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    Default Jono's life sans Xara

    Here's a montage of few bits and pieces I've made during the last few weeks. As TalkGraphics is my spiritual home and as an incentive to myself, every now and then I'll try and post a summary of what I've been up to. My new art toolbox now contains Affinity Designer & Photo, VectorStyler and ArtRage Vitae (all Mac versions).

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    Jon (Jono) Xara Photo & Graphic Designer 19.0.0.64329 DL x64 May 19 2022

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    Default Re: Jono's life sans Xara

    Maybe you need to draw a diagonal through the heart on your profile image.

    Very nice, creative work. I have always maintained that graphics software is just a set of tool, and a good artist will figure out how to make the tool set work for what she/he needs.
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    Thanks Gary. (new profile image added, until I think of a better one!)

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    good to see you having fun... but visitor never, you always a member here

    even if you end up returning as the prodigal son [which i am sure you won't ]
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    is it true that we stand on the very edge of an abyss?
    no,of couse not - we used to, but since then we have taken a great step forward...
    Wyrd bið ful aræd

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    Thanks HD - a member I shall be. You never know! Windows 11 does look good. :-)

    Here’s a WIP that's on the drawing board at the moment. It's a Robert Hooke 'flea' inspired drawing and texture experiment of a deepwater amphipod (another personal project that may or may not go further!). I traced over a photo of the amphipod recently found nearly 7000m down in the Mariana trench - and it had plastic in its stomach!

    Basically I'm playing about as much as possible to try and build up familiarity to the same level I had with Xara and Windows. A surprise and perhaps saving grace of my Mac experience so far, has been VectorStyler. It's a real box of tricks and its drawing capability is much more in tune with how I like to do things.

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    Default Re: Jono's life sans Xara

    Quote Originally Posted by Jonopen View Post
    Here's a montage of few bits and pieces I've made during the last few weeks. As TalkGraphics is my spiritual home and as an incentive to myself, every now and then I'll try and post a summary of what I've been up to. My new art toolbox now contains Affinity Designer & Photo, VectorStyler and ArtRage Vitae (all Mac versions).

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    I recognize at least a couple of them well, done Jono.
    Larry a.k.a wizard509

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    Thanks Larry.


    Hi folks, here's another batch of random sketches, scribbles and ideas waiting to see the light of day.

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    Traditional and digital ink & watercolour sketches of:
    a) ladybird (ladybug) larvae
    b) pots and pans in kitchen
    c) spooky graveyard
    d) adult ladybird
    e) edited photo (new background, crop etc) of plaster casts at the Galleria dell'Accademia, Florence, Italy
    f) more work done on the amphipod!
    g) Oct Scribble challenge 1
    h) Oct Scribble challenge 2
    Jon (Jono) Xara Photo & Graphic Designer 19.0.0.64329 DL x64 May 19 2022

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    Default Re: Jono's life sans Xara

    All good creative work, Jono. Always enjoy seeing what you are up to.

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    Hi All,

    I'm not exactly sure why, but since (mostly) switching away from Xara* and from Windows to a Mac, I think my output and productivity has really gone downhill. Maybe I've just been busier/distracted in other areas of my life. I have got a few of creative projects simmering on the back burner so hopefully if I can get in the right frame of mind, I'll be back up to speed.

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    A) March scribble - It's all in the nose!

    B) copy of an Oscar Reutersvärd 'impossible object'. I've put this one through Prisma (iPad bitmap filter app) to give it a painterly look.

    C) odium!

    D) again, just fiddling about

    E) even more experimenting. Jeez, what am I actually doing with my life?

    F) documenting the drawing of a fish eye! This is all vital stuff you know! ;-)

    G) tree image from the past that I plan to redevelop further. It was originally made for an A3 sized screen print.

    *I've actually bought a copy of Xara Photo & Graphic Design to test how Windows scaling looked. (it looks great, as does Windows!).
    Jon (Jono) Xara Photo & Graphic Designer 19.0.0.64329 DL x64 May 19 2022

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    Default Re: Jono's life sans Xara

    just be creative in every thing you do jono [well unless you are explaining yourself to Mr Plod ]

    way to go...
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    is it true that we stand on the very edge of an abyss?
    no,of couse not - we used to, but since then we have taken a great step forward...
    Wyrd bið ful aræd

 

 

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