Into The Dalek

I wasn’t really sure if I was going to like Peter Capaldi as Doctor Who, especially after the first episode. That first episode was a special episode though obviously, where he was still trying to figure himself out, both in character and I’d presume as an actor as well.

This latest episode though, I’m impressed with this Doctor. He really reminds me of a Tom Baker Doctor. Not really in the first episode, “Deep Breath”. That Doctor seemed more a munging of Matt Smith and David Tennant, but looking back I could say there were a few Tom moments in there. On the other hand you could say that about Ten and Eleven as well.

"Into The Dalek" is what really struck me as a Fourth Doctor style. His voice has a lot to do with it, because he has a deeper voice, not quite as deep as Baker’s, but it’s down there. Couple that with the way he does his accent, as well as the little mannerisms. That moment in the episode when he walks Clara into the ship and introduces "Gun Girl" and "Boss Fellow(?)" I’m still not quite sure what he called the Colonel, I’ve relistened to it a dozen times. But the point is that whole walking, talking, rambling kind of thing just slapped me as being Tom Baker style. I know Nine, Ten, and Eleven have all done something similar, but that scene with Capaldi was the first time I said, "Hey… that guy went back and did his homework, I bet." If he suddenly shushes Clara or someone out of the blue, I’m going to squee.

His age makes a difference, it really does. “I’m not your boyfriend,” was really brilliant, totally appropriate, and I think really moves the series into a slightly different direction. Something a little more old school.

Also, that whole thing with the Cyborg arriving in “heaven” really baffled me in “Deep Breath”, but after a similar scene in “Into The Dalek”… yeah that looks like it could be an interesting twist too. I think we’re going to see a much more “haunted, mad scientist” version of the Doctor with this series, and I’m looking forward to it.

Ok, so I just wanted to take a moment to gush about Manga Studio 5. If you’ve been following me for a while you know I’ve spent some time looking into Paint Tool Sai alternatives. Photoshop, Painter, Gimp, Mischief, a couple others that are more experimental… none of them really gave me that “Sai” feel until Manga Studio 5.
The only thing Sai has on MS5 is that Sai is still faster and simpler. Rotating, panning, switching and manipulating tools, Sai is still faster than MS5. Sai is also simpler, which is both good and bad. It’s good because your controls and tools are easier to find, use and manipulate, but it’s bad because it just limits what you can do with an otherwise well flushed out drawing program.
Manga Studio 5 is not nearly as peppy, but has loads more functionality than Sai does. Not only that, but the folks who made MS5 have just done a much better job with the pens and painting tools. This is especially apparent with the pens. Sai pens have always been something I’ve had to get used to and learn how to use. You can get great results, but there’s a learning curve, and they’ve always had a specific “Sai” feel to them. Not only that, but I’ve always had issues with things like trailing tails on lines, stray marks, and just general funkyness with Sai working with my tablet.
MS5 has none of that. The pens act and respond exactly as I’d expect them to. Not only that, but the MS5 stabilizer is actually much more “functional” than the Sai stabilizer. It really doesn’t feel like it’s doing anything until you really crank it up, and even then it’s influence isn’t something you feel like you have to fight, whereas Sai’s stabilizer always felt like you were trying to kinda herd your lines into position. You can get great results with Sai lines (I have for years), but MS5 lines get as good, if not better results, and it just “feels right”.
And all that is not even touching on the cool features. Like rulers. Rulers are actually very cool. I didn’t think I’d like them, but once I started getting the hang of them, I actually like them better than doing vector linework and tweaking the lines into position like I’ve done with Sai for years. I’m still getting the hang of them, but I have a feeling they’ll be my second favorite thing about MS5 right behind the quality of the lines.
I’m still getting used to the painting aspects of MS5, but what little I’ve done is really impressive. Bottom line though is that if you’re looking for a replacement for Sai because you want to work with higher resolution images and maybe aren’t satisfied with the kinds of tools you have to work with in Sai, Manga Studio 5 is what you want, hands down.

Ok, so I just wanted to take a moment to gush about Manga Studio 5. If you’ve been following me for a while you know I’ve spent some time looking into Paint Tool Sai alternatives. Photoshop, Painter, Gimp, Mischief, a couple others that are more experimental… none of them really gave me that “Sai” feel until Manga Studio 5.

The only thing Sai has on MS5 is that Sai is still faster and simpler. Rotating, panning, switching and manipulating tools, Sai is still faster than MS5. Sai is also simpler, which is both good and bad. It’s good because your controls and tools are easier to find, use and manipulate, but it’s bad because it just limits what you can do with an otherwise well flushed out drawing program.

Manga Studio 5 is not nearly as peppy, but has loads more functionality than Sai does. Not only that, but the folks who made MS5 have just done a much better job with the pens and painting tools. This is especially apparent with the pens. Sai pens have always been something I’ve had to get used to and learn how to use. You can get great results, but there’s a learning curve, and they’ve always had a specific “Sai” feel to them. Not only that, but I’ve always had issues with things like trailing tails on lines, stray marks, and just general funkyness with Sai working with my tablet.

MS5 has none of that. The pens act and respond exactly as I’d expect them to. Not only that, but the MS5 stabilizer is actually much more “functional” than the Sai stabilizer. It really doesn’t feel like it’s doing anything until you really crank it up, and even then it’s influence isn’t something you feel like you have to fight, whereas Sai’s stabilizer always felt like you were trying to kinda herd your lines into position. You can get great results with Sai lines (I have for years), but MS5 lines get as good, if not better results, and it just “feels right”.

And all that is not even touching on the cool features. Like rulers. Rulers are actually very cool. I didn’t think I’d like them, but once I started getting the hang of them, I actually like them better than doing vector linework and tweaking the lines into position like I’ve done with Sai for years. I’m still getting the hang of them, but I have a feeling they’ll be my second favorite thing about MS5 right behind the quality of the lines.

I’m still getting used to the painting aspects of MS5, but what little I’ve done is really impressive. Bottom line though is that if you’re looking for a replacement for Sai because you want to work with higher resolution images and maybe aren’t satisfied with the kinds of tools you have to work with in Sai, Manga Studio 5 is what you want, hands down.

Ok but seriously, if I could get through a weekend without being more beat down, tired, pissed off and fed up than I am at the end of the work week, that would be fucking great. Someone get on that for me, will ya?

Do you draw to music?

When I have time, yes. A lot of the little 15 minute sketches for rwdailyfails I didn’t do to music because I was in a “just get something done” mode, but if I’m working on something I really want to finish and have look nice, I put the headphones on. It helps me focus and helps me keep up a good pace.

I have a bunch of playlists that are set up by my mood and for the length of time I want to be focused on drawing. They’re all generally 45 minutes long, which is a good “take a break” length of time, but I also have a few I sometimes use for fast sketches or something. Pop Draw 2 has been my go-to mix for a while now.

My Dad is doing more cleanup and renovation downstairs, and asked me to move a couple light switches about two foot over onto a new wall he’s building, both coming from the same power source, he assumes. No problem, I’ll just find the breaker for them, move ‘em over, and be back to what I was doing.

There are 13 breakers in that panel, of which three are two pole breakers for pumps and stoves and dryers. So that’s ten breakers. I’m pretty sure that two of those breakers power the top west end of the house and a little of the middle of the house, so I avoid those two breakers completely and just cycle through the rest of them to turn off the two switches in the very bottom, east end of the house.

None of those eight breakers shut them off. In fact, the only things in the house that appeared to shut off after cycling through those eight breakers was a microwave, a refrigerator, and a couple lights in the kitchen. That leaves… two breakers.

Two 20A breakers.

For the rest of the entire three story house. Including a washer, a water pump, five computers, all the lights, all the outlets, and four air conditioning units.

Two breakers.

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Anyone know what happened to Qrelur? Had a really neat art style, did a mix of safe and nsfw kind of art, lots of themes I liked, seemed like I even saw him do a “watch me paint” video or two that I saw. All of a sudden he’s just dropped off the internet. I can’t even find any of his art on places like e621 or derpibooru where I’d have expected to find at least one or two pieces. Anyone know if he’s coming back, or if an archive of his works exists somewhere?

lockersnapwhiteboard:

Still rooting for ya @ratwhiskers

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You’re way too nice to me L, thank you very much.

egophiliac:

every time someone gets all buttflustered over g3s, I just wanna draw more of ‘em.
the theme is holiday ponies apparently! two of the Valentine’s girls, Wish-I-May (right) and Wish-I-Might (left).

I support and endorse this response.And also suggest more G1s.

egophiliac:

every time someone gets all buttflustered over g3s, I just wanna draw more of ‘em.

the theme is holiday ponies apparently! two of the Valentine’s girls, Wish-I-May (right) and Wish-I-Might (left).

I support and endorse this response.

And also suggest more G1s.