Urban Alchemy

by bronxelf

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These are random moments in the life of an indecent designer and the city she loves.

To read my grudging babblings about design, click the button.

And can we really measure
If we think we're any better
than that skyline that goes on and on
forever, on and on...."

- Less Than Jake: Is This Thing On?

Everybody in this world wants the same damned thing-
just not at the same time.

-Chris Orbach: Jane

I could be condemned to hell for every sin but littering."

- Soul Coughing: Idiot Kings

I am a female, carbon based lifeform.
I am a New York City Native.
I am a Design Professional.
I take photographs.
I also sculpt, paint, create mosaics, and play with weapons.

And sometimes, I even dance about Architecture.

What I see, is what you get.

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23rd Aug 2006, 20:48   | tags:,,,

Joe says:

are you a serious photographer, designer and artist?



23rd Aug 2006, 20:49

Geodyne says:

Talk about desperately needed!

Joe: she's a professional, but I'm not sure I'd call her all that serious!

23rd Aug 2006, 20:50

bronxelf says:

*beats joe about the head with a stack of unretouched photos and design plans*

23rd Aug 2006, 20:51

Joe says:

your prints cannot harm me, my head is like a shield of concrete


23rd Aug 2006, 20:58

bronxelf says:

That's only because you can't see the photos in question.

23rd Aug 2006, 20:59

Joe says:

or how many there are....good point


23rd Aug 2006, 20:59

is that a graphics tablet? i have one of those they are so very usefull!

23rd Aug 2006, 21:00

kostika says:

Wacom are the gods of tablets. I have one myself and I'd die without it.

23rd Aug 2006, 21:01

Caine says:

YAHOO! I'm so happy for you. I heart my Intuos. :)

23rd Aug 2006, 21:06

bronxelf says:

we'll see how it goes. I'm sure there's a learning curve involved.

23rd Aug 2006, 21:30

silar31 says:

WoOT! Yay Wacom tablet! I've been told that once you have one you will never go back to designing with a mouse.

23rd Aug 2006, 21:56

bronxelf says:

Let's hope so, though I am very glad I developed the skills to do so WITH a mouse.

Now I can design anywhere.

23rd Aug 2006, 22:19

culfinglin says:


23rd Aug 2006, 22:31

bronxelf says:

Yeah let's hope this speeds things up.

I already need a nap today.

23rd Aug 2006, 22:37

Entropy says:


You don't know how much I want one!

23rd Aug 2006, 22:58

bronxelf says:

I got this one as a present (belated graduation.) I'm very pleased as it will come in really handy right about now.

23rd Aug 2006, 23:02

Dhamaka says:

I hope it helps and that you enjoy using it

23rd Aug 2006, 23:29

nige says:

cool. WACOM are based just down the road from me.

24th Aug 2006, 00:57

befny says:


24th Aug 2006, 03:02

bronxelf says:

Let's see how well it does, shall we? I haven't yet learned more than the basics but then I went and took a nap. I haven't yet used it, but will do, on someone's photos tonight. Will report in email how it goes.

24th Aug 2006, 03:04

Caine says:

Ah, mine is larger and it does eat up space on my desk, nonetheless, they aren't that hard to get used to, and there isn't a serious learning curve. You can program the top strip of the tablet if you like, but outside of that, it's basically "just draw, use your pen instead of the mouse". Honestly, I'd be dead if I had to use a mouse for some of the stuff I do. Did you get the 4D mouse with yours? I've used mine once, it's sitting in a taboret now. I'm utterly hopeless at mousing art projects. Absolutely lame compared to you.

24th Aug 2006, 08:40

bronxelf says:

Yeah the mouse came with. It will take me a while to get used to the new brushes and how to program it all correctly. Im still mostly mousing with incorporating the pen slowly. I'll get there.

24th Aug 2006, 08:45

spongevid says:

just don't be silly and lose the pen, unless they gave extras of course! then when you write to wacom asking for a new one, they say they'll charge you an excessive amount of money to replace it!

24th Aug 2006, 09:49

bronxelf says:

I've been pretty good about putting the pen right back in the holder. It will take me some time to get used to using the pen though. I will gradually use it more and more- I've just never done it before and I've gotten accustomed to using the mouse. I'll learn. Just takes time.

24th Aug 2006, 09:58

JokerXL says:

I,ve got a smaller version, kind of the "starter's" model in their range. Love it, may be time for a better/bigger one though.

24th Aug 2006, 10:54

kostika says:

the only thing that took some getting used to for me was the pressure sensitivity. otherwise it's dead easy.

24th Aug 2006, 17:35

bronxelf says:

Yes, I'm finding that, and the new brushes to be the issue. I will integrate it bits at a time. I also have noticed my strokes with a pen tend to be shorter than the ones I make with a mouse,

24th Aug 2006, 17:41

kostika says:

did your tablet come with ps brushes? i only use the ones in ps really. will email you when i get in about those things i sent you the other day.

24th Aug 2006, 19:08

bronxelf says:

It did, but I havent installed the special ones yet. It also came with some graphics programs (elements, etc.) but I already have a full version of Pshop CS9 here.

And sounds good.

24th Aug 2006, 19:11

kostika says:

email sent.

24th Aug 2006, 19:40

bronxelf says:

Caught, replied. Thank you.

24th Aug 2006, 19:43

OJ says:

Belatedly coming to the subject...they are very good. But watch out if you share your workspace with anyone. People have a habit of wandering off with the pens even_though_they're_not_real_pens

*holds colleagues up against the stationary cupboard by the scruffs of their necks in a strangely violent fashion*

24th Aug 2006, 20:00

bronxelf says:

Nope. Mine, all mine. No one is going to touch it. ;)

24th Aug 2006, 20:03

kostika says:

My hubby has one also. Occassionally we get our pens mixed up. Luckily they're interchangeable.

24th Aug 2006, 20:45

MonkeeSee says:

Wow. All things point to yes. Was just 'thinking' about Wacom tablets, Graphire and the like. Did a bit of research online and I agree, Methinks I'll Make It a Wacom. (Need one for a trip to LA for some RnR and Cafe Culture)

Thanks for the post Brxelph. How do you like it?


30th Aug 2006, 22:48

bronxelf says:

So far so good. I have to get used to the pressure sensitivity, but more annoyingly, the exact tracking. I don't like being able not to rotate the tablet.

31st Aug 2006, 04:49

monkeesee says:

interesting. rotating it like you would an actual drawing pad?

1st Sep 2006, 02:57

bronxelf says:

Yeah. It's default mode (not sure if I can change it) is to exactly track the pen point with the screen on the pad. I'm left handed and am used to moving the "paper" around while I work to get a better angle.

1st Sep 2006, 02:59