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HexDSL - My creative workflow


My creative workflow

by HexDSL on December 2, 2019
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The terms ‘creator’ or ‘author’ even ‘artist’ are all totally bollocks. I mean it. Totally self important words that make the person who is accused of being the ‘thing’ special. It’s like bottling your own shit and then talking about the aroma.

The reality is that every human alive needs only three things to make a thing that other people may or may not like. None of them are special:

  1. Desire to make stuff.
  2. Opportunity to make stuff.
  3. Repetition of making stuff (to ‘get good.’)

There is also a 4th thing that can help in this regard and that’s:

  1. Natural Aptitude.

Number 4 is one of those things that most people don’t have, so it can be ignored. Also, if you do have a dose of number 4, you won’t know it. Unless your a self obsessed prick. So if you think you have number 4, then its more likely you don’t, but you are a self obsessed prick so you think you do.

In the following ramble its worth knowing that I (HexDSL) have had a large portion of number 1, a normal sized portion of number 2 and more of number three than most people realise (none of number 4.)

The video’s that I make and upload to YouTube or stream on Twitch are designed to entertain and occasionally inform. I am not claiming to know anything other than my own preferences and habits. These are what I share with you in this post. I am also not claiming that the stuff I make is good. It’s fun to make and fills a hole that used to be there in my mind.

Under each application suggestion I have added a link to “get it” thats nonsense obviously you should use your package manager but if you wanted to read more, then it maybe of use to have a link.

Video Capture and Editing.

For scene changes while I’m streaming I do not use one of those ‘Stream Decks’ as the are expensive. Instead I use a £7 wireless Number pad. It works great and as its wireless I can adjust it so its always at hand. OBS seems to get on fine with it but it does mean I can’t play Rogue likes with it while OBS it open. Not something most people care about I wouldn’t think.


Get Kdenlive


FYI the little mascott is called Wilber…. Apparently.

Also, Those people that are saying “its not as good as photoshop” you fuckers! Listen, unless you are using it at a high professional level theres a good chance that you dont actually need any of the shit Photoshop does. Just learn to use Gimp and get on with making shit. If you DO need Photoshop for more than meme motivated reasons. Go and use it and stop giving me a headache. Just piss off to windows or mac or something! for the rest of us, GIMP is bae! (I say ‘bae’ now apparently.)


I really do like this one. I love to draw. One day, I hope to be good.

Get Aseprite


Look, I know you expect some fancy office stuff here but the truth is, Locally I use NeoVim for all my working. That it. This blog was written in NeoVim and I don’t keep a word processor installed because NeoVim does it all. Actually when I have to use Microsoft Word or something at work I am always shocked at how shit it is. Writing in NeoVim is like having a supernatural connection to your computer. You don’t have to actually think about what you want to happen to the words, you just type the words and all the formatting and manipulation is done by your fingers while you are thinking of the next thing to type. Yeah. I am a Vim obsessed dude for sure.

You do have to learn Vim though. Learning it is the hard part. I’m not qualified to teach you either. Go to YouTube and type “vim basics” and I’m sure there will be a highly rated video that will educate you better than I could.

For any collaborative editing I need to do with a channel guest I use HackMD Its a free markdown editor that’s bloody good and you can share a document by linking the URL its GREAT for editing show notes or group lists… Shame its not as good as Vim! )

PC Setup

Okay, I’m not going point by point here because I’m not sure there is any point. Most people just want to know the graphics package that I recommend or the capture software I use. But My PC setup is well documented on my Channel.

I use a shitty I7 3770 with 16GB of RAM, an NVIDIA 970 and a shitload of storage that I don’t really need. My phone is a Pixel 3 (not that anyone should care.) I have 3 Benq Monitors that are 27 inch. They are 1080 Screens. Long term I want to switch to a laptop and a dock. Given that most games I play are little Indie titles its hard to care about that 970 I have.

OS and desktop choices

I run Arch. Because I like the AUR and the way it doesn’t have lots of pre-installed packages to remove. I use DWM as my Window Manager. All the config stuff is hosted on my Gitlab page in the form of DIFF files.

I use Zsh instead of bash because I like how it handles history and its Syntax completion is better than the alternative in my opinion.

My terminal of choice is URXVT (as client/server not single instances) and i use Ranger for file management. When I do need a GUI file manager (when edit artwork or video files its easier to have Drag and Drop) I use Thunar (Because I like it)

I use DUNST for notification and NeoMutt for Email. Oh, and Wiichat for IRC.

My web browser of choice is FireFox but I use lots of add-ons and tweaks to make it how i like it.

Thats it…. I think I Covered Everything.

Thanks for reading.

I try to proof read. I'm Dyslexic. Mistakes happen but I do my best!