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!

Black and White Desert Photography

It’s the last week of 2017 so before the year ends, I wanted to make two more posts about photographs I took in 2017 that I converted from color to black and white.

Looking through the photographs I took this past year, I found some photographs I took to test my then new Cannon camera. I talked about them in a post called New Camera and Desert Test Photos that can be found on this blog here. I wanted to take a few of them and convert them to black and white just to see how they would look like.

Here are the black and white photographs I converted of the animals…

These are the ones of the flowers…

And finally, here are the converted photographs of the saguaro blossom buds…

Overall, I’m happy with the way the photos converted from black and white. I have a few critiques about the photographs, but they are about the close-ups and the angle I took the photos. There isn’t very much I can do to change that except try harder next time I take photos in the spring.

Well, that’s about it! Thank you for reading!

Photoshop Painting Practice

Last month I got a new computer. It’s the first computer I’ve had in over seven years so it was hard to get used to a new computer with a new operating system, but I’ve been able to adapt. 🙂 Anyway, since I got a new computer I thought it was about time to buy and learn how to use Photoshop. I’ve always used Gimp and, although it does everything I want it to, I’m a completely self taught artist and it’s up to me to lean how to work with different artistic mediums. After a lot of research and debating if I should get Photoshop, I ended up buying Photoshop and installing it on my new computer. It’s been an experience to learn how to use it, but a good one. I’ve been able to figure out where things are located and how to work with them. In fact, I’m more fond of Photoshop than the version of Gimp I used to work with. I still have a lot of things to learn, but I’m optimistic about learning them.

When I began to work with the program for the first time, I found many brushed already installed and I was anxious to work with them. So, I began to paint.

The first painting I did was an abstract painting….

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