Ep 110 Art Reference Finding it and Creating your Own

In today’s podcast episode we’re going to talk about finding art reference and creating your own.

Ep 110 Art Reference Finding it and Creating your Own


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I prefer working from my own reference photos

For me, I much prefer creating my own reference to work from, whether that’s from my imagination, from sketches I’ve done, from a still life life set up I’ve made, or from a photo I’ve taken of my own personal things. I also prefer the subject to be something that relates directly to me.

It would be much easier for me to find high quality reference photos on copyright free sites, such as unsplash, or Pixabay and they would be far better images than any photo I could take… I mean I’m no photographer! But I just prefer the feeling that the whole process has been my own creation, from start to finish.

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Running a small business from two countries seems complicated, but this creative duo has it all figured out. Nicebleed is an alias for two brothers whose fascination in space resulted in creating one of the most-wanted posters on Displate. They combined hard work with a great love to what they do, and gave us numerous designs that all tell a different story. Francis and Lawrence are on their way to success, so make sure to jump in and enjoy the ride. 

We have recently caught up with them, so continue reading and discover the artist(s) behind their work. 

Where did the “Nicebleed” name come from?

Nicebleed is the name I (Francis) used back in the day when we played Counterstrike go. The original name was Nosebleed, and then eventually became nicer. 🙂

Who stands behind “Nicebleed”? 

It is a collaboration between Francis Minoza and Laurence Minoza, based initially in Cebu,

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They’ve created some of the world’s most iconic images, but they’ve gone largely unknown. Until now. Welcome to the world of the fine art illustrator. Daniel Rolnik reports. Plus a top ten of who’s hot right now.


Commercial artists once hid their identity from the fine art world. Hard to believe eh? Hard to believe too that they were mocked, even, dare I say bullied, for creating imagery meant for public consumption rather than private rapture. But as we progress as a society, we see there’s really no difference. We share everything.


Or at least the smart people do.


With privacy a thing of the past, so perhaps is the need to separate a commercial creative practice from that of a self-induced state of creation. Our bosses are on Facebook, and so too are our friends, enemies, and our lovers past and present. Now there’s no hiding anymore, the people

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The ASUS Vivobook 13 Slate OLED is a 13.3-inch Windows tablet with an OLED display. The main selling point is the USD 599 price point. The compromise is you have to make do with less than ideal specifications. This tablet uses the Intel Pentium Silver N6000 which is a quad core 1.1Ghz processor, so it’s going to struggle with certain tasks which I’ll mention further below.

Just to give you the bottom line up front, it’s a tablet that provides good value for money if you’re using the tablet mainly for watching videos and light computing tasks.

Here are the keys specifications:

  • Intel Pentium Silver N6000 Processor 1.1 GHz (4M Cache, up to 3.3 GHz, 4 cores)
  • 13.3-inch 1080P OLED display with up to 550 nits brightness
  • 100% DCI P3 colour support
  • 4-8 GB RAM
  • 128GB eMMC/M.2 NVMe, or 256GB M.2 NVMe SSD
  • Intel® UHD Graphics
  • 2x USB 3.2 Gen
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