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First, thank you for making this community. I am so glad to find one that is for digital and digitally created artwork.

So, here is my first contribution.

The Fenghuang (Phoenix) symbolizes the union of yin and yang. It appears in peaceful and prosperous times but hides when trouble is near. According to tradition, each part of Fenghuang's body symbolizes a word, the head represents virtue, the wing represents duty, the back represents propriety,the abdomen says belief, and the chest represents mercy. The Fenghuang represents the Yin of the Yin Yang symbol (The Imperial Dragon being its opposite). It is often described as a composite of many birds including the head of a golden pheasant, the body of a mandarin duck, the tail of a peacock, the legs of a crane, the mouth of a parrot, and the wings of a swallow.

It's also called the "August Rooster" since it sometimes takes the place of the Rooster in the Chinese Zodiac.

Digital painting made with TwistedBrush Pro Studio

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Date: 2009-05-19 04:56 am (UTC)
iconoplast: The moon as seen through bare tree branches and clouds (moon)
From: [personal profile] iconoplast
Hi anysia! You're quite welcome. =)

Thank you for the background on your subject. I love to read things like that! Also, I've never tried TwistedBrush. How do you like it?

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Date: 2009-05-19 06:19 am (UTC)
iconoplast: A black and white picture of a woman looking slightly surprised at something off camera (mild surprise)
From: [personal profile] iconoplast
I primarily use Painter 9.5 -- I haven't upgraded, though I may soon as XI just came out. (Actually, Adobe recently released CS4 as well.) I went with Painter because I had an opportunity to buy the full software for the upgrade price and I appreciate the option to use Photoshop plugins in addition to Painter-specific plugins.

Have you looked at any of the open-source options? I'm always curious to hear other people's opinions. I generally don't use GIMP for much since the drawing tablet support for Windows is very buggy and I don't have a Linux machine with enough hardware support to do anything resource intensive, but I do like Inkscape quite a bit (it's a vector-based program equivalent to Illustrator).

I'll have to try the free version of TwistedBrush and see how it compares to Painter for me. At the very least, having another tool on hand has never hurt me!

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Date: 2009-05-26 07:21 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] oleandervyce
I know this is a totally late response and I'm kinda just jumping in, buuuut...

Have you checked out Paint Tool SAI? There's an English version of it up free for download if you just Google it. It works like a dream for sketching and line-arting. Nooot so much for coloring. It's pretty simplified, like openCanvas, if you've ever used that one.

RE: Painter--I'd hold off on upgrading Painter just yet. Corel has a tendency to release buggy software. I haven't heard great things about X, and I use IX.5 as well after years of using Painter 8. Honestly, I thought the older versions ran smoother, but that's just my opinion. :)

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Date: 2009-05-27 06:04 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] oleandervyce
I suppose that depends on what you're doing with it. I gave Twisted Brush a try and a couple of things deterred me--it doesn't really utilize tablet pressure sensitivity or stylus tilt, making lines blocky. That's where SAI excels--it's like drawing directly onto paper. It does better there than most paint programs. It also doesn't port .psds or other file extensions to make work flow between programs easy. However, I like that Twisted Brush's user interface is less complex than Photoshop and other older programs. I don't think I'll use it, but thanks for sharing. It's always fun trying new things. :)

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Date: 2009-05-28 04:55 pm (UTC)
iconoplast: A black and white photo of two hands, one cradling the other (hands)
From: [personal profile] iconoplast
I haven't tried that one myself; I'll have a look at it when I get a chance.

I've heard some decent things about XI as far as Painter goes, but I'm leaning toward upgrading my tablet before I upgrade any software. That'll give me plenty of time to see how stable and well-behaved XI is before I'm at a point to seriously consider it.


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