Category Archives: Tech, Research, and Other

YouTube Channel for Amdall Gallery

As of today, Amdall Gallery’s new YouTube channel is live! Its main purpose is to share some progression videos; if you’re familiar with my typical posts, I often include still frame .gif images to provide a small window into how my portraits come together. Some people find these .gifs useful, but they usually aren’t more than seven or eight images

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Hardcover Book Giveaway and EBook Discount

It’s been almost five months since my book Pencils and Process came out. I’m proud to say that the book has slightly more than broken even, after accounting for costs like the ISBNs, ads, author copies, proofs, etc. (let’s just ignore that factoring in time/labor certainly puts me into the negative). I had just assumed the book would lose money,

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Publishing on Amazon’s KDP and IngramSpark

As you may have seen on the front page or my ongoing forum thread, I published a book recently! It’s something that I’ve vaguely wanted to do for a while, but never actually attempted until this year. Although I’ve written about the book’s content, I have not really discussed much of the actual publishing experience. While I was working on

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Starting 2019 with a Portrait Giveaway

What better way to start 2019 than with another portrait giveaway? Well, actually there are better ways…winning the lotto comes to mind. But, it would be fun to do another one of these custom drawing giveaways. This will be the fourth giveaway on this site, and the third that is exclusively for artwork. We’ve seen pretty solid engagement previously, and

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New Phone Quest Revisited – Pixel 3 vs Pixel 2

About a year ago, I wrote about my quest for a new smartphone. The general scope of this quest was to satisfy a few parameters; stock/mostly unbloated Android, pocket sized (not a “phablet”), and a good low light camera were the most important considerations. I’ve also always wanted a battery that actually lasts more than a day, but the realist

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Advertisements on Amdall Gallery

I’ve been thinking about the advertisements on this site quite a bit lately. The purpose of Amdall Gallery has morphed slightly over time, but it’s mostly been about sharing my love of data analysis and my (I hope) improvement over time as an amateur artist. I introduced ads partially because I enjoy experimenting with the website, but also to see

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One Year Site Anniversary

It’s a little hard to believe, but it’s been a year now since I rebooted Amdall Gallery and really got rolling on this artwork and analysis blog. Actually, it has been 13 months…I’m a little late in writing this post, as the one year mark would have been August 6th. Interestingly enough, my initial brief run with the site in

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Access and VBA Cheat Sheet

As I’ve mentioned many times on this site, I am a huge fan of Microsoft’s data-crunching solutions. I’ve gained a reputation for it too; when I am about to offer a solution to something at work, co-workers usually say something like, “let me guess, it’s a pivot table.” Actually, usually it does involve pivot tables…but when I’m not preaching about

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Subscriber Appreciation Giveaway

Welcome to the last portion of a series of posts thanking subscribers, showing my appreciation for folks out there who’ve viewed the site, shared advice, and provided encouragement. In part one, I discussed some favorite art sites and asked readers about the types of giveaways they might be interested in. In part two, I shared some interesting statistics (to me,

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