I have to say that this new style is pretty addictive. I get to use much more of my imagination when using brushes, and there are so many to choose from. The leaves are actually a leaf or palm style brush, painted in white so that they merge into the background.
After I painted the woman, I moved her to my iPhone for a little more paint effect and some much brighter colors. Then I combined the original and the jazzy version, and added some transparency to see more detail in her face – which then created the ‘double vision’ look around her upper body, which kind of reminds me of movement.
One of the reasons the dancers and flowing skirts are so fun is because – even if ever so briefly – I get to live (and dance) vicariously through these ladies.
Anyway, I’m happy that I was finally able to complete the Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge: Kind & Vivid which kind of conveys my thoughts about this ‘living vicariously through my images’ idea. Like the haiku says… it’s kind of magical.
That’s about all for now. Thanks for reading, or viewing… I hope you enjoyed!
I wanted to pop in and share my latest image – made with a blend of Illustrator and Photoshop. I’ve been trying to figure out how to make illustrations look a tad less cartoonish… so I did the outlines in Illustrator and then moved them to Photoshop to use them as a guide and paint in the colors using various watercolor brushes.
Seriously, I wanted to write a haiku to accompany it… but my mind completely shut down ‘on the writing front’ a few days ago. I’ve been enjoying the time off though! It’s been very relaxing.
I used the Daily Spur’s Word Prompt: Filter to come up with the title. My sons tease me now and then because – apparently – I dress like a hippy sometimes (yes, I still wear tie-dyed clothes). The watercolor brushes created a bit of a faux tie-dye look – so this illustration is kind of like a self-portrait… filtered by time. Perhaps the 70s.
Anyway, that’s about all for now. I had a good time creating this one, so I’ll probably be doing a few more to get a better handle on the brushes.
I’ve been missing the days of Everything Red. Since my writing time is limited until the holidays are over, and I’m back into the groove of images, I thought I’d resume the old series and try some new reds.
I’ve been wanting to do a Countdown to Christmas of sorts, but wasn’t sure where to go with it… and now I have it. The FESTIVE Reds!