Sunday, December 8, 2019

She heard an avalanche

Deviant Art shared this event where you get to have a funny badge for participating in the the stupid powers event. They had a random generator to make titles for you to create an art piece around. My randomly generated mashup was: "Area Woman Saves Hiker From Avalanche Using Ability to Visualize All Sounds As Holograms"

Last minute, quick, just to show I made something and didn't just grab the silly event badge. I made this by doing quick digital sketching, then adding color by selecting textures from my own photographs to create a digital collage of sorts.

It may not be executed in the best way for the randomly generated mashup for stupid powers, but the strange hexagonal rock looking things on the left represent the sounds of the avalanche visualized as a hologram.

I started off with a muddy, brown and gray scene, then realized I was forgetting the snow. Can't have an avalanche without snow.

Process: Drew out the scene quickly, added color by selecting textures from my own photographs to create a form of digital collage/paper pieced kind of picture.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Mountain Market Collage


Two travelers looking through a street market in the cold, snowy mountains. The younger man wonders why his gray haired father seems so displeased about something, as though he doesn't want him to use the money he had started pulling from his leather wallet.

This picture is a mixed media, digital art piece consisting of a sketched base which I then added color to by using selections of Far Far Hill digital scrapbook paper, creating a sort of digital paper cut out picture.
the background base sketch was less of a focus and more sketchy than the foreground characters made to be the focus.

This picture started after I saw these two variations of the same face in a bath rug. I drew over the photo below when I saw a face in it. Can you see what I see?

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Warframe Magazine Covers

Sometimes inspiration hits, I revisit a genre, in this case Warframe. For awhile there I had complete burn out, no desire to do Warframe themed art, too busy focused on other stuff.

I still technically am, but I had this urge to get a few things Warframe related out of my head, a poster/magazine cover of both Ember and Mag. 

The Ember magazine cover was inspired by the rework of Embers's abilities. She can now catch fire, and her fourth ability allows one to summon a meteor shower of flame and brimstone onto your enemies.

Ember is now hotter than ever, ready to get your Warframe fever going. I formed three options of poster covers for both Ember and Mag.

One of my plans was to possibly use these pictures on book covers for my future, yet to be printed and assembled personal Warframe journals.
Ember's book cover is meant to represent the thrill of the game, the fever or high one can get from first starting Warframe, collecting weapons, frames, leveling up, and modding. It's fun till the fever dies down and everything becomes bland once muscle memory kicks in and all levels are the same old deal. 

Trivia: These screenshots of Ember were done in the Kuva Throne Scene of captura, with adjusted lighting. There were many more screenshots besides the ones I chose for the covers. Pages displaying them may be for later, considering pages of those screenshots would make a great opening picture collection for a Warframe fever book.

Warframe Mag Magazine was purely pun based. Mag should have her own "Mag" azine. This seemed like a fun idea as a novelty cover for a Warframe journal, possibly one that focuses on Mag and all the pictures I have of her.

Like with the fever cover, there's a small collection of screenshots that goes with the chosen selection used for Mag's covers. 

I chose two I liked best. I did the screenshots in Chamber of the Lotus scene in captura. the purple of that scene went well with my favorite celestial color pallet I use on my frames, consisting of black, neon blue, and a warm purple mixed with silver accents.

I think this one may just be my favorite. It looks like the opening to a comic book, like Mag is propped on a ship, and there's a larger ship behind her in space. I played with level settings on this one, making the scene darker (left) to compare it to the original (right).
Warframe Mag Poster and cover, reworked. It was suggested to me that the glare around Mag's head took away from the picture. Challenge accepted, a bit of PSE adjustment with burn and dodge tools, and some final touches with a high pass filter, here we go. You can now see Mag's head.
A few more covers were inspired for the different sentiment. Mag Magazine is similar sounding to Mad Magazine. Mag is more playful or triumphant for these.
I liked the magical looking one with all the metal bits, but it seemed to be needing a more intense color, so I adjusted the levels again. I kept one as a poster (left), and liked the darkened version for the cover as well (right).
I also wanted to save just poster versions without sentiments for all the covers. The mag ones to me are the coolest even as posters.

Thursday, October 31, 2019


During late September I had started collecting some fun little items for Halloween, with miniature decoration in mind.

I thought it would be fun to decorate my dollhouse for Halloween, an idea inspired by flashing light necklaces I found at Lidls.

I love Jack O lanterns, so those are the ones I decided to get for the dollhouse porch. They did have ghost light necklaces too, but I couldn't think of where I'd want to use those.

The other haul of goodies I got on sale a bit later was some Halloween themed jewelry from Big Lots. I loved the lacy bat earrings, which later became my favorites to wear, but till I got the clips to convert them, I hung them on the dollhouse.

I also used by Jack O lantern bell bracelet/anklet as a garland to hang from the central pole of the dollhouse porch.
 
During the day the fully decorated porch was a happy, inviting looking scene. 

Some of the items have been in my collection for years. The derpy skeleton door hanging, along with the felt pumpkins and scarecrow.

I also added a real miniature pumpkin to the porch this year next to the scarecrow on his Fisher Price dollhouse chair.

At night I tried out the bumpkin lights and all of their settings, from blinking yo no blinking.

It was starting to feel like a Halloween night at the dollhouse, but I still wished there was a bit more color.


Up close the pumpkin lights have funny looking faces. 

 
Later the house glowed the way I wanted it to when I found some purple and orange LEDs at Aldis. I wrapped them around wherever I could, tried to get the lights to stay in spots using sticky tack.
It truly looked like a Halloween party was about to happen, just needed some music and a light in the front window.

The purple was almost too bright and I had to put on sunglasses a few times.
My favorite picture is the tall one of just the front porch area. I had started thinking maybe the ghost lights would have had a place somewhere, but I decorated with what I had.

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Floral Deer Collage

I had started this project back in February, then left the illustration alone for a long time, later to come back to it with the urge to add some color and make it pretty.

I've always loved the combination of texture and color, collage and paper piecing. I decided to use that technique combined with the line art to create a digital mixed media image. 

I changed the line art to brown, black was too harsh, then selected sections of digital scrapbook paper to make things more interesting. The digital scrapbook papers used are all from the site Far Far Hill.
Base sketches were done first by drawing on a translucent layer over the shower curtain photo which I had spotted this illustration in. Once I finished drawing, I made the photo of the curtain invisible, leaving me with an illustration on a perfect white backdrop.
 
What's this about? You may not be able to see what I see, but I find pictures and inspiring ideas within the most mundane of textures. Rugs, wood, wrinkly shower curtain lining (in this case), fabric patterns, and so on. This odd deer illustration was created over top of this photo when I had spotted the shapes and form of the deer in it.

There have been many moments in life where I and others in the family see funny things in strange places, known as faces in places by some people. I finally looked up what the actual word for it is, and discovered it's called pareidolia. (Pareidolia is a type of apophenia, which is a more generalized term for seeing patterns in random data. Some common examples are seeing a likeness of Jesus in the clouds or an image of a man on the surface of the moon. Famous examples of pareidoliaThe psychological phenomenon that causes some people to see or hear a vague or random image or sound as something significant is known as pareidolia (par-i-DOH-lee-a).The word is derived from the Greek words para, meaning something faulty, wrong, instead of, and the noun eidōlon, meaning image, form or shape. Pareidolia is a type of apophenia, which is a more generalized term for seeing patterns in random data.)

I now know what to call the many random moments of seeing things in odd places, not necessarily obvious to anyone else's eyes either.