Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Expanding Kizzy

I know, this is cheating.  I have used a photo sent to me by a friend of her cat to practice my Procreate tools on my iPad.  This is Kizzy, or at least the dreamlike Kizzy I manifested from the original.  I recreated some of the background to give her more room in her setting, and greatly expanded her coat, using the tints Procreate said were already going on in the photo... I just exaggerated them a bit!  The last challenge was the lit eye.  In the photo, it was all but washed out, so I recreated it, from a description my friend gave me of it on the phone.  

This beats doodling any day.  

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Waiting To Eat

So nice to get out and have some fun in Port Townsend the other day.  Jim and I went to see a movie at Rose Theatre after a lovely lunch at The Fountain Cafe across the street (just before they closed).  A funky place with outrageously wonderful food!  I'm getting faster at sketching, now, and enjoy establishments or scenery that are colorful and different.  Or textural.  LOVE texture!  This was done in my little Moleskine with pen and Cotman watercolors, some of which I've pried out and squished in my own colors because I like them better.  Funny, after having been a portrait painter for so many years, you'd think I'd do more sketches with people in them.  I guess I can't get over the privacy thing.  

Monday, July 8, 2013

A Dream of Sierra

Another shot of our geriatric kitty, Sierra, that lent itself to painting digitally with Procreate.  This week is her last with us, Jim is creating a sweet slideshow with music as a tribute.  I like that I can take the photo of the cat and play with her fur, ears, whiskers, body shape, eyes, and recreate a version of our little friend that is more dreamlike.  A fantasy version of Sierra.  

Friday, July 5, 2013

Imaginary Village Perspective Revisited

Along the lines of my previous blog postings, I photographed with the iPad outdoors my original sketch of "Imaginary Village Perspective" (refer to my 4-28-12 posting), then put the image in Procreate's gallery, and went to work on it.  The photo was imperfect, so the paper came out blue.  I liked the blue and ran with it.  Using a slight purple palette, I drew, painted and smudged until the Village had filled out.  Do you like it?  I am learning something new, so PLEASE feel free to comment!