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Nick Sorbin

Nick C Sorbin (Nick Charles) is a former Managing Editor of 9 years for Renderosity's CG Industry News.

By day, he is a mild-mannered Certified Pharmacy Technician working in a hospital, contrasting his creative outlets as a digital artist, sculptor, musician, singer/songwriter, and Staff Writer for Renderosity Magazine.

A Northeast Ohio native with a wife and 3 children, he dreams of one day retiring to a small town in Maine.

Recent Articles

Book Review: Affinity Designer Workbook

Book Review: Affinity Designer Workbook

The Affinity Designer Workbook is the ultimate guide to working in Affinity Designer, with plenty of in-depth tutorials from leading designers and illustrators.

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Affinity Designer in Review

Affinity Designer in Review

Affinity Designer is a professional graphics software that packs excellent features and uniquely combines both raster and vector workspaces.

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XP-Pen Artist 22HD in Review

XP-Pen Artist 22HD in Review

For a digital artist, having a pen display as your canvas is a wonderful thing. The excellent and affordable Artist 22HD could be just what you need.

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Interview with Medical Animator, Joel Dubin

Interview with Medical Animator, Joel Dubin

Joel Dubin, Creative Director at MadMicrobe Studios, creates stunning medical animation. In this interview, he shares his passion for his work, and his use of tools such as Cinema 4D and After Effects.

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NaNoWriMo is Coming!

NaNoWriMo is Coming!

NaNoWriMo is coming up fast. The time is now to prepare to write 50,000 words of fiction in the month of November!

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How Cinema 4D Became a Primary Tool of Medical Illustrators

How Cinema 4D Became a Primary Tool of Medical Illustrators

It is the medical illustrator and animator that has the formidable task of clarifying the unseen world within us and, when detail in this work is of the utmost importance, Cinema 4D has shown to be very capable.

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Book Review: Design for Motion

Book Review: Design for Motion

Design for Motion is an excellent text on motion design, filled with design concepts, industry perspectives, and hands on exercises.

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Is the Software Subscription Model Right for You?

Is the Software Subscription Model Right for You?

It's been quite some time since we've seen some software move over from perpetual license to a subscription model. While I'm still not completely sold on it, I have been wondering if other opinions have changed.

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Book Review: Beginner's Guide to Sculpting Characters in Clay

Book Review: Beginner's Guide to Sculpting Characters in Clay

A look at an exceptional sculpting book that is not only instructional, but a keeper for ready reference.

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Review: Huion A2 Light Pad

Review: Huion A2 Light Pad

For creatives, there are so many uses for a light box: animation, comics, tattoo tracing, quilting, photography, etc. Recently, I had a chance to review an incredible light box offered by Huion.

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Interview with President of the Association of Medical Illustrators, Wendy Hiller Gee

Interview with President of the Association of Medical Illustrators, Wendy Hiller Gee

In this interview, Medical Illustrator Wendy Hiller Gee talks about her love for visual storytelling, her current role as President of the AMI, as well as the upcoming AMI conference.

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Interview with Medical Illustrator, Nobles Green II

Interview with Medical Illustrator, Nobles Green II

Noble Green II creates stunning medical animation with Nucleus Medical Media. In this interview, he shares his passion for the field of medical illustration and his love for helping others.

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Interview with Medical Illustrator, Peg Gerrity

Interview with Medical Illustrator, Peg Gerrity

Learn about the fascinating field of medical illustration as Staff Writer, Nick C Sorbin, continues his series with an interview with certified medical illustrator, Peg Gerrity.

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The Medical Illustrator

The Medical Illustrator

Staff Writer, Nick Charles, introduces a series exploring the extraordinary field of medical illustration.

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Book Review: CorelDRAW X8 - The Official Guide

Book Review: CorelDRAW X8 - The Official Guide

A thorough resource for gaining a deeper working relationship with CorelDRAW software.

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Corel's ParticleShop 1.5 Update

Corel's ParticleShop 1.5 Update

Corel's ParticleShop is a plug-in that gives you a unique, painterly advantage in Adobe's Photoshop, Lightroom, Elements, or other Corel products. Version 1.5 adds more tech with dynamic speckles, a revamped core brush set, and even more exciting brush packs.

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Review: Wacom's MobileStudio Pro

Review: Wacom's MobileStudio Pro

With a fitting name and incredible advancements, the Wacom MobileStudio Pro is a dream machine for creative professionals.

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Book Review: Big Book of Contemporary Illustration

Book Review: Big Book of Contemporary Illustration

The Big Book of Contemporary Illustration is a wonderful book that I consistently turn to for inspiration. It is bursting with illustrations from hundreds of artists, showcasing many unique styles.

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A Conversation with Ann Wilson of Heart

A Conversation with Ann Wilson of Heart

Nick Charles speaks with Ann Wilson of Heart about her work and her upcoming solo tour.

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Graphite Magazine Review

Graphite Magazine Review

Born out of a Kickstarter campaign, 3dtotal's new quarterly subscription magazine, Graphite, is an exceptional publication that, in my opinion, fills a much-needed hole in the market.

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An Interview with Krita Maintainer, Boudewijn Rempt

An Interview with Krita Maintainer, Boudewijn Rempt

I recently spoke with Boudewijn Rempt, who has been the maintainer of Krita since 2004. Here he shares with us what it took to get Krita to where it is now.

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Interview with Art Explorer, Barbara Din

Interview with Art Explorer, Barbara Din

Unafraid to push boundaries and to continuously find new ways of expression, Barbara Din has dabbled in countless mediums and has since found the love of sharing her findings on her artistic journey.

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Bill Plympton to Teach Animation Course

Bill Plympton to Teach Animation Course

Bill Plympton is considered the King of Indie Animation and is the only person ever to hand-draw a complete animated feature film. Now, for the exciting news - Bill Plympton is going to be teaching an animation course!

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Cineplex Does it Again with "A Balloon For Ben"

Cineplex Does it Again with

In a world where balloons are filled with the light of film, a father must find the time to pop one with his son before it loses its light forever.

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Lily and the Snowman from Cineplex

Lily and the Snowman from Cineplex

With the holiday season upon us, I wanted to share one of my favorite short films for this time of year.

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Lighting Up the Holiday Season

Lighting Up the Holiday Season

It's the most wonderful time of the year...

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Corel PaintShop Pro X9 in Review

Corel PaintShop Pro X9 in Review

Corel's recently released PaintShop Pro X9 sports an abundance of new and exciting features to make it easier than ever to make your photos, and designs, look their very best.

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Do You Know Krita?

Do You Know Krita?

If you don't know about Krita, you're really missing out. Krita is an exceptional, full-featured digital painting application designed for illustrators, concept artists, texture artists, and everyone in between.

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Illustrator, Joey Ellis, Teams with Director, Seth Worley, to Pitch the Leaky Timbers Show

Illustrator, Joey Ellis, Teams with Director, Seth Worley, to Pitch the Leaky Timbers Show

Director, Seth Worley, employs a number of Red Giant tools to create an excellent pitch video for Illustrator, Joey Ellis' creative vision, the Leaky Timbers Show.

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Rumors of Pineapples on Venus by philsh

Rumors of Pineapples on Venus by philsh

Our featured images section brings you the very best in digital art from Renderosity.com and from the wider digital arts communities and sites on the internet.

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3dtotal Kickstarter Campaign for Extended Anatomy Reference Collection

3dtotal Kickstarter Campaign for Extended Anatomy Reference Collection

Drawing from a photo reference can be tricky. But, having solid cast models and good reference books at your disposal can be a huge help.

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Designing for Contest at Creative Allies

Designing for Contest at Creative Allies

Entering design contests is a great way to challenge yourself and grow as an artist. But, a chance at killer prizes and cash in your pocket sure would be an added bonus, right?

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Nick's Notes: Fleetwood Mac's Alternate Tusk

Nick's Notes: Fleetwood Mac's Alternate Tusk

Hi folks. I've just had an overwhelming need to write about a recent music purchase. The band is Fleetwood Mac, and the album is the 2015 expanded version of their 1979 double LP, Tusk.

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Book Review: Fluid Frames by Corrie Francis Parks

Book Review: Fluid Frames by Corrie Francis Parks

Informative and inspirational, Fluid Frames is a wonderful and unique book covering stop motion animation techniques with the fluid materials of sand, paint, and clay

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Wacom's Cintiq 27QHD Creative Pen & Touch Display in Review

Wacom's Cintiq 27QHD Creative Pen & Touch Display in Review

Wacom's Cintiq 27QHD Pen & Touch Display is a professional creative tool that looks, and works, like a dream.

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Beginner's Guide to Sketching

Beginner's Guide to Sketching

The Beginner's Guide to Sketching is a well-rounded guide to learning the basics, on up to completing more advanced projects, with a generous dose of excellent tips from professional artists along the way.

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Red Giant's Shooter Suite 13 in Review

Red Giant's Shooter Suite 13 in Review

Red Giant's Shooter Suite 13 is a fantastic set of tools that gives filmmakers the confidence that their footage will be the best it can be from shoot to post.

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Book Review: Digital Painting Techniques Volumes 6 and 7

Book Review: Digital Painting Techniques Volumes 6 and 7

For the digital artist, here are two educational and inspirational books in a stellar series you will want gracing your bookshelf.

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Book Review: Anatomy for 3D Artists

Book Review: Anatomy for 3D Artists

I've recently been perusing a wonderful book from 3DTotal Publishing, titled Anatomy for 3D Artists. This book is a fantastic reference, specifically geared to the digital artist with very thorough coverage of creating the human form in 3D.

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An Interview with Professional Artist, Mary Poplin (Part Two)

An Interview with Professional Artist, Mary Poplin (Part Two)

Artist, illustrator, matte painter, postproduction generalist, actress, costume designer, and fervent LARPer - this is Mary Poplin.

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CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X8 in Review

CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X8 in Review

In March of this year, Corel released the CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X8, which is an outstanding toolset. The new and enhanced features this time around in its 18th version should make a lot of heads turn.

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An Interview with Professional Artist, Mary Poplin (Part One)

An Interview with Professional Artist, Mary Poplin (Part One)

Artist, illustrator, matte painter, postproduction generalist, actress, costume designer, and fervent LARPer - this is Mary Poplin.

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Motion Weekly 19

Motion Weekly 19

The Motion Weekly is a showcase of awe-inspiring short films, animation and motion graphic works from around the web. Some pieces featured have been created by professional studios, while others may be personal works. May this weekly segment serve to inspire you.

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Motion Weekly 18

Motion Weekly 18

The Motion Weekly is a showcase of awe-inspiring short films, animation and motion graphic works from around the web. Some pieces featured have been created by professional studios, while others may be personal works. May this weekly segment serve to inspire you.

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Interview with Freelance Illustrator/Designer Sean Dockery

Interview with Freelance Illustrator/Designer Sean Dockery

If you have a passion and put in the work, the possibilities unfold. Meet Sean Dockery, a Pittsburgh-based, freelance designer and illustrator, as he talks to us about how he got into this line of work, his creative process, and how best to succeed.

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Motion Weekly 17

Motion Weekly 17

The Motion Weekly is a showcase of awe-inspiring short films, animation and motion graphic works from around the web. Some pieces featured have been created by professional studios, while others may be personal works. May this weekly segment serve to inspire you.

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Motion Weekly 16

Motion Weekly 16

The Motion Weekly is a showcase of awe-inspiring short films, animation and motion graphic works from around the web. Some pieces featured have been created by professional studios, while others may be personal works. May this weekly segment serve to inspire you.

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Escape Motions' Amberlight 2 in Review

Escape Motions' Amberlight 2 in Review

Escape Motions' Amberlight 2 is an outstanding tool for creating visually stunning imagery, and this new version adds the ability to create equally stunning animation.

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Motion Weekly 15

Motion Weekly 15

The Motion Weekly is a showcase of awe-inspiring short films, animation and motion graphic works from around the web. Some pieces featured have been created by professional studios, while others may be personal works. May this weekly segment serve to inspire you.

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Motion Weekly 14

Motion Weekly 14

The inimitable Nick Charles scours the net looking for the most interesting short films to share with Renderosity Magazine readers. This week, in Motion Weekly 14, he's got four gems for us.

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Motion Weekly 13

Motion Weekly 13

The Motion Weekly is a showcase of awe-inspiring short films, animation and motion graphic works from around the web. Some pieces featured have been created by professional studios, while others may be personal works. May this weekly segment serve to inspire you.

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An Evolving Artist - Singer Becomes Filmmaker Interview with Peaches Chrenko

An Evolving Artist - Singer Becomes Filmmaker Interview with Peaches Chrenko

I love seeing creative people continuing to find new ways to express themselves. Singer, songwriter, musician, composer, vocal coach, and now, filmmaker - this is Peaches.

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Motion Weekly 12

Motion Weekly 12

The Motion Weekly is a showcase of awe-inspiring short films, animation and motion graphic works from around the web. Some pieces featured have been created by professional studios, while others may be personal works. May this weekly segment serve to inspire you.

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Motion Weekly 11

Motion Weekly 11

Documentary storytelling, shadow play inspiration, stop motion drama, and penny arcade magic...What?! Check out the latest Motion Weekly to find out!

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Onward, Knights of Newgate
Interview with Director, W J Carter

Onward, <i>Knights of Newgate</i><br>Interview with Director, W J Carter

There is a spectacular Indie Feature Film in the works that you must know about. This film, Knights of Newgate, is a hugely ambitious project. Nine years in the making, it's been a labor of love, and soul, for the father and son team seeing to its finalization. I had a chance to talk with film director, W J Carter, about Knights of Newgate, how the project started, and what they need to finish it and bring it to the big screen.

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Motion Weekly for April 9, 2016

Motion Weekly for April 9, 2016

Nick Charles curates Motion Weekly where he picks the most interesting animated films, VFX reels, commercials and moving digital art and puts it all together for your amusement and delectation.

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Motion Weekly for April 4, 2016

Motion Weekly for April 4, 2016

The Motion Weekly is a showcase of awe-inspiring short films, animation and motion graphic works from around the web. Some pieces featured have been created by professional studios, while others may be personal works. May this weekly segment serve to inspire

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Inside the Adobe Education Exchange

Inside the Adobe Education Exchange

The courses and workshops offered through the Adobe Education Exchange are freely available for everyone to participate in.

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Motion Weekly for March 26, 2016

Motion Weekly for March 26, 2016

Our weekly video compilation for March 26, 2016, is now live. Curated by irrepressible Nick Charles, Motion Weekly brings you interesting animated films, VFX reels, promos and motion graphics from all over the web.

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Motion Weekly for March 19, 2016

Motion Weekly for March 19, 2016

Nick Charles weekly column, Motion Weekly, is a collection of videos, animations, vfx reels and motion graphics all hand-picked. Click the links to see the artists page that you find interesting.

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Motion Weekly for March 14, 2015

Motion Weekly for March 14, 2015

Our weekly video compilation curated by Nick Charles is now live. Motion Weekly brings you interesting animated films, VFX reels, promos and motion graphics from all over the web.

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Renderosity Introduces The Filter Forge Forum

Renderosity Introduces The Filter Forge Forum

Filter Forge is a very unique software, used by a wide range of artists, including photographers, 2D artists, 3D artists, content developers, and even game designers. With a user base that is steadily growing, it's only fitting that Renderosity add the Filter Forge Forum to its long list of active forums, to accommodate the creatively diverse Filter Forge community. Come and visit this new forum today!

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Navigating The Novel : Interview With Author, Michael Haase

Navigating The Novel : Interview With Author, Michael Haase

Writing a novel is pretty daunting, but talking with new novelist, Michael Haase, about his work and progress on his current novel has been both exciting and inspirational, and I thought his story might help anyone looking to write a novel. So, I interviewed Mike to share how he does what he does best. If you have ever had the fleeting thought of writing a novel, I hope this interview helps to serve as inspiration.

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Motion Weekly - March 6, 2016

By John Vermette (www.johnsastrophotos.com) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
By John Vermette (www.johnsastrophotos.com) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

The Motion Weekly is a showcase of awe-inspiring short films, animation and motion graphic works from around the web. Some pieces featured have been created by professional studios, while others may be personal works. May this weekly segment serve to inspire you

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Motion Weekly - Feb 27, 2016

Motion Weekly - Feb 27, 2016

The Motion Weekly is a showcase of awe-inspiring short films, animation and motion graphic works from around the web. Some pieces featured have been created by professional studios, while others may be personal works. May this weekly segment serve to inspire you.

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Motion Weekly for Feb 19, 2016

Motion Weekly for Feb 19, 2016

Nick Charles weekly collected of interesting, original and striking animation from the world wide web! Be sure to visit the filmmakers website for more info.

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Motion Weekly - February 12, 2016

Motion Weekly - February 12, 2016

The Motion Weekly is a showcase of awe-inspiring short films, animation and motion graphic works from around the web. Some pieces featured have been created by professional studios, while others may be personal works. May this weekly segment serve to inspire you.

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Motion Weekly -February 5, 2016

Motion Weekly -February 5, 2016

The Motion Weekly is a showcase of awe-inspiring short films, animation and motion graphic works from around the web. Some pieces featured have been created by professional studios, while others may be personal works. May this weekly segment serve to inspire you.

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Wacom Cintiq Companion 2 review

Wacom Cintiq Companion 2 review

Imagine having the ability to take your digital art canvas and creative apps with you wherever you need to go - whether you are finishing a project while traveling, or need to present your creative vision to others. The new Cintiq Companion 2 is, quite simply, an artist's dream machine.

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Review: Corel Painter 2016

Review: Corel Painter 2016

Our staff writer Nick Sorbin reviews the new Corel Painter 2016 with glee.

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Corel ParticleShop Review

Corel ParticleShop Review

It was over a year ago that Corel first introduced their revolutionary, physics-inspired, particle brushes in Corel Painter 2015. And, somewhere along the way, the folks at Corel came up with an ingenious idea to introduce the power and creative look of Painter's particle brushes to users of other image editing applications. This idea became the recently released ParticleShop, a plugin for Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom, and Corel's own PaintShop Pro and PHOTO-PAINT. For this review, I am using ParticleShop via Photoshop CS6.

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Countdown To National Novel Writing Month

Countdown To National Novel Writing Month

National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, is coming up fast. What is NaNoWriMo? Glad you asked! NaNoWriMo is basically a personal goal of writing 50,000 words of fiction in the month of November. That's 30 days. That's 50,000 words in 30 days. Fifty-thousand.

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Review: Wacom Intuos Art Tablet

Review: Wacom Intuos Art Tablet

Nick Charles reviews the newest tablet from Wacom: theIntuos Art - for users with more advanced painting and artistic skills.

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Meet Renderosity Artist Callanhead

Meet Renderosity Artist Callanhead

Callan, or as he is known on Renderosity, Callanhead, is an Australian artist currently studying digital media. It was a while ago that I first took notice of his work posted on Renderosity. Taken by his unique style, I wanted to learn more about him, his art, and his creative process.

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Free Open Source Software You Should Know

Free Open Source Software You Should Know

Recognize these logos? These logos are, in part, indicators that the open source software movement is still alive and well. For artists everywhere, this is great news as there are a number of free, open source programs to fit every need...and they have been doing this very well, too.

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Meet Corel Painter Master Aaron Rutten

Meet Corel Painter Master Aaron Rutten

Aaron Rutten is an artist and educator from Seattle, Washington, USA. With a highly successful YouTube channel, he shares his artistic knowledge and delves deep into his process of painting such things as landscapes, as well as specific objects in a "Draw This" series.

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