How’s everyone this summer? I’ve been busy experimenting with Affinity Designer, as well as new pattern creations for the shop. I finally got the hang of seamless tiling at last, and my next design is my best one yet! I may even go back to some of my older designs and respin those :).
My Pachimari pattern is all set for some proofs, and I ordered myself fat quarters so I could turn the proofs into a really cute infinity scarf! I went for a fun sewing/plushie theme in this design. I’m stoked to see how it turns out in person!
As of the retro gaming expo next weekend, my committee was unable to cover enough staffing for our table, so we had to decline the offer. I will still be attending on the Sunday as Mitsuru, but now as a regular attendee! I haven’t been to the expo in a while so I’m curious to see how they’ve expanded.
That aside, I am still waiting anxiously on Kinokuniya’s contest that I entered last month, as this will determine if I’m able to put that design in my shop as well! There were so many amazing entries though…I’m not sure if I will get chosen but I wish everyone luck regardless!
Just a small update regarding the blog. I cleaned up the menu navigation (yay for following the alphabet!) and added/removed some subjects based on the current flow/demand of the site here nowadays. Now you can find free stuff easier! Have no shame, I always run to the freebies too.
I also set up a poll because I kinda forgot WordPress does that too. (What doesn’t it do?) Since Spoonflower already has a nice handy reference of their fabrics in their recently added online catalog, I felt it was kinda moot to do a video, so I need ideas for my next tutorial. As I’ve gotten a lot better with craft foam lately, I also removed my old tutorial for my Bullet gauntlets.
There’s no real time limit on it, and multiple votes are allowed, just be sure to comment anything specifically so I have an idea of what you’d be curious on seeing. Once I see a landslide winner I will pull the poll until the next time. So go on ahead and vote!
Also, I will lend a shoutout to a new program I grabbed for my designs, and so far I love it! (Normally I don’t do pitches like this but I’m just really excited!)
Normally for my fabric designs for the shops, I use Illustrator first and then tidy things up in Photoshop. After a while though, I got tired of fighting with antiquated versions of Illustrator and decided I needed something new permanently. (Photoshop seems to be fine for basic stuff even as far as CS2. Wait, you didn’t know CS2 is free from Adobe? If you’re a student, you should especially hop on that train!!)
That is when I found Affinity Designer, a fellow vector imaging program by Serif. Not only is the same program cross-platform to tablet and mobile, you own it forever at a one-time price for the fraction of the cost of Adobe! Right now they are having a $10 off sale on top of that too, wowza! AD works and feels similarly to Illustrator as well, so it a much easier transition for me than GIMP. I’m stoked to make some new designs with it!