Friday, April 27, 2018

How I Create a 2d Digital Sculpture

Someone suggested I make a video of me at work creating 2d digital sculptures. Such a video would be so cut and spliced, it would look hokey. It takes me four, five, even six times (over the course of several nonconsecutive days) before I get the image what I want. 

By definition, a digital sculpture is "the use of software that offers tools to push, pull, smooth, grab, pinch or otherwise manipulate a digital object as if it were made of a real-life substance such as clay." [from wikipedia]

Visualize this: I start with a shape  and fill it with colors I think will work--even manipulate them for an abstract effect. 
This is my "clay." I then use a warp tool to push and pull the shape into the form I want. I have several programs that offer a warp brush. The one I prefer can be sized, both in diameter and in warping ability. This allows control of the bend and pull of the colors. I use a stylus on a tablet rather than the computer mouse, so I have pressure-sensitive control. 

There are also pre-programmed warping selections (twirls, waves, bloating, pinching and more) that can be applied to all or various parts of the image. I mostly use those for digital abstracts--not figurative abstracts such as 2d digital sculptures.

I reference a photograph to keep the anatomical features fairly accurate. I usually add a shadow to the subject to make it stand out from the background. 

Once satisfied with the 2d Critter sculpture, I layer it onto a background I have digitally painted, or, as with this grizzly, one of interesting textures.

Visit my Digital Sculptures gallery to see more images.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

For the Bees

I like taking pictures of what goes on in rural life, and my plan to shoot a local bee yard was pleasantly enhanced yesterday. I headed out with a very long lens on my camera but when I got near the field where dozens of hives were, I saw they weren't alone. Bee workers, garbed in protective suites and head gear, were busy around the hives.
I pulled onto a rough road nearby and, camera in hand, hiked across the field to shouting distance of the workers. They said I could take pictures, but not to get too close or I might get stung.  Well, I knew that. duh.

Bees filled the air. A trailer and fork lift set nearby.
And a large swarm was on bee boxes stacked on pallets.

While I was shooting, I became aware of buzzing that I hadn't heard before. Lo, there were several bees approaching, one already circling my hat. I slowly turned and walked farther away from the hives.
The bees scouts didn't follow.

Worker smokes a hive to calm the bees.

I wanted to ask questions; my long lens worked pretty well, but I wanted to be garbed as they were so I could get closer. Curious as to what they were doing, I finally shouted another question and learned they were sorting hives and stacking them to be transported to their main facility, where the hives would be shipped off to beekeeping customers.

My rural life shoot turned out much better than I expected.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Photos from a Saturday Outing

A row of watering cans
I started out at Valley Farms for their gardening class. Took in good information about pruning tools and fertilizers, and was allowed to take pictures after the class.

cork pads look almost edible

Purchased a trowel with serrated edge.

On the way home I stopped by the Sieben holding pens, and got permission to take pics of the shorn sheep.

A pleasant day, and so inspired, I did a bit of  gardening when I got home.

Emerging tulips seemed to like the clean out of weeds.

I left the combine clean out for a later date since we're supposed to get snow and cold temps tonight and tomorrow. Thought the dead foliage could continue to give protection. Tulips growing here, too. Another couple of weeks and there will be color!

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

For the Birds

 I took advantage of the increased rainy weather and temps above 40 to do a little yard work, planning for the birds. I rearranged the small bird bath to a different location, and put in a bird feeder on a hook. It will be a while for that to be used. The seed eaters haven't returned yet (sparrows, finches, etc.) The bluebirds and robins are scrounging for bugs. Then I emptied the cart bird bath that the larger birds like. Snow had filled it and was melted to 6 inches deep...too deep. Refilled it. One of the curious robins watched most of my efforts, and I hadn't been in the house but a few moments when I looked out and saw it in the cart.

Tulips emerging

Monday, April 16, 2018

About Editing - Another Hat I Wear

This article on Poets and Writers online site gives a nice description of what being an editor is all about. I don't have the big-name accomplishments of Rebecca Saletan, but my sentiments are the same.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Results of First 2018 show - #2

At the Big Sky show on Saturday last, a woman admired a canvas print I had displayed, but she wanted it not on canvas, and smaller. I gave her my business card with the Fine Art America URL and told her she could order any size there.
I think she did just that. FAA doesn't tell me anything about a buyer except the city where they live. The East Helena address, and a day after the show, gives me confidence the person found what she wanted. THANK YOU!!…

Results of First 2018 show - #1

In ever-changing spring weather, people came out to the Big Sky Art & Craft Shows on Saturday, 7 April 2018. One woman came by to tell me how much her sister liked the photo of mine she'd given her. That's always nice.
And a big THANK YOU to the Helena couple who purchased the Limited Edition, 20" x 16" aluminum print of "Trees through Firehole River Mist."

Sunday, April 1, 2018

A visitor on my porch

Taken this morning, 31 March. I like the drip of snow on the beak.

Western Bluebird On Cold Day Photograph by Kae Cheatham