A New Century Plant by James Lewis Hamilton

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Featured in “Creative Cards” group fall 2009
Featured in “First Things Group” 8/16/10
FEATURED in “Creative CARDS” 16 Jan. 2014

This work started out as a pen and ink sketch I did on a 5″ × 8″ plain index card some years ago. The back ground was filled in with clouds in illustrator markers. Over the years the work yellowed, the markers faded and discolored, but the original sketch still had some nice qualities to it.

I moved it into Photoshop (PS) and the tawdry aspects just jumped out further. So after making adjustments for RB card format, like creating a colored torn edge, I experimented with some ‘filter’ choices. ‘Solarization’ really popped this image. It turned the century plant black with darker lines yet, but really converted the background into a feast of color. I re-painted the plant highlights with white, re-outlined for emphasis with black lines and made minor background color adjustments. I’m not a whiz at PS yet, but I like what I figured out to do with this old sketch.
I didn’t keep track of how long it took me or how late the hour… but I did this a few nights back and I’m just rested up now to submit it! ; – )))))))))))))

It’d be a decent card for the concept of making current improvements or changes (in this new century) to have a ‘brighter’ outlook for the future!


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  • ShadowDancer
    ShadowDancerover 4 years ago

    i really enjoyed this… funny how things can beautify by aging and fading.. i’m glad you posted this. :)

  • I hope you are right about …“funny how things can beautify by aging and fading…” Sometimes I can feel like like I’m aging and fading very quickly ; – )))… but if this is my ‘road to beautification’ then okay ; – )))…
    I suspect I’m just on a “funny” road though! LOL … I’m glad you commented!

    – James Lewis Hamilton

  • owlspook
    owlspookover 4 years ago

    Congrats James! your card is featured in Creative Cards! (big smile) well done! (big smile)

  • Thank you for the feature… when I work at it I can get a good design! (smile)
    ; – )))

    – James Lewis Hamilton

  • © Janis Zroback
    © Janis Zrobackalmost 4 years ago have been featured in the First Things Group

  • Janis, thanks for the feature… it validates the decision to revisit work loaded a while ago (Dec. ’09)… and load to groups I might not have belonged to back then. ;-)))

    – James Lewis Hamilton

  • OH? I hope that doesn’t make this a ‘second thing’!!!??? ;-)))

    – James Lewis Hamilton

  • Jason D. Laderoute
    Jason D. Lader...almost 4 years ago

    Hey James, This is really cool I like the Hand Drawn affect, well done
    thank you for adding this to the group SHOW US YOUR BLOOPERS

  • Jason, thanks for your fun comment… makes ‘Bloopers’ even more dynamic! ;-)))

    – James Lewis Hamilton

  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimagealmost 4 years ago

  • metriognome
    metriognome8 months ago

    1 image/24hrs

  • LoneAngel
    LoneAngel6 months ago

    Please look Here to see your card featured on the groups homepage

    beautiful work .. many congrats

  • oh, oh… thanks… this is a fun fav early work of mine… recently I revisited it putting on other RB products and thus adding to new groups… so delighted when this second feature from ‘Creative Cards’ from you showed up!!!

    – James Lewis Hamilton

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