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  • polymetrica 3:54 pm on December 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    【Website】formspring.me 

    Sorry for this illustrator-unrelated, and therefore disappointing, post.

    formspring.me is a personal question box service created by FormSpring, a company that specializes in helping professional organizations collect and manage data. This is FormSpring’s attempt to link information organization with social networking. It is relatively similar to Twitter and Tumblr in that it utilizes a clean and straightforward interface.

    formspring.me’s premise is very simple: Create an account, link your friends to it, and let your friends ask you whatever questions they like. You can ask questions both anonymously or with your user details showing, so it’s also a very useful tool for using as a question box for anywhere, since questioners aren’t required to sign up.

    The dashboard of formspring.me is very similar to Twitter’s, where you can follow your friends and see what new questions they’ve answered on your homepage’s timeline, and you can also search for other users. You also have an inbox where you recieve and respond to questions. When answering questions, you have the option to block, delete, or respond, so there’s little pressure on answering questions you don’t want to. Your answers are shown on your profile. You can customize your profile with a custom background or background colour, and you can also link your account with Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, and Blogger to share your responses instantly elsewhere. There’s also a form that you can embed on your blog or website to prompt questions from your visitors.

    All in all, formspring is a pretty fun website to waste time on, and it’s very fun to see what questions you get from all your friends. Though personally, I think the best part is formulating answers to the questions. Please try it out, and ask me a question if you have time as well! I also put a link to it on the sidebar if you ever feel bored eno-

    Website: http://www.formspring.me
    polymetrica at formspring.me: http://www.formspring.me/polymetrica

     
    • mefloraine 4:58 pm on December 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      This website is cool, though it does seem to require sharing the link with people yourself. I prefer people randomly finding me! I don’t like going out on my own.
      I asked you a stupid one. ;D

      • Anni 6:25 pm on December 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Hi! This doesn’t have anything to do with the post, but since I don’t have twitter I thought I’d tell you how much I needed this site! I have always admired several artists in the illustration tag and I’m happy to find their websites and see more of their art. Anyway, I’m really happy with this site and your efforts. Never stop.

        • polymetrica 9:00 pm on December 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          WOW, thank you very much!! I really appreciate your readership and comment. It really boosts my ego, or something. I’ll try my best to keep the illustrator thing up, but pardon me if I ever diverge from it for a while. Thanks again!

      • polymetrica 8:58 pm on December 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Yeah, the manual link sharing is one of the drawbacks, but that aspect /kind of/ similar to Twitter as well.
        Thanks! I like all questions…

  • polymetrica 12:59 pm on September 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    【Website】 ARANCIA PROJECT 

    Arancia! (Illust: miz@Pixiv)

    ARANCIA PROJECT is managed by a Portuguese art student named Francisco Valle (aka VL) with the goal of showcasing different illustration styles through drawing one consistent subject: Arancia. Arancia is an original character created by VL, her name and theme is based on oranges (because VL likes oranges), and was created to be a character that everyone would like and recognize.

    VL started this project to prove in a lecture for school that Japanese illustrations, especially anime-style ones, can also be a worthy art form. After the lecture, which went very well, he decided to set up a website and continue showcasing artists’ works, and also wants to bridge the gap between professional and amateurs, and western and eastern artists, so he accepts renditions of Arancia from all artists. The project is not for profit, and was created solely to gather as many artwork of Arancia as possible.

    The best thing about this website is that all the arists are properly credited and have links to their websites, making it a great place to recognize, discover, and bring to light illustrators we may not have encountered before. There are also quite a few well-known professionals (Kozaki Yusuke (!!), Uki Atsuya, and Kishida Mel) who have drawn for the project, and it’s pretty awesome to see Arancia depicted in their style.

    Website: http://arancia.webs.com/

     
    • blur 2:33 am on September 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Reading this and going through arancia illustrations makes me want to attempt vector drawing again.
      Do you know of any good sites I can go through which teach the basics of vector drawing?

      Thanks. :)

      • polymetrica 11:39 am on September 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        No, I have never tried out vector drawing before so I don’t know, and I was never familiar with the term in the first place. You can probably google “vector drawing tutorials” and get some good results that way.

        • blur 1:43 am on September 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          I did… :p But everything which turned up was something I’ve came across before. So was hoping you’d have nice links. I guess seeing you always posting about iilustrators and their works made me assumed that you tried it. My bad… -.-”

          Goh meh Goh Meh…

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