Thursday, December 13, 2018

Medibang/JUMP PAINT on Manjaro

sudo bash
pacman - Ss wine

(Looked at it).

pacman -Syu wine wine_gecko wine-mono

(Success!)

exit

wine /path/to/JumpPaintSetup-3.0.2-64bit.exe

(Wait...)
(Install!!)
(Success!!!)

I know I have GIMP and Azpainter but it's nice to have a medibang program so I can access my windows and android .mdp files on my external HDD.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Using write.as for NaNoWriMo

The last year I did NaNoWriMo seriously I used tablo, ( https://tablo.io/rapidpunches/sick-ass-style ), but this year I'm using write.as ( https://write.as/orca/ ).

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Using Ubuntu Studio even though it's bloated

I was using the stretch version of antiX and it was okay, I even got digimend and AzPainter to work on it but one day I noticed something was a little off after an update so I decided it was time to change. I do a lot of distro hopping because I haven't found one yet that is the best fit for me and what I do. There are basically no art centric distros outside of Ubuntu Studio and Fedora Design Suite. You can take any distro and just customize it to fit but I mean, there's none intended for art straight out of the box.

The benefit to using Ubuntu Studio is as follows: it's safe and easy because it's ubuntu, and you don't have to download much because it already has almost every creative program you need (maybe even too much). I got to say I don't like how it looks at default so I changed the desktop environment and the window manager.

Wine works on it (I couldn't get Wine to work on antiX) and so I have JUMP PAINT 64bit working.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Dual booted Windows10 and Manjaro XFCE

LINKS
  • https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10ISO
  • https://manjaro.org/get-manjaro/

Dual boots usually need secure boot to be disabled. For the dual boot to work it's usually better to have Windows installed first then a Linux distro installed alongside afterwards. The default settings or whatever usually spilts the HDD (or SDD if that's what you're using for the OS'es) in half. Linux will overwrite the boot manager with it's own (grub) so it will boot first and allow you to select Windows at boot when you want it.

On my laptop I'm now running antiX (stretch) and both GIMP 2.10 and azpainter works on it now.

https://antixlinux.com/download/

There's $30 120gb SSD from  brands like Crucial, Sandisk, and Kingston right now so I managed to get my hands on two (a $28, and $25 Refurbished). I had two Western Digital HDD fail. One failed in a year and the other one failed within a week, practically out of the box, so I don't know when I'll ever get another. The sad part is not having enough space for everything so I'll be backing up my files externally.

It hasn't been a fun experience unscrewing and ripping out the broken HDD and replacing them with SSD but I have to say, the icy dock dual tool-less ez-fit lite bay made my life a lot easier. Popping everything in felt like legos on hardmode. HDD give a lot of space but they're hard, heavy, and seem to heat up much more than SSD in addition to being slower. I don't think I'll ever go back to HDD.
Just some stuff for my personal reference (or yours if you're interested in it!) since I've been tinkering with my computer a lot trying to get the best performance out of it. I recently tried to install Arch Linux then Arch Bang to no success : ( then went back to lubuntu. I might retry later or go to a different distro if I get antsy.

Making a bootable USB:
https://unetbootin.github.io/

How to boot from USB:
https://www.lifewire.com/how-to-access-advanced-startup-options-in-windows-10-or-8-2626229

Disabling Secure Boot:
https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/disable-secure-uefi-dual-boot/

What I WAS using on my laptop because it's lightweight:
https://lubuntu.net/downloads/

Other artist oriented linux distros probably for desktop computers:
https://labs.fedoraproject.org/en/design-suite/
https://ubuntustudio.org/

UPDATING FROM GIMP 2.8 to 2.10 from Terminal : !!

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:otto-kesselgulasch/gimp && sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install gimp

UPDATING / INSTALLING DIGIMEND TABLET DRIVERS !!!

$ git clone https://github.com/DIGImend/digimend-kernel-drivers
$ cd digimend-kernel-drivers
$ make
$ sudo make install

UPDATING / INSTALLING AzPainter!!!!

$ sudo apt gcc make libx11-dev libxext-dev libxi-dev libfreetype6-dev libfontconfig1-dev zlib1g-dev libjpeg-dev
$ git clone https://github.com/Symbian9/azpainter.git
$ cd azpainter
$ ./configure
$ make
$ sudo make install-strip

NOTE: Sometimes trying to get it via "git clone" doesn't work and if that haappens just delete and start over from the tar.gz or zip file.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Installing MyPaint on MacOSX with Xcode and MacPorts

First install Xcode.

Then install MacPorts. Something like Go > Utilities > Terminal

xcode-select --install

xcodebuild -license
 
or https://www.macports.org/install.php I guess? After it installs go to it in Applications, open it up to accept the license agreement thing.

Install or update x11 https://www.xquartz.org/

Then in the terminal

sudo port install mypaint

Then when it finishes Go > Applications > Macports folder > MyPaint !!!


Thursday, June 7, 2018

COMICS 101 CRASH COURSE RAPIDPUNCHES’ STYLE Continuation

I am the author of a few tutorial posts circulating the internet and one point  considered making a .PDF of them and then some.

This is the continuation and .PDF form of the SHORT STORY/ONE-SHOT/ONE CHAPTER post on tumblr.

If enough people request it I'll write a full, proper ebook write up of this Snake-In-Basket tutorial because I have other drawing tips to talk about but it could prove to be a lot of effort for very few interested.

Installed JUMP PAINT on Linux with Wine

This works too!


It's the same as before (although I'm not sure why it would ever be different) just sudo apt update, wine /path/to/.exe and DONE!

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Being a digital artist on Linux!

Being an illustrator on Linux is a little tricky but more than possible. I did it and you can too! It sucks not having options or getting bricked when your computer gets too old to handle the latest windows updates.

If you're an artist with a slow dinosaur desktop or sluggish laptop (your dying computer) on hand then grab a USB flash drive, burn a Lubuntu .iso on it right away, and then install Linux!!!

A few terminal commands and downloads later you should have everything you need to draw!

*Lubuntu is very lightweight and runs very fast but if you think your hardware can handle something a little bit bigger, there are two up to date Linux distros for artists with all the programs you need preloaded:

(Get LTS wherever or whenever available!)

Many windows programs can be installed to linux via Wine and there are great free alternatives to the rest.

  • Krita (for painting)
  • AzPainter (as an alternative to Paint Tool SAI) 
At the time of writing this, AzPainter has an AppImage you can download and run right away!

Graphics Tablet Settings in GIMP

Settings > Input Devices ...

Select tablet name and set Mode to "Screen"

Select brush...

Tool Options > scroll down... to Dynamics

Select any one of the following "Basic Dynamics", "Pen Generic", or "Pressure Size" and test the brush on the canvas!




Making Krita Run Faster

Whenever I install a program to try out I always take a look at all the settings and in Krita, it's super important because if your Internal Pool is 0 then it runs very slow!

Settings > Configure Krita > Performance...
Increase "Internal Pool" from 0 to 36MiB!!!

You can probably set it lower or higher but higher won't necessarily make it run better. It might even make it run slower so stay close to the sweet spot!

I also lowered the mount of Undo. The default amount is generous so it won't hurt you even if you make a lot of mistakes to lower it a little.

I closed all the docks I don't use.

And Krita runs a lot better now!

In Browser Drawing and Social Drawing

In Browser and Social (like a forum or oekaki, with a paintchat)
  • http://en.oekaki.nl/

In Browser and Social

In Browser and with A Social Site (deviantart)
  • https://sta.sh/muro/

Requires a Download

Running FireAlpaca 64 in Ubuntu with Wine

Today I tried installing the latest FireAlpaca with Wine and it worked. (UPDATE MediBang Paint Pro also successfully installs with Wine!)
  • Downloaded from http://firealpaca.com/
  • Pulled up terminal
  • sudo apt update
  • ...
  • wine (insert path to firealpaca installer .exe, it was in my /home/username/Downloads/ folder for example)
  • then FireAlpaca64 shows up on my desktop!! And all I do is double click and it opens!!!
More Info
https://www.winehq.org/
https://www.howtogeek.com/105271/how-to-run-windows-software-on-ubuntu-with-wine/

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Free Digital Art Programs on Win, Mac, and Linux


 Windows:

Windows and MacOS:
  • http://firealpaca.com/
  • https://medibangpaint.com/en/ 
  • https://www.madewithmischief.com/
  • https://sketchbook.com/
  • https://krita.org/en/

MacOS:
  • http://twilightedge.com/mac/pikopixel/

Linux OS:

Linux OS *with Wine:
  • https://graphicsgale.com/us/download.html

In Browser Pixel Art and Editing: