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26 March 2017 @ 09:23 pm
Stormcrow and new tablet  
Today has been a very good day. I have finished another recolor of Scary Fear. This one was hard because there was a layer that was messing up all my colors. But I finally figured out what was wrong. This looks so much better now.



The three hairs really look so nice with this. I need to redo all the pics on my phone now. So Chris had one call this morning then we went to the storage unit and took several box loads to Salvation Army. I'm so happy with the progress we made while there. I don't know if there's much for me to do tomorrow as what's left is too heavy for me to lift perhaps. I don't know yet. So after two loads we went to Best Buy and to my new tablet the Samsung Galaxy S3. Here are some pics.



This is the lock screen. The image rotates with the position of the tablet.



And this is my home screen. I think the screen is 9.7 inches. It's very thin and light. The keyboard comes separate but the pen is included. The pen feels very smooth. I have no trouble using it instead of my finger to type with it I'm using the laptop alone. I call it a laptop because it is a little computer really. My gosh I love this so much better than my phone now. The phone is just that a phone. So a great idea to get this to buy apps for it. The pen feels really nice. There are two cheap art programs on the computer. I can't judge it yet as an art tool because I don't know how to use the programs. I hope I can find something I can use like photoshop with layers and I can open a drawing in it as I need to ink what I've already sketched on paper. As far as drawing from scratch well I suck at it still so I don't know if I can do all digital art with no paper yet. I don't know why drawing digitally my lines come out like crap and so shakey. I wish there was photoshop on this but I have to find the right ap for me. Photoshop was so easy to use. From the start I just knew what all the icons did and things were easy to find. All other programs I feel are hard because stuff is hidden a not in obvious place. On these portable devices they're even missing the basic row at the top with the buttons like File, Edit, Image etc. How can someone work without those for anything? So yeah, can't say much about how the art side of this is yet. I haven't mastered anything. I feel I haven't mastered the computer either. I'm still trying to decide what apps I want. I finally got Poly Clock and am not impressed. I think Terra Time is better despite the bad graphics on the earth. Perhaps I can get my money back on that. I also am not impressed with Bird Translator. Again I can't find settings, file edit etc to find the screen caps shown on the website. But I'll talk about individual apps at another time.

The screen looks very nice. The keyboard feels nice but it is small. The numbers row is a bit hard to use. Luckily I have skinny fingers so it's not too hard. It came with MS Word so I can write stories while I'm traveling too so that's nice. I hate that youtube only works in the app. If I watch it in the browser it doesn't load but I prefer desktop view. I have a volume control that way. This computer has four speakers but I haven't really tested the sound yet. It's supposed to be good and better with good headphones. But for traveling I think this will be great. It has skype installed so I need to log into that and fix my contacts then test it on the tablet. You're supposed to be able to sync up your phone with your tablet too but I haven't done it because it wants my finger print. I'm hesitant to do that because then Chris won't be able to use my phone. It can take up to 4 so he could put his on it but it seems a hassle to me. They should just sync the way the phone does with the car stereo. So I have to import all my mp3s and pics from the computer again instead of transferring what's already on my phone. But I think I'm going to like this thing a lot. It's just too soon to do a real review yet. I found out that Best Buy is partnered with Samsung and has access to these things before the official release date. So that's how I got mine before release date while everything else is preorder only. No wonder T Mobile and Staples didn't have them when I looked. It's like a Best Buy Pre Sale exclusive.
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jokerforeverjokerforever on March 27th, 2017 01:45 am (UTC)
Storm Crow looks so much better with new Fear, his new black skin works really well with the serious tone of the work and his three hairs up like that work well too as he may still be a little tense after going in his berserk state.

I'm glad you're liking your new S3, it seems to have many nice things going for it. This reminds me I need to invest in a new tablet soon, perhaps an I pad if I can get one at a good price.
Desthagirion on March 27th, 2017 02:45 am (UTC)
He does. It really fits his name now. Yes, I think the three hairs really help this. He's definitely still angry and ready to kill someone else.

Thanks. I don't know much about Ipads but I heard the Ipad Pro is good for artists and has a pen like this. I am liking this S3. I just need to learn to use it. I'm in an awkward phase where I am new to all of this and need to figure things out.
gamma_wingsgamma_wings on March 27th, 2017 02:03 am (UTC)
Now the title of "Storm Crow" makes even more sense, as Scary Fear became more corvid-like with his appearance and it's not simply the wings. The picture looks much cooler now for sure. Seeing your tablet I can tell it's better than an iPad, so good choice. I like that there's a keyboard and a pen, as of course typing with a keyboard is much nicer than on a screen (the only reason I manage is because of spellcheck despite it occasionally correctly the words incorrectly and then I'm angry lol). I think you can find some decent drawing apps for a tablet, I'm not sure if Procreate is available on Samsung but I heard it's good (however you have to pay for it, it's pretty cheap though).

Edited at 2017-03-27 02:04 am (UTC)
Des: Ophidius Artistthagirion on March 27th, 2017 02:52 am (UTC)
Yes it definitely fits him. I'm thinking he's not longer just a neuron but also a raven of some sort. Well raven like qualities at least. To call him either is right. I'm very happy with how this turned out and yes it's much better and darker than the original. Much scarier. Oh yes. I don't like anything Apple makes. The first phone I got was an Iphone and you remember I returned that right away. I hated it. I like Android phones and clearly Samsungs are my faves. But I'm still learning how to use this new tablet. When I found out this one had a pen and a tablet it really helped me make my decision on what I wanted. Definitely a real keyboard is better than the on screen keyboard which is annoying. I have my spell checker turned off on my phone. It was driving me nuts "fixing" my words. I rarely make spelling errors so I'd rather not have auto correct and take my chances. I tend to spell other words entirely that spell check doesn't catch anyway. I don't have time to be fighting with it when texting is already so slow. I heard of Procreate, but couldn't find it. I may be for Apple only. I don't mind paying for good software. I just wish it said it up front. Some are "free" but then you can pay in app. Not totally sure what that means but I don't like it. I'd rather have a choice to get the free or the paid not to pay afterwards within the app.
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Desthagirion on March 27th, 2017 11:56 am (UTC)
Thank you. Yes this drawing looks way better. I wonder when Fear will get his final look and I won't have to keep changing him anymore?
I'm liking this tablet a lot so far. I saw those other photoshops. There's a photoshop sketch too but I saw a review on it and it doesn't have a lot of stuff going for it. There's an app called Art Flow that looks really good but only the free version is in the store. I don't know how "in app" purchase works and I have a bad feeling about that. I'll see if I can find some reviews on this program. There used to be a photoshop touch. I saw a review on that but it's not in the stores so I don't know where you can get that now. Hopefully I can do that review soon. I should do it for my phone as I've had it long enough.
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Desthagirion on March 27th, 2017 06:52 pm (UTC)
Well hopefully he won't have too many more changes and I can finally figure out what he was meant to be.
Ah that would be cool. Same here I have liked Pec more and more with each change to him.
I've bought some apps I've already regretted. I'll see if I can get my money back on them but not big loss if not. My tablet is like Fear right now in a state of transition and getting better as I figure out what it is I want from it. I found where you pay for ArtFlow. So far I like it but like everything I need to learn to use it. This might be my primary art program on this. Oh maybe it's only on Android. That would suck. Here it is on google.
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bytestorm.artflow

I just looked on the website and it is for Android only so that sucks.
I downloaded my first game yesterday called Ultimate Bird Simulator. I like it so far but I suck. Haha, it's really funny. I'm new to all this stuff so I don't know what I'm doing in anything just yet. Joker warned me about the in game purchases for Jurassic World and that they aren't necessary. So when I get that game I won't bother anyway.
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Des: Thanatos Agreesthagirion on March 27th, 2017 09:02 pm (UTC)
No don't sign up. If you have an apple product or "I" anything this won't work. I'm not suggesting anything just yet. I'm trying all this stuff out first and once I get a feel one way or another then I can say if something is good and recommend or bad and warn to stay away from. I just don't have enough info yet. I'm already starting to run into issues with bird simulator. That Hungry Shark looks funny. Very cartoony but I do recognize the shark species. I'd love something fun like that with realistic sharks. But the one landing on the beach and smiling was great. At least Jurassic World if free so I will try it then decide if I want to keep it or not. I agree with Joker there's nothing on it worth paying for though. I like that Hungry Shark is available in all three stores so that's nice everyone can buy it. I totally agree with you. I hate computer games and more on these tiny devices. I may get JW and maybe this shark one but then I think I'm done. Games should be only on consoles where things are easier with a control.
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Desthagirion on March 28th, 2017 03:53 pm (UTC)
Love that icon.
OMg that sound terrible. Sadly I've never seen a good Star Trek game on any platform.
Oh be Moby Dick? That sounds awesome. You know I love that story. Sounds like a game I should get for sure. So you recommend the Evo version? There are several on the store not sure which is the one and lots of rip offs.
That's a funny video. Whale shark beats everyone.
I hate that about PC games and your pc may not have enough memory or something. I know if I buy something for playstation I don't have to worry about my console handling it. It just plays it.
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kabuldur: Asterkabuldur on March 27th, 2017 09:24 am (UTC)
Love your Storm Crow pic. I see all the drops of blood, hehe :)

That's great that you and Chris got three loads done today. Pity a lot of the rest is too heavy for you.

I like your new tablet! Samsung is a good brand. Yes, what's up with programs that don't have all the simple things in a menu?
Desthagirion on March 27th, 2017 11:58 am (UTC)
Thank you. Yes this is the sequel to another drawing where he'd just been in a fight in a hole and won.

Yeah, I'd like to do a few more today if I can. I may go out and have a look anyway.

Thanks. I think this will be a good thing. Yes I don't know why they don't make programs easy like that.
actipton80actipton80 on March 27th, 2017 10:40 am (UTC)
I think that pic looks better with his new appearance too. Now "stormcrow" fits even more as a name.

That's good that you got a lot done at the storage unit.

That's a nice tablet. Mom and Dad both have Android tablets too, but I don't know the brands. I'm hesitant to get one because I have trouble with touch screens.
Desthagirion on March 27th, 2017 11:59 am (UTC)
Thanks. He's definitely improved. I agree the name fits him even better now.

It's really coming along now but only a few days left in the month.

Thanks. This one gets rid of nearly the whole touch problem because you have the pen as a mouse and then the keyboard. It's really neat.
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Des: Fear Insanethagirion on March 28th, 2017 03:35 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I love this drawing. Definitely had to recolor these and update him to his best look so far.