Seems this last two weeks I am in a holding pattern! I am not talking about any type of web design or the hovering of a helicopter over head. Although the later symbolizes the meaning a little better. I apologize for distancing myself from my business which is due to my wife’s serious illness (please see my latest posts at the Heroic Care Giver aka rensurvivalblog.renality.com for details). Tomorrow may determine more of what activities I could or willing to follow in the next few days or weeks. I appreciate your support and patience, thanks.
I have started the Prismhawk LLC Network of websites and blogs in October of 2011 using nothing more than some clip art, old photos (from a now defunct camera), and Serif’s Web Plus software. While I have a long way to go in learning to use art and animation within my own sites it is clear from many top selling web pages that any start up web publisher (those designing, creating, or maintaining a web presence) should utilize the many inexpensive graphic software on the market. Why? Well, even if you use very little graphics to aid in your current content I truly suspect that someday you will and if you do not learn the terms and processes of web illustration and animation it would be hard to catch up. Listen when I first started I thought that uploading a bit-map or windows meta file was the norm. I had no idea that file size ruled out these files for web use in today’s internet. So, here are my favorites on my very small budget:
Daz3D Studio: I like its easy of use, cost (lately it is free), and a huge growing library of content. It is a great introduction into 3d art and animation although limited to the creation of characters (note: I also like Poser which is similar – slightly more professional). Yet, this limitation is a good first step because most of the terms seem to be exhibited in this software. Just take that knowledge when you are ready to broaden out to the next level. Ironically, I was searching for an older software I once tried to use a decade or so ago, called Bryce, when I found out about Studio (from the same company). Bryce is also limited to landscaping but if you have it you can learn some animation and import your characters from Studio. Daz3d also has Carara as their high end software that can do the model creation, environment, and animation (but do not try all of that at once!). If you are learning and on a budget Studio is absolutely a great software to start!
PD Artist: I was looking for a illustration software that improves on Windows paint (others to consider: Gump, Paint.Net) and also works for AVI video files and animation in the future. PD Artist is more difficult to me to use and has more terms than Studio, but it was created by an artist! Still if you want to doodle with the amazing brush effects, it is easy, and you may be able to create a surprise! It also works with layers and I believe it can work with many files relating to the much more robust and expensive (but the most widely used professional illustration software) PhotoShop. In fact, this could be your first stop before using PhotoShop. If you learn the process of illustration here I have no doubt that using PD Artist is a good step towards your illustration understanding and goals. Let me know if you think that is true, good luck!
I could not resist getting out of the house on Monday after I mailed out my tax return! As, I explained in my previous post, I was sequestered at my desk learning all about tax terms, laws, and how to delegate such tasks to someone who truly cares! I was forced to care about these numbers that control our lives. However, I refused to let these numbers get in the way of my enjoyment of my business. My excuse was that I was going on a business trip but actually I just wanted to get out into the sunshine! So, I took my wife and my camera off to the Suwanee River Refuge. After all I do have a website (www.earthreveal.com) and a Zazzle Online Gift Store (www.zazzle.com/prizazz) that needs content for Earth Day and Mother’s Day. Clever! You think I am into this business just for profit – how about escape! Although, I could deduct, nah . . .
I know it is a fancy post title for someone that has only used Google’s Chrome web browser for a week but there are several points to make about the features of this browser that has made my online publishing experience a little easier. The first is, as many people have said to me, Chrome is indeed faster (and smoother) than Microsoft’s Internet Explorer. It also seems to have a cleaner interface, although I like Apple’s Safari’s as well (which I primarily use on my I phone . The biggest surprise to me was that I am able to upload my photos and illustrations again to all my blogs. I am not sure if this had to do with Internet Explorer or Word Press or both, but it makes a big difference. I also plan on uploading videos in the future (the trend is less words and more visual, especially on mobile sites). So, I need to have a browser that does not give me any fits! Also, try constructing and previewing a HTML 5 interactive game in Internet Explorer and see what happens! I have intended to be much more interactive on all my Prismhawk LLC Network sites but I gave up some of these dream features because of my difficulties with Internet Explorer. An unattended consequence to my switch to Chrome (actually a slow transition – I have many bookmarks to reestablish) is access to the many of the Google tools I use such as my Google +, Utube, and Flickr platforms (which are all of need of updating). Later, I need to see if I can easily access Google Analytics (the site that gauges the statistical popularity of your online site) and Google AdWords (advertising). Anyway, I hope this helps as always.
Another quick note, I have immediately reworked my last product for Prizazz to correct the word “Your” to “You’re”. A friend pointed out that the possessive pronoun seemed inappropriate.
In my last post I mentioned working more with digital art. I especially wanted to create a new item that I can be proud of marketing in Prizazz (Prismhawk LLC Network gift store at Zazzle). Well, I think this may be a lucky and very good start! I really wanted to create an item for Saint Patrick’s Day but I ended up with a romantic scene using my Heroic Care Giver offering his help to his lady partner. The heart in the background was originally pink but also notice that his pose forms one of the lobes of the heart which was a cool (unattentional) touch. You can find this design on a tote, mouse pad, and more. I originally was going to put the design on a T-shirt, but I could not decide if it should be for a man or woman. Who do you think the lucky one is in this design? Anyway, it was fun to create and as you noticed I was finally able to get any photo or illustration back on this blog after several weeks… and it was simple, I tied using Google’s Chrome Browser to upload! Two problems solved at once, sweet! No, Lucky!