Archive for March, 2010

Review on Nuance PDF Reader

March 9, 2010

I was checking out Nuance Reader(Maker of Dragon naturally speaking) has a slick, stylish free pdf reader.  I like the fact that it uses less space on your computer 42 mb vs. the industry standard reader 335mb. You also have the option of turning off java script for added security protection. Nuance is also 100% compatible with adobe reader.

Nuance PDF Reader enables you do much more than just view PDF files. You can convert PDF files to Word®, Excel®, and RTF via a free, hosted web service. Use annotation tools to highlight, cross-out, and underline text for more effective collaboration. Even fill out and save PDF forms. Nuance PDF Reader takes up less disk space, is more secure than Adobe® Reader®, and works with virtually any PDF file. Best of all, it’s absolutely free.

http://www.nuance.com/products/

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Debut Video Capture Software

March 6, 2010

 I love working and figuring out various Graphic Design and Digital Art computer programs, to help unleash my artistic creativity. I always wondered how I could record myself working on these various programs to help out beginners interested in learning computer software. I searched around and realized there are a lot of programs to choose from. Price ranges were from free to about $60 bucks. One program that stood out is a program called Debut Video Capture Recorder. I love this program for several reasons: For starters it’s free, Secondly it’s a stable program with powerful options. I can record with or without sound. I can also plug-in a mic and talk while I’m demonstrating step by step tutorials in my design software. Another cool feature is the video converter plug-in that works great with Debut Video Capture; it allows me to convert the wmv video format to other formats that fit my needs. Check out the link and try it for yourself.  http://www.nchsoftware.com/capture/index.html

I look forward to sharing free tutorials on some programs I work in using debut. My first line of free how to videos will be for the vector program Inkscape a great graphic design free software coming soon!

Notes on the foot

March 3, 2010

 looking at the first example we take a generic building block approach to get a basic understanding of the foot.

The second example shows how recognizing the size of the foot to face ratio, and breaking down the proportions can help create the foot quick easy. Take note of the differences between both the inside and outside of the foot in example 2.

Formulas from example 2 to can also be applied to example 3; drawing the foot in 3-D.

Also keep in mind that these examples are not an extremely accurate anatomical studies of the foot; but rather general approaches to understand the foot. You are  also encouraged to relate back to an anatomy book on accurate depictions of the foot to further help you.

Drawing the Foot with Riven Phoenix

March 1, 2010

FOOT Study

Generic foot Study