Sketches for armors
Might do some more of these tomorrow
Sketches for armors
Might do some more of these tomorrow
I got my little brother Armored Core: Verdict Day for his birthday and we’ve just now gotten to actually trying it out.
Needless to say, constructing and piloting giant, high-speed mechas with enough firepower to wipe out entire cities is damned good fun. Who knew?
It seems to be a lot more in-depth than previous iterations and really refined the multiplayer faction and mercenary work they were going for in AC:V. Not sure if it’s a “good” thing or not though. All the numbers makes it makes it harder to get newer players into the game, but is just delicious for vets of the series who really like to make Cores and test out tons of parts. And I can’t wait until I get to see what toys are in the new Ultimate Weapon slot!
But until my brother and I can get good enough parts and weapons to actually participate in the Verdict War, we’re just going to be doing Story missions, which have surprisingly good voice acting this time around. :D
Don’t know whether I want to finish this one up or not… :/
Wacom has long held the crown as the top maker of graphics tablet hardware, but they have not iterated upon the technology in meaningful ways. The products have remained staid and safe and prices are high as ever. Graphics tablets are a market ripe for disruption.
The Monoprice 19” Tablet Monitor is poised to blow that market open. The extremely aggressive $389 price point is paired with the best overall hardware quality of any Cintiq competitor I’ve reviewed to date.
Hardware, Software, and Performance
The Monoprice uses the same digitizer technology as the Huion H610 which I reviewed highly. It has a 19” 1440 x 900 resolution TFT LCD, a pen digitizer with 5080 lpi resolution and a 200 RPS report rate, a rechargeable, lightweight stylus with 2048 pressure levels, and both DVI and VGA inputs. The monitor’s build quality is better than its sub-$400 price tag would imply and the stylus feels as light in hand as a comparable Wacom stylus despite its internal battery.
The unit is small, sleek, and streamlined in appearance. The glass is flushmounted to the plastic bezel and the display has a glossy finish. The included, VESA mount compatible stand allows for tilting the display forward and backward from nearly flat to almost vertical viewing angles.
The included VESA-mounted, adjustable stand.
The stylus responds quickly with little perceivable cursor lag in either OS X or Windows. Pressure input felt a bit loose. The Monoprice stylus is a rebranded Huion P80 stylus. I’ve owned several of Huion’s rechargeable styli and the one bundled with the Monoprice was the loosest of the bunch. Ratcheting up the firmness in the driver’s options ameliorated much of that feeling, however.
The drivers are a utilitarian affair with the requisite pressure curve and monitor mapping knobs and switches with one caveat. Multiple monitor support is currently absent in Windows. Multiple monitor setups work fine in OS X. Right and left click are the only assignable keys to map to the stylus side buttons in OS X, but middleclick is mappable in Windows. As there are no hotkeys on the monitor, you’ll be using a keyboard with your free hand anyhow, so I didn’t find the sparse options too limiting.
The utilitarian driver menus of the Monoprice 19” Tablet Monitor.
When drawing slow and diagonal lines, a small amount of wobble and jitter seeps in. Comparable to the performance of Intuos 3 era tech, this is nothing that will keep you from making detailed art, but, if you’re the sort to labor over slow, less decisive marks, you will likely notice some shake. I was able to complete all of my client work on the Monoprice and often hopped back and forth between it and my Cintiq Companion with no discernible break in workflow. Cintiqs are smoother with a slightly laggy, buttery feel. The Monoprice has more snap and less lag, but the strokes are more raw because they have less line correction at the driver level. Drawing on the Monoprice feels a bit better than drawing on Yiynova’s MSP19U though they have nearly identical internal hardware.
The weakest aspect of the Monoprice is its TFT LCD panel. The LED backlighting is clear and bright, brighter than all but the most recent Cintiqs, but viewing angles are shallow and the unit is best used at either a down-on-your-lap or nearly vertical angle. The more parallel you can keep the screen and your face, the more accurate the screen is going to look. I recommend picking up a monitor arm if your budget allows. Being able to position the unit at an optimal angle is important enough to warrant one. Colors skewed towards the cool, but were easily combated with a quick trip to the on screen settings menu of the display. If this unit had an IPS panel, I’d have little to critique.
I mounted the Monoprice on a monitor arm to combat the lackluster viewing angles.
For a price lower than a large Intuos tablet, let alone a Cintiq, and performance equal to the more expensive Yiynova MSP19U, it’s hard to go wrong with the Monoprice. Hell, you could disable its screen entirely and use it solely as a graphics tablet for another monitor and still come out ahead, dollar wise.
Would I recommend the Monoprice? Yes. In fact, of all the Wacom alternative hardware I’ve tested, it’s the easiest for me to give a thumbs up. There are caveats to the hardware, but the price is hard to argue against. The Monoprice is a worthy product that steals the crown away from the MSP19U as the best bang for your buck in graphics tablet monitor hardware, full stop.
I can’t wait to see what happens next.
More Art Hardware Reviews
This is utterly amazing and absolutely NEEDS to get popular. This could be the tablet to finally upset Wacom and get them to upgrade their tech to match their exorbitant prices.
I hope anyway…
Experimenting with lighting and shading
Welp. It’s finally happened. I missed a day on my daily art quest. D:
Mostly due to a combination of depression, art block, a ton of “YOU DIED” screens, and my shitty computer crapping out on me.
Depression and art block I’ve dealt with before.
Getting brutally murdered by the forces of evil is just too much fun, nice stress relief, and far too time consuming.
But the computer deal has me more than a little worried.
It’s constantly crashing and freezing, especially when I’m just trying to use the internet. There’s a few other things too like the completely broken CD/DVD drive and barely working headphone jack among other things.
It’s just really evident that it’s starting to break down and that I need to look into getting a replacement, which honestly would be great! I never really liked the whole severely overpriced piece of hipster garbage that UFarts made me buy. It was a decent machine, but I could have bought an equivalent machine for a THIRD of the price. A THIRD.
But right now, even that amount of money is something that I don’t have.
Due to having to stay with my father as he recovered from his cancer treatments, my only income lately has been from commissions, so my funds are a little sparse to say the least.
I’ve got to get a portfolio together yesterday and get a job ASAP before my computer bites the dust. But I don’t even know what I should apply for or if anywhere would even take me seriously with my lack of a degree.
Bleh. Forgive me if I make myself scarce the next few days. I’ve got a lot to think about.
Today was just really stressful due to dealing with college loans and health insurance, so I was just trying to make a single thing for today.
I don’t like how it looks though. Something seems off, but I’m too tired to catch it. So once I’m rested and thinking straight I’ll figure out just what it is that’s off and get back to making things.
It really sucks how whenever I plan on big projects, things keep coming up. ):<
Not really a big surprise, but these are turning out to be more time consuming than I thought. I am getting faster doing them, but I keep trying to get every detail perfect which is where I lose a lot of time. :/
Still, I am having fun doing these and I do still hope that I can start to churn these out quick!
See you all tomorrow!
Alpha kids portraits
Planning to start this whole 230 portraits thing on my brother’s birthday probably wasn’t the best idea…
I’ll try to get an early start tomorrow and get done the Alpha kids ASAP, then move onto the trolls.
Beta kids portraits
FAN ART FRIDAY: “May Heaven Grant You Fortune” and "Game Paused" Double Feature!
After last week’s drought in fan art submissions, today we’re making up with a double helping from PixelHat, paying homage to Askiisoft’s past and present!
"May Heaven Grant You Fortune" does wonders with Tower of Heaven's limited palette, instead using implied shadow and colored outlines to achieve a greater sense of perspective than was ever in the game. Well done, sir.
Freed from the constraints of green and yellow, however, “Game Paused” embellishes our hero with a distinctive outline and luminous shading, almost reminiscent of TIGSource’s old ‘Indie Brawl’ project. This is likely the most detailed artwork of Pauein drawn to date (although that’s not saying much)!
As for the man himself, PixelHat writes, "[I] can’t wait to see what you come up with next!” Well, check our Games page for a hint, but until then, please look forward to it!
If you’d like some artwork featured on a future Fan Art Friday, just use the newly-added Submit Button on this blog!
Oh hey! I got featured on their dev blog! :D
No art for today! Little break while I gather a ton of references for making all the portraits!
I have an idea.
It’s slightly crazy of me, but it seems like it’d be a lot of fun to do for the holiday season.
I currently have 230+ followers and I’d like to give something back for all the likes, reblogs, comments, and follows you guys have given me.
So what I want to do is starting on December 1st, is to make about 10 of those portrait things a day. They’re pretty simple and quick to make, so it’s not too much trouble and a portion are going to be recolors. Plus, they can probably be put on stickers or pins and stuff!
I’ve already got about 200 of them in my head, covering a few fandoms. Homestuck, Awesomenauts, Spiral Knights, Legend of Zelda, Pokemon, TF2, and Madoka Magica plus a few others slightly planned. And if I pick up more followers, I have extras that I could definitely use.
I’m not sure if I’d be able to sell them or anything, though. Selling merch is something that I’ve never done, so I don’t know the exact rules and ethics of doing so. I do know some people who’ve done artist alleys and stuff, so I’ll ask them about it should anyone be interested in that.
So, anyone interested in a month full of these portraits?