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Watercolor Wednesday

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A very simple little watercolor with a small Photoshop tweak, (the angle of the hair drips;)

 

Feeling Blueish

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*This post was written long before the events in Boston however, “feeling blueish”  is an apt title for today.

Photoshop has a very cool feature found under Image>Adjustments>Variations.  I’ve clearly been experimenting with Variations.

Since color can dramatically change the way a piece is viewed; the way it feels, Variations helped me decide how to convert my black and white bird-children to a more eye-catching color to prepare for sale on Blue Canvas.  Since then, I’ve gone conversion wild,  playing with several new pieces.

Which one do you prefer?

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Digital Doubles

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A wild wind blew through my neighbor’s yard, causing a very long piece of packing plastic to take to the sky and dance.  Naturally, I shot many photos of the performance. Later, I pulled the images into Photoshop and positioned them one atop the other to create the image below. Then, I sampled areas of the image that I found pleasing.

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Sketch Distortions

Quick sketches with a twist of Photoshop distortion to push them just a little further.

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Emmadroid:A Partial Tutorial

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.

Dragons Lurking?

Peril for me, is the looming threat of painting architecture; my least favorite element to paint.  Photoshop to my rescue.  I’ve inserted a detail of  photo reference into my digital painting to completely avoid painting the building.  I use this trick sparingly but on rare occasions, this fix saves time, energy, and the project.

Hope the very general tutorial below inspires you to get past the dragons and to revel in the creative process.

A Little Scary

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!

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