I COMPLETELY HATE to compare bands, and I Mastodon and Red Fang are two of my favorite bands, but the cover from Whales and Leeches seems to me really similar to The Hunter… so that got me thinking…. I don’t know; I’d like to think that both bands are just doing their thing, but….
jonas bendiksen spent two years documenting life in some of the world’s largest slums. more than a billion people live in slums, a number expected to double in seventeen years. in kenya’s kibera (think “the constant gardner”) and india’s dharavi (think “slumdog millionaire”) more than a million people live in a two square mile area.
"when one thinks of a slum, one has this monolithic image of it is as a den of hopelessness, crime and poverty," bendiksen notes. but most of the people he spoke to did not talk about how tough their lives were. they instead focused on what they were achieving. even in the smallest spaces where there is no room to stand (eighth photo), bendiksen says you still see people not just creating a shelter but making a home.
"i admire these people so much. they manage to create an existence with dignity out of nothing. they take great pride in that, despite all the challenges," said bendiksen, who was universally welcomed in his two years of travel. but he notes that the challenges, including sanitation and water, are nevertheless real.
for these panoramic shots, bendiksen stitched together photos of the four walls of individual slum households. they were taken in kibera (1-3), dharavi (4-7) and jakarata (8-10). the final photo is the only non interior shot, as the bench is subur’s home. for the names of the others photographed, click the picture.
Un-used fight club rough drawings
To celebrate over 3,000 brush orders, I’m giving away a new Manga Studio 5 inking tool!
Lando Calbrusshian is a smoooth inking brush with more stabilization and hand holding than any in my previous set.
In Manga Studio 4, “correction,” and “in and out” settings would rob a stroke of your input, dulling it to a plastic husk of what your hand laid down. All of my Manga Studio 4 brushes use none of these settings.
I’m learning that, in Manga Studio 5, stabilization works more like in SAI and Painter. Your stroke still translates, but is just given a hint of cubic interpolation to correct against the polling and report rates of our limited tablet hardware. In short - it doesn’t feel like cheating, it feels like a reasonable step to combat the infidelity of our hardware.
I’m working on a second set of Manga Studio 5 brushes. I’ve had the app longer and am learning how to optimize the settings of the brushes for better responsiveness and performance while taking into account these new findings. My Manga Studio 4 brushes are the product of seven years of tinkering and my Manga Studio 5 sets will see that same level of obsessive iteration.
More soon! And thanks for the overwhelming support and amazingly positive response!
I use Ray’s brushes, and they’re fantastic. So is Manga Studio 5—it’s pretty much all I use to color my work now (besides actual watercolors occasionally). The Frenden brush set, at just $5, is cheap at twice the price, and they work PERFECTLY. I’d recommend them, and I’m very careful with my recommendations.
it's the constant, it's the cycle