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Squiggly Lines and Another Lockdown

If it wasn’t for the date stamp on my last post, I wouldn’t believe how little visible progress I’ve made on the Ezio artwork in almost a month! And yes, if you haven’t figured it out, it’s Ezio Auditore da Firenze from AC2.

If the plan was just to draw something to use on the website and the podcast cover, it’d be finished already and I’d be on to the next thing. The challenge is that I have much grander plans for the next iteration of the Pixels & Pints avatars; plans that require a lot more dynamism, and the ability to print at very large sizes (think banners behind us when filming on location). So, rather than using the paint tools in Adobe Fresco (which is the app I’m using), I’m stuck with vector tools so I can scale infinitely without losing resolution. That means no blending of colours, no smooth transitions, everything has to be blocks of flat colour but still come together as a whole.

And so, squiggly lines… looks horrible up close:

But zoom out and it actually starts to look like metal:

Because I know I plan to be able to print at large sizes, or zoom in, that means that even those tiny squiggly lines still need to be refined to remove jagged edges, colours need to meet on curved lines that look clean, etc. Time consuming stuff!

Anyways… Sydney has just entered into another cycle of mandatory masks (including in the office), and there’s a rapidly growing pocket of COVID infections near both work and home. It’s mildly frustrating but we are still one of the luckiest countries in the world for controlling this thing so I certainly can’t complain. It does mean we aren’t sure if we’ll be recording this week, and if definitely means the next episode will be delayed a few days at best. Inconsequential sacrifice in the grand scheme of things, but we’ll be back with a new episode very soon.

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