Northanger Abbey

27 08 2014

According to WordPress it’s the 3 year anniversary of this blog. Who knew? Anyway:

Weirdest. Movie. Ever.

Weirdest. Movie. Ever.

I saw this 86 (or 87?) version of Northanger Abbey recently and man, was it weird. It didn’t help that I saw the 07 version first (JJ Field!), which is actually pretty cute and endearing. The 80’s version is like…wailing saxophone music, little boys doing cartwheels, staring around with enormous eyes in fields of mist, and a random French character with a moon on her face. Pretty accurate summary. I think their casting choice for Mr. Tilney is odd/bit creepy too. His face is hard to draw…it’s round with this fluffy halo of blond fly-away hair and non-angular features.

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Le Michel

22 08 2014

french street

Latest tablet experiment  – blocking in color/shadow without line work AND a scene vs. portrait. Lots of improvement needed, but I like it. 🙂 Based on a photo I took in Strasbourg, France last year.





Caves of Florida

18 08 2014

Back in May after my B-day, I took a trip to see the Florida caves for the first time. (Yes, this is much belated.) Who even knew there were caves in Florida? That aren’t underwater that is. The only above-water caves in the state are at Florida Caverns State Park, see here.

Swamp on the drive in...

Swamp on the drive in…

It’s outside of Tallahassee, a 4 hour drive from Jacksonville. It had severely rained the day before, so there were an unbelievable amount of mosquitos and over 1/3 of the caves were flooded, but it was still worth the trip.

statue in front of the path to the Visitor's Center

statue in front of the path to the Visitor’s Center

the first cave entrance

the first cave entrance

We had to pass the first entrance and enter the second to skirt around the flooded areas.

descending into the caves

descending into the caves

They do tour groups frequently – I think every 1/2 hour. It’s not a thing where you can just go on your own, but the tour is helpful anyway as the guide was very knowledgeable.

Some areas were much wider than I expected!

Some areas were much wider than I expected!

I had my low light lens, but it doesn’t do well in close quarters since it’s a set focal length. So I had to break out the cell phone for some of the pics (like the above grainy one.)

 

stalactites!

stalactites!

 

They call this the "wedding cake," and they actually do have weddings here, but for small parties only.

They call this the “wedding cake,” and they actually do have weddings here, but for small parties only.

plenty of lights...in some areas, the minors inlaid bits of ceramic plates in the rock to reflect light and spread light around more.

plenty of lights…in some areas, the miners inlaid bits of ceramic plates in the rock to reflect light and spread light around more.

impressive

impressive

All the lights are standard white/orange. I think they should mix it up with some blues/reds/greens. Thank you, Photoshop.

All the lights are standard white/orange. I think they should mix it up with some blues/reds/greens. Thank you, Photoshop.

more pretty....

more pretty….

I don’t really have a pic of it, but in some areas the stalagmites are gray or black colored. The guide said that oil in human skin causes it to react that way over time, so you should avoid touching anything.

still pool of water

still pool of water

Pretty sure a bat is lurking in there.

Pretty sure a bat is lurking in there.

It was pretty awesome. Can’t imagine being tasked with digging that all out in mostly darkness.

 





Chiseled

13 08 2014

greek guy

I am loving this tablet! Still learning – attempted for the first time here to block in colors and shadows first before linework. Added the linear definition at the end. This guy is based on a photo I took in France at the Palais Rohan.





Aira

11 08 2014

Aira

More tablet experimentation – I am probably like one of 5 Americans that have seen Green Legend Ran, but I remember thinking it was pretty awesome as a kid. They had these alien-worshiping bishops that started turning into plants. This is a quick take on Aira, Ran’s “silver-haired maiden” counterpart.  Anyhow, I’m playing around with how to turn a scanned traditional sketch into digital tablet art.

Aira sketchThis was the original sketch. Annoyingly you can’t delete or really erase the background layer in Photoshop, which is what anything you scan opens as. But you can make a duplicate layer from the background and alter that and paint white over the original to hide it – ta da!

may 2014 sketch tablified

This was about a 3 minute digital overlay of part of the original sketch below. Being able to color without a mouse is a dream!

may 2014 sketch





Tablet!

5 08 2014

My tablet came in! The people that say there’s a learning curve for traditional artists are right (getting a fluid line is REALLY hard), but OMG – so cool to draw instead of mouse-clicking a thousand times! I’ve been playing around with it:

I like this one, apart from the too-small hand.

I like this one, apart from the too-small hand.

a study tonight, getting used to quick sketching

a study tonight, getting used to quick sketching

I want to learn how to do the painterly thing with it – but the smudge and blur tools are having so much lag. Below:

my first thing on the tablet - an experiment in painting using "normal" versus "multiply"

my first thing on the tablet – an experiment in painting using “normal” versus “multiply”

2nd drawing on tablet - attempt at linework using the tablet pen. Harder than I thought!

2nd drawing on tablet – attempt at linework using the tablet pen. Harder than I thought!

 








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