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Last week I closed my Instagram and abandoned the Poycount Forum.
in a hope this meme still effective to portrait 'shocking' ;-)
Leave Instagram was pretty easy actually.
Here's some data I consider:
a big wall with a lot of Instagram posts - that's now securely archived by Facebook and his sketchy negotiations. I accept some $ Zuck!
So, in the end, I realize the site is just for promotion and not much for interaction.
I agree with the saying: "Content is King!"
If my Art was good OR if I had found my niche, I probably had better usage and more love for the site.
But at the same time, I had few experiences where this proves to not be true at all: 5 min. Sketches (literally) getting hundred of likes JUST because a Famous Artist commented on it; fan-art being more appreciated than Art that was deeply meaningful to me and my career...
Well. It's a game.
And I leave the table with empty pockets and a weird feeling of distrust...
They got me...
( you got me Instagram - I see you on Vero....hmm...no, not a good idea also.)
Leave Polycount was a bit more complicated.
I thought that for a while. Started to ruminate the idea after the Forum re-design years ago.
Message Boards have been critical to my growth in the area, especially Polycount.
I was a member for 13 (?) years, checking the site EVERY SINGLE DAY. Just to keep up with the News and major Issues/Discoveries and even Dramas of the Game Industry.
Fact is. The Industry had changed. As the Forum. And the discussions were not relevant to me anymore...
Realistically and technically speaking, never worked for the "Game Industry".
So why I was trying to make part of such specific group ???
I lost momentum and I stopped to participated on the Forum actively.
Kept a sketchbook there just because it was convenient. And I wasn't finding it nice to have that kind of shallow participation in the community.
So to break the bond, I closed the account and kept in my memory the lessons and names that helped me or influenced me to be where I am right now.
adding this last gif because it represents well my visits to Polycount (and because I saw this gif a lot of times during heated discussions)
Well, that was the main thoughts of the past week.
Those two sites, or better saying, the need to be part of those sites,
were something on my life during the years and I`m figuring out the reason why's that.
Been doing a Self-Analysis program that's is helping me speak out loud (through writing) some of my inner motives and concerns.
Can't recommend enough.
If you`re interested in that. Stay put.
It's probably going to be post for the following weekend.
How to Import and Organize Multiple Brushes & SubTools
(a) When I came up with this idea Clip Studio Paint didn´t had the Quick Access floating menu (WINDOW - QUICK ACCESS), this new feature can be used to create custom collectors of your favorite tools - yet not so visual like my solution.
(b) this is only applicable if you have/need a big number of tools installed on the program. Nowadays I rely mostly on the default tools with slightly modifications. So a simpler workflow like this (video below) would work:
Now you can spend some time organizing your sets and tagging them for a next round of painting.
You can try some crazy ASCII characters to add symbols or empty spaces (Alt+255) or you can create wider gaps between categories, using a Brush Tip with the same color of the UI (dark green, eg).