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Just finished my first art tutorial for Inkscape - you can see it here on YouTube.

Featuring:

  • Awkward pauses!
  • A pop-up message from Facebook Arcade because I forgot to turn it off!
  • Me not really knowing how to end the tutorial!

It's a short video, covering some tricks with the Bezier Pen Tool and the Pencil Tool.  Give it a watch, give it a Like (if you like it), Subscribe (if you want).  Share with others and I will be grateful.

On a completely unrelated note, I won tickets to KOI fest!  Actually my wife won them last week, and this was funny – I tried winning another pair this morning, since every time we’ve called in to CJIQ we’ve either been one away or we've won.  So this morning I decide to get greedy and call in.  Anyways, I missed by one, they answer with “Oh!  We just gave those tickets away.”  And I was thinking that’s fine, we’ve got tickets anyways.  And then the DJ comes back on the radio and he’s like “Congratulations to Kyle for winning the KOI Fest tickets” and I’m like “Wait a minute… does CJIQ have so few listeners that the contest came down to two guys named Kyle…?”

I kid, I love CJIQ.  Seriously though - REALLY easy to win tickets from that station.

  • Drinking: Coffee.
George Chuvalo by Seothen
George Chuvalo

With Muhammad Ali's death art sites will be flooded with portraits of the boxer - some as a genuine tribute, some as a cynical tie-in to trending hashtags that give an artist more exposure (happens any time anyone famous dies).  I haven't illustrated anything recently and thought an Ali portrait might get me creating.

I decided to draw George Chuvalo instead.  Ali was faster, stronger, maybe tougher - maybe not, probably smarter... and he'd never be recognized as the boxer Ali was.  But a very wise video game character once said that winning isn't about being better than anyone else, winning is about knowing what you really want.  (Morte, Planescape)

I'd rather be the guy who never gave up, win or lose.

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A Physical History of the Night Before - Vector by Seothen
A Physical History of the Night Before - Vector

I realize illustrating a water glass in front of a wine glass near a kleenex box with a baseball bat in the corner of the room is becoming a bit clichéd, but I still wanted to give a shot at it.

The wine glass and glass of water are, yes, an indication of how the previous night ended.  The baseball bat and kleenex, however, are not related.

I'm happy with its technical qualities - I think I'm approaching a painterly feel inside a Vector art program (Inkscape), but thematically it's possibly the worst image ever created, rivalled only by... I don't know, maybe the sun coming up over a garden hose on a lawn that's starting to get a bit dry.  If no one else wants to tackle that, I will.

Vector done in Inkscape, 2016, Kyle Murphy.

To see the photo reference and vector lines used, click: kylemurphyart.wordpress.com/20…

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Making Plans is Taunting the Universe by Seothen
Making Plans is Taunting the Universe

I was in halfway almost decent borderline passable shape back in my late twenties to mid thirties.  Then, two entirely opposite yet equally painful injuries happened: first, I badly sprained my right ankle.  Then, I badly sprained my left ankle.

I cancelled my gym membership, as it’s difficult to get to the gym when you can’t get around without having to hop on the leg that hurts the least that day (and will hurt the most the next day, since you just spent the previous day hopping on it).

Now at age 39, the ankles have healed, and I’ve traded the gym – along with all its germs, attitude, monthly fees, and other unpleasantness – for an exercise bike and free weights.  It’s my aim, by the time I hit 40, to once again be back in the kind of shape that could be called “adequate” or not “entirely embarrassing.”

There’s two problems with this – the first is that I currently look like Grissom; some might take that as a compliment, but he’s almost sixty in this picture.  People don’t realize that when they stop me and say, “Has anyone ever told you that you look like Grissom?”, they’re actually asking me if I realize I look sixty.  But a few years/pounds ago, I never received any actor comparisons.  I’m not sure, but for whatever reason I might miss getting the Grissom question.

The second problem, and point of this post, is that the quickest way to experience the universe’s sense of humour first-hand is to make plans.

You know when you hear about someone being eaten by a shark?  Wouldn’t have happened if they hadn’t planned on not being eaten by a shark.  You know who never gets eaten by a shark?  Someone who entertains the possibility, without committing either way; you never hear about them getting eaten.

Done in Inkscape, prepped in Krita, Kyle Murphy 2016

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Isaac Brock - Modest Mouse by Seothen
Isaac Brock - Modest Mouse
Vector done in Inkscape; I love Modest Mouse, so I referenced a still frame from "The Ground Walks, with Time in a Box" video.  The Hue combinations came from a suggestion by Sol-Caninus sol-caninus.deviantart.com/  though I didn't think I accomplished what the combination can really achieve in an image (ie. related to depth); more I think it just blends with my current comic style to create drama.
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Kyle Murphy
Artist | Professional | Digital Art
Canada
Contact Kyle through dA or by his email kylemurphyart@gmail.com for commission work.

Current Residence: Ontario
Favourite photographer: Serrano
Favourite cartoon character: Xander Crews
Personal Quote: Nostalgia rocks, though maybe not as much as it used to.
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Just finished my first art tutorial for Inkscape - you can see it here on YouTube.

Featuring:

  • Awkward pauses!
  • A pop-up message from Facebook Arcade because I forgot to turn it off!
  • Me not really knowing how to end the tutorial!

It's a short video, covering some tricks with the Bezier Pen Tool and the Pencil Tool.  Give it a watch, give it a Like (if you like it), Subscribe (if you want).  Share with others and I will be grateful.

On a completely unrelated note, I won tickets to KOI fest!  Actually my wife won them last week, and this was funny – I tried winning another pair this morning, since every time we’ve called in to CJIQ we’ve either been one away or we've won.  So this morning I decide to get greedy and call in.  Anyways, I missed by one, they answer with “Oh!  We just gave those tickets away.”  And I was thinking that’s fine, we’ve got tickets anyways.  And then the DJ comes back on the radio and he’s like “Congratulations to Kyle for winning the KOI Fest tickets” and I’m like “Wait a minute… does CJIQ have so few listeners that the contest came down to two guys named Kyle…?”

I kid, I love CJIQ.  Seriously though - REALLY easy to win tickets from that station.

  • Drinking: Coffee.

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Sol-Caninus Featured By Owner Edited Apr 28, 2016   General Artist
Hi Kyle.  Doing some research and wondering if Krita is essentially similar to Manga Studio 5; is it based on that program?  
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So, answered my own question doing more research. LOL.  No.  Not the same and not based on it. 
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Sol-Caninus Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2016   General Artist
Downloaded the Krita installer.  Just waiting for a lull to install.  Anything I need to know before I do? :O 
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Seothen Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
From what I remember the install process was pretty smooth - custom brushes, nahsomuch (but not super difficult either).

Do you use custom brushes in PS frequently?  I believe it's this Watercolor brush set I tried recently and loved: grindgod.deviantart.com/art/Kr…
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Sol-Caninus Featured By Owner Edited Apr 14, 2016   General Artist
Haha.  Noooo.  All I've ever used are the soft round and hard round, the latter only recently.  Before I can make use of brushes, I really have to nail down color!  Skills before frills, eh?  
Okay, then.  Thanks.  Plunged into a crisis today that will have me running around for a little while. Things could get worse before they get better.  May have to put art on hold.  But as soon as things settle, I'll install it and take it for a test drive.
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Nix the above.  Installed it.  Reminds me of Mischief and ArtRage and some others like that.  The lines are beautiful - one can make tapered ink lines as with a real brush, something PS won't do.  But, it's going to take a long time to figure out how to do things in this program - simple things, like setting up a new file without background color (transparent) instead of white, or another color.  Well . . . can't beat the price. :D
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Seothen Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
That's the thing - they say you get what you pay for but then there's a sunset; so why were we paying a bunch of money for all the things that mean so less?

Take a look at the Curve_Recurvy default brush, among others.  Great stuff, really responsive to both Mouse and Pen Tablet, different for both.
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Sol-Caninus Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2016   General Artist
How about ability to rotate the canvas (quickly) in Krita - did you look into it?  Can you do it?  (I'm not talking about going through a lengthy tree in the pull down menu.  I mean a key command or button press.)
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Seothen Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Yep, unfortunately it's mapped to a key combo rather than a single key: forum.kde.org/viewtopic.php?f=…

CTRL + ]  or  [

If you can manually map your tablets buttons though you could just make rotating the canvas a button touch away.
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Sol-Caninus Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2016   General Artist
Oh.  A key combo like that isn't bad at all!  That's par for the course.  In CS2 there is no combo for this, however.  One has to pull down a menu and navigate several steps to the rotate command, then specify degrees of rotation . . . when that's locked in and entered, one must repeat the entire procedure to go back t the original position.  It's a major break in the workflow - not worth the expense of time and effort.  In CS4 and later versions there is a toggle switch in the tools palette.  Click.  Bam! Done.

Sounds good.  Since I won't be upgrading CS2 any time soon, Krita could be my new workhorse program. It's at least worth it to test it. Will let you know how it goes.  Thanks.  
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Seothen Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Right on, looking forward to hearing what you think of Krita and what you come up with.
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Sol-Caninus Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2016   General Artist
Been very quiet, Kyle.  Got something in the works?  
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