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New artwork: Already to Harvest.


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New artwork: It Shall Be Opened unto You.


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I’ve decided to ditch Adobe’s Creative Cloud apps — Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator, mainly. I never thought I’d say that, but they’re too expensive. Instead, I’ll be using Affinity Photo, Affinity Publisher, and Affinity Designer. It’s a fairly small one-time cost instead of a dreary, never-ending, money-sucking subscription.

(If/when I need to do motion graphics or video editing in place of After Effects and Premiere, by the way, I’m planning to use the free version of DaVinci Resolve.)

So far I’ve only actually used Affinity Photo, to texture the piece I released yesterday. Worked like a charm. The live split-screen preview when applying a filter is brilliant, and the file sizes are much smaller, too. (In Photoshop I’d regularly end up with a 1–2 GB PSB file. With Affinity Photo, it’s closer to 300 MB.)

As far as typesetting goes, I still expect to use TeX (Tectonic) on projects where it makes sense — it’s what I used on the wide margin study editions since typesetting each language individually would have taken much more time — but it’s nice to have Affinity Publisher for other projects. I’m planning to use it for the book of narrative poems I’m (slowly) working on. (I’ll be setting it with Hinte, a new typeface I’m designing in FontForge. More on that soon.)

With Figma doing most of what I used to use Illustrator for, I don’t expect to use Affinity Designer all that much initially. But the raster brush textures are intriguing. We’ll see.


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New artwork: In Every Thought.


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New artwork: In Your Mind and in Your Heart II. A bit more abstract than my first attempt at this idea.


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New artwork: Upon This Mount.


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New artwork: Son of the Living God.

(I decided the Monday/Thursday release schedule is a little too rigid for me, so we’re back to fluidity.)


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New artwork: Pillar of Light.


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New artwork: Fishers of Men.


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New artwork: Always Have His Spirit to Be With Them. It was a little hard to keep this one from looking like the cross-section of some kind of fruit. (And even then I’m still not entirely sure I succeeded.)


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