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Friday, March 23, 2018

Ohhh ... Photoshop paint-by-numbers - koi fish repost

Well, lost the original article in the move over to a new host company, but that's my oversite. Forgot to do a fresh backup that day. Here's a reconstruction... sort of.

I wondered what I was going to do with the photo I posted previously. The koi fish pond was enticing, but I struggled a bit with how to approach it. I started the same routine, basic outline, rough out the fish, apply paint effect and started to laugh - this struck me that I was doing an adult version of paint-by-numbers.

I stood back a bit and decided to go for it started to go a bit more freehand. The righthand fin, er fin on the right side of the middle fish was done without outlines as well as much of the pattern on the fish. I was trying for a more flowing look. Right idea, but the blending is heavy handed. The paint effect is far too thick.  I'm struggling with blending brushes. I've got the weekend off so I'll poke around with them, try to set up a new grouping. I need to change effects.  The fish should look like it's water coloured, not so slathered on acrylics. Maybe turn off buildup. Hmm ... 

I'm also doing less detail on the overall outline. I'm looking for a more flowing feel to the background. Here it is in all it's glory:

 Digital art - Koi fish

I was going to delete the work and start fresh but decided "warts 'n all" was needed. Not happy with it in general, but the mouth and whisker is spot on. Really pleased with the sense of depth.  That's part of a problem I've had for decades when it comes to drawing. Even using pencil and paper, I often can't remember how I get a certain effect - I just wing it. I don't think through steps or think about what I'm drawing. I just start and enjoy. So ... this weekend I'm sitting down with my notebook and making notes on each brush (especially blending) and the effects. That's the only way I'll remember what they do. 

Then again, if all else fails, I can start a career as an adult colouring book maker.


Big rocks, mud 'n more mud - Construction Still Life Scenes

I think I told you yesterday it was muddy across the road. It's muddier today after a bit more rain. I'm beginning to give up all hope of seeing sunshine in the foreseeable future. Everytime I look at the building site, the landscape has been rearranged. Today was an epic addition to Construction Workers' Art - big rocks and more mud: Photo of construction site mud and rocks

I looked through photos from yesterday and spotted 2 rocks off to the side a bit and not particularily noticable. I missed them when I initially looked over the photos. Sometime during the morning, they spent time dredging up the other rocks and dumping them together, creating today's scenes from Still Life with Construction. They'll likely be gone by the time I head out tomorrow.

What? No construction scenes? Koi pond in Kyoto

Here's a nice shot. No, I didn't take it. My friend, Chris took the shot during a trip to Kyoto. He also took the photo of the bridge I posted back in Nov. Photo of koi fish from Kyoto Japan

Read more: What? No construction scenes? Koi pond in Kyoto

Too much mud ... a job I couldn't do

Yes, my favourite topic - the construction site across the road. They're almost done with the augers and looked like one was packing up. I spoke to one of the workers and he said they have just the north side left to drill. I'll try to get some more video before they go. But .... this picture is why I don't think I could ever do construction work:

Photo of construction worker surrounded by mudWay - too - much - mud! Holy smokes it was like a mud bath over the weekend. Swimming in pools of water.  When I took the photo this morning, most of the water had drained away. Still a lot of muck about. All those metal girders sticking out of the mud are the reason for all the drilling. The augers drilled holes for each one. When the steel thingy was dropped into the hole, it was filled in with concrete.  The site is ringed with them.

Not sure I'd be able to handle being up to my eyebrows in mud. I have problems when there's mud on the floor, can't even imagine working with this much mud and dirt. They are made of sterner stuff than I, across the road.  

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Catpaw with a pint & a typical bad haircutTime for a new look - the venerable cat on a postage stamp is now retired. As much as I loved him, it was time for a face lift - bad haircut & all. 

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