October Birthday Doodles!

I like practicing quick face doodles, and I thought recently that it made sense to put those quickies to use and brighten up some people’s days! Here are the sketches I did during October, I just started the list but you can join it here!

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Sushi Tomodachi

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Link will go live Sept 1st at 1pm PST, but feel free to bookmark it!

What does Sushi Tomodachi mean?

Sushi is a Japanese dish of prepared vinegared rice (鮨飯, sushi-meshi), usually with some sugar and salt, accompanying a variety of ingredients.

Tomodachi (友達; ともだち; or トモダチ) is a Japanese word meaning “friend(s)”.

So what is Sushi Tomodachi then?

Sushi Tomodachi is an art collection I have been dreaming to expand upon for a few years now, and the fact that you’re here reading this campaign means I am so close to realizing this dream. 

Sushi Tomodachi is a project I’ve been working on to celebrate friendship. I’m taking bonding over a meal to a whole new level. Each Sushi Tomodachi is an individual character with it’s own recipe and unique flavors.

A well curated collection of flavors can provide us the most delicious and filling meals for our bellies, which helps us to grow and be nourished. Sushi Tomodachi do not fill your stomach, but your soul. The individual ingredients that make our friends and those around us are important to create the experience that is our lives, and each element plays a different part in helping us to grow, or for us to curate our own flavor of life.

Deeper meaning? These are food animals…

My aim with these characters is to celebrate the crossroad of two important nutrients necessary for a good life – friends and food. Each Tomodachi has their own, unique ingredients that make them. I believe food is a great analogy to represent how people are like that as well. The collection of ingredients in each Tomodachi are meant to symbolize a recognition that various thoughts, ideas, experiences and other ingredients that make humans the individuals that they are, and the ‘flavors’ they add to our lives.

Take, for example, the Dragon Roll.

Sure, he’s cute and crunchy.

He is also curious. He is also ready for any adventure. He is there to help you embrace new things.

These are the ingredients that make him.

To give a Dragon Roll to a friend would be a symbol to you and your friend: The Dragon Roll will tell your friend your encouragements from anywhere, whenever they need them. A helper to assist them to learn the things they need to learn or have the courage to try their next adventure.

To have your own Dragon Roll should be a reminder to yourself: He is encouraging you, reminding you that there could be good things on the other side if you have the courage to go outside your comfort zone.

Anywhere the Dragon Roll is, he is speaking to you. Encouraging you whenever you need that extra bit of help.

That is how a Dragon Roll tastes.

Each Sushi Tomodachi is a character who is meant to encourage, in the various different ways that people need to be.

The Tiger Roll may seem grumpy or strict, but he really just wants to remind you that he cares, so please be careful in what you do.

The Rainbow Roll is positive, and stubbornly so, which makes them the perfect ally to help you push through any hard time. They like to point out the silver lining, and help find solutions to problems.

Wasabi and Gari seem like polar opposites, but they both are good friends. They have a strong focus on accepting each other and recognizing that though they are different, they can both appreciate that the other has strengths that are helpful.

Kitsune Roll loves to play and pretend, and is here to remind you to take time to play. They wear that Kabuki mask for a reason – They love to act out plays to entertain you!

The Monster Roll seems scary, but he is there to remind you that someone is looking out for you, and will protect you.

These are the meanings behind each roll.

They’re also just fun to draw and really cute, and I hope you think so too!

The future is coming and I’d like these guys to make a positive impact on the world. My long term plan is to create a variety of items, which will each act as the reminders to people when they need them.

I’m planning to the collection with Enamel Pins, Pinback Buttons and Stickers! I’m going to start small, but stretch goals will unlock more items so stay tuned to find out more about those!

I’ll be launching the Sushi Tomodachi Kickstarter September 1st so sign up for updates and notification for when it goes live!

I am continually posting updates of new artwork for this project on Instagram and Twitter, with special VIP updates on Patreon!

Easy Watermarks Photoshop Action

I’ve seen a few artists online recently expressing frustration in their work being shared without credit. I, too, used to HATE this. I, too, felt that I was gypped whenever something of mine went viral under someone else’s username.

Over time, I’ve learned that it’s just not preventable. Many people aren’t sharing things with the intention to steal the limelight, many of them just really like what’s been created and are eager to share it with their friends! And the ones that ARE trying to steal? Easily foiled with a good watermark.

Most online sharing isn’t coming from a place of malice, and most online sharing isn’t the type to put in the effort to remove your watermark, so a little extra time and effort can give you the maximum level of credit across all types of shares, and protect you pretty effectively against the shady ones.

The easiest solution, hands down, is to ensure that ALL images you post online include a legible watermark, and are posted in a low resolution.

However, watermarking takes time and energy that is difficult to justify when you’re excited to post your latest work. We’d all much rather get it over with and get started on the next piece. TIME’SA WASTIN’.

Hi, I’m Zhivago, and I’m efficiently lazy. I’m going to share my one-click Photoshop action with you. It take a little bit of time to set up, but I LOVE THIS THING. It’s a habit to click it once I’m done with every piece, and it has saved me SO MUCH TIME.

DOWNLOAD THE ACTIONS

This action is for use with final images. If you want an action for watermarking WIP images, check out my Automatic WIP maker action, which creates sequential, numbered WIPS!

WHAT IT DOES

This photoshop action saves four image files to the same location of the original artwork file.

  • Two unmarked versions, in Full Working Size and Websize
  • Two watermarked images, in Full Working Size and Websize

I’ve used 72 dpi, 1200px for ‘WebSize’ but you can edit this to your own needs.

FILES INCLUDED

This action set includes:

Four Actions:

  • One for dark, wide image
  • One for light, wide images
  • One for dark, tall images
  • One for light, tall images

Scripts: Automatically names your files!

Watermarks: The images & text you’ll be placing over your work.

INSTALLATION AND SETUP

You will need to:

  • Install the Actions
  • Link the Actions to the included files
  • Update the included watermark as desired

Phase One: LOAD THE ACTIONS

  • Put the folder in a safe, permanent location.
  • Open Photoshop
  • Open the Actions Panel, open the hamburger menu within it and click ‘Load Actions’.
  • Navigate to your folder and select the actions to load them.

Phase Two: LINK THE ACTIONS

The steps needed to link all the actions are very similar and once you do the first one, I think you’ll know what to do. I’ve included instructions for all four actions below.

SAVE WIDE // Full & Web Sizes, Marked & Unmarked (Dark Image)

  • Click the arrow to the left of first action to view all the action steps.
  • Go to Step 2, marked ‘Scripts’. Double click this. When prompted, navigate to the ‘scripts’ folder and load “SaveJpg_FullFinal.JSX”
  • Go to Step 4, marked ‘Scripts’. Double click this. When prompted, navigate to the ‘scripts’ folder and load “SaveJpg_WebFinal.JSX”
  • Go to Step 7, marked ‘Place’. Double click. When prompted, navigate to the ‘watermarks’ folder. For a ‘Dark Image’ Action, load ‘Basic_White_Watermark.psd’
  • Go to Step 15, marked ‘Scripts’. Double click this. When prompted, navigate to the ‘scripts’ folder and load “SaveJpg_FullSharable.JSX”
  • Go to Step 17, marked ‘Scripts’. Double click this. When prompted, navigate to the ‘scripts’ folder and load “SaveJpg_WebSharable.JSX”

SAVE WIDE // Full & Web Sizes, Marked & Unmarked (Light Image)

  • Click the arrow to the left of first action to view all the action steps.
  • Go to Step 2, marked ‘Scripts’. Double click this. When prompted, navigate to the ‘scripts’ folder and load “SaveJpg_FullFinal.JSX”
  • Go to Step 4, marked ‘Scripts’. Double click this. When prompted, navigate to the ‘scripts’ folder and load “SaveJpg_WebFinal.JSX”
  • Go to Step 7, marked ‘Place’. Double click. When prompted, navigate to the ‘watermarks’ folder. For a ‘Light Image’ Action, load ‘Basic_Dark_Watermark.psd’
  • Go to Step 14, marked ‘Scripts’. Double click this. When prompted, navigate to the ‘scripts’ folder and load “SaveJpg_FullSharable.JSX”
  • Go to Step 16, marked ‘Scripts’. Double click this. When prompted, navigate to the ‘scripts’ folder and load “SaveJpg_WebSharable.JSX”

SAVE TALL // Full & Web Sizes, Marked & Unmarked (Dark Image)

  • Click the arrow to the left of first action to view all the action steps.
  • Go to Step 2, marked ‘Scripts’. Double click this. When prompted, navigate to the ‘scripts’ folder and load “SaveJpg_FullFinal.JSX”
  • Go to Step 4, marked ‘Scripts’. Double click this. When prompted, navigate to the ‘scripts’ folder and load “SaveJpg_WebFinal.JSX”
  • Go to Step 7, marked ‘Place’. Double click. When prompted, navigate to the ‘watermarks’ folder. For a ‘Dark Image’ Action, load ‘Basic_White_Watermark.psd’
  • Go to Step 15, marked ‘Scripts’. Double click this. When prompted, navigate to the ‘scripts’ folder and load “SaveJpg_FullSharable.JSX”
  • Go to Step 17, marked ‘Scripts’. Double click this. When prompted, navigate to the ‘scripts’ folder and load “SaveJpg_WebSharable.JSX”

SAVE TALL // Full & Web Sizes, Marked & Unmarked (Light Image)

  • Click the arrow to the left of first action to view all the action steps.
  • Go to Step 2, marked ‘Scripts’. Double click this. When prompted, navigate to the ‘scripts’ folder and load “SaveJpg_FullFinal.JSX”
  • Go to Step 4, marked ‘Scripts’. Double click this. When prompted, navigate to the ‘scripts’ folder and load “SaveJpg_WebFinal.JSX”
  • Go to Step 7, marked ‘Place’. Double click. When prompted, navigate to the ‘watermarks’ folder. For a ‘Light Image’ Action, load ‘Basic_Dark_Watermark.psd’
  • Go to Step 14, marked ‘Scripts’. Double click this. When prompted, navigate to the ‘scripts’ folder and load “SaveJpg_FullSharable.JSX”
  • Go to Step 16, marked ‘Scripts’. Double click this. When prompted, navigate to the ‘scripts’ folder and load “SaveJpg_WebSharable.JSX”

Once all the actions have been linked, they should function properly, and all you will need to do is update your watermark.

Phase Three: Update the Watermarks

Pretty self explanatory!

  • Navigate to the watermarks folder. Open “Basic_White_Watermark.psd”
  • Modify your watermark as you see fit.
  • Save

Dark Watermark:

  • After updating “Basic_White_Watermark.psd”, select all layers.
  • Place all the layers into a folder. Add Blending Options: ‘Color Overlay’ to the folder.
  • Choose a dark color.
  • Save as “Basic_Dark_Watermark.psd”

Watermark Design Tips!

Leave ample space around the watermark. The design I’ve included is the max width I would recommend.

Do not crop the watermark unless you want it to be VERY large on your pieces.

Make sure your design’s text is legible and readable after being set to ‘Overlay’ over complex backdrops.

Pro Tips:

I store this action’s files in my DropBox so I can use the action on multiple computers. It still needs to be set up on each device, but once it is, I just update the watermarks as needed.

  • You can edit the actions to create your own overlay/watermarking effects, adding graphics, etc. Go wild!
  • If you edit an action, you can Copy any new/updated action steps and drag them to the other actions. Remember to delete the old action step you are replacing.

Thanks for downloading the action and let me know in the comments if you have any questions! I’d love to see what kinds of beautiful watermarks you guys are adding to protect your artwork now that it’s so easy.