Mission Log 2/20/2017

 

Current Long Term Project

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A cover for a mutant bear cub who love ice.cream. Original, Ink and watercolour. Text added digitally.
As of December 2016, my current long-term project is Number 19, the story of a mutant bear cub, Theō, who has twisty blue antlers, telekinesis, smart-ass wit, and an unsatisfying hunger for ice cream. As a secret weapon made by an undercover U.S. government agency to combat the Russians in the 1950’s, Theō must find a way to escape the fortress lab and the evil scientist who keeps him there. In the process, Theō may find out who he really is and what his fate will be: a destroyer of nations, or a part-time fighter of evil and full-time, albeit out-of-place, ice cream and food critic.
I started this project as my undergraduate thesis back in February-March 2015 and finished the first draft in September 2015. I made the comic portion over a two-month and a quarter span, and exhibited the thesis portion of it in December 2015 for my senior gallery show. 

Senior show space.jpg

For the past year, I have been revamping the script completely, adding more dynamic scenes, developing the characters, and making it all the better. So far, I’m about 45% done with the script rewrite. After I finalize the script, I will revamp and expand upon the comic portion of it. That process will take the most time because I am doing everything, from the penciling, to the inking, coloring, and lettering. So it is my hope and plan, if all goes well, that I will have this done by the end of 2018, if not sooner. From there, I will seek out publishers (DarkHorse, IDW, Oni Press, Image, or others that I see fit as a home for my story) and look into having it translated into other languages, especially Japanese, to tap into that market. So when this project is done, the first volume will be ready for distribution in comic format. This will allow me to start working on the next few stories in this series.

Yes, I know my way of doing it is unorthodox, and yes, there is no guarantee that this will succeed at all, but I don’t care. There are a lot of success stories of people who have gone about things their own way and have succeeded brilliantly. (George Lucas and J. K. Rowling to start with.)

Personally, this is something that I want to do and will do no matter if it makes me money or not. Which is how many brilliant things are created. The creator had an immense desire to create something, so the creator did without care if he was rewarded.

 

If you wish to support me, please consider donating money to me to help me fund and complete this project. That would be brilliant of you and I will be soooo grateful!

If you donate any amount under $50, I will mention you name in the thank you section of the comic.

And if you donate anything over $50…

I will work on setting up awards and prizes on a crowdfunding site for anyone who donates more!

Thank you,

Cheers,

Seth

 

Nikon or Canon?

If you have read my MAC or PC blog, spoiler: it’s basically the same conclusion. But in this blog, I will talk about my experience with both brands and tell you which is better.

For the longest time, Nikon has been known as the brand you go to if you want stellar photos, or amazing glass that’s native to the Nikon camera. But in recent years, Canon has been catching up to those standards, both for their camera bodies and glass that allows you to take stellar photos; just you’ll need to buy either third party glass or get their L series for optimal glass performance.

Now in regard to video, Canon takes the award for this. If you are to ask anyone in the film industry what DSLR you should get for film, Canon is what you’ll be told. But amazingly, (and it is) Nikon is getting better! With Nikon’s mid to top line cameras, you can now get stellar video and same function as you would Canon. It’s been a long road for Nikon, but they needed to do this otherwise they would lose the DSLR race.

So who is better, Nikon, or Canon?

To be honest, and you have to be honest with yourself too, if you look at the specs and what the cameras can do, it doesn’t matter what brand you start off with anymore. You can now get amazing pics with Canon, and you can now get amazing video with Nikon. You still won’t see many videos shot with Nikon because nearly everyone in the industry uses Canon. However, with the video that I have seen, it is just as good as Canon. Now, if you want to get into technical details, I will say that Canon does a better job with their color profile out-of-camera with a jpeg or vid file. The images will look more warm and more pleasing. With Nikon, pictures have more of a green tint, which works better with portraiture, but overall, it would be better if it was more warm. But that’s why we can shoot in RAW, which is the best option unless you’re a person who thinks that images should be perfect out of camera and no post, or a basic camera person. you use raw so you can color correct the hell out of images.

Now for those who already own a Canon, you don’t have to do anything. Canon is going to give you the best of both worlds and Magic Lantern. (Yes, Nikon NEEDS something like this.)

As for those who already have Nikon: great news! You will be able to use your great lenses to shoot video and have all the amazing functions that Canon has (just not Magic Lantern). However, you’ll need to upgrade to at least a d7200, but preferably a d750 for full-frame glory. Yes, all of Nikon’s 2013+ cameras support 1080p at 24 and 60, but they lack some of those wonderful features that the D7200 or D750 have. Or you can always get a D810a or a D610, but I personally wouldn’t because they lack some features and abilities that the D750 has.

You can start with a Canon rebel series, or a Nikon D3000 series, but’s going to be rough because they’re more basic intro cameras. For a Canon, start with a 60D, and for Nikon, a D5200. But even then, I would encourage you to dish out the extra money and get a newer model. I would recommend getting a full frame, preferably a D750 for Nikon or a 5D Mark II for Canon. That way, you have full frame glory, amazing low-light abilities, and a camera that will last a long long time (until the shutter dies, the fate that all DSLR’s have).

So it doesn’t matter what brand you get to start with because they are headed in the same direction. Your choice, however, is very important.

And here is why.

Lenses.

I mentioned these already, but again, to those who many not know, Canon glass and Nikon glass are not interchangeable. Sure, you can get adapters for old Nikon and Canon lenses to just use in manual mode, which is fine for filming. But then you lose the ability to have auto-focus. So if you want to be able to have auto-focusing lenses, you will need to buy native lenses or third party, which sometimes are not any better quality unless you are willing to dish out a lot more money, for at times, marginal improvements. This leads to a crucial question: does the gear you own take great pictures or is it the person behind the camera?

But I can tell you this. For Canon, if you want good glass, you will have to buy their L-lenses. But for Nikon, all their glass is good. Just I would encourage people to buy the full frame (fx) versions of Nikon lenses.

As with anything, do your research before you buy and weight the pros and cons. Find what fits your needs. After all, there are a lot more camera brands out there than just Nikon and Canon, and there are many different camera formats other than a DSLR.

And by no means this is a definite answer to which is better. You must choose that. And as always, it is not the camera that takes a great image or video. It is the person behind the camera.

MAC or PC?

To be honest, it really doesn’t matter. There’s no “everyone should get this certain kind.” It does, however, depend on what you want to do with the computer. I have used both, and I would argue that you can get the same bang or more for your buck with PC as with a Mac. Yes, the operating system matters, but nowadays, as long as your specs are at par or beyond with the software requirements; you’ll be fine with either. This is especially since Microsoft has just released a beast line of new surface books and studio. Does Apple have an edge on some features or products? Yes, like Final Cut Pro, or Garage Band, other Apple-only features and programs, and some hardware advances like its Thunderbolt 3 . But overall, unless those and other small differences are a deal breaker to you, it doesn’t make a difference anymore. All that becomes a personal preference and what you are more comfortable with, not who has the better specs or performance. Unless you want to get into the nitty gritty on the OS, the lines are basically even. As long as you have a computer that has the right specs, you are fine. If you are just going to use Adobe products, it is a cross-platform program, except for Linux OS, which has its own programs and opensource glory. Mac products are great, and they perform well, especially when they are fully optimized for the powerful creation programs. But the same is true about PCs. They are just as powerful, if not more, than Macs and it is becoming clear that PCs can meet the mark for artists of all fields.

HOWEVER, in the latest upgrade to Apple’s Macbook and Macbook Pro’s, they are doing away with essential features, like USB and SD Card ports, which so far can only still be found on the old 13 inch, 2.7GHz Processor, 128GB Macbook Pro and the Macbook Air (which won’t be the best if you are looking for speed and high processing power). So if you buy a new Macbook Pro, be prepared to have to buy overpriced adapters for Apple’s forced and backwards innovation. I understand that Apple is trying to reinvent the wheel, but no one is ready for that complete overhaul yet, especially when the majority of the market still uses USB 2.0 and SD Cards. You can’t force people to accept a new wheel when majority of people still use the old wheel and don’t have the means to switch over that suddenly. Conversely, Microsoft is just improving the wheel, say”Wheel 1.2.” They aren’t trying to force change, but rather improve on how innovative and functional their products can been. They have caught up to Apple in the creative market spectrum, and it looks like they will do well. Based on that, I would argue that a PC might be a better choice than the 2016 Macs.

But wait, there are other companies? Yes, there are (which run Windows) like HP, which makes a wonderful gaming computer and has the specs to handle 3D software. And their ZBook Series is also the same and powerful. Yes they can be more hefty, but they are incredibly powerful and just as affordable, if not cheaper, than a Macbook Pro or a Microsoft Surface.

And then there is Lenovo, which also offers some beast laptops.

But WAIT! You can put Mac OS on a PC. I’ve seen it done. So, if you love the OS but want the function of a PC, look to doing that (AKA a Hackintosh). You can also put Windows on a Mac, although some of the features might not work because Macs are not touch-screen computers.

So, in all, there isn’t a clear winner unless you want to go into nit-picky detail about which OS runs better with “x” program, or if you want certain features. But in my opinion, it’s all neutral ground.

But with anything, do your research and find what best fits your needs and budget.

 

*Heading image was was found on google search and had no copyright restrictions.