The Artist Journal: Anatomy Practice

Currently for the past two weeks, I have been trying to develop my anatomy drawing skills and so far progress is going well. Yet… I’m always dissapointing myself with my lack of knowledge, or the fact that I draw certain body parts out of proportion or perspective. All I can do is practice practice practice and I have a couple of books to learn from too. Here’s some drawings for show:

In my honest opinion I feel I’m slowly developing in drawing skills but yet severely lacking the skills I want & need. There are quite I few ways I can aproach this problem: study books, talk to artists, watch videos and of course… Practice practice practice. In fact, I can probably do all those, as I need to study as much material and get as much professional advice as I can. So I guess I’ve got to study books and videos, talk to people and practice hard.

If anyone has any advice and such, please feel free to let me know and I will gladly accept it. Any other comments, just drop ’em in.

Youtube: My first ViDoc

Yeah I posted my first ViDoc on youtube (short for video document). You can always go onto my new channel to show your support, but for your benefit, here it is!

 

As the title of the video suggests, it’s an introduction. For me, it is my very first step into developing myself as a true professional artist and ALSO the first step to becoming a comic book illustrator. CONQUEST COME SOON!

The Laptop…

..One of the modern every-day devices guaranteed to find their way into the homes of many. The idea of a laptop is portability: that you can do whatever computer work you want/need in any place you like. It is definitely ideal for people on the move who want to work during travel or while on breaks from their work hours. This idea has grown and developed so that laptops are more specifically made to suit the needs of the customer. What I mean is the functionality, portability and customisation options available today in all laptops equate to a device that has outgrown its original purpose.

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There are various kinds of specifications that are tailored to certain types of people:

High Speed Internet – Bloggers, socialites and Video Streamers.

HD Graphics – Artists, Gamers and Graphic Designers.

Surround HD Audio Quality – Musicians, Music Lovers and budding Actors.

Size & Portability – Business people, bloggers and journalists.

Large Hard Drive Memory – Moviemakers and programmers.

There is a small power icon that starts-up the laptop and is a common symbol for all powered devices, being it is an open circle like the letter C with a line going through the middle into the centre.

This is commonly found on the keyboard face of the laptop somewhere near the hard drive (CD Slot), or can be found on the side of the laptop sometimes. Depending on how you want to use your laptop, there are different models that can fulfil those needs better than some of the more commonly purchased ones. I suggest visiting your local computer hardware store and inquiring about laptops that are best suited to your criteria, since the staff are largely obligated to assist you in terms of customer service and professionalism. Don’t feel embarrassed to ask questions as not everyone is not technologically sound.

(above) Windows 7 control panel. (above right) Power Button, regular symbol.

Generally, any laptop with the Windows 7 OS (Operating System) will have a control panel similar to this, being the benefits that it’s clean, tidy and easy to use. Also shown in the control panel, it looks at all the basic functions and options for your laptop and a lot of these settings can be changed to provide a custom experience. Changing the settings is as simple as clicking one of the options in the control panel, which can be found in the start menu, conveniently located in the bottom left hand corner as the windows icon.

As mentioned earlier, depending on your needs, different laptops fulfil those needs better so going to a computer store and experimenting on the laptops on display will give you a feel of which ones you like best. Obviously, the more expensive, the better the quality but sometimes you may find a cheap one that does everything you expected it to do AND more. Just look around and see what best suits you.

Windows 7 is the most commonly used operating system and another suggestion would be to dabble around on your new device (especially in the control panel) and just have a play around on it. Automatically in the start menu, you should find that the pre-requisite internet browser is in the menu, as well as basic functions that are key-noted for the laptop’s initial purpose. Hope this helps you all get a little more insight on laptops, but don’t be afraid to experiment.

Help on Video Conferencing

Given the development of digital communication, we can create and share data with millions of people across the world in vastly reduced amounts of time. An example is the social networking site called Facebook, which you can send pictures, posts, videos etc across to another user’s page and they could be on the other side of the globe and it may take only a few seconds.

Of course, as internet speeds and bandwidth increase, it is now possible to share live video calls with another person over the use of the internet and a small device called a “Webcam.” The name is pretty self-explanatory, as it’s a camera you use over the internet and with various computer-related software. Now sharing live video over the internet on a 1to1 basis or with a group of people, is called “Video Conferencing.” Video Conferencing is commonly used during business meetings, family group calls, things like that. Of course, there are many small variants of the Video Conferencing concept, which include sharing your webcam in website chatrooms… But there are also downloadable software packages with  video calling in mind, like Skype.

But how does it work? To help explain the basics, I will use Skype for this. NOTE: This is in no way an instructional post on how to use Skype but it will include a couple of details to explain how it works and how it works ONLY.

The is the basic layout of the video conference. Various settings to customise your video display and audio are located in various sections of this page (shown above). Left clicking on one of the user’s videos will shrink the others and enlarge the one you selected and this is a useful tool to see objects in that person’s video call more clearly (depending on video quality).

On the left is where all your contacts will be stored, as well as your Facebook contacts if you have connected the two accounts together. Initiating a Skype call is as simple as left-clicking the desired person and clicking call, call with video, or in the case shown in the picture above, call phone. You add more people to the call by clicking Conversation at the top and then Add People. That is the summary of how Skype video conferences operate.

You will have to understand that social networking sites do it a little differently and most of them would ask for your permission to access your camera before use (differs depending on site and if the camera is a USB Device). All that require is a couple of clicks indicated by the specific website and your WebCam is live in chatrooms.

Well, there are the basics and make no mistake, this is quick and simple for explanatory purposes, so I hope you have picked something up from this post. As always, I am available to offer advice and more information if you require it, but for now, good luck and have fun.