Affinity Designer 2, an illustrator’s best friend

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

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Affinity Photo 2 is about flexibility and less frustration when your client asks for a different mockup

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

Acrylic painting: Glazing Medium or Liquid

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

Two brands of paint brushes compared and the tale of the unexpected service

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 important are pencil sharpeners in the digital age?

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?