Thursday, May 10th, 2012
Notes: Only the application folder background is ssLauncher-specific, everything else is pretty much standard. You can use the illustrations I included as a template for any illustrations you wish to use, simply set the new illustration layer to Multiply, crop accordingly, and lower the opacity a bit.
The file includes:
~ PSD + PNGs: home screen wallpaper with 2 of my illustrations, replace with whatever you want
~ PSD: application group wallpaper (background layer subs as application drawer wallpaper)
~ PSD + PNG: application folder background (ssLauncher app folders)
~ Segoe Print font
Credit + link back would be nice, but unnecessary. Enjoy!
For more details + credits regarding the original theme (icons used, apps, etc.), visit the MyColorScreen post.
Friday, April 1st, 2011
For those who have trouble installing the 1.1 version of .Net in Windows 7 (“application has generated an exception that could not be handled” error), the following steps from JasonFJ from this thread worked perfectly for me:
~ Create a new folder named DotNet in C:\ drive (C:\DotNet is used in this guide, you can change to any folder you prefer, but ensure that you use correct path in the following steps).
~ Download Microsoft .NET Framework 1.1 Redistributable Package. Make sure the setup file is saved as dotnetfx.exe .
~ Download Microsoft .NET Framework 1.1 Service Pack 1 (NDP1.1sp1-KB867460-X86.exe). Make sure that the file is renamed and saved as dotnetfxsp1.exe, so that the rest of the steps can be followed easily.
~ Move both installation files into the same directory (i.e. C:\DotNet), if youâ€™re not saving them together. Open command prompt as Administrator (Start > All Programs > Accessories > [right-click on Command Prompt and select “Run as Administrator]).
~ Change to the directory where the two installation setup files for .NET 1.1 are saved (i.e. C:\DotNet).
~ Run the following commands one by one, press Enter after each one.
dotnetfx.exe /c:”msiexec.exe /a netfx.msi TARGETDIR=C:\DotNet”
~ Then click on â€œYesâ€ when prompted to answer â€œwould you like to install Microsoft .NET Framework 1.1. Package?â€
msiexec.exe /a c:\DotNet\netfx.msi /p c:\DotNet\netfxsp.msp
That’s it. It apparently doesn’t work for everyone, but this was the solution that worked for me. Games/programs like Lord of the Rings Online (LOTRO) require .Net 1.1.
If this still doesn’t work, check out this thread at the LOTRO forums for other solutions.
Sunday, December 12th, 2010
Speak No Evil: Melancholy of a Space Mexican by Elan Rodger Trinidad
Excerpt from the author’s afterword: “But if I have any sort of political opinion on immigration, it is this: They came to America for the exact same reasons your ancestors and relatives came to America. Just because they’re illegal, doesn’t make them less human. If you’re going to tell them to leave, do it as respectfuly as possible.”
~ Worksafe and a must-see. One of the most compelling comics I’ve ever had the pleasure to read. I’ve rec’d this before somewhere, but I can’t remember on which site…so here it is again. Literally can’t rec this enough.
HERO: a story by Tongari
Premise: “HERO is a story about a perfectly ordinary boy with no memory of the past and no urgency for the future; who one day accepts a most extraordinary offer to travel to distant places and invisible cities.”
~ Tong’s elegant, surreal style makes me want to keep clicking to see the next page. I adore the way she manages to capture mood and how one panel just flows to the next. The story’s as engaging as the graphics, and her character designs are fan-freaking-tastic.
Oglaf by Trudy Cooper
~ Contains very explicit, adult themes. A sex comedy in web comic format, in all its NSFW glory. Not really crude/crass enough to be considered porn, but it does contain very explicit artwork. Love the sense of humor, and the graphics are superb. I remember reading somewhere that Trudy has a co-writer for this webcomic, but I can’t find the name, argh.
Uitspan Era by Chira and Muun
Premise: “Sfeer Theory is the biography of a semi-immortal wizard named Balzac whose duty is to uphold and guard an empire, by way of a magical version of Atlas. The Uitspan Era addresses the beginning of his livelihood, and the Uitspan Age addresses the possible end of it.”
~ Contains some gay themes. Chira/halcyonjazz is a freaking fantastic artist. She churns out beautiful art in a way that makes me feel about one inch tall. Her lines are always confident and structured, and she makes it all seem so effortless. She and Muun work their magic in this promising story, with a cast of interesting characters and an intriguing original fantasy setting.
Starfighter by HamletMachine
~ Contains mature and homoerotic themes. I first saw panels of this in one of the art comms I used to frequent. Loved the art style and the space opera-ish setting. And the boys in skin-tight suits.
Goodbye Chains by Tracy Williams and Alice Hunt
Premise: “Colin Lord is a cheerful Boston Communist, and Banquo White is a cranky half-Mexican with no philosophy beyond hedonism. Somehow they have become partners in crime, spreading a reign of terror and dialectical materialism across the plains of Colorado. Follow their adventures with explosives and ladies–and, possibly, men.”
~ Contains some mature and gay themes. I have mad respect for Tracy Williams, who’s been in the comics business for years, both traditional and online, and it definitely shows in her art. I love her inking, and how solid and easily-identifiable her art is. Goodbye Chains takes people on a pretty fun and action-packed journey.
Knights-Errant by TheYoungDoyler
Premise: “Details the lengths to which Wilfrid, a once exalted member of society, will go to reclaim favor with the courts. Inevitably involves Oswald, condottiere of the “Errant Knights” and other poor souls.”
~ Contains some mature and LGBT themes. I fell in love with the setting, which the artist describes as “set in pseudo-Europe during the pseudo-Renaissance.” Still in the first chapter, but I’m currently loving the art style and the sense of humor.
All In Your Head by Tteok
Premise: “Socially underdeveloped, Keith Alders is a walking example of awkwardness. What will it take to penetrate his shell of mistaken idioms and obliviousness?”
~ Contains some mature and gay themes. The first few pages made me fall head over heels for Keith. His vapid charm is just way too adorable. Unfortunately, the author seems to be occupied with other matters, but 35 pages of this hilarious webcomic are still up and available.
Wednesday, December 8th, 2010
Originally posted on August 28, cross-posting this here:
Just your garden-variety fanart recs post. I think I was doomed as soon as I stumbled across luulala’s gallery. And Gobeur’s. Title + art excerpt + notes follow.
Malik, Altair by luulala
~ I rarely have one favorite fanart in an entire fandom, but this one would be it for AC.
Ezio and Altair by luulala
~ more from the same artist, cross-generation slash ftw~
Look Ezio, isn’t it amazing? by Gobeur
~ I had no idea that the “Leo” in this fanart was Leonardo da Vinci. Or that I’d fall so hard for the char when I played AC2. sorry, dude.
Untitled by Gobeur
~ Malik’s the first amputee character I’ve ever wibbled over. I find this weird…I thought there’d be more. Mukuro’s awesome, but I didn’t like her that much.
Accessing the Animus DS by Gobeur
~ Gobeur’s sense of humor. XD ♥
Just a Kiss by Ayleid
~ I love this Leonardo. Just the right amount of softness. ♥
Untitled by Yousui (? hope I read that right)
~ Beautiful Altair/Malik fanart. Admittedly saw this after I got into AC, but it’s too pretty not to put in here.
found you by doubleleaf
~ Doubleleaf is probably the most prolific fanartist in the AC fandom (which is awesome, because she draws so well). This is the AC artwork I love most in her gallery.
I wanted to include fanart involving Altair’s water solubility (because one doesn’t really get into this fandom without making fun of the master assassin’s inability to swim), but I can’t find one that I adore enough. Oh, well.
Friday, December 3rd, 2010
Another Giovanni/Leonardo. My eyes and hand hurt like a mofo. Test-driving the new inking brush variant, and I reeeaaally like how it’s performing so far. Still some blurring/loss of detail on resize though, unfortunately. But not as much as the first brush.
Assassin’s Creed Â© Ubisoft
I had to reference the number of beads in the rosary don’tjudgeme.
Thanks to Sei and the sibling entity for helpful crits + title! <3
Thursday, December 2nd, 2010
Tuesday, November 30th, 2010
Cross-posting this here:
I got a little frustrated with the textured inking brush I sometimes use, so I went into Corel Painter 7 and messed around with some of the defaults. Came up with this, which I’m fairly happy with (until I find something better, anyway).
This is a slight tweak on the default Scratchboard Tool, which is an awesome inking brush for those smooth, clean edges. I don’t always like my edges smooth and clean, though. I like a bit of roughness to my inks.
~ 0 setting for everything else not shown on the picture.
~ I have no idea if this works for Painter 8-onwards. The brush engine differs slightly per Painter version that it’s sometimes hard to tell, and my trial version of Painter 11 went poof ages ago so I can’t try it out.
~ Pardon the poor handwriting. :x
~ Not compulsory, but if you do end up making something with this brush, I’d love to see it.
~ Credit’s nice but not necessary. Feel free to use/ditch as you see fit.
Edit: Wow. Thanks to Teknisyan for letting me know that Corel linked this post in its FB page. I hope someone out there found this variant useful!
Monday, March 22nd, 2010
This is going to be a huge ass post, so please bear with me.
I submitted this entry to the recent Revelations art contest (the sibling entity nagged, I relented, and who wouldn’t want signed copies of Sandman Volumes 1 – 10?). Took me a lot longer to finish than I expected, and I wasn’t completely happy with the result, but the deadline was closing in and I was just overworking the bad areas despite Sei‘s helpful crits (I swear, that woman has the patience of a saint) The sibling entity did the legwork for the printing and mounting too, how awesome was that.
Also, small note: Photoline does pretty reasonably-priced large prints while you wait at their Robinsons Pioneer branch. Mine came out a bit dark, though, but may have been the fault of my uncalibrated monitor. Anyway…
A few days after the Revelations / Philippine Graphic/Fiction Awards event (crazy talent and awesome winners this year), I saw the first, second, and third winning art entries of the art contest (may have been via Azrael Coladilla‘s flickr photo log), all of which were fantastic (I really, really, really love the third prize winner, BTW, just saying. I’d have licked it if it wasn’t unseemly). I wasn’t among them, of course XD But I kinda expected that.
Jump to the following day, and I receive an e-mail from Fully Booked. Excerpt follows:
“Congratulations! We’re pleased to inform you that your entry to the Revelations Art Competition, ARMAGEDDON, tied for second place. Your prize is a copy of Absolute Sandman volume 1 signed by Neil Gaiman.”
I was happy and confused at the same time, since I’m pretty sure winners’ lists would have mentioned ties or something like that. But far be it for me to complain XD (omfg, the adorable talented writing man person who keeps coming back to the Philippines to leave us money and awards liked my work?!) I’m shooting Fully Booked an e-mail right now to ask for details if they’re not too busy. I know how my life goes, and I wouldn’t put it past fate’s whimsy if that e-mail turned out to be a long series of typos.
Edit: Fully Booked replied very promptly to my query (yay!), and I think they thought I meant the PGFA when I mentioned the winners’ lists and did it tie because it won a People’s Choice or something? :X Good job of exposing yourself as a noob, Lyn. They said that the art competition was separate from the PGFA (I swear I knew that beforehand) and that Neil Gaiman had been the one to choose the winners for the art contest (I knew that too!). So I guess the only reason I didn’t know that I’d tied for second was the lack of one of those sticky flower badge things. Guess they didn’t expect Neil to declare ties either!
This totally makes up for my not having been able to get a kiss+hug combo from the guy. Although, not really. I hear he gives very awesome, bone-crushing hugs.
Photograph via Fully Booked’s Facebook Page
I know this is very geeky to say, but that photo kills me. Neil Gaiman is right beside my artwork. Vaguely pointing at it for the benefit of anonymous camera guy/gal person. Need to remember to breathe now.
The sibling entity dragged me to Rockwell (on a weekend. in the middle of a hot day. through traffic and overcrowded areas teeming with sweaty hipsters), and I managed to take pictures of the artwork they put on display. They only set up 20 of the entries for the small gallery, though. Makes me wonder how many in total there were.
Sorry for the glare in the shots. The camera, I know not how it operates.
Sign at the entrance of the gallery.
Okay, whoever yanked the entry tag out of this one needs to have a brief moment of embarrassment involving mismatched socks in one form or another. My OC-ness rages. It’s the first thing you see in that gallery and it’s the only one without the detail tag I hope the artist surfaces online.
“He’s Leaving Home,” by Marianne Justine Aquino Galvez
“Dreams of a Kindly One,” by Ruben A. Nacion
“Armageddon,” by your resident junkie, sometimes known as Poor Lyn Who Wishes She Can Take Pictures Without Glare But Can’t (her last name is Make Lemonade). Full version is at the top of this post. The print on display also somehow obtained a scratch just right above the quote
“The Other Mother,” by Melanie H. Lim
“Nada-An Offer You Can’t Resist,” by Jonathan M. Quines. Love the pattern and the details on this.
“Tiny Heart,” by John Paul Abia
“Peek-A-Boo,” by Kamille Anne U. Areopagita. I’m surprised this didn’t win something, I think it’s fab. Hopefully it tied for something, too.
“Despair Gets a Tan,” by Jon Benjamin C. Corrioso
“Went Fishing and Caught Delirium,” by Julius Christopher F. Fonte
“Stardust,” by Gerald Cura
“Lycoan,” Ken Steven Chun
“Pieces,” by Rai Perez
“Boundaries,” by Elle Battung. Have to admit that I didn’t get this at first, but damn, took me a while to realize that those silhouettes are all cutouts. How awesome is that?! That and the whole mood of the thing really did it for me. Lovely work. Grand Prize Winner!
“Trio at Dawn,” by Ronna Lara-Bes
“Bird,” by Ronna Lara-Bes. I love the composition and the vivid colors on this one.
“Together with Barnabas,” by Marie Franz Canares. The concept + the coffee medium makes this nummy in more ways than one. Second Place Winner!
“He Saw Wolves,” by Kara Beatrice Chung
“Paradox,” by Kevin Marie D. Becira. The corrogated cardboard frame is kick-awesome and works so well with the piece.
“Hole,” by Rea Uypitchitig. I adore this one, made such an impact on me when I first saw it. Curious last name on the artist too, wonder what its origins are. Third Place Winner!
That’s the whole exhibit. Was fun viewing it with my sister and taking pictures.
Also, Neil Gaiman’s post-visit reaction is downright adorable. Chocnut! Haven’t had that in ages and he has a bunch in his trunk!
The talented Saberkite has a blog post on the event [here]. The grand prize winner wasn’t even aware she’d won until someone linked her to Saberkite’s post, which is both funny and kind of disturbing. o.o;
Progress shots of Armageddon can be viewed [here]. Made with Painter 7 and Photoshop CS.
Good Omens Â© Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
Saturday, June 6th, 2009
Today, Rebecca de los Reyes Arcega passed away after a five-year battle with breast cancer. The entire family was there, including her niece and sister who flew all the way from New Zealand, and although she had been awake when she started losing breath, the doctor assured us that she felt no pain because of the high morphine dose she was given.
She was a kind, talented, and caring woman — full of life and eager to live it, and so very loving. Please pray that her next great adventure will be filled with grander and more pleasant things, as it’s nothing less than she deserves. She’s touched and affected so many people’s lives, and asked for nothing but friendship in return.
I’ll be posting pictures of her soon.
Thursday, March 12th, 2009
Burst out laughing when I saw the first reply to this post. XD
Original thread. <3
Thursday, February 26th, 2009
Got an extra 1GB of RAM a few days ago as a belated Christmas gift XD I am using my PC like I’ve never used it before.
I was in RAM heaven until I launched Painter 7 to work on the latest commission — then I got the dreaded “Tiles: Out of tiles” error message. This is apparently a problem With Painter 7 and earlier versions of the program, as the software can’t handle more than 1GB of available RAM.
Thankfully, a fix made by Geert De Peuter solves this problem — rather than us fiddling with our pagefile.sys, he made a small patch file that makes the program work seamlessly in more advanced computers (more advanced than when the programs were made, anyway :S 2GB’s pretty much standard these days).
Follow these steps:
~ Download De Peuter’s patch ( the link’s right above the donation buttons — also, please consider donating to De Peuter if you found this program helpful! )
~ Extract the .zip file’s contents somewhere
~ Copy the extracted files ( not the folder, but its contents ) and paste it directly into your Painter directory ( C:\Program Files\Corel\Painter 7\ or something similar )
~ Go to command prompt ( Start > Run > type “cmd” and hit enter )
~ Go to your Painter directory, then type: “fixit [program name and extension]” ( in my case, it was “fixit Painter7.exe” )
~ The patch should run its course. Exit command and launch your Painter program for use.
This fix works for other programs as well, please visit De Peuter’s site for more information.