Feb. 16th, 2013

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Still watching, not done yet.

Genius Party and Genius Party Beyond are two anthologies of animation by Studio 4°C. The styles of art is very far from the mainstream Japanese animation and may look like Belgium animation or other. And it does look like Belgium/French/Canadian art animation in term of psychedelism, too. Very, very surreal and saturated with dream logic. Very fluid, high quality animation too. And nigh incomprehensible.

The opening animation is Genius Party, which tells the story of an artificially bird-like creature running through a field filled with spherical stone creatures with face and a cross on top of the head where a heart may come out. A stone sphere is in love with a electric blue glowing neuron and showing a heart, which the bird plucks out and eat, gaining wings to fly before eating the now floating glowing neuron too, turning the bird into a shooting star. The stone creatures all show heart at the shooting star, except the stone who got its heart plucked, who tried to show another pink heart by can only give out stone hearts that turn into more stone creatures. One stone creature grows a heart so big it starts to cry stone tears from its eye holes and the heart flies away, which it chases and swallows back in, and gel-like blue plasma comes out from its eye holes and grows into a huge bird-like being, and all other stone creatures show hearts as if in applaud, and the bird-like being electrifies all the hearts and the camera zooms out to show a brain. And the brain turns out to be a film projector.

The last animation from Beyond is Dimension Bomb, but I failed to find the bomb anywhere. There was a concept art where the boy was holding something in a cylinder that was probably the bomb in question, but it did not show up in the animation. I have know idea what the plot is or what happened. Some say that it's about a boy who got rejected by the girl he loves and the entire movie is an allegory of his feelings and memories, which kind of makes sense, but I don't know, it also looks more complicated than that. If anything, the movie did bomb the audience's mind into oblivion.
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Just downloaded, installed and testing it out. It's free, so I thought why not. Plus Copic markers seem to have great colours.

However, for unknown reason, my lines look even less smooth on Sketchbook. In real life my lines can be smooth enough, and on Elements, MyPaint and Manga Studio they look slightly less smooth, but still very acceptable. But on Sketchbook they look barely acceptable. I wonder what's wrong. It's not even lagging, at least not the way lag appears on MyPaint and Elements.

The brushes can rotate, but I can't find a button or something to make it rotate on command. I have to go through the brush settings like in Photoshop. I understand if it cannot detect stylus rotation or something, but sure it should have a set of button where I can press and it just rotates as you use? If it doesn't, I can't possibly call this an authentic marker using experience, because when you have a flat ended broad tip marker, rotating the marker is vital.

I cannot find the blender marker for some reason. If this is marker, there should be a blender marker, especially when the colours don't seem to blend the way real markers blend. There is also no way to make the ink dry or stay wet, like Corel Painter Essentials 's "dry watercolors" function, that affects how the ink mix.

On the bright side, its zoom function is very fun to use. And the program is free. But so far I don't see any advantage over other free programs, not even for marker testing. At least MyPaint has infinite canvas.

Verdict: Frustrating.

Edit: Yes, some can draw just fine with it. But personally, drawing on a NDS in Colors is easier.

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