Studio notes: I printed this out at 16 x 21 inches on 100% rag paper (full bleed, i.e., no border). The hard edges and solid colors of the curving pixel art lines give the printed image a certain "pop," as an object hanging on a wall, owing to the contrast between those sharply defined areas and the softer, photographic parts. It feels complete to me, not needing additional cutting or collaging. Possibly because so many of the texture decisions are worked out on the screen, and the printer is reproducing them faithfully.
Conceptually was probably influenced by Reneabythe's photo-comparison Cecily Brown vs Garbage Pix. Yes, there's a bit of "my kid could do that" sneering in those pairings but Cecily Brown kind of deserves it (her earliest work looked like copulating rabbit entrails but I'm not sure what it's supposed to be now -- bee yoo tee ful painting?). The art and technology website Rhizome.org is having a panel this week on "digital painting" (props to andrej and mirrrroring) but two topics they probably won't be discussing are (i) Cecily Brown vs Garbage (could this be the "new abstraction" they are talking about?) and (ii) Artists Who Have Finally Said F.U. to Apple and Windows and Are Switching to Linux. Those would be my salon des refusés topics.
Drawn with Linux MyPaint and GIMP. As noted previously, if you use the "pencil" tool in GIMP it doesn't anti-alias. Interestingly you can stay in pencil mode and use some of the other brushes, which behave kind of like pixel art. This pile is a tangle of brush experiments, as well as some things you can do with tinting layers via airbrush (in non-pencil mode).
RSS readers were adding a white stripe down the middle of the previous image so it's been remade from an HTML table (ooh specialized knowledge) to a single GIF.
[HTML table version removed; see GIF version]
the left panel was made with GIMP and Online Image Editor; the right was made with GIMP (after I figured out how to use it)
At some point I converted these backgrounds to "indexed color" (don't know how) -- this meant I couldn't change the color using the bucket fill (don't know why).
I learned from "help" that I could change the image "mode" from indexed to RGB.
That enabled me to add the background colors.
drawn using cloudpaint (online MacPaint clone), Linux MyPaint and GIMP
ffog (Joel Cook) does a regular internet radio show on anon radio called Please & Discomfort.
On August 18, his set included about an hour of my tunes, which he streamed from my Bandcamp pages. An archived version of this linkjayed mix is available, so check it out: [mp3]
I appreciated hearing his choices -- thanks, ffog!
On Monday night, 11 pm (Central), Midnight (Eastern), I'll be doing a guest mix for ffog's show. Will post details on Monday (Aug 31). These will be tunes I like by other people, including vintage prog, current-ish techno, and 60s soundtrack music.
drawn with Linux MyPaint
Posted this earlier and took it down because it was meshing poorly with the surrounding imagery (no pun intended). This is an ongoing problem with the blog format.
The high contrast rough weave background is a MyPaint default so I'm treating it as a found image. It's kind of nuts -- the "natural" fiber is almost pure pixel art when you inspect it closely. The watercolor effects of the paint program don't so much soak into this weave as hover in front of it. All this puts it into "so bad it's good" territory, at least conceptually.
Update: Reposted the above at its intended size (500 x 500 pixels). The frames were made in GIMP and assembled in my old Windows GIF program. Earlier today I posted a 400 x 400 version assembled in Online Image Editor. It was resizing to fit OIE's 400 x 400 max dimensions and anti-aliasing, which is more tasteful but not what I intended for this GIF.
Update 2: Assembled the frames using GIMP and re-posted. I opened the frames (png files) as layers and exported as a GIF animation with the following items checked: (A) one frame per layer (replace)*; (B) 100 ms delay; (C) use delay entered above for all frames; (D) use disposal entered above for all frames. I left "interlace" unchecked. Per the help page: "Checking interlace allows an image on a web page to be progressively displayed as it is downloaded." Another thing I learned about GIMP: the pencil tool, which can be set to different widths, does not use antialiasing, so it's the tool of choice for pixel artists.
*Actually for a group of opaque frames the "disposal" doesn't seem to matter. The default is "I don't care."
Click for jumbo graphic showing many odious features of Windows 10. [via] Can't vouch for the accuracy of all this but the marginal notes to the company happytalk amuse.
Microsoft isn't even pretending anymore that you have ultimate control over the PC you bought; it's essentially a little outpost or embassy of their company that sits in your home, gathering data and funneling it back to their HQ in Washington state.
Some of these spyware features are even being added to Windows 7 and 8 computers, under the guise of necessary security updates. PCMasterRace, a Reddit for gamers who favor PCs over consoles (because you have more say about how your programs are managed, updated, etc -- ha!) has a cheat sheet for how to remove "telemetry" from a Windows 7 or 8 PC (hat tip rene).
Microsoft apparently isn't embarrassed by the heavy handed tactics that are losing the "nerd" constituency. They just want to imitate Apple (closed environment, surveillance for your own good, treating users like simpletons) but are doing it with less finesse than the "computer for creatives" does.
If you are ready to make the switch to Linux but are concerned about "driver issues" for your hardware, [PLUG] ThinkPenguin sells Linux-loaded desktops and laptops that work with standard mice, keyboards, monitors, printers (HP, though, not Epson), and Wacom tablets. The sound cards and graphics cards on ThinkPenguin gear also come Linux-enabled. The Mint operating system somewhat resembles Windows XP; Thunderbird, Firefox and VLC come pre-installed in the OS (where they work better than on Windows).