Artist Showcase: La Scarlatte

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Pauline Teunissen (aka La Scarlatte)

Where do you live?
I live in the center of Amsterdam, looking out over the ships in the harbor.
Where do you look for inspiration?
Almost everywhere, but nature is what I love most. So when I get the chance, I go to the dunes and the beach which are quite close to Amsterdam (and where I grew up), and I wander around the woods and little lakes there photographing everything that might come in handy one day. Traveling is a great inspiration too – I’ve been to lots of great places like Costa Rica, Iceland and the Galapagos Islands. But the city of Amsterdam has great stuff as well; I live really close to the zoo and the Hortus Botanicus, so I’m there almost every week to look up something I want to investigate for a project. And when you take a stroll or a bike ride around the canals, you can discover lots of things like small statues on facades of canal houses or antique bookshops.
What emotions do you hope to evoke with your art?
Everybody experiences art differently. I hope they enjoy it in their own way and maybe see different layers in it than I expected myself. And I hope my work conveys the joy and patience I have in creating it.
How do you find the beauty in both life and death?
I think my artwork has a serenity about it. And even though I am very interested in duality and the darker side of a beautiful scene, somehow when I try to create more edgy artworks it still has that calmness about it. Maybe it’s my color choices or my pencil strokes, the end result is always a space where things are delicate and movement like the wind is softly blowing. Most testimonials I get about my work is that people find it gives them a sense of daydreaming.
What words do you live by?
Keep curious. I try to constantly keep curious in everything I do, the way I work, how I spend my spare time, how I interact with family and friends. And whenever I find that something is out of balance, I find new ways to get there. So maybe “never give up” is also a good one. 🙂
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How to Organize a Clip Studio Paint Workspace for Astropad

Clip Studio Paint is a great drawing program to use with Astropad. It’s versatile for both illustration and creating publisher-ready comics, with features that accommodate every step of the comic-making process: layouts, perspective rulers, sketching, inking, coloring, and captions.

In this quick step-by-step guide, we’ll help you organize an efficient workspace for using Clip Studio Paint with Astropad. For the best experience, we recommend the latest Clip Studio Paint version. 

Arranging Panels

It’s easy to arrange and resize Clip Studio Paint’s tool panels. Just click the top of a panel and drag it anywhere on screen. They can be resized at the sides, corners, or completely hidden to the side of the screen. We recommend having at least the following panels arranged on your screen:

    • Subtool [brush]
    • Tool property (for easy stroke adjustments)
    • Color wheel
    • Layers

Materials Panel: If you plan to use features such as 3D posing, screen tones, and textures, you will want to keep the Materials Panel close by. We suggest that you leave the collapsable Materials toolbar on your screen near the color palette or main toolbar so that you can easily access features without taking up a lot of screen space.

Setting Menu Shortcuts

Astropad’s sidebar shortcuts menu is preset for Photoshop, but it can be edited for Clip Studio. You can do this by going to “Preferences” then “Shortcuts” in the Mac app. 

We recommend placing your most used shortcuts in the sidebar. It’s totally customizable, so add whatever works best with your work flow! Here are some suggestions: 

      • P – pencil/ pen
      • M – marquee
      • G – gradients
      • J – blending tool

Sidebar Placement

You may need to move the shortcuts sidebar, depending on whether you are right or left handed. Just use your finger to drag the sidebar to either side of your iPad. You can also move the white ring around the screen to create a comfortable placement for your drawing style.

Touch Panning & Zoom

Even though you can’t use gestures on the Mac trackpad, Astropad supports touch panning and zooming for Clip Studio Paint. Use two fingers to pinch, zoom, and pan on your iPad. This way, you won’t need to keep the navigator panel or scrollbars in view when you set up your ideal workspace.


For more information on working in Clip Studio Paint, check out the Astropad Community Forum. ✌🏽

Artist Showcase: Mariosupa

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Mario Hounkanrin (aka Mariosupa)

Where do you live? 
I moved from Paris to Amsterdam 2 years ago to be with my better half.
What inspires you?  
I was born in Benin, West Africa, but we moved to Paris when I was 4. I spent most of my life in Paris and that’s where I started my career as a graphic designer back in 2001. Getting older, I felt like I needed to go back to my roots somehow. And diving into those roots made me start drawing again. What inspires me most is ancient and tribal arts. What some people wrongly call “primitive” arts. I try to interpret these inspirations with my graphic design skills to create something new.
Does your art follow a theme or motif? 
For now, my focus is really African infused art. I’d love to show the world (as much as I can) how great African arts and cultures are when you take time to look at them. My illustrations are the result of growing up with African art at home and my interest for masks, body paintings, scarifications, ceremonies, and religions that have thousands years of history.
How does art challenge you? 
For a long time, I was only focused on my graphic & motion designer career. But when I started posting illustrations on Instagram a few months ago, I was surprised by the engagement of the people. I always thought that my drawings were meaningful only to me until then. Now, I make illustrations or drawings as much as possible in parallel with my freelance projects. I have so many images inside my body, I could draw all day long but I have to eat and pay the rent. Art is changing my life lately, for the better.
What is your personal mantra? 
Breathe.

Website: http://www.mariosupa.com
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/mariosupa_graphic

Astropad 2.0

A free update for existing users! 🙌🏽 

Astropad 2.0 Highlights

Our top Astro dogs have been hard at work on Astropad 2.0, and we’re so excited to share a full lineup of ultra-responsive features. Here are the highlights:

  1. High-performance Liquid engine upgrade: Runs three times faster with massively reduced pixelation
  2. Uses 3x less CPU and 4x less memory: Allows longer work sessions and extended battery life
  3. New Velocity control: Analyzes network conditions dozens of times per second to balance image quality and latency
  4. Refined pressure curve: Hand-tuned by artists for a natural drawing feel
  5. Enhanced software compatibility: Supports panning and zooming gestures across more programs, including: Affinity Designer, Affinity Photo, Art Rage, Clip Studio Paint, Lightroom, Mischief, Autodesk Sketchbook
  6. Hidden cursor: Settings option to auto-hide the cursor while drawing
  7. Updated UI: Sleek new look and feel

We can’t wait to hear what you think about the update! Stay in touch on our Astro Community page and remember to  follow us on Instagram to check out featured art made with Astropad.

P.S. Meet Rebekka, Astropad’s new hero woman. She was created by artist Ellen Edgerton as the official face of Astropad 2.0.

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Meet Rebekka (version 2)

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The Original Rebekka

Rebekka is Astropad’s hero woman – she’s complex and captivating, and she’s been the face of Astropad since its inception in 2015. The original watercolor Rebekka was made by artist Rebekka Ivácson (hence the name), and it embodies the artistic merit of Astropad users.

In anticipation of *Astropad version 2* (free update, coming this summer!) we issued an open call to the Astro Community to design a new Rebekka. We thought it would be fitting with the cool features we’ll be introducing in our free version 2 update.

To find the next iteration of Rebekka, hundreds of artists shared their portfolios with us  – everything ranging from manga to watercolor to 3D models of Rebekka. We were so impressed with the submissions that we chose to commission work from two artists: Ellen Edgerton and Siena Summers – you can check out their work below.

You’ll have to wait to find out which Rebekka was our final pick for Astropad version 2. Stay tuned… we’ll be sharing the free update for existing Astropad users later this summer.  🚀

Finally, thank you to everyone who submitted their portfolios! Remember to tag your work with #Astropad to be featured on our Instagram.

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“Rebekka” by Ellen Edgerton

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“Rebekka” by Siena Summers

Astropad’s 1st birthday!

It has been a tremendous year for Astropad, and we’re only getting started!

Malyse our resident artist made the illustration above to celebrate this event, using Astropad, Photoshop, and the awesome new spatter brushes by Kyle T. Webster.

We have a lot of innovations coming in the next few months. Stay tuned!

Matt, Giovanni & Malyse

Astropad for iPad Pro

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iPad Pro with Apple Pencil is a monumental leap forward for Astropad, and we are incredibly excited to announce our official support today. This is a big deal for us, as we now have the hardware we’ve been dreaming of for Astropad. 

Here are some of the things we’ve done to make Astropad on iPad Pro the best experience yet:

What’s New

•   Support for both the iPad Pro screen size and the Apple Pencil
•   Advanced stroke tuning to remove stray points, and provide beautiful strokes with Apple Pencil
•   Support for tilt on the Apple Pencil, we feed the angle of the Pencil into your Mac for more accurate brush simulation
•   We’ve built a custom pressure curve specifically for Apple Pencil
•   Further reduced latency, especially for Macs that have dual graphics cards
•   Image quality is improved, so the image on your iPad Pro is crisper

We think the iPad Pro is incredibly exciting for artists everywhere, and definitely complements Astropad. This is a beginning; we plan on adding more features, and developing more possibilities for this great combination.

Look forward to it!

iPad Pro Fever

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Apple is releasing the iPad Pro this week, and our Astro dogs couldn’t be more excited! The iPad Pro and Apple Pencil are the devices we have been dreaming of… And we’re not the only ones! Apple has struck a chord with the creative community.

iPad Pro fever is high, and it looks to be a great success among creative professionals… In fact, our recent survey shows that 77% of our users are buying or are considering buying an iPad Pro!

1. Survey

Recently, we ran a survey of our registered Astropad users. When we asked whether they are planning to buy an iPad Pro, one-third reported yes. Almost half reported maybe! This is incredible! Keep in mind most of our users already own an iPad.

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Astropad users are illustrators, photographers, and other professional creatives who use desktop class software, such as Adobe Photoshop, to do professional work. And they want to use iPad Pro as another tool for their work.Screen Shot 2015-11-07 at 2.09.10 PM

That one-third of our users plan to buy an iPad Pro is an excellent indication that this new larger iPad is appealing to the pro community.

2. Hollywood

Not only are independent creatives incredibly excited about the iPad Pro, but we are also hearing from major Hollywood Studios. Many studios have contacted us about their interest in adopting Astropad + iPad Pro for their artists. This is a significant sign that the iPad Pro is considered a professional-grade device.

Looking forward

There are strong indications from our users and the creative industry, that iPad Pro is going to be incredibly popular with professionals worldwide.

The team at Astropad is focused on delivering the best possible experience for iPad Pro users. iPad Pro is going to be the premier way to use Astropad, and we will be sure to support every feature, including pressure and tilt! This week, we will have preliminary support for the iPad Pro available, followed by an enhanced update once we have access to our iPad Pros!

We are incredibly excited, and we can’t wait to see what you create with this new generation of creative tools.

PS: The complete iPad Pro fever image can be found here, it was drawn in Photoshop and Astropad on my soon to be retired iPad Air.

Astropad Mini with 3D Touch

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Updated today, Astropad Mini now includes 3D Touch support, for the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.

3D Touch enables pressure sensitive drawing. When using a finger or stylus, the iPhone 6s or 6s Plus is able to detect 256 levels of pressure on the screen, allowing users to draw thinner or thicker lines based on the amount of pressure that’s applied.

Download for free at the App Store.

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Astropad iOS 9 updates

Flag by Barrett Colvin, check out more of his work at http://www.barrettcolvin.com/

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Last week, we mentioned a new version of Astropad, awaiting  Apple review.

And…

Crisis averted! Onward to the next mission…

Happy to report that the update is now available. Astropad is now fully compatible with iOS 9.

Stay tuned for more iOS 9 features, coming soon!

 

 

 

 

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