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Thank you to Smith Micro

Thanks goes out to this week’s sponsor, Smith Micro. Smith Micro is a company with software geared towards artists. Two such products include Anime Studio and MotionArtist. Anime Studio is a great piece of software for animating your cartoon. They sent me a demo version of Anime Studio a year or so ago and I […]

Posted on: Jan 31, 2014,  Section: Animation, Anime, Cartoons, Technology, Comments: Comments Off on Thank you to Smith Micro

Check out Smith Micro’s Anime Studio and MotionArtist

This week’s sponsor is Smith Micro. Smith Micro has a number of software products that are specialized for artists such as Anime Studio and MotionArtists. Don’t let the name Anime Studio fool you – you don’t have to create Anime with it. It’s animation software to create 2D movies, cartoons and cut out animations. It […]

Posted on: Jan 27, 2014,  Section: Anime, Comic strips, Technology, Comments: Comments Off on Check out Smith Micro’s Anime Studio and MotionArtist

Justin Moyer: Google should stop Google Doodles

Justin Moyer makes the argument that Google should stop Google Doodles: Since Google began Doodling in 1998, it?s aligned its brand with some of the greatest human beings who ever walked the Earth, borrowing the pixie dust of Gandhi, MLK and others. In a role once reserved for the U.S. Postal Service and its stamps, […]

Posted on: Jan 21, 2014,  Section: Technology, Comments: 2 Comments

Bill Amend releases math Foxtrot app

Bill Amend, the creator of Foxtrot, has coded and released a math quiz app called “The Jason Fox Math Quizzer“. The motivation for the app is rekindling a rusty skill – programming. Bill writes on his blog: One evening last January I decided that my 2013 New Year?s resolution would be to reawaken that happy […]

Posted on: Jan 21, 2014,  Section: Comic strips, Technology, Comments: 2 Comments

DreamWorks to sell tablet to teach kids animation

From the LA Times: DreamWorks Animation SKG is premiering its first computer tablet, one that will teach kids how to be their own animators. The Glendale-based creator of the “Shrek,” “Kung Fu Panda” and “Madagascar” movies has partnered with El Segundo-based Fuhu Inc. to create DreamTab, billed as a state-of-the-the art tablet designed for kids. […]

Posted on: Jan 6, 2014,  Section: Animation, Technology, Comments: 1 Comment

Google awarded patent for social media comics

Matthew Sparkes at The Telegraph: Google has been awarded a patent for what it humourlessly calls “a system for electronically creating comic strip communications” which can be integrated into social networking websites and apps. The search giant noticed that many sites were offering an automated way to create short comic strips, allowing users to enter […]

Posted on: Jan 3, 2014,  Section: Technology, Comments: 1 Comment

Another amazing realistic portrait using the iPad

Earlier this month I posted a video by Kyle Lambert drawing a hard-to-believe-it’s-not-real portrait of Morgan Freeman on his iPad with the ProCreate app. It set off a lot of debate on the validity of the work. I’ve been following ProCreate on Twitter. They say they’ve evaluated the source file and say it’s the read […]

Posted on: Dec 19, 2013,  Section: Technology, Comments: 5 Comments

Tablets are a boon for comic publishers

Ethan Gach writing at Forbes: Unlike when Apple debuted the original iPad for $499 in 2010, the market is now saturated with models at every price point, including a range economy tablets like the Nexus 7, Kindle Fire HD, and iPad Mini. As the technology has become cheaper, it?s also become more widespread, with tablet […]

Posted on: Dec 11, 2013,  Section: Cartoons, Comic strips, Technology, Comments: 1 Comment

MonoPrice tablet monitor a viable Wacom Cintiq competitor?

After reading this review of the Monoprice Tablet Monitor, I’m intrigued as a viable replacement for the Wacom Cintiq. Has anyone used this tablet? Looks like it’s sold out on the store. Wacom has long held the crown as the top maker of graphics tablet hardware, but they have not iterated upon the technology in […]

Posted on: Dec 10, 2013,  Section: Technology, Comments: 7 Comments

The most amazing photo-realistic drawing of Morgan Freeman drawn on an iPad

I have an iPad. I use the ProCreate app. I draw stick figures compared to this:

Posted on: Dec 5, 2013,  Section: Technology, Comments: 12 Comments

NYT Reviews painting apps and styluses

The New York Times looks at three different drawing apps and how well the work with a stylus. When he introduced the iPhone and iPad, Steven P. Jobs asserted the touch-screen devices didn?t need a stylus because humans come with 10 great touch-screen controllers sticking out of our palms: fingers. He was proved right, and […]

Posted on: Nov 22, 2013,  Section: Technology, Comments: 5 Comments

53 releases Pencil stylus for Paper app

53 – the company that created the Paper app for iPad have now released Pencil – a stylus for their app. Check out this video: Pencil / Think With Your Hands from FiftyThree on Vimeo. I’ve used Paper before, but mostly for sketching. Maybe someone who uses the app in a more serious fashion can […]

Posted on: Nov 19, 2013,  Section: Technology, Comments: 6 Comments

What caricature can teach computers about facial recognition

Wired magazine has an interesting article on the limits of facial recognition and what the art of caricature could teach those trying to make computer recognition possible. Ben Austen talks to caricature artists Stephen Silver, Jason Seiler, Roger Hurtado, and Court Jones. ?I don?t care how many wrinkles there are around the eye or if […]

Posted on: Oct 31, 2013,  Section: Caricature, Technology, Comments: Comments Off on What caricature can teach computers about facial recognition

Bitstrips promises to clog your Facebook with crappy cartoons

I haven’t seen this pop up on my wall yet – mostly because I have classy friends. International Business Times touts that its popularity is on the uptick. Cool, isn’t it? This Bitstrips app is a Facebook mobile app that is lending its Facebook users a cool sketched avatar. It allows the users to turn […]

Posted on: Oct 30, 2013,  Section: Technology, Comments: 11 Comments

Jason Chatfield reviews the Wacom Cintiq Companion Hybrid tablet

Ginger Meggs cartoonist and comedian Jason Chatfield has posted his review of the Wacom Cintiq Companion Hybrid drawing tablet after a month of use. Boiling it all right down, do I like drawing on it? The answer is yes. I?ve worked full days on it while traveling for the last four weeks and it means […]

Posted on: Oct 14, 2013,  Section: Comic strips, Technology, Comments: 1 Comment