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Photoshop CC - Adobe's Progress and Wishlist

Journal Entry: Thu Jun 20, 2013, 8:32 AM
Photoshop has been my main work tool for the last 15 years, so I have downloaded the new Photoshop CC (v.14) a few days ago in order to try it out. Adobe departures from the usual "CS" ( = Creative Suite) naming convention, introducing a new one, called "CC" ( = Creative Cloud), while switching to a subscription price model ($50 per month for the entire suite, $20 for one program). More on that later.


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As for the new features, I'm going to view that purely from an artist's perspective, and it's mostly my point of view and opinion on Adobe's progress with Ps in general.

Photoshop has been first introduced mainly as a photo manipulation program (hence the name), but since then a lot of extra features have been added, even 3D capabilities. Today it is considered the default choice not only in the photography industry, but also in graphic design, concept art, matte painting and illustration in general.
All the new Ps features are welcome and useful. The liquify bug from CS6 has been fixed FINALLY, and you can apply layer effects and masks in layer groups (wow, that took them only 6 versions since groups were introduced <scratches from wishlist>)! The new conditional actions look promising and the improved path system, layer isolation (Illustrator-style) and 3D painting optimizations are nice additions too. The cloud connection seemed like a natural evolution, although I won't be using that much, personally. That said, there's still a ton of things left to be desired, so it isn't all sunshine and roses.


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There's a constant feeling that in Adobe have been dragging their feet for the last several years, which I believe is a result of the monopoly; their update cycle was 1.5 years (and recently switched to 1 year), but the progress is really slow and the new features weren't drastic enough. And judging by the few drastic ones (3D implementation, natural paintbrushes, charcoal, etc), Adobe seems to be missing the point here...
For comparison,  Pixologic, which has a fraction of Adobe's workforce, updates Zbrush twice a year and the new features are insane for the time the developers had, and really change the workflow and extend the program's capabilities by a lot. That's an incredible pace and momentum. And most of these updates are free.

In every new Ps version the majority of new features are addressed to photographers, naturally (hey, that's why it's called PHOTOshop!). But, like I mentioned above, Adobe seems to ignore the artists' needs, although they're aware that the vast majority of the pro CG artists in the games, film and book publishing industry are Ps users. The current brush system is aged and outdated (it hasn't changed much for at least 10 years - since Ps v.7), and even simple iPad painting apps feature a more sophisticated brush system. Of course there is Corel Painter and other programs that feature a much more robust brush system, but those have their own issues in other areas.

You might say "Photoshop is meant to be used by photographers, the painting features is just a spin-off."
So why the hell did they add the 3D features (which, by the way, requires a huge amount of work)? Did the world really need to render anything inside Ps (especially the professionals)? Ps 3D implementation  is half-baked, slow, and rendering looks like crap. The only useful feature for me is fixing the texture seams on 3D models, which is slow and laggy. In other words, 3D totally is NOT for professional use.
And then there are the those "cool" new natural brushes, the pencils and the charcoals. Which are a gimmick. Really, Adobe? Is that what you thought was missing the most from the brushes? BTW, the Mix Brush Tool is very useful and handy, but the rest "natural media" stuff is just for show-off. I'd better use an actual pencil, charcoal (or even a freakin' iPad). There's no need to emulate what can be done traditionally, I think. Not that these features are "bad", but they should be way down the line in terms of importance.


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Here's a WISHLIST of what I'd like to see implemented in the future versions of Photoshop as a designer/digital artist:

  • Change of brush properties (size, opacity, hardness, direction, rotation, color, etc) based on brush stroke speed.
  • Full-color brush support.
  • Sprite brush support for texturing - i.e. I'd like to use a transparent image that contains 4x4 tiles with 16 different kinds of leaves, dirt, flames, particles, etc. and as I make a stroke, any of those tiles would be used in random (or not) order, just like in games.
  • Roll brush mode - a brush that works by tiling an image seamlessly along the path of the stroke. Creating decorative borders and accents, ropes and chains would be much more easier.
  • Mirror mode and radial symmetry for the canvas.
  • Advanced instancing - a new type of smart object which, when edited, all its instances are updated in real-time and in the same window.
  • Normal/height/bump map as a layer effect (for use in 3D).
  • "Stabilizer" or "Lazy Mouse" function - a function that creates smooth brush strokes with no "wiggles".
  • Ability to edit (erase, paint, etc) multiple layers.
  • [YOUR SUGGESTIONS HERE]
Most of the items above are already present in other applications, so I don't go overboard.

I'm sure I missed a lot of cool features, so leave your comment and I will add that in :)


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I think that the subscription model for the entire suite is better in general, for a number of reasons:

  • Users can install and run the Adobe CC software on any machine, as long as they don't run simultaneously (much like Steam or Battle.net). That's a huge plus, as users won't need a separate license for each machine. That means I can use them in my laptop or any other PC with no extra cost (one at a time, of course).
  • The annual cost for the use of all the suite is $600, which means it would take more than 3 years to match the price of the CS6 package.
  • It's more affordable for many small businesses and young people to pay $50 per month instead of cashing out $1800 all at once.
  • It also includes Adobe's cloud service, which can come in handy in many cases (plus it syncs all your preferences and presets across all machines which are bound to the same account).
Still, $20/month for just one program is simply ridiculous, and really discourages people who are interested only in Photoshop to jump in; although I've heard that Adobe will lower the price on that.



Feel free to share your own thoughts, I'd be happy to listen to other's opinions too!





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Still Alive!

Journal Entry: Sat Dec 29, 2012, 7:42 AM
Hi everyone! It looks like the apocalypse didn't happen after all, so here we are.

I haven't been active here on DA for a long time - maybe more than a year of absence, so I've missed the community...

2012 has been an incredibly busy year for me, and a lot of (good!) things have happened during that period, both in personal and professional level.
The only downside is that there wasn't much free time available this year; but I hope things will be better next year on this front.

Also, I would like to apologize for missing out any messages, not replying or replying with a delay often; I'm not snub, I've just been way too swamped to check my inbox regularly...
If you'd like to contact me for something urgent or important, please use my personal email: nick(at)deligaris(dot)com.

I've still got quite a few projects running so my spare time is limited, however I was able to take a quick breath during the holidays.
Art-wise, I haven't been able to work on any personal pieces, but I have a few things that I'm allowed to post from other commissions; I'll be posting those in the next few weeks starting today, so stay tuned :)

Finally, I'd like to announce that my personal website www.deligaris.com has been rebuilt from scratch , so feel free to visit that and check it out! I'd be happy to listen to your feedback.

Huge Thanks to all those who spent the time to drop by and wish happy birthday to me last week, that was truly heartwarming!
Happy Holidays to everyone!


Cheers,
Nick




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www.skullpaint.com is my new studio/website I've created in order to showcase a variety of different art services I'm offering to the public! These services apply to both professional studios/agencies that need superior quality production art, as well as individuals who are devoted RPG players, fantasy/sci-fi/horror fans, or just art collectors.





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Wacom Intuos 5 Touch M - Review

Journal Entry: Tue Mar 13, 2012, 12:04 PM


Wacom has just launched its new Wacom Intuos 5 product line. I just got one of these (Medium size), so I thought I'd write a small review about it, since it's the most fundamental tool for my job.
It's been quite a few years since my last upgrade. For the record, before that I've also used a Graphire 1 (A6), an Intuos 3 (A6), an Intuos 3 (A5 Wide SE), and a Cintiq 21UX (currently I've been using the Intuos 3 A5W).
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First of all, here's the official specs of the model:

Dimensions (W x D x H): 380 mm x 251 mm x 12 mm
Active area Pen (W x D): 224 mm x 140 mm
Active area Touch (W x D): 224 mm x 140 mm
Weight: 990 g
Multi-touch Support: yes
Wireless Accessory Support: yes
Resolution (per point): 0.005 mm (5,080 lines per inch)
Tilt sensitivity: ± 60°
Maximum reading height with pen: 10 mm
No. of ExpressKeys: 8 capacitve keys
Touch Ring controller: 1

So in terms of specs there's nothing exciting about it, it's the same specs with Intuos 4 and almost the same with Intuos 3. Actually, the Intuos 4 pens are compatible with Intuos 5 tablets.
However, what sets it apart from previous versions is the design/build quality, optional wireless connectivity and the multi-touch functionality (by the way, there's also a version of Intuos 5 WITHOUT multitouch functionality, so keep that in mind to avoid confusion).
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But the specs don't mean a lot; how do all these features affect the creative process of a digital artist?

:bulletyellow: DESIGN
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:pointr: Being a lefty myself, I really appreciate the ambidextrous nature and ergonomic design of the new tablet. That means you can rotate the tablet so that you can have the express keys positioned at the left or at the right side of the tablet, which is pretty cool. The general layout is quite similar to Intuos 4, and I'm glad that they retained this feature in the new version. The pen design is the same with Intuos 4, which is a bit lighter and shorter than an Intuos 3 pen.

:pointr: The new canvas surface is one of the biggest improvements for me. It actually feels like a grainy paper, and it has more friction than the previous models which were a bit slippery. That results in much better accuracy when drawing.

:pointr: The rest of the surface (including the keys and the touch ring) is covered in high quality silk plastic, which gives it a nice matte look, it's less slippery, and also prevents nasty fingerprints appearing all over the place. Furthermore, there are no seams around the buttons (they are engraved), because the entire area is one solid piece. That makes cleaning a breeze!

:pointr: I also like the fact that EVERYTHING is black with no other visible signs (the ref image is deceiving, it IS totally black), other than the 4 corner marks of the canvas area which glow white using backlighting; which gives it a nice hi-tech look (it's also a great match for my slim Logitech wired/wireless illuminated keyboard)!



:bulletyellow: FUNCTIONALITY
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:pointr: The most profound new feature of Intuos 5 Touch is the multi-touch functionality and support for various gestures. I had my reservations about this feature regarding how helpful it would be in the end. Thankfully, it turns out that it's a welcome addition.
Apart from the fact that the tablet can be used as a large touchpad for simple navigation, it supports some standard universal (MacBook-like) gestures, plus some custom gestures that you can assign macro commands and they can also be program-specific, which is great.
There are plenty of options to adjust in the Touch section of the settings, such as pointer speed, scrolling speed, pointer acceleration, double-tap time, or completely disable the touch input. I'd say that the touchpad could very well replace the need for a mouse for general use.

-The standard gestures are the usual: tap to click, two finger tap to right click, two finger drag to scroll, pinch to zoom/rotate, three finger swipe left-right to navigate, four finger swipe left-right to switch application. You can also disable any of them.
-The customizeable gestures are: three finger tap and hold, four finger swipe up/down, five finger tap and hold, and five finger swipe up/down. That makes a total of 5 programmable gestures.

But how all of these work in action? Well, most of them work pretty much as expected. The pinch-to-zoom action is basically the Ctrl+(+/-) or Ctrl+(MouseWheelUP/MouseWheelDOWN) hotkeys, and it works wherever that function is supported (i.e. in web/image browsers or the Win desktop/explorer to resize icons). Strangely, pinch to zoom doesn't work inside Photoshop (but I wouldn't use that anyway). On the opposite, two finger canvas rotation works inside Photoshop, but it's still not supported in any other programs yet, unfortunately.

What I found as the most useful aspect of touch features in my workstation, is the fact that it's now much easier to navigate between my two monitors. I have mapped my tablet to my main monitor naturally, so until now I had to use the mouse each time I needed to jump to the other screen (the display-toggle function isn't too helpful in this case IMO).
Also, the new programmable gestures made room for more quick shortcuts in Photoshop and other apps as well.

:pointr: Another cool feature is the new "Express View Display", which allows you to access and view all pen tablet settings on your monitor. You can see how your Express Keys are assigned in a hud display at the edge of your screen, just by touching them (you must press to use)! That allows you to quickly review and change your settings.

:pointr: The option of wireless connectivity is also a plus, but I don't think I'm going to use that, since there's no reason to do so; I always work along with my keyboard on my desk. Wacom says that it lasts for 10 hours on a single charge, but still it's kind of restrictive. Also, the Wireless Accessory Kit is sold separately.


:bulletyellow: CONCLUSION
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Like I said, the best features for me are canvas surface, which allows for better control, and the programmable gestures. The touchpad also gets a pass as a mouse replacement for most scenarios.
In terms of size, I think that Medium is the right size for desktops and Small for use with laptops. The Large size seems too large for me, eats up a lot of space and it's actually more tiring to move your arm at longer distances while painting (I've tried that). I use mine (M) with a 30" monitor and it's just fine.
The Wacom Intuos 5 Touch is definitely a nice facelift, but is it worth buying one? If you are upgrading from Intuos 3 or earlier, then yes, I think it's worth it. If you have an Intuos 4, the difference is less dramatic; so I'd suggest upgrading if you absolutely want multitouch support or wireless connectivity. The Intuos 5 obviously has a more sleek and ergonomic design, but that alone wouldn't justify an upgrade - unless you want the latest and greatest.

If you also got one, feel free to share your thoughts! :)




SkullPaint is my new studio/website I've created in order to showcase a variety of different art services I'm offering to the public! These services apply to both professional studios/agencies that need superior quality production art, as well as individuals who are devoted RPG players, fantasy/sci-fi/horror fans, or just art collectors.

Here's a brief list with the services:


:bulletyellow: RPG Character Creation

If you are an elite RPG player, you can bring your game avatar to life with a highly detailed illustration of your character, designed based on the description you will provide. You can also choose among various options (color/bw, bust/full body). Impress your friends and have it as a reminder of your epic gaming moments!





:bulletyellow: Portrait Photo Painting

Did you ever want to see how you or your friends would look if they were an elf, cyborg, or maybe a zombie? Just send over a decent-quality portrait photo to Skullpaint, and what you'll get back is an ultra realistic shot based on your favourite theme!





:bulletyellow: RPG Item Creation

Devoted Storytellers who want to take their RPG experience to the next level, now have the option to 'forge' their custom campaigns' magic artifacts, creating realistic illustrations of weapons, rings, amulets, staffs or anything else.





:bulletyellow: Art & Photo Polishing

This service can bring your old photos back their true glory, add a dreamy/painted feeling, retouch and color correct, and in general make every image really shine. Also, you can add an extra polish to existing artwork. This is a great investment for game developers, photographers, and promotional campaigns.





:bulletyellow: Custom Painting

If you'd like something completely customized, you can always place an order for a superior quality, custom painting tailored to your needs.




Feel free to visit www.skullpaint.com and explore the site!






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You may not use any of the material inside this gallery without permission. If doing so, you must give me a credit (name, link) and of course make no profit from it.



  • Listening to: Two Steps From Hell
  • Reading: The Book of Cain
  • Playing: Rayman Origins

London Super Comic Con

Journal Entry: Sun Feb 12, 2012, 10:14 AM
Hi all!

I just wanted to announce that I'm going to visit London UK later this month, in order to attend the London Super Comic Convention during February 25-26th 2012. For more info, you can check out the official site: www.londonsupercomicconvention…
Stan Lee is going to be the headline guest!
I'll be present in the "Comicworld" booth along with some fellow Greek artists, and there will be various prints, posters, and a mini artbook available for sale. I'll be also taking custom pencil drawing commissions.

So if you happen to be around, feel free to pass by and say hi! I'll be happy to meet you.



P.S. Sorry for being absent lately, my schedule has been crazy work wise... Thanks again for all your feedback and support, much appreciated!


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SkullPaint is my new studio/website I've created in order to showcase a variety of different art services I'm offering to the public! These services apply to both professional studios/agencies that need superior quality production art, as well as individuals who are devoted RPG players, fantasy/sci-fi/horror fans, or just art collectors.

Here's a brief list with the services:


:bulletyellow: RPG Character Creation

If you are an elite RPG player, you can bring your game avatar to life with a highly detailed illustration of your character, designed based on the description you will provide. You can also choose among various options (color/bw, bust/full body). Impress your friends and have it as a reminder of your epic gaming moments!





:bulletyellow: Portrait Photo Painting

Did you ever want to see how you or your friends would look if they were an elf, cyborg, or maybe a zombie? Just send over a decent-quality portrait photo to Skullpaint, and what you'll get back is an ultra realistic shot based on your favourite theme!





:bulletyellow: RPG Item Creation

Devoted Storytellers who want to take their RPG experience to the next level, now have the option to 'forge' their custom campaigns' magic artifacts, creating realistic illustrations of weapons, rings, amulets, staffs or anything else.





:bulletyellow: Art & Photo Polishing

This service can bring your old photos back their true glory, add a dreamy/painted feeling, retouch and color correct, and in general make every image really shine. Also, you can add an extra polish to existing artwork. This is a great investment for game developers, photographers, and promotional campaigns.





:bulletyellow: Custom Painting

If you'd like something completely customized, you can always place an order for a superior quality, custom painting tailored to your needs.




Feel free to visit www.skullpaint.com and explore the site!






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Disclaimer:
You may not use any of the material inside this gallery without permission. If doing so, you must give me a credit (name, link) and of course make no profit from it.



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  • Listening to: Two Steps From Hell
  • Playing: Rayman Origins

Introducing SKULLPAINT

Journal Entry: Sat Dec 3, 2011, 5:55 PM



Hi everyone! The last few months have been pretty hectic regarding work (and still are) as I'm trying to cope with multiple projects at the same time, so I've been away for a while...

I'd like to introduce SkullPaint, a new studio/website I've created in order to showcase a variety of different art services I'm offering to the public! These services apply to both professional studios/agencies that need superior quality production art, as well as individuals who are devoted RPG players, fantasy/sci-fi/horror fans, or just art collectors.

Here's a brief list with the services:


:bulletyellow: RPG Character Creation

If you are an elite RPG player, you can bring your game avatar to life with a highly detailed illustration of your character, designed based on the description you will provide. You can also choose among various options (color/bw, bust/full body). Impress your friends and have it as a reminder of your epic gaming moments!





:bulletyellow: Portrait Photo Painting

Did you ever want to see how you or your friends would look if they were an elf, cyborg, or maybe a zombie? Just send over a decent-quality portrait photo to Skullpaint, and what you'll get back is an ultra realistic shot based on your favourite theme!





:bulletyellow: RPG Item Creation

Devoted Storytellers who want to take their RPG experience to the next level, now have the option to 'forge' their custom campaigns' magic artifacts, creating realistic illustrations of weapons, rings, amulets, staffs or anything else.





:bulletyellow: Art & Photo Polishing

This service can bring your old photos back their true glory, add a dreamy/painted feeling, retouch and color correct, and in general make every image really shine. Also, you can add an extra polish to existing artwork. This is a great investment for game developers, photographers, and promotional campaigns.





:bulletyellow: Custom Painting

If you'd like something completely customized, you can always place an order for a superior quality, custom painting tailored to your needs.




Feel free to visit www.skullpaint.com and explore the site!





And at last, I finally got a facebook page! :party:


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Back!

Journal Entry: Sun Aug 28, 2011, 12:35 PM


Hi everyone! It's been almost a year since I last updated my journal, and I've been away from DA for 3 months or so, so I haven't been active at all during this period. The reason is mostly work, various personal projects ...and vacation.
Frankly, I was surprised and overwhelmed by the amount of comments I've read today! I wasn't expecting much feedback due to the recent inactivity. I really appreciate all your support, and I apologize if I didn't manage to get back to you, but I read all the comments.
Also, if some of you have been sending invitations to include artwork in groups, feel free to send those again, because they have probably expired.
I've got a lot of stuff to upload soon, so stay tuned!

I'm currently preparing a new service which I'm going to launch soon, so I'll announce that as soon as it's ready.

Also, feel free to follow me on  Google+ (I have skipped Facebook).



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You may not use any of the material inside this gallery without permission. If doing so, you must give me a credit (name, link) and of course make no profit from it.



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  • Reading: Dragon Lance - Dragons of Autumn Twilight

EMMY Nomination and other news

Journal Entry: Wed Sep 15, 2010, 4:08 PM


Hi everyone,

I was away from DA for quite a few months because of work, vacation, playing games, etc) and just got in again. And wow, lots of comments to read! Thank you all for your feedback and support, it's really moving... :)

Also, I recently received an EMMY Award nomination, for my work in the History Channel show "Death Masks", in the category: OUTSTANDING INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT IN A CRAFT: GRAPHIC DESIGN AND ART DIRECTION (I have those in my site, but I'll upload them here soon). That came totally out of the blue and it was a very pleasant surprise, as I wasn't expecting anything like that. The EMMY News & Documentary Academy Awards ceremony is in about 10 days; I'm not expecting to win but I don't care, for me it's like I already did, as being among the top 5 and nominated for an EMMY is already a huge reward and recognition of my work. Also, many thanks to Yafka Studio for opening the doors to me in this amazing opportunity.

In other news,
► Just Cause 2 was one of the most fun games I've played.
► The LOST finale was a disappointment.
► I played StarCraft 2 when it came out. I'm not into RTS games, but I always liked that game, and I really enjoyed it. Everything was very nice and polished, and  the gameplaty and story telling very smooth. I picked the Collector's Edition, mainly because of the artbook, which really proved to be worth its money, especially for art fans.
► Looking forward to play Guardian of Light and Darksiders for PC.

That's all for now; Stay tuned for more artwork soon.







Encounter by Deligaris At the Heart of Winter by Deligaris Wargasmic by Deligaris The Dragon Tamer by Deligaris Wolf wallpaper by Deligaris Sleeping Sun by Deligaris SenTineL by Deligaris Digital Beauty by Deligaris SHARK - Concept Car by Deligaris



If you wish, you can check out my TUTORIAL in digital painting here:>>> www.deviantart.com/deviation/1…




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You may not use any of the material inside this gallery without permission. If doing so, you must give me a credit (name, link) and of course make no profit from it.

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  • Watching: Futurama
  • Drinking: Mojito

Digital Art Secrets article

Journal Entry: Wed Apr 28, 2010, 3:59 PM


Hello,

I have written a detailed article for DigitalArtSecrets.com, describing "How to Transform your Imagination into Reality". That's actually a walkthrough talking about the process and methodology to create a digital painting step by step, starting from a rough sketch until the final detailed illustration.

You can view the full article here: > digitalartsecrets.com/2010/04/…







Encounter by Deligaris At the Heart of Winter by Deligaris Wargasmic by Deligaris The Dragon Tamer by Deligaris Wolf wallpaper by Deligaris Sleeping Sun by Deligaris SenTineL by Deligaris Digital Beauty by Deligaris SHARK - Concept Car by Deligaris



If you wish, you can check out my TUTORIAL in digital painting here:>>> www.deviantart.com/deviation/1…




Disclaimer:
You may not use any of the material inside this gallery without permission. If doing so, you must give me a credit (name, link) and of course make no profit from it.

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  • Watching: Lost
  • Playing: Just Cause 2

I'm Back!

Journal Entry: Mon Mar 29, 2010, 12:10 PM


Hello everyone,

After a full ten month period of absence, I am glad to announce that I'm back in action!
My military service has finally come to an end (I'm very glad that it's been reduced from 12 down to 10 months) and I can taste again freedom.

It's been an interesting experience, a completely different way of life. So different that it's hard to be explained. So many restrictions and responsibilities. Sometimes it was tiring and stressful, sometimes boring, sometimes fun (especially when having fun with weapons :horns:). In general it was a nice experience, but I'm glad it's over now.
Also, the last two months I've got through pneumonia and a small surgery, so I've spent quite a few days in the hospital. Anyway, now I fully recovered and I'm fine.
After all this stuff I got through, I've missed and learned to appreciate a lot of basic things that were usually taken for granted.

Unfortunately, I didn't manage to draw much during this period, but I used to make rough sketches every now and then. At last, I'm glad that I'm finally back to work again. :)

Cheers,
Nick







Encounter by Deligaris At the Heart of Winter by Deligaris Wargasmic by Deligaris The Dragon Tamer by Deligaris Wolf wallpaper by Deligaris Sleeping Sun by Deligaris SenTineL by Deligaris Digital Beauty by Deligaris SHARK - Concept Car by Deligaris



If you wish, you can check out my TUTORIAL in digital painting here:>>> www.deviantart.com/deviation/1…




Disclaimer:
You may not use any of the material inside this gallery without permission. If doing so, you must give me a credit (name, link) and of course make no profit from it.

  • Mood: Relief
  • Reading: Greek Mythology
  • Watching: Lost
  • Playing: Torchlight

Military Service

Journal Entry: Tue May 19, 2009, 5:09 PM


Hello everyone,

I've been away for the past few months because of heavy work load, but today things are going to change. The time for me has finslly come to leave for the military service, which is mandatory here, unfortunately. That will last for 12 months, until I'm back to my usual schedule again.

So, I won't be able to take any commissions for a few months, and forgive me if I don't reply to some messages, as I won't be online much. At least, I hope I find some time over there to make a few pencil sketches :)

Cheers,
Nick







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  • Listening to: Pain
  • Watching: LOST
  • Drinking: beer

News Update...

Journal Entry: Thu Jan 15, 2009, 5:27 PM


Hello everyone and happy new year!

It's been a few ages since I updated my journal, so I'd have to give some life signs again. :)

Unfortunately/fortunately, I'm working simultaneously on multiple projects, so that keeps me incredibly busy most of the time...

So, I am working for a Film/commercial and iPhone/iPod Touch Games company that is doing some cool stuff. I work there as an art director for two of their games now, and their style is quite different from what you used to see by me. They created a special deviantart page for previews and production images to show everybody that wants a mini making of each game as they move forward in development. Check it out here: ontherocksgames.deviantart.com…

Also, I'm working for a new cool MMO text-based game called Dark Curse, where I'm making the site layouts and the character concepts/units for Vampires, Humans and Werewolves (races that the players can choose to play).

The most challenging is a big project for History Channel, where I was assigned to create ultra-realistic 3D models of the identical faces of some historic personalities, like W. Shakespeare, G. Washington, and a few others. (I was given the actual 3D scans of their faces, in order to make their characteristics with the best possible accuracy).

Last but not least, I work for the Darkfall game like I used to, making all sorts of things.

Between those, I also do some small commissions every now and then.






So, other news apart from work; a while ago I got (instead of payment for a project) a Wacom Cintiq 21UX to drool upon! So now I have two 24' monitors and another 21' monitor tablet :D (plus a Wacom Intuos3 A5 Wide SE and and a Wacom Intuos3 A6, that I put aside). Yeah it's an overkill, I know, but it's still pretty cool. :lol:

Also, one of my works was featured in the book Exotique 4 (Ballistic Publishing). I was previously featured in Exotique 2 and Elemental 2 as well.
Finally, I was featured in the online magazine Amazing Events (You can check it out here: www.fantasyanapublishing.com/).

That's all for now; I'll be around here until May, and then I'll have to serve to the military service for about year :puke: (that's mandatory here, unfortunately). I'm looking forward to be done with it.

Have fun,
Nick







Encounter by Deligaris At the Heart of Winter by Deligaris Wargasmic by Deligaris The Dragon Tamer by Deligaris Wolf wallpaper by Deligaris Sleeping Sun by Deligaris SenTineL by Deligaris Digital Beauty by Deligaris SHARK - Concept Car by Deligaris



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  • Mood: Tired
  • Playing: Mirror's Edge
  • Drinking: Beer

New Site is Launched

Journal Entry: Mon Aug 18, 2008, 6:52 PM


Hello everyone,

It's been a while since I posted here. I've been busy with work and recently I came back from vacation. I really needed that :) I'd like to announce that my new site is now up. I decided to totally replace the old one, moving into something much more simple, yet elegant layout. There's an online store section coming soon, featuring unique artwork prints, so be sure to visit regularly. ;) You can check out the website HERE. Also, I'm going to upload some new artwork very soon.

That's all for now, I hope you all had a great summer!

Cheers,
Nick



* I will be open to new commission requests for a limited period of time; so if anyone is interested, feel free to note me (serious requests only please).







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If you wish, you can check out my TUTORIAL in digital painting here:>>> www.deviantart.com/deviation/1…




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  • Mood: Relief
  • Listening to: WASP - The Crimson Idol
  • Playing: Titan Quest
  • Drinking: beer

ComicdomCon-Athens

Thu Apr 3, 2008, 9:42 AM
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Hello,

I'd like to say that I will be present in Comicdom Con 2008 in Athens this weekend (April 5-6th). I'll be also signing some Spawn Gunslinger copies; so everyone who's near, feel free to pass by and I'd be happy to meet you :). I will be there most of the time, both days.
*For further info, you can go here -> www.comicdom-con.gr/index.php?…

Looking forward to seeing you ;)

Thanks,
~Nick

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  • Mood: Optimism
  • Listening to: Ensiferum
  • Watching: Lost
  • Playing: UT3

Back.

Wed Aug 22, 2007, 5:52 AM
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Hello fellow deviants! :wave:

It's been some months now that I've been inactive and away from DeviantART, due to intense work schedule, holidays and tiredness/boredom. Unfortunately, the first one will go on until I get retired or die, and the second one will come again after a looong time... So, I've missed of what's going on recently over here (if anything happened anyway) and it will take me some time to read the recent comments/journals/notes etc. I also missed making some artwork for myself :( Still there is (and will be) a lot of pressure in my life, having so many things to do and so little time to spare; buuut I've got used to it.

During the summer nothing mentionable happened, apart from the fact that I finally took my degree in graphic design. (:party:) I was supposed to get this 3 years ago, as the only thing left was the final school project. However, I delayed that on purpose, in order to postpone for a while my obligation to the 12-month military service (which is mandatory here in Greece :(). I also spent the last 5 weeks to our summer house which is next to the beach, along with my family, but I kept on working there. Nevertheless, I was able to make some short trips by car every now and then, which was relaxing and fun. As for games, I didn't play anything at all, I'm holding my powers until Crysis and Unreal Tournament 3 roll out ;)

...Aaand now I'm back in Athens and bored again; so anyone who's nearby, friend or foe, can drop me a note to go out for a beer or two, if they wish :)

Artwise, I have made tons of new stuff that I'd like to share, but it was mostly commissioned work, so I'll have to wait until I'll be able to show them in public (I have also removed temporarily some of the artwork a few months ago, in case you wonder where they've gone). However, I'm going to upload some other stuff I was playing around with, sooner or later.

That's all for now, thank you for reading my journal; I wish you had a great summer!

Cheers,
Nick

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  • Mood: Relief
  • Watching: Transformers!
  • Eating: pizza
  • Drinking: beer

Birthday!

Tue Dec 19, 2006, 3:54 PM
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Hello everyone, this is Ebonessa hacking deligaris's account but for good reason. Today it's Wednesday, the 20th December and it's also Nick's birthday. He's turning 26 and can be officially considered old :P! I want to surprise him when he logs on and finds messages wishing him happy birthday. So i ask of you to spam this journal and break the world's record for "most birthday wishes given in one day to the same person"!

Happy Birthday Nick, I hope you are always healthy and smiling as you are today! :blowkiss:

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  • Mood: Relief
  • Listening to: the rain
  • Watching: South Park S.10
  • Eating: squishy candies

Vacation (sort of)

Wed Jul 19, 2006, 3:38 PM
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Hello everyone,

It's been some days since I left for vacation, and I'll come back by the first week of August. I moved in order to be with my family for a while; we have a house by the beach. :) We mostly stay there during summers. I'll have some breaks, but I'll be still working on my laptop, so it's not a real vacation... Well, it's better than nothing... :D
Anyways, I hope I find some time and draw something for myself too, hehe.


Have fun! :wave:
Nick




*Note: I also temporarily removed all the deviations related with "Dark Throne" game (DragonMoon, Throne Room, Rise of the Undead) until the final game is released (hopefully by the end of May).

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Long Time No See

Mon Apr 17, 2006, 12:34 PM
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Hello everyone!

It's been some time now since disappeared from DA, and I'm sorry about that. I keep reading all your messages, but unfortunately I don't have the luxory of time to answer to or thank most of you; it's because I'm still awefully overwhelmed with work, because I'm into many projects simultaneusly, and new stuff are coming up all the time. I'm forced to work at least 12 hours a day, in order get them all done. So, no time is left for the moment for something else... :S But at least, I really enjoy my job, otherwise I couldn't stand this schedule :) Here's a brief list of the stuff I'm working on atm:

- "DarkThrone" - Gold Edition (mmo web game) layouts/skin themes...
- "Darkfall" (mmorpg) 3d characters/textures/icons etc...
- 3D models for a documentary series (about ancient technology) for History Channel...
- Other random commissions every now and then...
- Trying to finish my final school project... >.< (based on "Darkfall" game)

I also made some new artwork, but I'm gonna post it once I find the time to read your comments too, instead of posting it and disappear again :D
Thankfully, this week I'm gonna have short vacation to visit my family and relax a little, hehe! ^_^
Sooo, see you around, and thank you everyone for the positive feedback!

Have fun,
Nick

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About my last deviation

Wed Feb 1, 2006, 2:44 AM
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Hello, I'd just like to note something about my last deviation, Draconis Infernvs II (www.deviantart.com/deviation/2…. Recently, the DA staff accidentally banned it and then recovered it again. However, the print availability, as well as all the +favs have dissappeared after the recovery. :-/ I'm not sure if they're able to fix this. So, if some of you faved it and now it is not in your favorites any more, that's the cause. If you wish, you can just add it back again. I'll upload a new print version asap too. Thanks, and have fun!

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Happy New Year

Mon Jan 2, 2006, 2:52 AM
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Hello, I just wanted to wish to everyone a happy and creative 2006!

I was out for a week, because I visited my family, and now I'm back again. However, I still had a lot of work to do, and I will have, at least until the end of February. So, currently I don't have enough time to make something for myself, play games or browse DA, but I'll upload some new stuff that I've been working on for a while pretty soon (I guess you'll like them :)); and sorry for keeping you waiting for so long.. :-/

Have fun,
Nick

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News and... stuff

Fri Oct 7, 2005, 12:22 PM
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Hello, it's been over a month and a half  since I last updated my journal, so I decided to make a small uptate. :)
I must admit that this is one of the the busiest periods in my life, so excuse me that I can't reply to you all or if I reply a bit late, however I'm reading all of your messages whenever I find some free time ;).

So, here's some things I'm occupied with at the moment:
-Working in full-time schedule for at least another 5 months (along with the cool dude henning as art director :D) for the MMORPG game Darkfall, making 2D and 3D art of any kind.
-Working for several web games, like DarkThrone (which is going to be released soon) and many others, making layouts, portraits and other stuff.
-Trying to finish my final school project (order to get my degree in graphic design)
-Other random commissions every now and then...

Well, I hope I'll make it...

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