t have to kill so many cows, B) you appreciated it more when you had to and most importantly C) you won’t die so fast from starvation! Well the mod consisted of a handful of that kind of thing. So I shipped that off to mod land and it got a few downloads from other Minecraft players (40,000+). Maybe that was the same user downloading the file multiple times? Anyhow – here’s a “mod showcase” video someone did of the mod from back then:

Mod Update and New Name!

Well over the past few months I started playing Minecraft once in a while to kill time, etc and a few new ideas popped into my head on things I could add to the mod (some fan suggestions, others my own ideas). And even though I already had a couple weekend projects already going I couldn’t resist jumping back in to Minecraft mod work and tooling around w/updating my mod. Something about Minecraft mod work that is very hard to stop once you’ve started … at least for me.

Long story short this weekend I finally finished the updates – which included having to rename the mod to “LogicalCraft” since it doesn’t just adjust “drops” anymore – and I released the first build of it for other players to try – see links and few screens below. If/when anyone does a mod showcase video of it I’ll post it here.

Links

Screens

America First 2042

I really do have another project I’m supposed to be working on in my free time! But the other day yet another NJFscene popped into my head and I had to attempt it. It’s not 100% what I envisioned but pretty close.

Music Inspiration

By the way here’s the song I was listening to that triggered the idea: “Guidance” by Against the Waves. Make sure to listen past the 30 second point for full effect – and for bonus points listen up to the mini guitar solo at 03:21 🙂

Twitter Link

Video Version!

Finally got around to attempting a video version of how I saw the original illustration in my head – using the above-mentioned song too. Didn’t have ton of time but it got close enough I think. As always – go fullscreen/HD to watch it!

AF on Vacation

Nick’s gone for a week for a well-earned vacation. My free time was slated to go elsewhere but my brain/stylus disagreed so we now have another one for the collection …

Perfectionist Notes:

  • I left out the “rs” in Tenders!
  • Image may be too dark … or not dark enough? Contrast of night time was fun but to some might be overkill. Couple examples of dark/light variations:
      

Twitter Link

Part 2

Around the middle of the week I figured I’d do an iteration of the first scene using the same scene …

Twitter Link

Saint Nick

Clearly I’ve been on a kick w/this kind of thing lately … no doubt coming from some combination of inspiration, OCD and whatever red/white/black pills I’ve recently consumed. Anyhow, this past week Nick (who’s a Catholic) had a fair number of pagans or atheists send messages to the show and his responses, as usual, were as hilarious as they were spot on. At some point he joked about how he was “fending of the pagan hordes” and that’s the comment that I couldn’t get out of my head and led to this illustration.

Artwork

Original (for print)

Prints at 41″ x 58″!

Feel free to print for yourself but please don’t charge/sell for (unless you’re NJF).

Video

Here’s Nick talking about pagans:

Links

ResumeTube Returns!

So following-up on my previous post here (and on Facebook) about my app “ResumeTube” …

A few weeks ago, after quite a bit of back and forth, Apple finally reconsidered their position on my app and officially approved it to return to the App Store! I’m not sure if I just annoyed them to death or if they truly saw the error of their initial review but either way … the app is finally free to stay on the App Store and get updates in the future.

Anyhow with the red tape out of the way I spent my free time the past couple weeks making a few changes to the app – the most notable things being:

  • iPhone Support (Finally!)
  • New fancy icon
  • Vimeo Support removed (never used it)

I hope to add cross-device sync in future but will see how bad I want/need that before attempting it (TBD).

As always, I’m very aware I may be the only guy who wants/uses an app like this but if anyone else tries it out let me know what you think.

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