Monday, November 19, 2012

balloon boy

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

wishing for warmer days

I sure wish it was warm enough to enjoy the beach like these two. We had snow last weekend and, although things have warmed up a bit, there are still icy parts that haven't had a chance to melt.

Friday, November 9, 2012

bike ride

Here's my latest.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

I'm still working on achieving effects in Painter that I could do by hand, and learning techniques that I think are fun. Yesterday, I was frustrated trying to get what I wanted with hair, but I think I found some brushes to achieve a look I like. I used a separate layer for the light yellow highlights (using the Wet on Wet Paper brush), then created another layer for more color and texture. For shadows and darker hair colors I used the Dry on Dry Paper brush in various colors, and then the Dry Bristle to get the texture. It's not perfect, but it's getting closer to what I'm aiming for.

As for the picture as a whole, I think it's just a little bit too busy. I like the background and the shirt, but I'm not sure they work with the picture as a whole.

Friday, September 7, 2012

picnic fun

Here's my latest illustration. I drew it years ago but repainted it in Painter 12. I'm still experimenting with the effects I can do in Painter, so I've been using things I've already done to expedite the process. 
The latest technique I've been working on is figuring out how to use light in my work, and how much line I want to use. Feel free to share your opinions about what you think are working and what aren't.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

I'm back

Wow, it's been long . . . But my youngest just began preschool, giving me about 2 1/2 hours a day to sharpen up my skills. I've wanted to try out Painter 12 for quite some time and have been using the trial period. It's a lot of fun figuring things out. Here's my latest creation. I think I like it. How about you? (Assuming anyone will visit . . .)