Thursday, July 26, 2012

A Robin Hood Graphic Novel?

So you're wondering, "What the heck is this?"  
Ha.  This has me written all over it!  Sure, it's about Robin Hood, a legend I've never tired of; full of "Ye Olde Britishness" and good old fashioned heroes and villains.  Have I mentioned I love happy endings? 

So, this is when I was in the process of learning Photoshop about 5 years ago.  I look at some of what I was doing (okay...most of what I was doing) and now, I cringe.  But you know, learning is usually like that.  I still think it's worth sharing.  Not because of my work, but because of the great photos we started with that do manage to convey a story.  

 I mean, check out the expressions of our actors!  Aren't they fun? 

Daniel played Robin, and we asked three of our friends to handle the bad guys.  We took them out to a park in San Jose one early Saturday morning.  It was winter, so there weren't a lot of folks around and I had them throw on the leggings and jerkins I had made for them, over their clothing.  Then we told them how to pose and clicked away.  Except for the deer--that was a purchased stock image.

Somewhere, I still have the storyboards for this.  I wanted to tell the whole story.  Unfortunately, though, we lost every last one of the photos we took that day when my computer suddenly crashed a few months later.  Aaaargh.  I hate it when that happens.

I wonder if we'll get the chance to tell it someday with a different cast.  Might be fun.  Who gets tired of the Robin Hood story, really?  Just reading this part over again makes me want to go back and reread it or hear a minstrel sing a lay about it.  Hmm.  Or at least re-watch the old Disney cartoon..."Oooo da lally, ooo da lally, golly, what a day..."

Thursday, July 12, 2012

A WIP...a what?

I decided to post a "Work in Progress", a WIP.   This is our friend Christopher posing as a Tarn (tarns being prominent characters in our fantasy fiction book, Tarnished).

Christopher is a fan of the book and had offered to be turned into a tarn for a Facebook cover image, which is something we're offering through the month of July on our book's facebook page.  So, he had come over to take photos.  And he really got into it!  He was totally ready to lop something's head off with that sword!

Daniel ended up giving him the sword, Christopher seemed to like it so much.  And I felt compelled to do a big art piece for him that wasn't just a tarnished photo.   Sometimes God has me do that.  I think it's because He likes to give people messages sometimes in art.  So He'll give me a picture for someone inside my head.  Sometimes He gives a Bible verse to go with it, but not always.

So, here's Christopher's piece, partly done.  It does have some issues.  The horn on the left needs some definite tweakage.  And I got rid of the lens flare already.  I want Daniel to take a look at it with me.  He usually has very good ideas, even if I grouse at him about wanting to change things.  I'd like to add more fun things around the sword.  Not sure what yet, though.  Anyway, I'll post the finished product when we finish up with it. 

Oh, and what do you think of my "electronic signature"?  I made it this week and this is the first time I've gotten to use it.  "Glimmercat" has been my online name for years, so I decided to sign my stuff with it.  I think it's neat, anyway.   

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Of Unicorns and Innocence

So Daniel (my husband) and I are both creative.  He taught me what I know about Photoshop and I still learn from him (when I'm humble and willing to learn) because he is also a very talented artist.  Being married with two different artistic visions has its challenges and we both have had to learn to give a little.  But we are better together when all is said and done. 

So I wanted to enter a contest on deviantart and the requirements were to use the model in the picture.  There were lots of pictures to choose from but my favorites were the ones with the girl and her dog.  So it was Daniel who suggested adding a unicorn.  And he showed me how to blur the sparkles and blur the background just enough to give the whole picture an added focal direction.  So, it's not completely my work but it's better than what it would have been.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

The Mystery Fairy

It's taken me awhile.  But I figure that my sort of blog would be a kind of miscellaneous journal, art blog, whatever.  There's a lot going on in my life.  If folks are interested, that's cool.  Maybe this is more for me, though.  So here's my first post, with the latest image.  Maybe when I get better at Photoshop I'll revisit this.  I think it needs something more...I'm just not sure what.

Oh, forgot to mention--this is my daughter Mystery.  She just turned five months and she looks so sweet and has so much adorable baby pudge that she reminds me of a cute little fairy.  So I turned her into one.  :)