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!

1970’s Elsa Skirt

A few months ago, I had plans to go to a pop culture convention with some friends of mine. Since I’m loosing weight, the only “geeky” clothes that fit me was a few t-shirts and my Tardis jumper skirt. I had some time at that time, so I began working on new skirts and costumes I could make and finish in time to wear to the convention.

Unfortunately, the convention plans ended up falling through and in my disappointment, I set everything I sewed to wear to the convention aside. This week, I began to drag all my unfinished projects I worked on for the convention out so I could finish them. One of them was an Elsa skirt using a reprint of a 1970’s skirt pattern.

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Merida Pencil Drawing

Back in 2013, after entering the Phoenix Comicon’s badge art contest, I decided to make plans for PCC’s 2014 badge art contest. I wanted to enter a Disney drawing because there wasn’t a Disney representation in 2013’s voted-on entries. I ended up drawing two drawings, one of Merida from Brave and the other of Rapunzel from Tangled. Unfortunately, in 2014 PCC didn’t hold an badge art contest and I don’t believe they will hold them anymore. (The didn’t for the 2015 convention) Because of this, the two drawings I planned on entering in the contest were left in my sketch books uncolored and untouched.

A few weeks ago, while going thought my sketch books I found both drawings and remembered why I drew them. Since they had no use as an entry to a badge art contest, I decided to go ahead and color them with colored pencils.

The first drawing I colored was my drawing of Merida…

merida pencil drawing

Since this drawing was meant to be used as convention badge art, I wanted to scan the original line art and then color it digitally. Since this isn’t going to be used for badge art, I decided to use my favorite coloring method, colored pencils! I always like coloring using colored pencils and since I discovered Prismacolor pencils almost five years ago, controlling the color and placement of the color became much easier.

I was always happy with how the drawing turned out, but now I’m really happy with how the drawing turned out colored! I’m currently working on coloring Rapunzel, but coloring was delayed a few days because I lost my my colored pencils under a pile of papers. XD

I still feel really sad about not getting the chance to enter more badge art contests in my local conventions. Many of the conventions I liked to go to held badge art contests and now they don’t. I don’t know why they stopped (Maybe there were too many problems with cheating?) but I was starting to get used to drawing digitally and enjoyed trying to think of subjects to draw or paint that fit inside the requirements the contests had. It was as close to working as a graphic designer I had or ever will have! Har har. (Seriously though, I don’t want to be a graphic designer. I like the idea of being an illustrator more.)

Well, that’s all I have to say for my Merida drawing. Thank you for reading!

Elsa Inspired Prom Dress

I’m slowly getting the chance to finish the dresses I was planning on making for sale at my Etsy shop. (My day job has been driving me crazy lately so I don’t have the time to sew like I want to) I was able to finish a dress and list it a while, so I decided to talk about it.

I had an idea a while ago to make a prom dress inspired by Elsa’s Snow Queen outfit from the movie Frozen. Although the outfit would look cool as a prom dress, I thought for prom or another formal dance it might be a little much and not that easy to move in. So, I set about making a prom dress inspired by Elsa’s Snow Queen outfit.

elsa prom dress final

The dress was made with sequin dot fabric with a crinkle lame overlay on the bodice. The top of the bodice was made with light blue chiffon and has beads and sequins sewn onto the edges. The skirt is made out of satin and the whole entire dress, including the skirt, is lined with lining fabric.

Like I said before, I put the dress up for sale at my Etsy shop so if anyone likes it, wants it, and can fit in it, you can buy it! XD

As for the other dresses I’m making for sale, they’re coming along slowly. I’m not sure what happened that slowed progress down, but I’m working at a snail’s pace. (Or, that’s what it feels like!) I’m not sure if I’ll get all the dresses I’m working on done by the end of the month, but I’ll try to get at least one done!

Cinderella Art Nouveau Poster

I haven’t been able to make as many original blog posts I’d like to online because of personal problems. I’ve talked about it a little on Tumblr, but besides that I haven’t mentioned it anywhere else. I don’t want to talk about what happened until everything related to it clears up and since that hasn’t happened yet, I’m not talking about it. Anyway, the personal problems caused me to miss Taiyou Con a week or so ago and jeopardized attending the Arizona Renaissance Festival this year. I’m not happy about it and I’ve been successfully distracting myself by sewing. A lot. Since I’ve been sewing so much, I haven’t been painting a lot. I hope to get around to painting and drawing in February, but I can’t guarantee anything.

Before my personal problems arose, I finished a fan art painting I started back in December. I indented on entering into a contest held by the art nouveau club on DA, but I got sick with the flu so I couldn’t finish it in time. (Why is it that every time I want to do something good something bad happens and I can’t do it?! UGH!) The theme of the contest was to create a movie poster in an art nouveau style.

I ended up choosing the live action movie Cinderella. It has yet to come out in theaters, but after watching the trailer I want to see it. I had so many plans for the painting, but of course, they didn’t turn out the way I wanted them, I changed my mind, and so on. I’m still pleased with how the painting turned out!

Here she is…

cinderella art nouveau poster

Forgive the small size of the file. I can’t find the larger size right now.

I painted it in Photoshop with a transparent background. I’m beginning to enjoy using transparent backgrounds. They’re so useful when you want to layer paintings and add backgrounds! The background picture is a photo of a sunset I took. I didn’t like the way the background I was painting looked so I found a sunset photo I took and used that instead. You can see a desert plant in the background on the right side of the painting. XD The lettering was based off art nouveau style lettering I found while searching online, but I changed it so I could free hand write what I wanted the poster to say.

That’s all I have to say about the poster, besides I’m still happy with how it turned out! And you can find it on Tumblr here and on DeviantART here. As for future post, I don’t have much to talk about at this time. I’m still working on making things for my Etsy store (I’ll list them after my vacation is over in March) and plenty of things for the Renaissance Festival. I’m still not sure if I’ll be going this year, but until I can officially say I’m not going, I’m going to act like I am. And that means my costumes for the festival need to be finished! I have many what I think are frivolous ideas to blog about, but then again someone might find it interesting so who knows. Just depends on if I feel like posting about it in the future. 😛

Thank you for reading!

Playing with Photoshop- Disneyland Photographs

While going through my old photographs, I found two photos I took back in 2007 at Disneyland. I was on a high school band trip at that time and I didn’t have the money nor the way to purchase a digital camera so I used my old Olympus 35mm film camera. I don’t remember much about what type of camera it was sans it was an Olympus and ran on 35mm film.

Anyway, after I came home from the trip, many people wanted prints of my photos. I scanned the prints and printed them off on the home printer. I kept the digital files and a few weeks ago I found them again. I wanted to play with the auto color correct on Photoshop again so I decided to use it on these photos.

Before I talk about the photos, I’d like to say these photos aren’t that great. One is washed out and blurry while the other has a pole in front of what I was taking a photo of. I do have good photos from the trip, but they were never scanned and do not have plans to scan them.

The first photo I edited was taken while waiting to ride the Indiana Jones ride. I never rode it before I still remember how excited I was to ride it. Although I classify as a Fan Girl and a geek, I don’t really “fan out” or get super excited about things that much. Sans the Indiana Jones ride. I adored that ride, soaked up every minute of it, and if I get to go back to Disneyland the Indiana Jones ride will probably be the first ride I’ll run to.

Here’s what the original photo looked like…

Disneyland 1

And here’s what the photo looks like after I auto corrected it…


Disneyland 2

Parts of the photo are brighter and the colors look more true to the way I could remember them, but everything is SUPER washed out. I think the flash went off when I took this photo, but I can’t say for sure. Too much time has passed so I can’t remember.

The second and last photo I edited was of the Star Wars Star Tours ride. I’ve been to Disneyland twice and both times I never got to ride it. I took this photo while walking by the ride. It was my way of telling myself I’ll return one day and ride it… and to prove I got this close to it.

This is what the photo looks like before I edited it…

Disneyland 5

And this is what it looks like after I edited it…

Disneyland 4

The edited one’s colors are more true than the original’s. The original had a yellow hue to it while the other one’s colors are closer to what I remember the colors looking like.

These two photos are the only ones from the Disneyland trip I edited, but based off my experience with editing other photos, I think auto color correct works best if the photos turned out a little yellow and/or if the photos have more colors besides yellow and blue. Otherwise the photo’s colors will be really off. With the camera I use to take most of my photos now-en days, I’ve noticed it does an ok job detecting the colors of whatever I’m taking a photo of and creating a picture that is fairly true to what it looked like in real life. This isn’t the case all the time, but it is certainly the case with night time photos. Daytime photos, on the other hand, need the help.

That’s about it! Thank you for reading.

Frozen Fan Art Dump

During one of the weekends when the seasonal monsoon storms in Arizona, the wind was so rough it knocked out the power. It was during the day so I had light to sit and draw instead of doing my real work on the computer. I wanted to draw some Frozen fan art, but I never felt like it or the art I drew looked bla in my eyes. Recently I’ve been practicing drawing/painting without concern of perfection so I decided to draw pictures of the Frozen characters without worrying about getting every detail right. After I completed the drawings, I’m extremely pleased with how they came out! I need to start doing this more! XD

Anyway, here’s the pictures…


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