As promised, a tutorial covering the basics. In evidence are the magic Photoshop conveniences of gradients, filters, and made to order brushes. I do not have time this week to cover the alchemy of making the hardware, which is simply a Photoshop enhancement via filters, that takes ordinary lines and turns them to silver and gold. Though I am obviously enamored by the wonders of Photoshop, don’t for a moment believe that I leave the traditional drawing and painting skills in my messy old studio. It’s still all about the concept, composition, drawing, and painting.
I’d like to acknowledge two digital master artists whose skills and generosity astound me. It was one year ago that I discovered them. They taught me through their tutorials, to beam my traditional skills up into the digital world. Thank you Linda Bergkvist http://www.furiae.com and Marta Dalig http://dahlig.blogspot.com Check out their amazing work and detailed tutorials. A very big heartfelt thank you to you both.
Halloween:A little scary and a little exciting.
October is Halloween’s month. Halloween makes anything seem possible if one is willing to take a risk. October’s crisp breezes taunt us with possibilities. But, as the days grow shorter, the allure of October warns that opportunities may soon be waning. All too soon, crisp will become cold and winter will shroud our adventurous impulses with a desire for warmth and security.
Before November thwarts us, release the devilish muses niggling at your artistic sensibilities, Come on, let’s travel to the space of an alternate universe before it’s too late. This is a place of endless possibilities. Take the risk. Go to your computer, find a paint application, take the mouse into your hand and draw! If you can stand it, try the color panel. Adjust your line. Warning#1: We are entering dangerous territory. You may need to purchase Adobe Photoshop, Corel Painter, or spring for an upgrade. Warning#2: Once you’ve entered this place, the purchase of a Wacom tablet may lurk in multiple dimensions of your future. The faint of heart will turn away now. But if you are fearless, we can support one another and explore the unknown together.
“Scary” digital tutorials will be offered throughout October. Send me evidence of your digital explorations and I will post them. Send me comments or questions if you dare.
Stay with me! I’m afraid of the dark!