Today is a big day here at the studio! For the past year or so I’ve been working hard behind the scenes on a very special book that is being released today! It is called Tilt Presence, Be the calm in a sea of noise and I think you guys are going to love it. The book is written by Pam Boney with art and design by, you guessed it, me… Bob Ostrom of Bob Ostrom Studio.
In celebration of our launch I’m going to featuring the book next week to help get the word out and to give you a little behind the scenes look at how something like this is put together …and trust me it is no small task. You won’t want to miss it!
In the meantime if you are interested in snagging a digital copy you can find it listed on Amazon, starting today. For those of you who love print don’t worry, we’ve got you covered as well. The print version of this book will be coming out shortly So stay tuned you’ll hear it here first!
I posted a link to this on Facebook last week but for those of you who don’t follow me there or might have missed it here it is again. You can now pick up the Procreate Artist’s Handbook on iBooks for free. I downloaded my copy last night and have not officially cracked the spine on it yet but you can be sure I’ll be going through it as soon as I have some time. If you’re an iPad user and you haven’t tried the Procreate app yet I highly recommend you give it a try. It’s one of the best out there.
I’ve worked my way through a lot of artists app on iPad but for the most part remain unimpressed. Last week however I picked up a copy of something I think holds a lot of promise. I talking about Clip Studio Paint for iPad and will be taking a deeper look in weeks to come. So far I’ve only dipped my toe in but it looks like a great option. Unfortunately though it’s a subscription ($8.99 per month at the time of this post) so I’m not sure how I feel about that. Subscriptions seem to be the wave of the future which is great for the developer but not so much for users. The rates on most seem pretty reasonable until you start doing the math then suddenly you realize all those little payments quickly add up. I should mention there is a 6 month free trial period on this app if you pick it up before December 20th 2017 which I think is a smart move on the part of the developer. That should give artists like me just enough time to get hooked before the rates kick in.
I’ll post updates as I learn more but for now the art you see in today’s was done 100% digitally on the iPad Pro using only the Procreate app. Until next week happy drawing.
UPDATE: COPYRIGHT LAW
I’ve noticed the video I posted earlier this week pertaining to new potential copyright laws and the changes that might incur has stirred up a bit of controversy.
If you watched the video I posted here on the site you’ll understand the cause for alarm and why I felt it was important to share the information right away. Since I’m not an expert on copyright law and have very little experience with law of any kind I decided to reach out to an expert to try and learn more.
The expert I consulted was Zack Strebeck an attorney who specializes in just this sort of thing. Zack and I have known each other for many years and worked together for Vivendi Universal at Funny Bone in Canton CT during the late 90s and early 2000s. After the company closed its doors in 2002 I continued with my art career while Zack pursued a degree in law. I have a tremendous amount of respect for Zack and have come to know him an excellent authority on such matters.
Earlier this week I reached out to get Zack’s opinion on what was happening and to see if he knew anything more about the issue. I shared the link to the video interview I posted as well as several others I found on both sides of the fence. I found it confusing to see two sides so far apart and I felt I needed some help clarifying the issue. I wanted a better understanding of how it might effect me and others in the illustration community.
Here is a link to Zack’s post and his observations on the matter. Please take a moment to read and observe all sides of this issue and then draw your own conclusion.
I know this topic has ignited a lot of passions so please be respectful when leaving comments