it is a long leap in learning to "draw and paint" on my trusty IMac and IPod with a stylus and software.
My biggest problem? It doesn't take many written directions to make my eyes cross and my brain stall out.
Video tutorials are better, but they seldom to
never cover that moment's difficulty.
Now you know why I never considered
Law School or (heaven forbid) Medical School.
I learn best when I have a problem
to solve. Here I wanted to build a scene with
more than a figure and with textures.
Couldn't rely on rulers and templates for straight
lines and smooth shapes. (Yes, Virginia, real
artists often draw straight lines WITH a ruler).
This unfinished garden is a beginning try at some
computer "magic". I created only one of each flowering
plant then copied it across to repeat the plant.
I could also flip the art for more variation and
changed colors as well. Good fun for Illustrators.
I find my old way of working, preparing a strong
sketch to work from by layering new
sheets of tracing paper over the old sketch
and re-drawing, refining, altering is too
cumbersome with stylus and screen.
So I now start with big scribbled shapes
of color and wittle away, add and subtract,
duplicate and continue on, much easier.
I'm concentrating on shapes of color
rather than outlining shapes. Still shapes,
because that's what I see, shapes, color and
pattern. Apologies if this is more than you
want to know and YOUR eyes are beginning
Learning more each day. Good mental and
creative exercise. And the BEST part?
No mess to clean up and no dirty paint water for Cats to steal a (yuck) drink. Wrote this a while back...just before life took some unexpected turns including a new hip. Picking up where I left off…and moving on. CC
Haven't posted much for a long while due to a number of unforseen momentous life events suddenly requiring all my attention.
The latest of which is preparation for impending hip replacement surgery in about a week.
Can hardly wait to sit, stand, walk and/or roll over after so many months of awful soreness, exhaustion, expletives and pain meds. Brother Ted nicknamed me "Sore Ella" from sorella, Italian for sister.
SO looking forward to getting back to work and gathering normally again with family and friends. Just a little more patience.
February just happens to be National Children's Dental Health Month.
Well maybe a look through Dr. Theodore Croll's GROSSER, MORE DISGUSTING, BUT STILL TOTALLY COOL MOUTH BOOK, will snap you and/ or your kids out of the deep freeze outside and into the hot stuff that could be happening in your mouth!
Not just your usual admonition to brush and floss. A Dentist's view of what's gross, disgusting and needs fixing inside a neglected mouth. Accompanied by riviting clearly written descriptions, and inluding results of the Dentist's fascinating work. Encouragement for better dental hygiene! Proud to declare that long before becoming a most respected Pediatric Dentist, Husband and Father, the Author/ Photographer has always been my dearest clever brother Ted.