In Your Shoes

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I’m posting this comic to announce some exciting news: I now have a Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1!!!!! The friend who let me try it out last December sold it to me. I could not be more excited! I wanted to get it to strike off number 16 on my list of 25 things to do before I am 25, and I am absolutely loving it! It is really easy to make comics like the one posted above with the built in S Pen app, and I also found a cool app (Zen Brush) with which I can make cool black and white sketches (like the question mark I drew on yesterdays’ post).

I also really how you can take handwritten notes using the S Pen app and export them to Evernote. In fact, Evernote is quickly becoming one of my favorite apps. I might do a post on that some time soon.

Reading is still easier on a 7 inch tablet, but luckily for me, I still have a 7 inch tablet, so no problems there. I briefly felt the compulsion a couple days ago to buy a Kindle Fire Tablet because Germany FINALLY got Amazon Instant Video, but I managed to restrain myself.

Two tablets, and awesome laptop, a kindle, a smartphone, and an MP3 player are probably enough toys for a girl. As if a girl could EVER have enough toys.

In any case, what does my tablet mean for my faithful readers? I really believe that a photo or image exponentially improve any blog post. Unfortunately, a good camera is not one of my toys, but I am no photographer and I don’t really like taking pictures anyway. I have sometimes tried to find free photos to go with my blog post, but now that I have an easy way to produce sketches, I will probably be adding a lot more personal sketches and doodles. That will at the very least give my blog a touch of the original.

The Sketchbook Project (final)

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Last March, I posted about how I was working on a Sketchbook for the Sketchbook Project. I was super excited about it, and I did actually finish it. It is one of those things that I am proud of actually doing, but am quite sensitive to criticism of my work. I never claimed to be an artist, but I sure do like doodling. In any case, one of the main reasons that I never posted my completed sketchbook was that I had doodler’s block for the last three pages or so and ended up filling it with poetry that I wrote. And let’s just say that it is hard for me to admit that I am an in closet poet, regardless of how horrible and cheesy I know my poems to be.

In any case, it is almost a year since I started my Sketchbook, and since I actually, in a spurt of idiocy, decided to pay them to digitize my Sketchbook, I figured I could at the very least post the link to the final thing in case any poor soul decides they want to subject themselves to viewing it. Just kidding. It’s not that bad.

Anyway, HERE it is. Knock yourself out if you so desire. And if you decide to pass on this one, no hard feelings.

Hi Baby Hedgehog

Pictures of baby hedgehogs (including the one below) went viral on Facebook a couple of months ago. Since that time I have been totally obsessed with hedgehogs (especially the baby ones). I even researched everything that you need to buy in order to take care of a pet hedgehog. Aren’t they adorable?

My common sense eventually kicked in and I decided not to buy one for the following reasons:

  1. They are financially impractical
  2. I’m rarely at home and therefore don’t have much time to take care of living creatures
  3. My plants are all dead (which says something about my ability to take care of living creatures)
  4. Hedgehogs are nocturnal, and since this little creature would have to share his room with me, he’d probably keep me up at night

So no pet hedgehog. =(

But after seeing the cute baby hedgehogs, they started to make rather frequent appearances in my daily doodles (almost replacing cute little ducks as most popular animal).

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Definitely not as cute as the real thing, but I’m working on it.

And now I REALLY REALLY REALLY want to buy a Samsung Galaxy Note! So much fun!

 

Doggy Dog

doggydogToday I sketched this cute little puppy dog using a friend’s Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1. After crossing going to the opera off my list last week, I’ve been seriously considering purchasing a Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1. Or maybe I am just dreaming. After all, what is number 26 on the list?

Buy graphic tablet and learn to do a bit of graphic design.

I figure I am neither inclined to create nor capable of creating anything better than the cute little doggy that you see pictured above, so investing in a really high quality graphics tablet is a waste of my time. A Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, on the otherhand, is currently $400 on Amazon. That’s quite a bit more than the cheapest Wacom tablet, but the major advantage is that you can actually see what you are drawing while you are drawing it. Also, it’s a great deal better than my current tablet (also a Samsung, but an older model), and it’s a great deal larger (10.1 inches as opposed to 7 inches). And I figure if I invest in a better drawing app and a Wacom stylus, I’ll be able to produce much better images.

Who am I kidding. I’m just trying to give myself enough excuses so that I won’t feel guilty spending a substantial amount of money on a tablet. I probably also should take into account the fact that the whole reason I’ve been craving a tablet is because of the Stephen Pastis vs. Scott Adams Wacom advertisement that I saw last week. Seeing Scott Adams himself drawing the Pointy-Haired Boss on an awesome graphics tablet…now THAT’s a persuasive advertisement….

Free Food Icons

I have been throwing the idea around recently of making a html cookbook. I’m not particularly good at design, so it’ll probably look horrible if I ever get around to making it (so if anyone knows any good html templates for recipes, please please please let me know!). But today I was trying to make a html template for a recipe, and I realized that it would be really nice to add an icon to the header. There are some food icons available for free, but I wasn’t able to find a complete set for all the different kinds of food, so I decided to try my hand at making some myself. I only spent a couple hours working on them, and they aren’t that great, but I thought I would share what I came up with with all of you.
If you like them, you are free to download them here. I’ve made both the original svg files and the generated png files available. Feel free to use them or change them as much as you want. You can also give me feedback if there is any way that I can make them better.iconSet

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Food Icons by www.thejoyofgermany.com is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.

 

The Sketchbook Project: Quick Tip

When you are sketching in the little sketchbook that you got for The Sketchbook Project, you may have forgotten to protect your pages. When you press really hard into a page, you may almost ruin the page on the other side, especially when the back side of your page comes in contact with a page that is already finished.

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But do you remember that little info pamphlet that came with your sketchbook?

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It turns out that this pamphlet is exactly the right size to act as a page protector. Just put it behind the page you are working on and it protects the rest of your pages from getting ruined.

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Have fun!