J. M. DeSantis

A New Toy

I originally planned to post something about my comic art process today; however, things have been running behind on Chadhiyana: In the Company of Shadows (chadhiyana.com) the past two weeks despite my best intentions, and I didn’t have complete examples to show. I’m doing my best to catch up, and hopefully that will happen relatively soon. Though speaking of art and my process, I received in the mail yesterday a new device for my computer I’ve wanted to try for some time: a colour calibrator. 

In the past, I’ve done my own calibration, and I thought I’d been doing quite a good job (based on tutorials and software walkthroughs). However, time and again, one printer after another would print my work too dark or “muddy”. I now accept that was partly due to my insistence on working in RGB (versus CMYK), but after plugging in the device yesterday, I was shocked to see the difference in what it did to not only the contrast on my monitor, but the colours as well.

The real test will be when I send something off to one of my printers (I use different printers for different products, such as Ka-Blam for my Chadhiyana comic and Overnight Prints for my cards and bookmarks–yes, that’s a new product you can get from me at conventions). If it works out, perhaps I’ll do a write up about it here in my blog. I really want to start giving helpful advice to writers and artists alike on my website.

That all said, expect there to be some changes (again) to the images in my galleries. Like as not, I’ll be taking the time, here and there (should the new device prove as useful as I suspect it’s going to), to make corrections to the work which is already displayed on my website. After all, I’d like my art be shown in the best possible way. I suppose that’s a benefit of being a writer as well–no colour corrections needed for text.

See you next week. Cheers!

J. M. DeSantis

J. M. DeSantis is a writer and artist (Write-ist). He is best known as the creator of the medieval Indian fantasy heroine, Chadhiyana. DeSantis has also authored a number of short stories and artworks, mostly in the fantasy, horror and humour genres. He is also the writer and artist for the humorous web-comic, Gentleman Cthulhu: Emeritus Moribus Monstrum (gentlemancthulhu.com) and the writer and owner of this blog.

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