Sunday, September 23, 2012

Autumn Flounce Dolls

 These two little ladies were created on a pin-up doll generator from a website called dolldivine. Though in some ways an artistic cheat from my point of view, making these dolls was all at once enjoyable, and inspiring. And to share the enjoyment of digital doll making, here's the link to the generator specifically used for this style of doll.

In my boredom awhile back, I made quite a few other dolls before creating these two Autumn inspired girls. But now that the first day of Autumn has past, I felt like sharing something to welcome the season.

My first Autumn themed girl (above) I named Maple... perhaps her last name will be Goody. Her colors remind me of pumpkin pie, cranberry sauce, apples and maple candy; all the yummy things that come with Fall. 

My second girl (above) I named Candy Apple, since I had a sudden craving for those soon after making Maple Goody. Candy Apple, if made into an actual character; has a sweet, tart personality, and hair that's blatantly red. Decorating the dolls can be slightly tedious if you're adding gem stones and details, one drag and drop at a time; but once you make them and save them to your computer, they serve as great images for postcards, trading cards, collage characters, and so much more.

So creating digital dolls online may seem kind of embarrassing, but in the artistic sense, can help you gain creativity when in a rut, gives you pictures to play with for personal use, and is just simple fun. 

Eventually I may use these digitally generated dolls in a few examples of usage as stated above, perhaps even include a tutorial or two on what I did with the images, and what purpose they served.

Until then, happy blogging, and stick around for more Autumn themed art pieces. ^_~

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Pumpkin Patch Fairy

A project I started last night and finished today, the pumpkin patch fairy postcard. Being that the first day of Autumn is this weekend, I've been feeling a little festive.

I was motivated to make this picture after chatting with an internet friend of mine last night, who so enthusiastically wanted me to see the postcards they made in Photoshop class. After looking at the first postcard, I was actually impressed by the composition. Soon after seeing this postcard, I felt encouraging and enthusiastic for my friends work, feeling that he may have more potential in certain art forms than expected. But oddly enough, I felt challenged to make something in Photoshop myself after that, and an idea started whirling in my cranium. 

I couldn't help myself, just had this urge, and started forming a digital collage for Autumn; working around the idea of a pumpkin patch fairy, something I've always liked the idea of, and have even incorporated the idea in past art pieces, specifically in one of my journals.

While I worked, I kept thinking about Autumn sunsets, and wanted the picture to have a brightness to it, similar to the glowing shades of colored leaves and golden orange pumpkins. Being that the imagery used is old, and somewhat muted in tone, I adjusted a few things to get that sunset glow I was aiming for. But since I feel it's all a matter of taste, and that the muted one is great if you want to keep the antique feel, I saved both versions, brightened and muted. I feel that they both have a certain unique feel to them; the brightened version has a more enchanted Autumn feel in my opinion, and the original muted version has an old postcard feel...with a slightly more rustic October touch.

Almost all the images used in this picture I found on the Graphics Fairy blog Everything from the textures, frames, pumpkin patch image, and butterfly wings. The only one I'm unsure of is the lady I used as the fairy.... I cant quite remember where I got her, and also the first image below on the left I'm unsure of too.

I share all the images used in my picture, because I feel it can be helpful and enjoyable to find out how the artist used the images, and made a new picture out of many existing ones.
(Above left) I stretched this one out and used it as the base backdrop. (Above right) I used this as the outer frame, obviously.

(Left) I used the orange backdrop for adding color, and to give the sky a faint texture. (Right) I used this for ground texture, you can barely notice it's there, but I used it to fill in abnormal cracks of the image.
(Left) butterfly wings used to make the dancing Cirque gypsy into a fairy. (Right) Dancing circus gypsy postcard, I think she makes a perfect Autumn fairy.
(Above) dead trees used in background to add more interest, and make it feel more like late Autumn.
(Below) The pumpkin patch image that served as the main foreground, and I have Graphics fairy to thank for such a useful picture. 
I have quite a few projects in store for this Autumn, not sure if I'll get to most of them, but I'll try to share whatever I manage to cross off my list. I might even use this new image, and make a cool postcard for one of my journals. Only time will tell, so feel free to visit. Happy blogging. ^_^

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Wind-up web watch

 I absolutely love this new wind up watch, purchased off E-bay, strait from China. 
 It's a watch that will never need batteries, and is both stylish, and affordable. 

Its Gothic spider web cover gives this piece a strikingly elegant, yet mysterious design, and the tinted metal makes this style all the more beautiful. So say good bye to batteries, and say hello to truely original clock work.

This piece was purchased at roughly twenty dollars, only thing is, you have to wait quite some time before it arrives in the mail...after all, it's being shipped from China; free with gift box, chain, and instructions on how to use it.

 Close up of the cover

  The back of the watch is as interesting as the front; pressed with elegant leaves and flowers, surrounding a see through window for viewing the clocks workings. In motion the clock almost appears living. It's also fun when you place your ear next to it; you can hear it's clicking.
 A close up of the watch face. Yes, even the inside has a window for viewing its gears at work. The watch opens by a click top button, making it fast and easy to view the time.

There are many other designs you can get off E-bay, and quite a few come with Roman numerals on the face, I just prefer the Arabic numbers more.

 One of the things I love most about this watch is its glowing face. The glow in the dark face makes it all the more mysterious, fits the spider web look, and makes it so much easier to find in the dark.

Another thing I find interesting about this piece is how the clock face and hands are two different shades of green. As you can see below, the hands glow a brighter florescent green, and the face glows more of a light mint color.

And here is the YouTube video to show you what the watch is like when moving. 
Enjoy. Happy blogging. ^_^

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Comical posters from the recycled sketch book

A couple more drawings from my recycled sketch book. I worked on the above page while waiting at a coffee shop during July 4'th. I had the pun in my head for several days, and decided to sketch up an image to go with it. Again, markers and colored pencil were used.

This pic was also inspired by a pun I thought up out of the blue one night. What? matched the recycling movement. I guess you could say it's a slightly crappy pun. XD

I'm still working in my book, and will have more sketches to share at a later time.

Have a great week in blogging, and be sure to drop by. ^_^ 
In case you missed the last post to the recycled notebook, here's the link