Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Chromebooks: Tech Talk

Personally, I'm a giant tech nerd. I love computers, technology, and game consoles. So when I heard about the Chrome OS, I expected a Windows ripoff, knowing Google. But I was surprised to see that it seemed to be a mix of OS X Mavericks and Ubuntu Linux, and I really like the polished appearance of it.The laptops come in different varieties core-wise. Dell, Intel, etc. The only thing I'm really disappointed about is the fact you can't download anythingAnything! Yes, you can save it to drive and get chrome apps, but any other windows/mac/linux program is incompatible. That's one of my only problems with it.

I love the easy startup. It reminds me of the Mac's sleep mode and how you can turn the computer/monitor off and on very quickly in rapid succession. A problem with this, though, is that connecting back to the internet is a pain. Sometimes it takes minutes to reconnect. It's a small inconvenience, but I'm just nitpicking here. It's a nice OS and it's small but functional. 

In terms of physical features, I was a bit confused about how there's no caps-lock button. Yes, you could hold shift, but caps-lock is fun now and again. The screen display is a decent quality, and the keys are really nice and aren't choppy, laggy, or too big like the Windows keyboards. I also like how it's lightweight and easy to carry, much like the Macbook Air.

All in all, it's a nice little computer with a few quirks. I like it.

Monday, May 12, 2014


Usually, when I draw, I don't like doing linework. Lineart is basically tracing over a sketch with black (usually, I do my sketches in light blue so they're easy to trace over). Tracing is a fundamental part of art, animation specifically (animating is THE biggest pain) but that doesn't mean it's not bothersome. When I remove the sketch layer and look at the lineart, I cringe. The sketch looked better then the lineart! It's really ridiculous. 

I attempted to animate in Photoshop CC once. I don't know why everyone likes it. It's tedious, there's no color wheel, only color sliders, and the brushes are....Blech. My lineart usually comes out looking even worse than before with CC. I can't say anything about Flash, since I haven't gotten it yet, but I will someday.

Lineart is a huge pain. It's not as big of a pain as coloring, but still a pain nonetheless. I wish I had SAI, but I'm content with Manga Studio. SAI's lineart has a special charm to it, a charm that makes it look better. I've used SAI only once, and it didn't have pen pressure, but hey, it's better than nothing. Drawing is a hobby of mine, and it's going to be a career, but boy is it tedious. Sketching, on the other hand, is enjoyable. The other components are aggravating, though.