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The Crimson Diamond Gazette #20

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June 2020

Hello, dear readers! Happy June! The year is half over, whew. I've been keeping busy with work and hobbies. I hope you're doing well, too!

Chapter 4 of The Crimson Diamond is now 30% complete! I've been learning how to use Aseprite for animation, I'll discuss that later in the gazette. There's been a bit of a learning curve but so far, so good!


Livestreaming has been a lot of fun! I played through the The Crimson Diamond's intro during the last art stream and added some dev commentary :).

I also worked a bit on upgrading the intro sequence's art. I'm thinking that the art streams going forward will be relaxing pixel-painting streams!

Dan Policar (the musician on TCD) is streaming a game music dev stream this week (June 16, 8pm EDT). He'll be sharing some of his older compositions, among other things! He'll be streaming on his channel, and I'll be hanging out too. Come join us!

I eventually post all the streams as videos on my Youtube channel, so if you can't make the stream, you can still watch in your own time!


Thanks to a lot of recommendations, I've finally started using Aseprite! Even though I'm just starting to learn the progam, I can already see how much better it is for animating than Photoshop CS2. There's a timeline for the animations that reminds me a lot of Flash. There's an "onion skin" setting where you can see the other frames in the animation. And there are some lovely, helpful Youtube tutorials to help me learn the ropes! I'm a fan of MortMort's Aseprite videos. There's a short animation at the bottom of the gazette that I created in Aseprite :).



I'm nearly finished this cross-stitch kit! I've really been enjoying this one. Yellow and purple is such a striking colour combination. I still haven't gotten my EGA embroidery thread colours in the mail, so I may be returning to some beaded kumihimo necklace-making! I've just found all eight bobbins and received some new seed beads with my bead order, so I'm pretty excited about using them!



DID YOU KNOW: There's always something new to learn in the world of minerals! During one of my livestreams, one of the folks in chat mentioned "pietersite", which I'd never heard of before! It's a gorgous version of brecciated (fractured) tiger's eye. I discovered many fine examples for sale on GemSelect. Which is a site I just discovered that I hope doesn't lure me into buying more lovely rocks!

My favourite online bead store is closing, so they've been having some great deals. I bought these varied sizes of AA quality labradorite beads for 50% off! This photo shows 10mm, 8mm, 6mm, and 4mm round beads. I love that fiery blue "labradorescence"!

I made this necklace with some #18 Steel coloured Superlon bead cord and sterling silver plated chain I bought at a craft store. I love making simple jewellry - It's a lot faster than cross-stitching and kumihimo!



(Jack, animated with Aseprite!)


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Thanks for reading! Have a wonderful June :).

-- JM