Affinity Designer has been updated a lot for the past half decade, but Affinity Designer 2 is more than a handful of new features. It’s a complete make-over and it tops the vector art app charts as it is now the most powerful illustration app available.… Read More Affinity Designer 2, an illustrator’s best friend
After well over half a decade of updating Affinity Photo without charging an update fee, Serif, the company that develops Affinity Photo, decided it was time to release a massive, paid upgrade. Affinity Photo 2 has a large number of new features that put a lot of power into your hands, and it still steers clear from using AI-assisted functionality.… Read More Affinity Photo 2 is about flexibility and less frustration when your client asks for a different mockup
If you visited the Affinity user forums over the past few months, you know that after eight years, something new was coming. Today, Serif, the company that develops and markets Affinity products, launches Version 2 of its award-winning Affinity creative suite and this time they’re asking for a — quite small — contribution. … Read More Affinity Photo, Designer and Publisher version 2 launch
The reMarkable 2 tablet is a very thin low-latency tablet that recreates the pen on paper experience. It’s presented as a tablet that helps users focus because it can only be used as an e-reader and note-taking annex drawing tablet, but there’s more to it.
As I am one of those nerds who’s still scribbling on anything from Post-Its to A6 index cards and… Read More The reMarkable review
When you start painting with acrylics, there’s no one who can prepare you for the speed which this paint dries with. A result of the short time the paint is “open” is that acrylics will stick to almost anything, including your paint brushes. That’s OK when it sticks to a €5 brush, but it becomes… Read More Acrylic art painting: keeping your brushes in condition
Glazing medium is used to create thin layers of transparent colour that sit on top of each other. It allows you, for instance, to create from red and yellow an orange that seems to glow in what we call an optical colour mix. Old masters like Rubens, Rembrandt, Da Vinci and others used glazing in their oil paintings extensively. With acrylic paint you can create glazes too, but it follows a different methodology.… Read More Acrylic painting: Glazing Medium or Liquid
You probably know about colour management and when you know about colour management, you must know about the difference between CMYK and RGB, and what each is used for. Well, in painting with pigments, it’s not that clear-cut and that has everything to do with colour theory.… Read More RGB, CMYK and Golden Artists Colors’ acrylic paint
Digital painting isn’t comparable to the real thing, despite the efforts and sucesses of companies like Corel with Painter 2021 and Celsys with Clip Studio Paint. The real thing still is an unparalleled experience and joy, provided you (can afford to) use the best tools for the job. Luckily, though, even the best brushes, artist quality paint, mediums and paint surfaces don’t cost as much as a digital tablet, a computer and the appropriate software.… Read More Two brands of paint brushes compared and the tale of the unexpected service
How many of us still draw by hand? Graphic designers nor architects work with pencil and paper these days, but fine art artists still do. The tools of the trade include high-quality pencils, sharpeners, brushes, palette knives and more. And, if we’re to believe the many Youtube channels on the subject, artists lie awake at… Read More How important are pencil sharpeners in the digital age?
Unless you live in a country where art is subsidised in one form or another, your path to profitability as an artist is going to be relatively steep. It will be easier going if you have a degree, earned very high marks and want to work in one of the industries or areas where you can find a position as an employee.… Read More Challenges before your art generates a decent income