Couture: Mariscal

DSC01887Yup.  Mariscal.  Very cozy.  But I wanted to experiment with mixing colours on the screen…

DSC01888Hm…  I dunno…  That’s not a good colour combination.  It does look a bit better in person than on the picture, though.

I saw a video of somebody using this technique, but with a thinner paint so that the border area between the colours got a natural gradient.  The paint I’m using is too thick for that though.

 

CSID: App

I made a web page for concerts in Oslo because reasons a couple years ago.  An evening this week, it occurred to me that perhaps I could make the page “responsive”; i.e., more cell phone friendly.

That was quite easy, but one thing led to another, and before I knew what was happening, there were logos and menus and oh my.DSC01883

And this evening it occurred to me that I could probably just wrap the JS/CSS/thing in a Phonegap/Cordova shim.

Five hours later, it’s now up in the Google Play store.

I have to say that the Cordova people have made a pretty good system.  It’s far from perfect, but when you’ve gotten the hang of things, whipping out an app (from a web page that’s already “app-like”) isn’t a whole lot of work.

The UX advantage of having this in an app, instead of in the browser on the phone, is pretty tangible.  For instance, if you follow links to the event web pages, and then hit the back button, you’re returned to the app immediately.  If you do the same in the browser on the phone, it’ll reload parts of the page and rerender all of it, sometimes losing the position you were at.  And it’s s-l-o-w.

Why don’t they just cache the rendered representation?  That’s what I did in the Emacs web browser.  Hitting the back button is a very, very common thing to do, and there’s no reason it shouldn’t give you instant fucking satisfaction.

As for an iPhone version… I dunno.  Google takes $25 as a one-time sign-up fee, while Apple takes $99 per year your app is listed.  That seems like a rather greedy thing to do.  Especially for free apps like CSID.

And Windows Phone?  Meh.  I’ve been involved with a Windows Phone submission thing at work, and their submission process is slow and cumbersome, as well as nit-pickey.  They didn’t like the icon I submitted the other day…  For somebody who has virtually no market presence, you’d think they would make it easy to test and submit apps, but they make it amost impossible to test .xap files without having a Windows setup.

What.  Evs.

Anyway, if you’re in Oslo, or are planning on going to Oslo, and want to keep up with what concerts are going down, and you have an Android phone, search for “CSID” in Google Play.

Couture: Caro Again

I found this scan from last year that I hadn’t used yet.  It’s by Caro, and (again) it’s from an early issue of Raw Magazine.

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Exposure

Hey! Another perfect exposure! I seem to have cracked the code, at least on smaller screens.  For larger screens, I’m still getting uneven exposures and wash-off at the edges…

DSC01880Yay.  Good print.  Now what can I do to experiment…  Hm…  Hey, I bought some fluorescent paint today:

DSC01881Eurhm.  That doesn’t really work as a single layer.  It needs to have a white layer underneath it…  Hm…  Perhaps I could try to do a registered print?  This is a pretty small image, so perhaps it’ll work…

Nope.  After applying a white layer and then curing it, the shirt shrinks like half a centimeter.  So doing registered prints has to be done before curing the first layer, perhaps?

Instead I did a very-off-register print with a second, red layer:

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(Notice how the red is off by half a cm at the left edge and a cm at the right edge.)

That’s kinda a thing.  Hm.

Anyway.

Couture: Burns Agains

I wanted to do a print that would end at the neck, so when I saw this Charles Burns image, I just went with it.

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So hair.

And it just worked.  I used a pretty soft squeegee.

DSC01865But I got a pretty heavy paint deposit around the collar:

DSC01866Looks quite punk, though, so I don’t mind.  But I wonder what I’d have to do to not get the paint bunching up there…  Hm…  Lighter squeegee action?

DSC01873Even worse, I over-cured the paint (with my hot air gun).  Ruined the neck.  Gahh!

DSC01868Ok, try again…

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Hey, nice.  That’s dark blue, white, gold and red paints.

DSC01869I thought the likelihood of me totally ruining this shirt was pretty good, so I printed two copies.  The second one in silver, white, yellow and blue.  But both turned out pretty swell.  Whodathunk.  I must finally be getting some kind of control over my squeegee technique…