So playing on my iPad and trying to figure out how to get the look I want. I am getting closer but not there yet. This girl photo is from Pixabay and I thought I would bring her over to my iPad and tryout some different apps and techniques. The roses in the final image are two of my photos and I grew the roses too! I don't like one of these better than another they are different. They are meant to be learning experiences. It is difficult when in your head you know what you want to do and the look you are going for but you are not that experienced on the iPad to pull it off.
Started in Photoshop to initially build up the image. Transferred to my iPad - apps iColorama, MetaBrush, Repix. Transferred back to Photoshop for lighting effects and finishing. On the iPad I saved many copies and used them to layer in Photoshop to get the finished image. Not sure how I feel about this one - I do not want what I create on my iPad to look exactly like I did it in Photoshop and this is pretty close.
Background - my photo of some weeds and pods and a pic using Slow Shutter of some trees
Texture - one of the images from the new AWAKE content by Michelle Mondragon - downloaded just now and thought I would use one of the yellow images So processed on my iPad in iColorama. Moved back to Photoshop and messed with there quite a bit. I called this Transition because I think that is where I am right now with my digital art. I am just playing and trying to figure out iColorama and some other iPad apps. Not sure where I am going with this but I am going!
My photos of woods and a meadow in PA. Processed on my iPad in Icolorama and Metabrush. Brought back into PS for some adjustments and additional textures. I wasn't sure about the strong color - I usually don't use color like this but I decided to keep it.
My iPhone photos of sand dunes at Island Beach State Park. I combined 2 photos to make this image. I was looking for an NC Wyeth look. I love all of the Wyeth’s art but especially NC’s.
Processed on my iPad Pro using iColorama and then taken into the newly updated Distressed FX App. I was so excited with all the new overlays and textures that I didn’t write down what I finally ended up using. I will keep better track next time. What I do like is that what I used in Distressed FX changed the coloring on my image to a warmer more turquoise feel and I liked it a lot.
Two of my photos taken in Maine last year. I changed out the sky in the original beach picture for something more moody. Processed on my iPad pro in iColorama, Repix and Distressed FX (Boast overlay and Blue Moon texture).
I wanted a very painterly look to this and it is very much like the watercolors that I used to do.
Model - image from Pixabay
Background - made up from 3 photos by Sebastian Michaels
Additional textures and stuff added
These images were created in iColorama using different effects. One color and the other more monochromatic. I don’t like one more than the other because they are so different but I wanted to post both. I am trying to learn iColorama so I have been using the same images and trying out different effects to compare and see the results. I actually made a lot from this one image and ended up layering some of them in Photoshop and adding some additional textures and stuff. My plan is to fuse PS and my iPad to produce my new work. Still in the learning stages.
Various textures - my collection and AWAKE content
Created on my iPad pro using iColorama, MetaBrush and Repix. Still playing and still learning - I am getting close to the look I want but not quite there yet. I want to lose the photo look and have a more painterly look.
My photo from the Philadelphia Flower Show
Created on my iPad pro using iColorama, MetaBrush
Still playing with my iPad but I am all over the place trying this and that. I need to get serious and do some actual work that I like. It is tough when you are learning and it is very hard ti keep track of what you did in iColorama.
Models - Unsplash
Background - created with 2 images plus a full moon photo
Created on my iPad pro with iColorama, Metabrush, Repix and Leonardo
Earth Angel Angel Statue - Unsplash Background - three photos combined Created on my iPad using iColorama, MeatBrush, Repix, DistressFX The weird thing about creating images on my iPad is that I don't know if they are good or awful. In Photoshop I KNEW!!!! Still learning and it isn't easy.
Created on my iPad from a photo using iColorama, MetaBrush, Repix. I am warming up to my iPad but I have to say iColorama is a bear to learn - so much trial and error. I guess I am learning so it is not wasted effort.
Background - I used 2 photos plus a full moon photo combined to create the BG
Created on my iPad in MetaBrush and iColorama, Repix, Leonardo. I am warming up to my iPad - still a huge learning curve. I finally figured out that it is just a tool to get the job done. What I do like is I get different results than I would with Photoshop. I always wanted a more artsy/painterly look and with iColorama I can get this.
Model - Unsplash Background - created using 3 images combined Created on my iPad using MetaBrush, iColorama, Repix, Leonardo I saved a number of different images and combined them in Leonardo masking and using the parts I wanted for the finished image. I want to start using my iPad more for my digital art and I want a more artsy/painterly look. I am getting there!
So I thought I would try one of my PA barn photos in iColorama. I made a ton of these and combined them. I love the painterly quality - used a number of effects under the Style menu. I still have no idea what I am doing but it is fun and you get interesting results.
I was thinking about this today and I usually work in Photoshop and compose complex images with many layers. I thought I wanted to do that on my iPad too but have decided that if I can do that in PS and do it successfully, then do it there. I will be using the iPad for painterly/artsy pieces. Things that are fun and not all that complex. I have to look at my iPad and the apps as just more tools and I wouldn't hammer a nail with a sponge or wash a window with a hammer. What I am saying is use the best tool for the job
So I have decided I want to do some work on my iPad. I am just uninspired right now and sick of the same old stuff in Photoshop. I have my iPad over a year now and have never really used it seriously. I have taken a few classes in mobile art but nothing seems to stick. The image above I did a few days ago and as I described it I had no idea what I was doing - just winged it. I said "I did this image last night using - iColorama, Repix, Leonardo and Stackables. I had no idea what I was doing or even how I ended up with this image".
This image was almost done completely in iColorama. Just getting to know what is what. I can see this can become addictive. I saved 4 or 5 different images and then combined them in Leonardo. I also ran it through a few filters in Repix. I have no idea what I am doing yet and that is hard for me being the control freak that I am, but it is fun.
Did this image today. More play in iColorama. Original photo Colby Files. I did try to keep track of what I was doing but I saved so many copies of this image that now I am not sure what ones I used. I did use a lot of the items under Style and also Brush. I also desaturated the image in one of the presets in the Tone section. I liked it better in B&W than color. I ended up assembling the layers and combining them in Leonardo and did a little bit in Repix. Another hard thing for me coming from Photoshop is on my Mac I have access to all my files - on my iPad I kind of think what I want to do and then bring over what I think I will want to use. A lot to get used to but I am trying. I have decided that I want to work with iColorama for now. I want to get to know how to use it and see what it can do. It is a steep learning curve for me. Maybe I will work on some landscapes next. I think my major problem is I LOVE to use lots of layers and on my iPad it is not quite as easy as in Photoshop.
Textures, smoke, sparkles, horns, moon, vessel, snakes, mist hair strands - my collection, Mischief Circus and AWAKE content Djinn - More commonly known as a Genie, Djinn are supernatural creatures in Arab folklore and Islamic teachings which occupy a parallel world to that of mankind. Like humans, they can be good, evil, or neutrally benevolent. According to the Qu'ran, the Djinn were created by Allah from a smokeless fire.
I have not been making much art lately - juts not inspired. Working a bit on my iPad - I did make this in Photoshop. I want to use my iPad more and get to know the apps but I always come back to PS
Background created using four papers from Jen Maddocks AWAKE content
Girl - extracted from a vintage photo
Textures, bird brushes, moon, flowers, writing, stuff - my collection and AWAKE content
I did a lot of work on the girl from the vintage photo - the original is below. I just loved the expression on her face. I have been hearing the song Forever Young on a commercial lately and I can't help but think these vintage kids are really Forever Young.
Textures, hat, feather, flowers, birds, bird brushes, tag, star, sparkle - all my collection and AWAKE content
Yea weird I know but fun too. I love to add the unexpected element to my compositions and I love to use skulls and skeletons. I thought the abstract background resembled a station of some type so I added the trunk. I wonder if she accepts the flowers??
Floating hearts - http://maureenolder.deviantart.com/art/STOCK-PNG-hearts-in-the-wind-116046901 Textures, dove, writing - all my collection
Well it's that time of year again so I thought I would make a Valentines image. I am not particular inspired or happy with what I have been creating lately. I just do not know what direction I want to go so that is a problem. I make very simple images - I use Photoshop Elements and hardly anything else special. I have some 3rd party stuff but tend not to use it. I do not use actions because I prefer to make my own images my way. I guess I will just keep plugging along and see where I get to.
So back to Photoshop. I love making Steampunk art and haven't made any in awhile. When I saw this photo from Colby I know it would make a great Steampunk themed image. I wanted the figures to be the main focus but still wanted a steampunk theme. I added the glasses to the male figure and created an appropriate background. Lastly I ran it through a few filters. I work pretty simply - I mostly do not use anything fancy - just Photoshop Elements and the filters provided with the program lots of masking and layers.
Textures, moon, stars, birds, stuff - my collection
iPad apps - Repix, Icolorama, Stackables
Made this on my iPad. I haven’t been using it much lately and wanted to get back into making some art there too. I am finally coming to realize that I do not always have to make a polished digital image in Photoshop. What used to bother me was I wanted to make the same exact type of images on my iPad as I did on my Mac - I didn’t want to be able to tell the difference as to where I made it. That caused me not to use my iPad because I was out of “my comfort zone”. Now I am liking the different look of the iPad work and want to do more using the apps there. Another goal for 2017.
So nothing in this image is real and I guess I am into rain and umbrellas right now. And yea I know the stop sign is on the wrong side of the road - it needed to be there. I made the model from bits and pieces of other photos. The face is Hannah - photo Colby Files. The skirt and feet from another image as well as the arms, top and umbrella from another. The background is made up from four photos Textures, rain, stop sign, birds, lantern all my collection
Gotta love Photoshop!!!!!
I am still thinking about recurring images and in this one I have my usual dark image with the birds. I completely created this model and it was no easy task but I think she works pretty well. I like working with the rain and umbrellas for now - I can see a few more with his theme coming up. I do think there is a story here!
Textures, rain, hair strands, bird brushes, trees, stars - all my collection and AWAKE content
So this is my first image for February. I spent some time creating this one. I actually made the background first which is not how I usually work. I made a similar background once before and I used that as the basis for this one. After I made the stormy road I needed to put something on it. This was not the original model I was going to use but I loved the way her white dress and umbrella looked against the dark stormy background. I am going to use the other model in another umbrella image.
Someone on the AWAKE group posted today about the Rule of Thirds. I know all about that rule but never really follow it. In this image I put my main subject smack dab in the middle and for me it works. As I stated in my previous post I just finished a portfolio renovation with Brooke Shaden - on one of the days she talked about recurring themes or elements in your images. Some recurring elements for me are the moon, trees, flowers, birds, skulls, a model, cats, keys, fog/mist and clouds. I never really thought about that before but now I am so much more aware of what I use in my images and how my props set the mood. I also like the umbrella in this image and think I may do a few images if not a series using the umbrella. My theme in this one as usual is dark and moody and for me this also tells a story.
I did the 20 day Portfolio renovation with Brooke Shaden and it was very informative. It has me looking at my work in new and different ways. Right now I feel my work is not cohesive in a number of ways - color, style, subject, appearance, etc. I am all over the place. This is not unusual for me as I do get bored but I don’t want my overall collection of work to suffer for it. I plan on working on sone standards for my finished work. I also want to work in a more thoughtful way and this will probably mean slowing down which will be a good thing.
One exercise was to look at a group of images and pick out your favorite and least favorite and list why. I like this idea - I don’t always love everything I post so analyzing why is a good exercise. I usually complete about 10 to 15 or so images every month and at the end of each month I am going to do this exercise. So for January I have picked my favorite and my least favorite image. I had trouble picking my favorite which is a good thing since that means I liked a lot of what I posted but there were a few I was less englamored with so not a good thing.
One of my favorites was Escape The Sea above. I like it because it is a good composition - the eye moves around the image. The overall coloring holds together well. There is a lot of action and things to see so it is interesting. It has good and correct lighting. All the parts are in correct proportion and the main image is easily defined. AND the big one for me it tells a story.
One of my least favorites is The Family Tree above. I am not all that sure why I don’t care for it but I worked on it a lot trying to resolve some issues and maybe it just has too many elements in it. Too many things shouting look at me. There is just too much going on. The coloring is OK and there really isn’t much lighting at all. It does tell a story but I am not in love with this image. Problem is I really don’t know what I would change to make it better so sometimes for me it is best to move on.
I will be blogging more about the Portfolio renovation in the coming weeks as I work through more of the information.