DilettantO

DilettantO

QUINNS ROCKS, Australia

Journal

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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CRAP OR BRILLIANT: IT'S ALL RELATIVE

THis entry was prompted by a posting from Patricia-Anne.
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I just wanted to share this little anecdote with both her and the community in general, many of whom, including myself, have the same feelings about their work from time to time, and so show them in general and Patricia-Anne in particular, that she is certainly NOT alone in feeling like this, at least sometimes.

So this is what happened yesterday:
As some of you may know, I play fiddle. I taught myself and never had a lesson from anyone. I make a reasonable sound, despite the fact that I do it all wrong. Most of the time, I’m reasonably happy with the way I play, but sometimes, my skill, or more importantly, lack of, is brought into sharp focus, making me re-examine my fiddle playing ability. Last night was one such occasi…

THANK YOU SHARK LOVER!

A big thank you to the anonymous shark lover who bought my ‘Shark!!!’ tee.
Hope it doesn’t frighten small children and old ladies….and if you keep tropical fish, don’t get too close to the tank in it….
Cheers

COPYRIGHT: HOW EASY IT IS TO SLIP UP

Some of you may be interested and some, I’m sure, will even be amused, to hear that I realised this morning (while I was in the shower, as it happens) that despite my seemingly over zealous stance on copyright infringement, I had fallen foul of it myself and until just now, it hadn’t even occurred to me. that I had.
The image in question was of an issue of postage stamps I have just recently designed for the WWF for a country named Bequia and featured crabs. They were depicted as a mock up of a sheetlet showing a block of 16 stamps set within a decorative background. All very innocent, you might think, as all the artwork was created by me ( although copied from photos, for which permission had been given to use as ref material) …however, also on the sheetlet was the WWF …

COPYRIGHT: MY BETE NOIRE (AND WHY IT SHOULD BE YOURS)

In case you have been offline for the last 24 hours, or online but not on RB ( and why not, I’d like to know??!!) you may have noticed that I seem to have caused a little buzz with a Forum entry entitled:
OPENING PANDORA’SBOX-
There’s quite a discussion going on over there…last time I looked it ran to 10 pages…
Anyway…
Now you might be wondering why I have such a large bee up my butt about copyright infringement…Okay. Two reasons:
First, I have worked in the ‘commercial art industry’ all my life and have seen first hand how this copyright thing works and I can tell you it’s not pretty when it comes to infringement and the bigger the player, the uglier it gets.
Secondly, I have had personal experience of this, but I was lucky and someon…

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