Affinity Designer Experimentation Continues...


Digital Republic - F*ck It! - clean version. Created using Affinity Designer on a SurfaceBook 2.

This project was interesting to work on. It started as a really loose sketch created using the Pixel Persona in Affinity Designer. The sketch was then refined using vectors in Affinity Designer proper. The brush types are of high quality and the application was able to keep up with my sketch lines without struggling. which is always good. Sketching in Affinity Designer is almost as good as sketching in Rebelle, ArtRage, Sketchbook Pro and Clip Studio. The only negative that I've had is that Affinity Designer (and Affinity Photo for that matter) still doesn't support touch based canvas navigation to zoom, pan and rotate the canvas. This is a bummer as every other application previously mentioned supports this. But to be fair it's something that's minor in the greater scheme of things of what Affinity Designer is built for, which is vector art creation and graphic design. Traditional art functions are a bonus.



Digital Republic - F*ck It! rough sketch, created using Affinity Designer on a SurfaceBook 2.

I'm having a lot of fun working with Affinity Designer and Affinity Publisher now that it's out of beta. For my personal use, Affinity applications really are excellent replacements for Photoshop, indesign and Illustrator for my needs. These types of Affinity Designer experiments are used to see if the application can handle traditional drawing functions in the Pixel Persona for use as a basis for more unique vector art. Generally speaking, vector art creation usually consists of simplistic designs or icons or traced photographs. After a time, these can all start to look similar because the artist's unique vision doesn't always come through the final project working in this way making large collections look homogeneous. But there are those artists that create original works that truly capture their own personal style and uniqueness. This is what I prefer to focus at the moment. Creating original works, more organic works can be a real challenge that can teach a lot but produce some really interesting results.


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