When I began to work on the elf again I had an image in mind with the elf standing in the focus, surrounded by light. And I wanted the colors to signify energy and nature, so I chose the ones you could see above.
Again I used the possibility to work with layers in Photoshop: The dancing elf is on one layer, the vignette on a second, and the dark background on a third layer. I am not sure whether the background is not too dark, but I am a bit of an impatient person and decided to leave it at that…
Have you ever seen a tree which looked like having a face on it? No, of course not a real face, but something which reminded you of a face? Berlin has quite a lot of forests, and there have been some trees with funny forms on them.
So suddenly I had an imagine in my head which kind of wanted to be painted, the image of a tree with an old man’s face. I took a pencil and did a first sketch, and then inked the sketch and colored it with my new copic markers. I colored the eye in red because I thought it would make a nice contrast.
Now I am thinking about putting the elf and the Speaking Tree together. They could be a nice contrast, too: The young and happy dancing elf, and the old Wise Speaking Tree, maybe saying something like “Stop dancing around in the woods and do something useful!” Maybe there could be a cartoon with speech balloons? I’ll keep you posted!
Actually this is a pastel painting which I did in the late 80s of the 20th century. It is hanging on the wall in my small entrance hall. I took a photo of it which turned out very, very blurry.
Some time ago I would have thrown it into my virtual trashcan (bin) without spending any thoughts on it. Now, that I’ve entered the wondersome world of Photoshop I said to myself: “Stop! Maybe you can do something with it.”
As those of you that use Photoshop may know: this program has a lot of filters which change your image file into something very different. It has got art filters, too. I applied the water color filter with the effect that you can see above.
So we’ve got a pastel painting turned into a watercolor painting. Well!
Today I want to share something with you — my creative journal.
In June a friend of mine gave me a DIN A 4 notepad with a very nice cover as a present. I decided to use it as a kind of journal for my creative activities. In the beginning I mostly wrote down tasks–work on that Squidoo lens, create a new Zazzle design, put it on new Zazzle products. I also wrote down ideas regarding the next blog posts, and when to put them into practice.
From August on my lists changed into longer paragraphs. I began to write reports about my experiences with Photoshop–what did I learn? Which mistakes could I avoid in the future? I also wrote down thoughts about the use of twitter as a promotional tool. I jotted down the structure of a new Squidoo lens about my Zazzle products (I must admit I haven’t put that into practice yet!)
To say it in one sentence: The journal now is a tool for development and learning. To-do-lists haven’t disappeared completely, but often they are annotated (“This task is important because … In doing it I have to keep in mind that…”)
Having written this I would be very interested to know: What do you think about such a journal?
This colored drawing is far from perfect. The lines still need some cleaning. Again, I did the sketch with pencil and ink and took a photo of it. This time the lines are not done with the brush, but with the pen-tool–a new way to do it for me.
Another tool I tried out for the first time was the airbrush which I used for the coloring of the hair with different shades of red and yellow.
This colored drawing was more or less done in Photoshop. Okay, I did a first drawing with pencil and ink, but then I took a photo of it with my digital camera and continued to work on it with Photoshop.
My first step here was to outline the face with a brush on a new layer. I haven’t got a wacom tablet, so it took quite some time and a very steady hand to do the lines. In a second step I colored the head in the lightest pink I could get. Every time I went over the outlines I used the eraser. It is important here to be sure on which layer you are working! It is also important to zoom in for details.
In a third step I used darker pink colors to shade. I did not have a reference photo to see exactly where the darker parts of the face are, so I did it as I thought it would be correct–which might be wrong!
By the way: I thought about a caption for the colored drawing. What about “Yes, I know, I am fat. So what?” What other captions are you thinking about?