Thursday, August 16, 2018

Leaving Central City (with Prisma Filter)



I tried some Prisma filters with the photo I posted here yesterday. This is the one Iike best.  The original photo was taken in June as we were driving back to Denver from Central City.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Leaving Central City


I am still catching up with editing photos from Colorado.  I took this one back on June 11, as we were heading back to Denver from Central City.  What I like about this photo is the way it shows the layers of mountains in the distance.  This is the original photo, no editing.  Tonight I tried the same photo with some Prisma filters, and I plan to post some of those over the next few days.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Dreaming of Morning Glories (Digitally Edited)


I started this little drawing yesterday, using Sharpie fine line markers on paper (6" x 6").  Today I opened the image in Painter to do some cleanup with digital pastel.  I also added some magenta to the inside of the flowers.  That would not have been possible otherwise, because with Sharpies you can only go darker, never lighter. This isn't perfect, but I managed to get rid of most of the problems that were really distracting.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Dreaming of Morning Glories (Drawing as of Aug. 13, 2018)


I started this drawing this afternoon, using fine-line Sharpie markers on a small piece of paper (6 inches square).  There were morning glories in the little back yard when we lived in Chicago, and I think we had morning glories by the back fence in Kansas.  I had already gotten pretty far with this drawing when I decided to look at some pictures.  I didn't really change anything but decided to go with blue.  It was fun to draw these flowers, but there are some mistakes, as you can see.  I plan to clean the drawing up digitally in Painter. (Sharpie pens are pretty unforgiving because you can't erase and it can also be very, very hard to cover anything up either.)

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Evening in Colorado (Posterized Photo)


This image started as a photo that I took in Colorado back in June.  It was around 6:30 pm.  We had driven to Colorado Springs and were heading back up to Denver.  I liked the look of the sky behind the mountains so I took some pictures from the car.  Tonight I cropped out the car, the road, the telephone poles, etc. to get this composition.  By then, the focus was too soft to use, so I opened the image in Painter, posterized the image, and sharpened the focus.  I like this as it is, but might use it as a reference for a painting.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Grateful for Flowers (Edited)


I started this drawing yesterday, using Sharpie fine-line markers on paper (about 4 x 4 inches).  I was going to add to the drawing but decided I wanted to keep it simple. So today I finished it up on the computer.  I used Painter to get the flowers centered on the background, and then cleaned it up with digital pastel, just fixing any mistakes that I thought would be distracting.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Grateful for Flowers (As of Aug. 10, 2018)


I have been very, very busy this week, but today I finally had a chance to draw. All the things that keep me so very busy are the very things that I am grateful to have in my life: family, friends, work.  I am also grateful that I can draw, and drawing is the best way to express gratitude for that. So today I drew these flowers, using fine-line markers (Sharpies) on a small piece of paper.  I am grateful for flowers because they are beautiful and because it always makes me smile to draw them.  I think this drawing needs a little more work , but I hope to finish it tomorrow.