Thursday, April 02, 2009

Ninja Mountain Podcast #10 - a Milestone!

Welcome to Episode Ten! They said we'd never make and by George they were almost right!

In this episode we see our giant ninja robot split once more into mini fighting units spread across the globe. Whilst Patrick takes a much-needed break, Jeremy, Kieran and Andy discuss working environments including Kieran's downtown studio of lurve, Jer's rickety lean to/basement and Andy's salubrious art boudoir with its wall of filth; Jon and Ralph almost open the digital vs trad debate but then don't really; and finally Britbot Ninjas Andy, podnoob Scott Purdy and Jon Hodgson talk about their development as artists and some of the stupid stuff they used to think compared to the stupid stuff they think now!

Its a smasher! And it's just as good on iTunes

Show notes will be forthcoming just as soon as everyone sobers up.

The Art of Spirited Away
Animation Backgrounds
Scott Purdy
The Brits wear these when they work...except Andy


Daniel Hardesty said...

Awww snap! Show #10 is up! I will round at my week at work listening to this episode first thing in the morning at my desk! Your voices shall inspire me as I paint!

I wanted to just brag about my score this evening at a local bookshop. Found "The Fantasy Art Techniques of Tim Hildebrandt" for 10 measly bucks!!! Awesome book, can't wait to really start dissecting it. Thanks for the recommendation Patrick!

Viva la Ninja Mountain!

Ninja Mountain said...

Woot! Good bargain hunting there. I think I paid $20 for mine, so yours will be twice as good. (Or not - I never understood math...)

mindfields said...

Hey Ninja masters! I'm starting my career as a fantasy artist (that makes me what? a yellow belt ninja maybe?) I find your podcast extremely cool and insightful. I'm not alone after all!! This podcast is even better when you're actually working on a pic, waiting for a review that never arrives or working in a "minor" last hour change for tomorrow morning!! Woohoo!!

Take care people and keep on doing this amazing podcast! I sincerelly hope you guys do well.


Ninja Mountain said...

Glad to have you on board, grasshopper! Don't be a stranger. :)

Daniel Hardesty said...

Nice post on Lines and Colors blog for freelancers!

Cacodaemonia said...

I just finished listening to the show, and enjoyed it as always. :)

I don't know if it's just me, but it seems like the volume of the audio file is fluctuating a lot, and this episode seems much quieter in general.

Jon and Ralph bring up some very interesting points about color correction, and how everyone sees an image a bit differently, depending on his set-up. I'd be curious to know what you guys all use when working digitally. What monitors and monitor calibrators do you use, and so on?

Daniel Hardesty said...

I second this question! I'm currently in a monitor quandary in that my current setup, dual CRT's, are really showing their age. I'd like to transition to a single, widescreen, LCD of some kind but not break the bank with an Apple Cinema display or something of the sort. Any ideas or suggestions for a nice but affordable monitor? I've found that many LCD's just don't have the sensitivity when painting, especially with subtle gradations.

And, although it pains me to bring it up as Caco. did in the previous post, could anything be done about the major differences in the audio on the show? Although it is kind of funny to watch my co-workers jump after I've turned up the sound to hear a particular quiet comment followed by a blast of "I AM THE GOD OF ART" from Jeremy. LOL!

Thanks again guys for all your hard work. You're a regular listen for I and my neighbors here at work!

Jon said...

Apologies on the audio guys. That was hopefully a one off temporary technical issue which shouldn't be repeated.

Wanted to get that out there. I'll be back later hopefully to go into other topics!


Daniel Hardesty said...

Much appreciated!

Jon said...

Ok, I are back.

Now according to NM monitor guru (who I hope won't mind me dropping his name) Matt Dixon, Dell monitors use the same components as Apple, at least last time we spoke about it, so you can save a few dollars/pounds/groats that way. Double check that though before you go flexing the credit card over at!

I'm lucky enough to have an Apple display and I can't fault it. Correctly calibrated, and after making sure I'm using the same colour space as my clients in programs like PS where that matters, I've been very happy with it, and like my other Apple stuff it has lasted and lasted. For a while I also had a cheap PC for web use, but it died pretty quickly, and the monitor that came with it was DIRE. Move your head and the colours all changed. No good at all. So there are big differences out there and no mistake. (Tell us another one we didn't know, Jon!)

In short, and like I say, lacking expert status beyond my practical experiences I offer the rule of thumb that you should try before you buy as far as possible, and invest in the best you can afford. I invested pretty heavily in my equipment and have looked after it. The sticker shock was pretty high, but it has looked after me across 6 or so years. worry about saying that, because now it is bound to asplode the minute I switch on tomorrow...

mindfields said...

Some time ago I found this device that actually monitors the ambient light in your room and automatically changes your monitor settings. It's also used for color matching on printed stuff.

I'm kind of busy right now to look for the link, but if you google it up it will appear soon.

I have a Cintiq monitor and still have no idea of how to calibrate the damn thing properly, which is a shame. Actually I've never met anybody who can calibrate monitors the right way.

Ninja Mountain said...

OH! I've got one of those, if it's the same thing. It's called a "Spyder pro" device, and it automagically calibrates your monitors. In my case (and my wife's) it's especially great because we have dual-monitor setups. Great call, that's a good device. Maybe I should remember it on a "tool tips" segment!


Angela Sasser said...

Haha boy. I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one who finishes work and then curls up next to her art desk to sleep at night. I too have the wall of filth delineating the workspace from the living space in a single room.

Add to that an unhealthy addiction to reference books and my nest is complete!

Right now, I'm trying to figure out how this effects my taxes as I don't think I can count my bedroom as a workspace since it's not necessarily dedicated to art. The mind boggles at taxspeak!

Ninja Mountain said...

Angela - as you're calculating your work space, don't forget that the bathroom and the *walkway to it* can be added to your work floorspace. Also walkways to any closets or other areas that you fill with art supplies you need. :)