Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Stress Art

Stress art. I decided to try and relieve my mind by painting whatever my hand wanted to do. It's been a stressful time lately, and I've been feeling the gloom, tension, anxiety, and so much more all at once around me. I'm not so much the one that's anxious, it's others I'm picking up on.

Not sure what my heart and mind are saying through these pictures, but I can say they still don't quite hit the nail of what I'm feeling (except for maybe the one on the bottom left. :P).

Sunday, January 21, 2018

First time using the fuse tool

This evening was the first time I've used my fuse tool. I can say some experience came with the little experiment which may have changed my viewpoint in using the tool.

I had a bag that I wanted to add to a scrapbook, but had to cut it down and seal it again. This is when I experimented with the fuse tool.
I loved the look I was getting, and at first things seemed to be working properly, till I discovered that this particular plastic wasn't good for the rotary melter. It got stringy and stuck to the wheel, then it started to burn against the metal and there were fumes.

I'll need to remember to only try using the fuse tool on page protectors and clear plastics. Any other kind of plastic is probably best with the sewing machine. I think I'm leaning for the sewing machine more for some things, especially if it means no fumes.
Another project on the way to being completed are the Autumn journals. I finally got my antique brass O wires in the mail today. Autumn books and a steampunk journal are the main reasons I wanted this color.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Bracelets and A Bag

During a visit to Farm Fresh today, I found a bag that caught my interest for one dollar.

Sometimes I get in those moods for something really pink and girly. This bag reminded me of scrapbook paper and Valentine's Day, which like every year is something that tickles my inner love for pink, white, red, and gold.

Best part is the pastel colors are in my favorite shades added to the pink background.

Other news: This evening's project was to record multiple videos of all the books I've made these past 6 months. I always seem to find something I want to do while the house is quiet.

An update on the project list, yesterday (Jan. 9), I got out the stretchy cord and stone beads for fixing and making some bracelets. 

I fixed a few by ridding of the metal spacers, added a few extra beads, saved the old metal spacers for a project that doesn't touch the skin.

I also made multiple rutilated quartz bracelet. The black and white kind is really cool looking, reminds me of seaweed on rice. 
I really wanted the one with lots of the darker beads and paler beads near the tip.

After making that one I aimed to make a wrap around bracelet of smoky quartz.
I'll admit having a smoky, pokey looking quartz bracelet is kind of wild, but I like it.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Motherboard City

I wanted to play with some more of my own photography tonight, exploring artistic options for making an ordinary photo extraordinary.

With a lot of experimenting using different blending modes and gradients, I discovered multiple effects that I enjoyed the look of.

One of my main reasons for taking a photo of my computer's motherboard during the building stages is because I've always liked how computer chips look like cities.

I wanted to bring out the city in this one by adding little light spots for windows, gradients for atmosphere, and even a computer chip ocean surrounding it. 

I experimented with different color stages, even doing rainbow lighting of cool and warm shades.

I imagine the different looks to be like different times of the day. My favorite is colorboard evening in the lower left corner of the panel, (the full sized version is shown below). I view that to be the one that best represents what Neon City, my cyberpunk world, looks like at evening.

I also experimented with making versions of the image that exclude the windows on 'buildings'.

Finally I played with blackdrops, as I called it. Got rid of the light sources and looked at the chip either as just a motherboard (top row), or just a city (bottom row).

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Celtic and Tropical themed scribbler art

(Tree Tavern-Dec. 29, 2017-left). (Fairyland Swing-Dec. 31, 2017-right).

My recent adventures in art have been stress relief scribbler pictures. I've done scribbles periodically ever since childhood and my early days of exposure to a basic paint program. My mood to do scribblers was reignited with my recent Christmas gift of a new desktop computer complete with a 22'' screen.
I never imagined how much easier it would be to do art on a screen larger than a laptop. I've also been pleased by the speed of my computer, which has allowed me to do more at a faster rate in a program like PSE.

I made only two scribbles, and within those scribbles I found six illustrations. The Fairyland Swing was the first illustration I started on, and then came the Tree Tavern sign, the most simplistic of them all.

All the themes that randomly came out of the scribbles seemed to point in two directions; Celtic themes with Irish pubs, sheep, and fairy tale lore- and one tropical island postcard.

The "Tree Tavern" was just something basic that came to mind as a name for a restaurant/pub. After making my outline, adding some basic color and gradients, and giving the picture a name, I applied it to a wood texture for interest in hopes of making it look like a painted wooden sign.

Tree Tavern, stained glass edition.

On Jan. 6, 2018 (speaking from the future), I wanted to play further with the tree scribble. 

The wooden sign version is alright, but I wanted more color, more vibrancy and interest. This is when I changed up the gradients to make an autumn looking scene displayed on stained glass. I imagine this to be a window in the Tree Tavern pub. 

I played with blending modes and a different yellow gradient to create a sense of warmth and light shining through the glass at different times of the day.

Basic step by step panel of what I see within a scribbler and how I bring out an illustration from one.

The Fairyland Swing started off as just a whimsical leaf hanging by some vines. That was the first thing I saw within the scribble. As I squinted at the image and looked around some more, I saw a mushroom, which helped me decide what direction I was going to go for the illustration. 

I followed some curves within the leaf shape as guides on where to place my fairy. Doing something like this applies to the basic principles of line in illustration.
I learned about line and finding illustration by using random curves and shapes as guides when I read the creative illustration chapter from Andrew Loomis's art books. This was a more recent discovery that I find partly helps describe scribblers and how they work. The basic principle of them is to find a picture within the lines, and bring that illustration out, which isn't much different from Adrew's tips on using line as a guide to making interesting illustrations. 

After I drew out my picture over top of the scribble, I added color using solid shades first, then applied gradients to the image before dabbing in texture and adding light sources. 

This fairy is having a relaxing evening on her leaf harp swing with a glowing flower bulb.
A panel to show four illustrations I found within one scribble.

The next picture I found after the tree and fairy is "Magician's Shore". It was obvious I was inspired to make this after spotting it in the scribble, because I've been watching Merlin.

This old magician has a special staff that glows blue on the stone inlay handle, placed within a carved piece of enchanted wood. 

He watches the ships pass along out at sea, observing the world from his lonesome beach hut.


For some reason "Supper" is my favorite as far as light source and color goes. Seeing it was the fourth illustration I started on, I had warmed up in coloring by that point, which may be why the coloring turned out better than the previous three.

I made this picture to be like an advertisement for a restaurant, serving fresh bread and veggie soup. I get hungry just staring at.
"The Ram"

The ram was the second best form I found in the scribble. I used gradients and other texture brushes just as before to make my ram more 'woolly'.
"Token Toucan"

Token Toucan was the final scribbler I made and colored. He's a very whimsical bird which at first wasn't going to be a toucan, but I decided to just go with it. Same as all the other pictures, I used solid colors, gradients, and brush textures to color. I started off just coloring the outline, but then I wanted to see what it looked like as an actual painting with no outlines.

It didn't turn out too badly as a painting with just light and shadow to define form. I may try practicing on this style further since I rarely ever do paintings without outline. I kind of like the look of it better.

The panel I made of Token Toucan shows the stages of my work. The biggest picture is the purely painted version, then there's the stages of scribbler to outline (top left and right), then flat color to textured color on outline (bottom left and right).