I’m just going to leave this video here because it’s so helpful. Thanks, Mike.
Adjusting the focus of the camera’s diopter has always been a pretty big bugaboo of mine. It sounds dumb to say because it’s almost a no-brainer but I find that this little adjustment knob is easy to bump without realizing it. I have done this many times and it always takes me forever to pinpoint the issue. I always assume I’m just blind or my glasses are dirty.
I’m very excited to officially announce the launch of my new digital online store through Gumroad. There are so many options for digital store platforms now it was kind of difficult to choose one over another but I was really just looking for something to help me share content with other artists. I haven’t planned out exactly what I want the store to be but I know I have a lot to offer. To start I’ve uploaded a few packs of images I’ve shot- skies, rocks, smoke- that hopefully other artists will find helpful in their own projects.
I’d like to take a second to put some emphasis on image quality. I’ve found a lot of good stock image websites (which I’ll make a post about later) but there’s nothing better than shooting something myself. I hate it when I find a stock image I like but the resolution is too low or the image quality is poor because the photographer has no idea what they’re doing. Honestly, I find that there’s still too many low-quality images on the web to choose from and I’d like to change that. However, I don’t feel like I need to completely reinvent the wheel here, there isn’t much I’m offering yet that’s really unique to my store other than all the images are shot by me personally so you can rest assured they’re not garbage. Right now, I’d just like to try and use my new online store to increase the number high-quality images available on the web for artists to use. If you can find something that works for you in my store, great, if not then I’m still sad to see you go. Bear in mind that I just started this store and I’ll be adding new content as regularly as possible.
My point is that I want to live in a world where image quality and resolution is a nonfactor when deciding what images or digital products to download and use. I’d like to raise the image quality level of artists’ work to a higher standard. I’m sick of seeing new artists online create a cool concept that falls apart because low-quality images were used and I want to help make a difference there if I can.
Again, I’m not sure exactly what the future of the store will be but I’ll gladly take suggestions. Check it out HERE.
Hi again, it’s been a while. I’ve added some new content to my website you might be interested in viewing. I created a retouching page to feature some of the editing work I’ve been doing the past few months.
Check it out here: http://www.alexhawkphotography.com/retouching
The format of this page is different from the others on my website because I wanted it to be more interactive. Each image on the page has a slider in the middle of it that you can drag back and forth to see the image before my editing and after.
There’s also a small description above each image where I talk a little bit about what needed to be done to each image that should help you to understand what you’re looking at in terms of edits and changes. Let me know what you think! I’ll be adding more content there as it gets completed.
I found this artist just the other day and I already forget how I came across her work but I love it. I think I had followed a concept artist on Twitter and Piper’s Twitter page came up on the related profiles to follow.
Piper is a freelance character designer/illustrator/artist that has worked for Nickelodeon, Dream Works and Intel.
I love how fleshed out her style is already. It’s easy to forget how many different styles of art there are within just one medium. For example, Piper’s work is very different from Pascal’s work even though they both use similar drawing and painting tools in Photoshop to represent 3D objects in a 2D space.
If you’d like to support Piper you can do so on her Patreon Page and also give her a follow on social media: DeviantART Tumblr Twitter Instagram
I’ve been following Brandon Stanton’s Humans of New York project for a while now but I had not made an Artists & Inspiration post on it yet. Instead of talking about Humans of New York and writing out a big block of text I have found an equally interesting Chase Jarvis Live video interview you can check out.
Chase Jarvis does occasional CJLive broadcasts featuring other creatives and he had Brandon on for an interview not too long ago.
I’ll leave you with the video available for viewing here: