Sunday, 14 August 2011


#Monsters by killercarrot
#Monsters, a photo by killercarrot on Flickr.

We bought a peg bag from Wonky Giraffe on the Etsy store.
It is one of my favourite things ever.

Saturday, 13 August 2011

Sketchbook Pro for a proper computer

Tired of finger painting on the iPad, but very impressed by Sketchbook Pro I splashed out £39.99 on a copy for the mac. I bought it through the app store, so if/when i get another laptop I can port it direct. I  think sketchbook pro typifies the new design ethos that is creeping into mac apps.. I looked for my traditional keyboard shortcuts, to find there dont appear to be any, luckily I have a trackpad, and the zoom works on that. Its fast enough, but a bit laggy at high zoom, and suffers from the reverse axis controls that make sense direct on the ipad screen, but not so much on the trackpad.
I was pleased the speed and accuracy of what it rendered, but a little frustrated with the lack of a crop tool, and still miss my dodge and burn. Below is a quick sketch dashed out in about 6 minutes, and my very first attempt at using the app.
I remember the first time I tried to use Photoshop I came away with nothing... I remember dropping £200 for Adobe illustrator, and never coming away with anything.
Happy with my purchase.

Friday, 12 August 2011


Monsters#11 by killercarrot
Monsters#11, a photo by killercarrot on Flickr.

Brain in a jar. Now I have the hang of sketchbook pro, I feel more confident to dash off looser sketches. I'm putting off doing more complex stuff as I have a wychwolf strip to get done which is going tomtakeupma fair bit of time.. I need to close the current story in the next month.

Thursday, 11 August 2011


Monsters#10 by killercarrot
Monsters#10, a photo by killercarrot on Flickr.

Auto cad 123D for iPad is a free download, with a similar interface to Sketchbook Pro. It took seconds to smear some pictures onto a model. I'd post a little videoclip, but YouTube linkage to my google account doesn't work...
I finally managed to upload the video, but cant see the embed code on the mobile version of the youtube site.
Th share option allows me to email a link, or post it to Facebook, twitter or buzz link


Monsters#9 by killercarrot
Monsters#9, a photo by killercarrot on Flickr.

Getting faster, down to 5 mins now. Next step is to try more detailed picture.

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Monsters#8...or perhaps 9

Monsters#8 by killercarrot
Monsters#8, a photo by killercarrot on Flickr.

Teddy scare

Monday, 8 August 2011


Monsters#8 by killercarrot
Monsters#8, a photo by killercarrot on Flickr.

Hairy legs

Saturday, 6 August 2011


Monsters#7 by killercarrot
Monsters#7, a photo by killercarrot on Flickr.

Quick sketch whilst watching Goldeneye

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Monsters#6 by killercarrot
Monsters#6, a photo by killercarrot on Flickr.

Woke up, made a cup of tea, and thought I'd have a go with some of the other sketchpad tools... Pencils and letratone..
I'm getting much quicker.

Via Flickr:
Fast zombie

Friday, 5 August 2011


Monsters#6 by killercarrot
Monsters#6, a photo by killercarrot on Flickr.

Travelled back from York today, just remembered I hadn't done today's monster, so had a go using the primitive shapes in sketchbook pro.

Thursday, 4 August 2011


Monsters#5 by killercarrot
Monsters#5, a photo by killercarrot on Flickr.

Getting much quicker with fingers only on the ipad2. Sketchbook pro today let me down in it's limited UNDO feature, and also managed to crash a couple of times when switching between safari, using the double tap home button.

Blogger interface is awful on the ipad2, I have to add in HTML tags for height and width of the images, however it's not as bad as the Flickr interface. I thought it would make sense to create a set of monsters pics, but the whole process involves drag and drop, which you might think would be perfect for the iPad.. but sadly it doesn't work at all.

I am getting round to thinking a 13" MacBook air is going to be more useful.

BlobVia Flickr:
Blob leech

Wednesday, 3 August 2011


Monsters#4 by killercarrot
Monsters#4, a photo by killercarrot on Flickr.

Snail creature. Sketchbook pro on my iPad 2, but today I used just my fingers rather than the hit and miss pogo stylus.
Using layers and judicious erasing seems to be the key. Yesterday I mourned dodge and burn, today I was feeling the lack of pressure sensitivity.

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Snail creature

Tuesday, 2 August 2011


Monsters#3 by killercarrot
Monsters#3, a photo by killercarrot on Flickr.

Tried a smaller canvas size of 1024 x 768 to see how it works with blogger. Working through the brushes in sketchpad pro, but missing dodge and burn tools. The layers work quite well. Fill tools and erasers work ok. Text tool takes a bit of getting used to.
The text box in the Flickr share with blogger tool doesn't scroll well on the iPad
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Monday, 1 August 2011

Monsters#2 using dropbox

This is an attempt to see whether I can upload from dropbox, Which I can't, as the blogger dialogue box obviously looks for a file system I can't provide...or link to a pic in a shared public folder, which I don't seem to be able to, although I guess the latter is asking for trouble.
I'm also a bit concerned by the iPad blogger interface, it's just plain HTML, can't access the "compose" function, which provides useful image placement and sizing... I guess it's just one of the little niceties I'd expect, fallen victim of the google/ apple divisions.


Title by killercarrot
Title, a photo by killercarrot on Flickr.

Second attempt at sketching with the iPad, using autodesk sketchbook pro, and the pogo stylus. A little more refined today, but still a long way to go. I thought briefly I might be able to use photoshop express, but it really is just for fixing photos.
I was a bit surprised to see the following condition on my Flickr account:
"Photostream views limited to the 200 most recent images"
When did that happen?
Need to look at some way of linking to picasa.
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