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All artwork and animation in this blog unless otherwise stated is Copyright © 2015 Eric R. Watson 'AKA' Cyber Six (Cyber Six is not intended to be a play on words. It is in fact a comic book and animation. You may read about them if you'd like by following this link. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyber_Six) All Rights Reserved. All artwork and content on this blog are property of the artist unless otherwise indicated. Do not use, reproduce, post, copy, or distribute any image or media without permission. I'm an artist and flash animator. Recently, I've begun learning Maya 8.5. Okay, my avatar is not a picture of me. In fact, it is a picture of a famous Japanese singer who sang in an all girl pop group named SPEED during the mid to late 90s. Her name is Hiroko Shimabukuro. Hiro for short. Unfortunately, they disbanded several years ago. I recently found out they are back together and singing as SPEED. Freelance Union Article: 5 Tips for Preventing Procrastination. "Prolific people don’t wait to be moved, they begin the work, and the work moves them to create more." ~ Jonathon Kastner

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Friday, December 14, 2007

Nintendo DS Lite - Portable Digital Sketchbook

On the Lines and Colors website there's a post by Charley Parker entitled: Colors! and Inchworm: Digital Applications for the Nintendo DS. This was posted on that site on: Monday, November 26, 2007. During one my late night travels on the information super highway I found article about a gaming system someone has been so kind to design a Homebrew program for. Ever since I was a kid I wanted to create art. And one of my art teachers showed us this huge machine that created artwork digitally. He said, "Someday, we'll be using computers to do this stuff for us." He was speaking of art. Now, many years later and I'm using a personal computer to paint digitally. And, soon I'll start using a hand-held gaming system as my digital canvas. This is so freakin' cool. If only this thing was water resistant. In this post I will not upload any images as I would definitely have to use copyrighted pictures so I'll wait to post photos of my own Nintendo DS Lite after I purchase it. Now, on to the meat and potatoes of this post. Before reading the article on the Lines and Colors website I was perplexed as to what buy myself for Christmas. While reading it I knew. And, a few days later called my best friend about it. See for yourself. It's not as good as the Wacom 12WX but, what it lacks in the full robustness of programs like Adobe Photoshop or Corel Painter it fully makes up for in portability and ease of use. The quick concept sketches of Simon Rodgers are exquisite. http://www.sim-r.com/blog/index.php?itemid=14 Follow the aforementioned link to view his work created on the Nintendo DS Lite using the Colors! painting program. Also, there are videos on Youtube.com that I think you'll like to see. These are demos of Colors! & Inchworm in action.

The first video stops in mid play. Move your cursor a little ahead of the progress indicator and click once. That will solve the problem. Unfortunately, you will not hear the sound anymore. Don't worry about that as it's all self explanitory.

As of the moment of typing this post there is another program like Colors! under the working title of Inchworm. It's being created by Bob Sabiston the creator of the software called Rotoscope used in A Waking Life and A Scanner Darkly. Follow the link to see what is possible with Inchworm. http://www.flatblackfilms.com/ds_new/showimages.php
This is Inchworm in action.

You can buy the Datel Games 'n Music from Wal-mart to install the Colors! software onto you Nintendo DS Lite. It's about $20.00 US. This is the link if you're interested. http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=5716126
Here's how to set up the Nintendo DS Lite if you don't want to go for the under two hundred dollar route. http://conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=109672 Oh btw, Colors! a free application from: http://colors.brombra.net/about.php The download page is: http://colors.brombra.net/downloads.php Using the ColorsDraw! applet created by
Ben Jaques images can be resized from 256 x 192 to 2084×1536 pixels. The brush strokes are saved as vectors and reinterpreted as pixels somehow. And, the .DRW file format saves and stores a record of the brush strokes. The cool thing about this is with the Java applet you can create a .WMV or .AVI file to upload to Youtube so you can show other viewers your painting process. The Nintendo DS Lite has a built in microphone so you can record audio onto it. I'll post about again after I get the program onto my DS Lite in a few days. I may wait until Christmas to do so as it is a Christmas present to myself. Anywho, I'll get back with you later to explain in more detail. Everything you need to know is on the link I provided for the Lines and Colors website.