28 April 2011

Filter Jam, in the meantime

While browsing copyright websites, I had to fiddle with Photoshop and create a composition using filters only.

Subliminal, yo! (2011) Photoshop

Some Helpful Copyright Websites

Since intellectual properties, such as copyrights, are so involved and controversial, I've decided to pass along some websites that other persons have passed to me or that I've found:

U.S. Copyright Office

Direct Legal's Copyright Guide

Brad Templeton's Guide to Copyright

Plagiarism Today: Main Site

Plagiarism Today on: Fan Art and Derivative Works

Hopefully, these websites can help you avoid headaches in the future, whether you are making original art or - dundundun! - making art or writing work that is based off another existing piece!

Also, take good notes on the differences between copyrights, trademarks, and patents. You would think it's simple, but it isn't! This stuff gets pretty confusing, and people aren't 100% protected, of course. But, like I said, hopefully all you guys and gals out there can arm yourselves with knowledge.

Happy creating!

20 April 2011

Candle Light or Moon Light?

What do you find more romantic: candle light beside a random apple and banana, or moonlight to go with the demons chasing your tail?

Hats Off To Eiffel 65 (2011) Photoshop

Value Tests (2011) Photoshop

14 April 2011

The Argus Project - Week 11

For this project, we're supposed to take a "famous" eye, 50 years or older, and post it. I chose Michelangelo Buonarroti's David:

David's Eye (2011) Photoshop

12 April 2011

The Color Wheel and Color Blindness

I just found a super-informative website on color blindness. It's by Archimedes' Laboratory:

Color Blindness Test and Facts

For any graphic designers and web designers, there's an article on "How can I create a colorblind friendly website?" Overall, the page looks like a superb stepping stone regarding color blindness, its whys and what-to-do's.

07 April 2011

The Argus Project - Week 10

Eyes done in the style of (from top to bottom):

1. Vincent van Gogh
2. JC Leyendecker
3. René Magritte
4. Rembrandt van Rijn
5. Franz Marc

StylEyesd (2011) Photoshop.

03 April 2011

Dr. Photoshop

... or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Digital Revolution.

Let me begin by saying that I respect digital media. I believe that Adobe and other companies have devised powerful software that enhances the lives of not only artists, but other individuals, from the common person on the street to the self-taught aficionado, seeking to spice up their photos and the like. I have seen my competition within and without the Internet, and I must confess, I am envious, inspired, and fearful that so many people are far more advanced and proficient at Photoshop than I am. I only wonder how skillful such hands are with traditional tools, but glancing only at their digital art works, I can only assume that these digital masters must be proficient with pencil and paint.

With that disclaimer in mind, I'd like to go on to say: Photoshop hates me. Or I hate Photoshop. I don't know yet. We're going to counseling on the weekends only because Photoshop insists.

Joking aside, here's the upload for the Technical Illustration Project:

(2011) Photoshop.

(2011) Photoshop.

Yeah, but it does get better:

Spheres (2011) Photoshop.

So yes. Slowly but surely.

Actually, I've been working with Photoshop for a couple of summers now. It's just really awkward working with a medium you can't touch or mix. It's like the difference between reading off a Nook or reading from a real book - I'm sorry, trees, but I'll take my paperbacks any day. :) But we'll see. After weekends of counseling.

02 April 2011

It's Tarzan Saturday!

While painting spheres in Photoshop, my mind roaming as usual, the oh-so-polically-correct 1932 Tarzan the Ape Man was on TCM, followed later in the afternoon by Disney's 1999 rendition, which is no closer to Burroughs' story, but what the hey! Listening to Brian Blessed (the Brit who plays Clayton) ham it up is the LOLz. So, I decided to go through my mountainous portfolio and scare up some of my artwork:

Age-Regressed Clayton. Pencil.
Sheeta, Sabor's Daughter. Pencil and colored pencil.

Brother and Sister. Colored pencil on colored paper.

Tarzan, Clayton,  Lady Waltham, and Sheeta © Burroughs and Disney. No profit has been made or will ever be made off these derivative works.

01 April 2011

My quick landscape

So we had to paint a quick landscape in Photoshop and make a new brush.

... My eyes! They burn!

Amoeba Snowflake Brush (2011) Photoshop.

Snowy Practice (2011) Photoshop.