I’d like to review the MozArt Hot Pressed Watercolor Pad, which I bought for Inktober 2018. This hardcover book comes with 50 sheets of 8.5×11″ 220 GSM hot pressed watercolor paper. I got it specifically to use for Inktober because I wanted a paper that would be smooth for fineliners, and also take ink washes moderately well. So my thoughts will be will that usage in mind, though I’ve also tried out a few other materials on this paper. I purchased this pad myself, so all of my opinions are my own.
Paint of Persia is an interesting pixel art rotoscoping pixel art tool I came across recently, and it looked interesting. Animating is one of my least favorite tasks, and while I don’t particularly like rotoscoped styles, I can appreciate it. There are a wide variety of uses for a tool like this, ranging from simply wanting a game with a rotoscoped style, to wanting to draw over reference easier.
I’m a pixel artist and a game developer, but I hate making tilemaps. To me, it’s just tedium – making the same image over and over with little tweaks for corners and edges. And SO many combinations of corners and edges. So when I heard there was a tool that would automatically create an entire tilemap from as little as just three images, I knew I had to try it.
AutoTileGen lets you create a game-ready tilemap from just three images.
All you need is a single tileable texture, a “cap and bottom” image, and a “sides” image. If you want a background included in your tilemap, that’s a very simple forth image. AutoTileGen then does all the tedious work for you!
When I use my Surface Pro for art, I can’t or don’t always want to flip my keyboard out. Maybe I don’t have room, maybe I’m drawing on my lap, or maybe I just don’t want a keyboard in the way of my screen while I draw. This leaves me unable to use keyboard shortcuts, and while some programs (like Photoshop CC) have gesture controls for common shortcuts, most programs don’t. I’ve been searching for a macro program, where I can program buttons on my touch screen to perform keyboard shortcuts. After a few months of searching, I found a program called Tablet Pro that does just that, and it’s completely customizable. Here’s my review: