Time to Get Excited, Folks: Rebelle 2 is Coming!

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 12:04:36

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It has been two years since we released Rebelle’s first version. Time flies so fast, don’t you think? After we released version 1.5 back in September with more than 40 features the time has come to start developing a new, better, faster Rebelle. ‘What features should we include to the next upgrade?’ - well, that was the question we never had to ask!

From the beginning we know which path should Rebelle follow, our vision is always the same - to make the creative process as fluent as possible. Since the initial release we have gathered hundreds of user-suggested features, changes and improvements that were such a massive inspiration for us! Some suggestions were very unique, many of them were similar. We reviewed every idea and chose the most essential to implement.

Essential does not mean quick, unfortunately. Some features took more time than expected, but that did not stop us from thinking positively. Right now we’re proud to announce that new Rebelle is about to be born soon with many powerful features and changes. In this blog we’d like to introduce the first of them: 

Stencils & Masking Tools

One of the most user-suggested features were without a doubt watercolor masking fluid and stencils. Masking fluid (also known as liquid frisket) is a very handy technique used by fine art watercolorists to preserve white areas that would be too tiny or complex to paint around. The idea is to put a special pigmented liquid composed of rubber latex on areas of work to protect them when color is applied in broad washes.

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We tried to think of the best way to implement masking fluid - should we develop a new tool or not? We decided not to because, in fact, it is absolutely unnecessary in the world of digital painting compared to traditional technique. We made it possible to use every tool as a masking fluid instead, so in Rebelle 2 you will be able to use your favorite tool and brush to paint a mask and change it into masking fluid. 

For masking purposes you can also use stencils - just grab ink, pencil or any other tool, paint a mask on the canvas and create stencil from it. You can create the stencil either from the current layer or from selected area. Manipulation with stencils is very easy - you can resize, rotate and move them and if you have tablet with multi-touch features, simply use your fingers for manipulation. Rebelle 2 comes with default stencils but you can import any image file or paint your own very quickly.

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Because Rebelle is well-known for its watercolors we did not stop here and pushed stencils’ behavior even further -  not only the paint is prevented from the place where the stencil is placed but also water and wet painting take stencils into consideration. For example, if you wet a layer where stencil is placed the whole layer will get wet except the area covered by the stencil. This works the other way around too - if a stencil is placed on the wet layer and you hit the ‘Dry the layer’ button - voila! - all is dry except the stencil area. You can combine stencils with dry and wet areas, let the water flow and create unique beautiful watercolor effects.

Watch the video below previewing the new Stencils tool:

Stay tuned for another feature announcement coming next Tuesday! By the time let us know in the comments how excited you are to play with the new version, we’ll pick one lucky winner who’ll get a free copy of Rebelle 2 :)

Your Escape Motions Team





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15 Qualities of Creative People

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 08:03:35

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Creative people may be defined from the scientific point of view by a whole host of intellectual, emotional, motivational and moral characteristics. The common belief is that creative individuals are daydreamers with a very well developed imagination, playful introverts with a great deal of physical energy and a tendency to rebel against boring stereotypes. If you can identify yourself in the points below it is highly probable you belong to those who can call themselves ‘creative’:

1. When inspiration strikes you fully concentrate on your work and often lose track of time. You forget to eat or sleep and cannot break away from your creative process until the work is done.

2. You love challenges. No problem is so big that you can’t find a solution to it. You’re sometimes even glad when a difficulty occurs because it makes you think harder and challenge your inner artist.

3. Sometimes you daydream. It’s your escape from a boring reality to your own world. You often wonder out loud and might be heard saying ‘I wonder what would happen if…’. This makes it easier for you to change, adapt or modify original ideas.

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4. You avoid routine as it is something that dries out your creative juices. You’re still in the hunt for new experience and adventures that stimulates your creativity.

5. You are not comfortable with rules or anyone telling you how to do your work. Freedom in thinking and creating is your priority and you hate to follow any conform, exerted practice.

6. You are persistent. If you have a vision you never give up and always try to achieve your goal. This sometimes makes you stubborn in the public eye but you don’t care - you always try to prove you’re right about your views.

7. You are an art lover, you always enjoy a good book, film or a theatre performance - all forms of art hold a huge mass of inspiration that you can use further in your work. You know that inspiration strikes you at the least expected time on the least expected places.

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8. Your opinion on your work changes very often. It’s not unusual for you to be satisfied with the final result before going to bed, yet the first thing you do in the morning is re-creating the whole work. You always follow your inner feelings about everything.

9. You are a great observer - no detail, even the smallest one will not escape your eye. Your surrounding is your inspiration and you know every single piece of it. You also often tend to observe human nature and use much of that material for your creative work.

10. You have little tolerance for boredom and hate boring things. You always try to keep your mind uplifted and creative and boredom destroys this. No matter where you are you are ready to leave the first second you feel bored.

11. Some people may see you as childish or immature. That is because you like to get silly and playful from time to time because you still carry that inner child within you. Little do they know you have a playful mindset even when being serious which helps you bounce back from setbacks.

12. You are willing to take risks. You may be considered as an adventurous person but you have a good reason for it - you don’t like to play safe games. Instead you look for new unconventional ideas and methods and try to make them a reality. It may not work out well but you always believe it could.

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13. You know procrastination well and tend to do things at the last minute. This is probably not because you would lack inspiration or be lazy, you believe that the most original ideas come after you procrastinate.

14. You are a sensitive person open to new experiences, emotions, sensations and ideas. Sensitivity can be both a blessing and a curse for you - leading to a greater intensity of experience as well as emotional overwhelm.

15. Your daily routine is upside down. You like to rest during the day and get creative during the night. It is usually in this night time you come up the best ideas.

Have you found yourself in the above points? What do you think describes a creative personality the best? What is your real life experience as a creative individual? Let us know your thoughts!


Image courtesy: Unsplash.com (Tim Arterbury, Alice Achterhof, Lacie Slezak, Matthew Sleeper).





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TOP 10 Social Networks for Artists

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 06:22:50

Whether you are an aspiring artist or an established art master without any online presence, you should start to think about promoting your art online. In this progressive internet era there are tons of website where you can post your work and wait for the glory (including requests for a commissioned work) but unless you have a personal assistant this activity may as well be time consuming and distract you from your creative process. Prioritizing your work to only a few social networks is a good start, but what are the top social networks for artists you should sign up to? Here are out top picks:

1. DeviantArt

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Founded in August 2000, DeviantArt is the largest online social network and platform for artists and art enthusiasts to exhibit, promote, and share their works. With over 38 million registered members and over 65 million unique visitors per month it is one of the top social networks you need to start using right now to get a nice exposure for your works. DA’s members known as deviants upload over 160,000 original art works every day, everything from painting and sculpture to digital art, pixel art, films, and anime. Join their daily drawing challenge, create incredible collections and see them showcased on DA or search for any particular art style in various categories. You can also become a member of their forums and chats and get critique for your work. Artists simply love DeviantArt because of their inclusive and supportive community. 

2. CGSociety

The CGSociety supports artists at every level by offering a range of services to connect, inform, educate and promote digital artists worldwide. You can find interesting tutorials and workshops here or have a chat with some of the top professionals in the CG industry.

3. Pinterest

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A great place for sharing (pinning) images with your followers and following other people who share inspiring material. It works like your personal scrapbook with the difference that people can actually see what you scrapbook online. Do you love drawing but also enjoy cooking? Great! No one will be bothered by your cooking recipes because you can pin all topics you like on Pinterest, people who want to keep a track of your art career can follow solely your art-related boards. Pinterest reports 150 millions monthly users - that’s a huge number of people who can possibly look at your beautiful work, don’t you think? After signing up to Pinterest, go and follow us at: https://sk.pinterest.com/escapemotions/

4. Behance

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Behance is the leading online platform to showcase & discover creative work: the creative world updates it in one place to broadcast widely while companies explore the work and access talent on a global scale. Behance’s innovative platform distributes work to other online galleries, maximizing exposure for top talent on their site. Get appreciation for your art, mention companies you have worked with so far and list some past professional experience. Behance is a large online catalogue where most of the page views come from non-members, so be sure to upload your finished piece and possibly get hired.

5. Instagram

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A global community of more than 500 million users who capture and share 95 million photos every day enables its users to take pictures and videos, and share them either publicly or privately on the app, as well as through a variety of other social networking platforms. Instagram is heavily visited by artist of any kind - just imagine that someone can find your art only because you put a #hashtag on it. Get the most essential Instagram hashtags for artists here: https://www.accessart.co/blog/en/10-essential-art-hashtags-instagram/

6. Tumblr.

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Tumblr. lets you effortlessly share anything - post text, photos, quotes, links, music, and videos from your browser, phone, desktop, email or wherever you happen to be. You can customize everything, from colors to your theme’s HTML and make your account a nice place to visit. Tumblr hosts over 332 million blogs and gets more than 40 million posts everyday, many of them focused on photography, illustrations and drawing. So why don’t give Tumblr. a try?

7. Facebook

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For some people Facebook’s days of glory are gone. But with approximately one billion users it is still the largest social network out there. If you have a private account and don’t want to mix your private life with the professional, start your fan page where only your art will be exposed. What is great about Facebook is that you can join many online art groups where similar people like you post their works and questions so you actually learn a lot too! Don’t forget to follow Escape Motions on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/flamepainterpage/

8. Twitter

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Twitter’s mission is to give everyone the power to create and share ideas and information instantly, without barriers. This social network states 313 millions of active users to connect to people outside their current network. On Twitter you can be sure that you’ll meet people you probably wouldn’t be able to reach otherwise. Great resources are being shared there every second, which may broaden your horizons and stimulates your own creative juices. We love to share news from our creative world on our Twitter account too so be sure to follow us at: https://twitter.com/escapemotions

9. LinkedIn

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As of 2015, LinkedIn had more than 460 million members in over 200 countries and territories and is the world’s largest professional network and platform for business. LinkedIn allows you to upload photos but you must keep in mind that this network is more for business talk than for showing off your work. You may ask yourself ‘Why would I need that?’. Well, you can make few useful connections and meet other business professionals, who can bring you valuable resource as well as build relationships with potential customers, clients and partners. Some of the things you can add to your profile include the basics of your resume, a summary about yourself, your contact information, links to your website and/or blog, previous employers, projects you’ve worked on, and more. Don’t forget to add a professional picture which is ‘a must’ on this pro platform.

10. Dribbble

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Dribbble is show and tell for artists of all kind - web designers, graphic designers, illustrators, icon artists, typographers, logo designers, and others share small screenshots (shots) that show their work, process, and current projects. Dribbble’s system is very basic: you upload a 400×300 shot (120.000 pixels), the community watches it, they like and give feedback if they want to. This system is oriented to receive a lot of feedback from other designers, so you’ll always have someone to rely on when a creative crisis occurs :)

Sharing your work on social media is a great way of getting appreciation for your talent, however, such self-promotion may not be an ideal option for an introvert artist, or it is possible you just don’t like to ‘boast’ with what you do online. Believe us, there should not be such feelings when it comes to promoting your work. Maybe you will be surprised by how many fans you can gain just because they can find your art online. Or how good it feels when some stranger commends on your talent or a great art you created. Or how good it feels to complain from time to time because of the lack of inspiration or anything else - there are still people who listen and can even give you some great advice. And the most important part - you can make good friends online with some of your fans who will understand you because you all share a common interest. 

Your time is now. So introduce your art to the world.





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