Digital Coloring Practice- Marie from The Aristocats

Hi everyone! I’ve been in a huge personal art slump for a long time. In order to get myself out of my slump, I started to get back into digital painting. It’s been many months since I worked with Photoshop for painting, and it’s been even longer since I actually used it to not just color, but actually paint a whole entire painting in the program. Since I was so rusty, I decided to begin practicing by coloring coloring pages I found online.

Years ago (Maybe 2011/2012?), I used to see artist on DeviantART take scans of Disney coloring pages and color them in a digital program. I used to love seeing how each artist interpreted the pages, but whenever I used to try to do it myself, it never looked the way I hoped it would. Since I wanted to get back into using Photoshop and my tablet, I thought it would be fun and less stressful to color Disney coloring pages.

The first coloring page I colored is Marie from Disney’s The Aristocats. I found the coloring page here.

This is what the finished page looks like…

Overall, I’m happy with the way the coloring turned out. I used the paint bucket to fill in the larger fields with color and then used the spray paint brush to create the shading. I forgot the name of the brush that I used for the spray paint brush, but it is one of the default brushes that came with Photoshop Elements 12.

Even though I’m happy with the way the picture turned out, I am disappointed with the moon. I originally wanted it to look like the real moon, but it ended up turning out kind of dark. I wanted it to look lighter, but I ended up leaving it dark because I forgot to fix it.

I’m really looking forward to coloring other coloring pages in the future. I also hope to experiment with different brushes than I normally use. I never had an opportunity to experiment with the different brushed in Photoshop, and coloring coloring pages gives me an excuse to do so.

Well, that’s all for now! Thank you for reading!

April 2018 Sewing Pattern Haul

Hi everyone! April is over so that means it’s time for another sewing pattern haul. This pattern haul is mostly Vogue sewing patterns, but I do have a few McCall’s patterns I missed buying in March.

Like with March’s pattern haul, I recorded a video of the patterns and why I bought them. You can watch it here.

Ok, onto the patterns! Continue reading “April 2018 Sewing Pattern Haul”

Desert Sunset Photographs- March 4, 2018

Hi everyone! On March 4, 2018, I took a few photographs of a sunset near my house. I hesitated in posting these photos because there are only four photos and I feel like I’ve turned my blog into a photography blog and ignoring the sewing and art I love to post. I’m currently working on new sewing projects and I’m working on new art and sketches, but until I’m done with them I’ll need to continue posting photographs as filler posts. *sigh*

Anyway, here are the photographs!

That’s all for now! Thank you for reading!

March 2018 Sewing Pattern Haul

Hi everyone! It’s time for another sewing pattern haul. I missed February’s pattern haul because I didn’t buy any patterns. In March, McCall’s and Simplicity patterns were on sale so I bought some that I wanted along with pattern I already owned but needed to buy new ones as back up or replacements.

In addition to this post, I also created a video about my pattern haul! You can see it here:

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Desert Sunset Photographs- February 22, 2018

Hi everyone! On February 22, 2018, I took photos of a beautiful sunset. The sunset didn’t have the normal spectacular clouds near where the sun set in the sky, but there were clouds. I really liked the textures of the clouds so I took photos of them…

Even though the clouds didn’t cover the setting sun, I was able to take some nice photographs of a saguaro cactus as the sun set…

That’s all for now! Thank you for reading!

Casa Grande Ruins- February 8, 2018

Hi everyone! On February 8, 2018, I went to the Casa Grande Ruins to take photos, video, and just to spend the day somewhere I don’t normally go to on a regular basis.

The Casa Grande Ruins National Monument is of Native American adobe ruins. One of these ruins is a three story tall adobe building. You can read more about the Casa Grande Ruins here. I’ve been to the ruins before, but it was many years ago.

I’m very happy I did because on the day I went to the ruins because I got to see a nesting great horned owl in the ruins!

In addition to taking photos, I also recorded video of the ruins. I originally posted the video on Youtube, but after looking at it I realized I didn’t like how it turned out. So, I took it down. I’m not sure if I’ll remake the video and repost it. I don’t like the way the video I recorded at the park turned out, so I think I won’t post a video of my trip to the Ruins.

Well, that’s all for now! Thank you for reading!

Arizona Renaissance Festival- March 3, 2018

Hi everyone! I’m back from a two week blogging break! I had to take some time off because of the Easter holiday and to focus on my day job. But I’m back now with a new post about my trip to the Arizona Renaissance Festival! I’m also doing some cross posting of the photos in this post on my second blog, The Estella Imitative, so if you see photos with this blog’s watermark in a post on that blog, I’m just too lazy to reedit photos with the right watermark. 🙂

On March 3, 2018 I went to the Arizona Renaissance Festival. Unlike previous years, I didn’t buy a season pass so I only went to the festival once this year. Since the festival has themed weekends, I wanted to go to Time Travelers weekend. I’ve gone every year during this weekend for a few years now and I enjoy it so much I keep going back.

Since 2018 is the 30th anniversary of the festival, Lego Discovery Center in Arizona Mills Mall created a sculpture out of Legos to celebrate.

The sculpture was located in front of the jousting horses stalls. Continue reading “Arizona Renaissance Festival- March 3, 2018”

February 18, 2018 Rainbow Photographs

Hi everyone! In my last photography post, I showed and talked about photographs I took of the desert after a rainstorm. While I was outside taking those photographs, a rainbow formed and I began to take photographs of it.

The rainbow started out as small, but it became a full arch.

It almost became a double rainbow, but I didn’t take a photograph of it.

That’s all for now! Thank you for reading!

February 18, 2018 Desert Photographs

On February 18, 2018, there was a winter storm that came through the area I live in. It did rain some, but that’s about it. (Raining is about all that happens during a winter storm in the area I live) Since there was clouds, I decided to take some photos of the sunset.

That’s all for now! Thank you for reading!

2012 Old Tucson Photographs-Part 1

Sometime in March 2012, I went to Old Tucson, sometimes better known as Old Tucson Studios. It is a film set that is open to the public. The first time I went was in 2011, went back in 2012, and still have yet to go back. I hope to go back sometime this year, but I’ve said that for six years and it never happened. Still, I hope that I can go back sometime soon!

I know these photographs are 6 years old this month, but after becoming too busy to post the photographs and loosing the CD the photos are saved to for years, I decided to edit the photos and post them now. I posted some back in 2012, but after loosing the CD I couldn’t edit and post any more. I always felt bad about not posting the photos at all. So now I’m finishing my incomplete post series.

This isn’t going to be the only post about the photographs I took there. I’m not sure how many there will end up being, but I plan on posting them throughout the spring as a filler post. Between my busy day job, working on new sewing projects to post about, and experiencing a case of artist block for drawing, there really isn’t much to talk about except for photographs I took six years ago. Still, I hope you enjoy seeing them! Continue reading “2012 Old Tucson Photographs-Part 1”