Monday, March 31, 2014
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Friday, March 28, 2014
Thursday, March 27, 2014
For Digitalmania Group www.flickr.com/groups/digitalmania/
The challenge this week is to create a collage using old photos and ephemera, in keeping with the original tones of sepia.
Flower and bird DeviantScrap. Vintage image, text, textures and other elements my collection.
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Created for Marcus Ranum Challenge #144
Model with thanks to Marcus Ranum
Large blue parrot - grannysatticstock.devianta
Some elements DeviantScrap
Other elements, BGs, textures and stuff - my collection. This was especially hard for me I hate green. The image for the challenge is below - I felt she looked like she should be in a jungle/tropical setting. Extracted her - found my BG and went on from there.
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Monday, March 24, 2014
Sunday, March 23, 2014
My newest digital image. I was getting bored with my work so I thought I would go back to basics for awhile. The model for this image can be found here. I am going to show the steps I took to make this final image above.
This is the actual image I started with - the original with the edges darkened - didn't have to have the edges dark but that is how I started.
I wanted something happening in the BG since I wasn't going to extract the girl and put her on some other BG. I used the above pattern and layered it side by side over the original. I completely masked out (layer mask) the girl 100% and partially masked out portions of this pattern probably 20-30% - just in places. I used a blending mode of lighten 64% opacity. Below is the result.
Next I layered this texture over the whole image masked girl where needed. I used a blending mode of Color Dodge opacity 100%. I added an adjustment layer Hue/Saturation (Saturation -58 lightness +9) I clipped it to the above two textures. The results are below.
Next I added bare tree images in the background - blending mode Multiply opacity 65% and masked out over the girl and where I didn't want tree branches. Below is the result.
Next I added some text to the bottom of the image for interest. Masked out where I didn't want it. It was a png image - soft light - opacity about 85% I didn't want it too dark but did want to see it. Result below.
I next added a few bird brushes and an edge image below blending mode screen opacity 63%.
Which leads me back to the top image my finished piece. Hope this is helpful. The next image I will probably do differently but that is how I did this one. I could have used other textures, other blending modes and the result would have been different - that is why this is so much fun - you never know what you are going to get. Is this the best way or only way of course not but it's how I did it today.
Saturday, March 22, 2014
Friday, March 21, 2014
Thursday, March 20, 2014
American SteampunkBased on Grant Wood's American GothicFor Digitalmania Groupwww.flickr.com/groups/digitalmania/This week's challenge - Select a well known old portrait painting (eg Botticelli, Leonardo, etc) or a portrait of a famous person in history and give him or her a brand new look.
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Sleeping Beauty - Sleeping girl and couple extracted separately from different photos, BG, textures, adjustments and blending modes added. Rose from DeviantScrap.
I love playing with vintage photos - I always wonder who there people were and what their lives were like. They make good subject matter for digital art images.
Monday, March 17, 2014
Model - http://
madmoisellemelistock.deviantart .com/art/ Steampunk-Lady-looking-into-the -Sky-STOCK-399323397
Other elements DeviantScrap and my collection
This image makes me smile for some reason ; )
Sunday, March 16, 2014
Created for dA Users Gallery Challenge #77 – Abandoned
Background with thanks to Ash-3xpired
Model - mjranum-stock.deviantart.com/art/Future-War-10-58358023
Robot Dog - direwrath.deviantart.com/art/Robot-Canine-Png-Stock-29255...
Some elements deviantscrap other elements and textures my collection
Challenge we were given the BG image below and needed to make something with it - my entry above Last Stand.
Model - madmoisellemelistock.deviantart.com/art/Steampunk-Aristro...
Some elements Deviantscrap some elements and textures my collection. Steampunk girl and other elements extracted and reconfigured with textures and blending modes to make a whole.
Saturday, March 15, 2014
Friday, March 14, 2014
Patchwork - Created for Digitalmania image flickr group challenge. This weeks challenge was the artist CHRISTINE PELOQUIN a mixed media collage artist whose style suggests many possibilities for those who work in digital art. This was a challenge for me. I thought about how to go about this and figured I would start the same way Cristine Peloquin does. I have a large number of interesting papers so I tore some up and handmade a collage. I scanned in the collage - see the image below, and this was my base to start the image. I added the face (hard light blending mode) but I could have really added anything to this patchwork base - a crow for example (and maybe I will) - but Peloquin works manly with a face or figure. Then I proceeded to add other layers on top - lettering, alphabets, writing, other collage pieces (different blending modes but mostly multiply). What was great about my initial base collage is I could digitally cut pieces to layer on top - I wasn't really happy with the brown piece in the original base so I just cut a piece of pink out and replaced it digitally. Now I have this digital collage saved so I can used it for a base again, a texture for blending or I can just use pieces of it. I am going to make a few more of these. What fun and it makes you think having such a patterned piece for a base in an image. I flipped the image below to the right for my finished piece and moved the face around until I got a good placement with the patterns. I really like the flickr group Digitalmania - the challenges are great to get you out of a rut. I am going to go back through their archives and see what other artists they have used as their weekly challenge.
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
This image is from a photo I took at the fishing docks in Pt. Pleasant today. I'm not sure how I feel about what I have done with it but at least it is a bit different for me. Lots of great stuff down on the docks and that is Gull Island in the background. All those white dots are gulls. Too bad the tide was so low. I added lots of textures, blending modes, grunge and some faded writing.
Below is the original picture.
Model - a68stock.deviantart.com/
All other elements my collection
I have been watching "The Voice" and the contestants go thru red doors with STAGE stenciled on one side. I love the imagery so I thought I would make a digital impression of The Stage Door. Took a photo of red doors and worked up this image after last nights show.
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Monday, March 10, 2014
So I love digital challenges and have joined a number of groups on flickr that offer challenges. I found this group called Digitalmania that offers challenges that involve taking inspiration and learning from the work of artists in many styles. Each week the name of an artist or a particular style of digital art will be posted. It is hoped that members will find inspiration that will allow them to create artpieces which include some references to the artist's style and subjects. How cool is that!!!!
This weeks artist is Christian Schloe and I happen to love his work. Above is my try at an image in his style. Below is the image I drew my inspiration from. Here is a link to see more of Christian Schole's work or you can Google him.
Sunday, March 9, 2014
In this challenge you are going to attempt to take a piece of your favorite music ... and create an image that not only captures how the music makes you feel, but amplifies its meaning in some way, through the way you choose to express it visually.
My pick Sarah McLachlan - "Angel" one of my absolute favorite songs.
You're in the arms of the angel
may you find some comfort here.
Model - faestock.deviantart.com/
Background - ashensorrow.deviantart.com
Other elements, textures my collection
Saturday, March 8, 2014
Steam Punk Saturday and in honor of Day Light Savings Time.
Some elements - Finecrafted Designs DeviantScrap other elements and textures my collection