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DilettantO

DilettantO

QUINNS ROCKS, Australia

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Winner? Me?? Nahhhhhh....

Found out today that I have won the GRAND PRIZE (even bigger than ‘First Prize’!!!) in the Corel Asia Pacific Digital Art Competition 2011!!!! Apart from the kudos of winning such a prestigious competition and having my work featured on Corel’s site, I get AU$5k cash and $5k worth of Corel products. I have to say that I really did NOT expect this. I thought I might be up for something, because they contacted me a few weeks back and said I had been shortlisted and asked for the working file of the ‘Reddish Egret’, (which I posted on RB some time ago) which itself was curious, as I didn’t consider it the best piece that I had submitted. The funny part was that the results were supposed to be announced yesterday but I heard nothing, so I Googled it and cam…

WYSIWYG Calendar

As so many of you seemed to enjoy the 12 individual ‘naughty’ photo montage pages I posted a few months back, I’d just like to remind you that all 12 are available for sale on RB as calendar here:
WYSIWYG CALENDAR

Every home should have one.
Mine has.
Here endeth the shameless self promo

CREATIVITY THROUGH ADVERSITY

If you are a well adjusted, happy and contented individual, you probably won’t be interested in this entry, but if, like me, none of the above apply (and I know some of you are, if maybe to a lesser degree) then you may find it interesting and possibly useful.
It concerns my recent posting BOHOR REEDBUCK
I commented that the piece took twice as long to paint as usual and that the background alone took 20 hours, but didn’t state why. That’s why I’m writing this, expressly for those of you who also have to create your art, with a ‘black dog’ on your back, chewing away at your ear…
As I have stated before, I spend most of my life with my head in a very dark place, due to some of my own demons, but also because of some ‘imported ones’. The tw…

WHAT THEY SAW WAS WHAT THEY GOT!

A BIG thank you to those anonymous bubblers who just bought my WYSIWYG calendar, presumably having decided that hanging it on their wall and giving it as a gift, were novel ways to offend people! However, I hope they are wrong, and that the only ‘offence’ caused is ‘laughing loudly in a built up area’!

DIGITALLY PAINTING EGRETS : A BREAKDOWN

Well, now that the Egret ‘slideshow’ is FINALLY working, I felt I should give you a breakdown of what you are seeing.
So where do I start? ( People always ask that)
As you will see, I start with a blank ‘canvas’ with the ref pic above. Then I create a line drawing. In fact, in this instance, it’s 2 line drawings, because each bird is on a separate layer. Layers are the key to working digitally as you’ll see.

The ‘size’ of the canvas I use is around A4 (20cmx28cm) but on a computer, ‘size’ doesn’t mean much, as it is relative to resolution. I work at 300dpi and stamp art is x4 repro size, so when my art is scrunched down four times to be printed as stamps, the res becomes 1200dpi (standard for postage stamps). I have even pai…

EGRETS: HOW THEY WERE PAINTED (UMPTEENTH TAKE)

I put this link up a moment ago to see if it worked, decided it didn’t and took it down, assuming no-one else had had a chance to try it. However, it seems like a couple of you did, and it did…so I’m posting it again and will leave it there a bit longer, even though I don’t really know how it worked…Click this link and it will take you to an FTP site called Yousendit, where you can d/l the file. It will be available there for 2 weeks.

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ONE FEATHER AT A TIME

I have just posted a piece of digital artwork entitled
REDDISH EGRET
and I would like to give you a little ‘backstory’ concerning not only it, but just about everything else I have painted in both traditional and digital media over my working life as an illustrator, spanning around 40 years. As some of you who know I little about me, not only am I slightly autistic, but I also suffer from chronic depression. Not a good combination, but I would gladly keep the autism, but get rid of the depression , as the former makes it possible for me to create my art the way I do, whereas the latter hinders it….or does it?

There is a very curious phenomenon at work here and I would be interested to know if anyone else has experienced it. Although the depression MUST affect how I work, i…

THANK YOU TO THE ANONYMOUS BEHOLDING EYE(S)

I’m not in the habit of blowing my own trumpet, but I hope you’ll forgive me a short blast.
I just found out that an issue of WWF stamps I designed for Malawi last year has been voted (by collectors) as ‘the 2nd most beautiful stamps of 2009’. I have no idea what came first, but I prefer silver to gold anyway.
If you would like to visit the site and see the issue, go Here→selflink}]/cl/alist/cnid/eld4ac059a11ad4a1.19544791

I am unable to offer the stamp art for sale but the FDC artwork for the issue is available on RB as prints etc and is found

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