Akira The Don's How To Colour Scanned Line Art In Photoshop!

Dear me, it sure is looking a bit dark around here, eh? I feel bad about it. I want this place to be a beacon of light, but I've forgotten all about not wanting to know about evil and fallen headlong into outrage and horror. It's hard not to when one is dwelling in the dystopia they all warned us about, but at the same time we are living in the future, with all the wonder that brings, and I have to remind myself of that sometimes, when I've been thinking too hard about wheelchair tipping stormtroopers and their state founded apologists. What is it Narstie always says?

Balance rudeboy.

Which is true. And that's why, amidst all this fuckery, I've put together a thirty minute video guide to artistic excellence called

Akira The Don's How To Colour Scanned Line Art In Photoshop!

It took far too long, considering all the other stuff I'm supposed to be doing... but I wanted to do something constructive, and I realised that a lot of the knowledge I've acquired over the years, and take for granted, isn't necessarily known by all (at all) and is indeed downright esoteric. I discovered this when I mentioned the fabled Multiply Blend Mode last week, and got a bunch of tweets and emails and comments enquiring as to how to properly use it. So I've made a video, walking you the whole pencil to photoshop process, analogue to digital, start to finish.


I hope that it is useful to someone, that it inspires some dope art, or at least some fun in someone's life, and that it wasn't a big waste of time. I am sure it wasn't.

OK. Last Doncast of the year today, before we take a few weeks off, so make sure you're locked in. I haven't been able to get the last two online as I have run out of server space! BORKED! So I shall use some of my time off sorting out a solution for that. Leave your shout outs, requests or whatever in the comments, or send them to akirathedon at gmail.com. Today we will be playing some of the BEST SONGS OF THE YEAR! So let me know what you think those are. I have a terrible memory. PAX!

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What a little git bag!

Dearie, dearie me.

So, here's a thing. I have been thinking that these backgrounds are actually distracting. But then, I like them, as they give context. That's my desk. Those are my monitors. That's my website on the left one. Manga Studio on the right. That's my Juno D. That's my Batman & Robin poster. But I'm not sure. So, here that same strip without the background:

What do you think?

Rah then. I spent much of today making Security, the song I'm sending to all you ATD20/Security T preorderers. See, I did have a song written in my head, and I had started a thing, but then I was sat at my desk today, and I've got my Juno D in front of me all the time now, and I was just hitting some keys while I was waiting for an email to send, and the sound pleased me so  much I had to record it right away, and the next thing I knew I had the basis of a whole new song, and it became Security. And I love it. It's a story song, a true story song, and one of the most personal things I've done since Patrick. It's very strange that it chose today to come out. How weird to think it would never have happened had I not said I was going to give a brand new song to people who preordered a T Shirt!

So it goes...

So anyway. It's done, but I'm gonna wait until tomorrow to play it really loud and make sure I like the mix, them I am going to send it, as promised, to all the preorderers. So what are you waiting for?

Reserve yours now!

Oh, and in other good news,  the prototype ATD Security T showed up today! It is so choice. The organic cotton makes a massive difference, I am amazed to report. Shit feels luxury soft. Here's me rapping in it this afternoon.

I might drop some of that footage tomorrow, I'll see how I get on with the music.

OK, bedtime. Be safe.


PS - today's strip was soundtracked by RIP: A Remix Manifesto. Cheers the_otter_cast for reminding me about it.

OK, Now We're Getting Somewhere...

Well gang, I listened to your comments, I slept, I dreamed, I did some world-class rapping (hold tight Mothboy!), I opened a business account, I researched some new conduits, then I sat down 45 minutes ago with the new Cam'ron mixtape and Manga Studio 4, and mashed this out.

We're definitely getting somewhere now. This lil dude's got personality. I haven't even given him a recognisable outfit yet, but this is definitely going in the right direction. Might need simplifying a little. Glasses is a no-no cos they restrict the eyeballs - and anyway, I got my contact-lens prescription, and as soon as I've got a spare £40 I'm getting me a six month supply. Mainly so I can rock the 3D glasses I robbed from the cinema after I saw Up. I swear those things have luck in them.

Anyway. What do you reckon?


So, I got some (ha!) sleep, and I listened to the noises Birddogg was making up here while I was down in New York, doing whatever it was I was doing in New York. Like, there's some ill stuff. But one in particular is just tremendous. it is mighty. It fills my heart. And prefectly fits so many of the raps I was writing in New York, tempom flow, everything. So, what I've done, is draw various raps, and bits of raps, together, to create this New York song that's been brewing all the time I've been here. It is best I get it out now, before I FORGET. Annoyingly, the necassary component is missing. So piss.

Bad: All the stuff I bought last week - food, drink, socks, weed - is gone. Mostly. I got a lot of Ritz crackers, peanut butter and macaroni. Good: There's a Death's Head Moth on my window. (See right) Bad: There is animal shit by my window. Good: The air outside is fresh and envigorating. Bad: The air in the top level of the house, in which I am supposed to be dwelling, is thick with the stink of animal and of animal excrement.

I went to turn on the sauna earlier, and nearly trod in cat shit. Or dog shit. It could be both. Whatever. It's like, wow, sauna! Oh, catshit. Wow! Oh. Wow! Oh. Etc. So, I wanted to go into town and get a job today, to pay for my ticket back to New York, but waited about for people to come with me rather than just doing it, and the end result is it's super late now, too late to get a job anywhere, and everyone's going into town to go out, save me, who must stay at home cos he has no ID (this is a worry), and it's too far to chance not being allowed in anywhere.

A ha!

So I should write more now. I wrote a bunch earlier. Phil is worrying that Amy has forotten his ass, as she went in her tiny car to take Cecelia and James over an hour ago. But she hasn't forgotten him. It's just miles from ShanGayKen to Woodstoock! A HA!

I just asked Spiky if he has a message for the world. He said, "spitroast!" So there you go.