September 30, 2010

Bright colors... red leaves and deep blue skies

Fall is here! The season calls for bright, bright colors... red leaves and deep blue skies.

Brings out the painter in an artist, I think.

Soon I'll be setting up a new computer. I finally bought an older new Mac on ebay. Oh boy! No more waiting... waiting... waiting for files to process. I'll finally be crossing the divide from mac pcc code to Intel mac and 64 bit processing.

Brings out the geek in an artist, I think.

It will be a winter of hiking up the computer learning curve. I hope it's fun...


September 19, 2010

If you can imagine it...

Portrait of the artist as a young pig.

I 'saw' this face in the nap of a pillow... it appeared as a faint shadow in the nap of the fabric. And since I liked it so much I sketched it on the spot. Actually it was only the face that I 'saw'. I made up the rest.

Later I had an idea for a sketchy line style in photoshop. I wondered if it would work. And it did work... almost the same as I imagined. That's one fun thing about digital complexities. Sometimes if you can imagine it, you can make it real.

September 15, 2010

Two versions of a scene...

Here's a couple of tangential umbrellas. These two scenes are both for the same page from my book, 'Cromwell Dixon's Sky-Cycle'.

I thought it was interesting, looking back, how much easier it might have been to do a really sketchy style. But I guess that'd be a bit like going to a dress up dinner engagement in blue jeans and a sweatshirt. More comfortable, for sure.

September 6, 2010

Too many choices!

One problem with digital art is it's hard to pick just one color.

I find even days later it's easy to decide to change everything! In fact if the digital artist sticks around long enough it's possible to completely redo the book entirely.