The last time I posted, I was still excited about playing Mass Effect: Andromeda when it was due to arrive. It’s been a few months since then, so I thought I’d better at least say something about the game!
Andromeda is a great game, but the problem I had was that when I reached the end of the game, I didn’t have that excited or satisfied feeling I normally do when completing the entire game, nor did I want to dive headfirst back into the game to play it again. I did start playing the game on a second run through, but then kept changing the look of Ryder and would restart the game over again. I’d then get a bit bored with the game and it got pushed aside.
It’s March already! Man where did the time go? So I’ve been meaning to do this for a little while, namely as soon as I delved into the world of screenshot-taking on the PS4 which wasn’t really all that long ago at all, but finally it’s up. I put up a gallery for some of the Final Fantasy XV screenshots I’ve taken on the PS4. That little tool is quite handy, it’s just a shame it took me so long to use it! You’ll notice that the pictures start from when the gang are heading off to Altissia to face off Leviathan, so pretty much half the game has been completed already by this point, though I do take the opportunity to call upon Umbra to return so I can continue some other adventures as well (and more screenshots). Hope it works okay as this is a new gallery plugin I’m using and it took me pretty much all day to get it working the way I wanted it to.
So technically it’s not really a colouring craze, it’s just that more people are getting into it again and it’s being promoted a lot more than in the past. The ‘craze’ part has kind of died down since it started a couple of years ago. I have been colouring for a while though only bits and pieces. I have amassed a large collection of books but with only a few finished pieces. I’ve also been following a number of colourists online through instagram and You Tube who inspire and provide some good advice.
One of the first questions I asked early on was “What coloured pencils do I use?”. There are so many different brands and types out there that it can be a bit daunting to choose. The top two brand named pencils I am aware of are Prismacolor and Faber Castell Polychromos. These are not your standard colouring pencils, they’re designed for artists. Johanna Basford, who inspired everyone to take up their pencils again with her numerous colouring books, tends to lean towards Staedtler (who now are working with her and her books). For Staedtler you have the Noris Club pencils which are pretty much your student, cheap pencils. They are okay but not really a good choice for these types of books. The Ergo Soft group of pencils by Staedtler are a much better choice and are Johanna’s choice of colouring pencils. They have a great pigment, bright colours and really good for any of her or other colouring books. I have a set and really do like using them, however they are limited in colours (24), and you can sort of blend them together and it works okay but not as well as the higher priced pencils.