Saturday, December 24, 2011
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Monday, December 19, 2011
|Landscape -Colorado Desert Photoshop Study 4|
This is the last in this series of landscapes. Still a lot of work to get done. Did not manage to get the crispness I wanted - especially in the foreground. I will be returning to these again. I had planned to go into some figure drawing after this. I have been practicing sketching poses and would like to do more detailed studies. I am still torn between doing this and going for the challenge running on Crimson Daggers- Swamp Elder. Hmm...
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Saturday, December 17, 2011
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
|Landscape -Utah Desert Photoshop Study 1|
Still doing landscape studies. So moved away from the misty landscapes to some images with sharp detail. I did capture that here but I have planned to do a series of these as well so still some time to learn and improve. The photos are from Canyonlands in Utah, USA.
Posted by DertyPaws at 8:57 PM
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Landscape -Canada Photoshop Study 4
umber 4 in this series. This one definitely got away from me. The water was OK bit the mountain is a total bust. By the way I limited myself to 2 hours for all these studies so if things went in the wrong direction there was not much time for me to fix them. Still more practice to come.
Posted by DertyPaws at 8:46 PM
Sunday, December 11, 2011
Monday, December 5, 2011
|Canada - Landscape|
So this is the first of a series of landscape studies - all performed in Photoshop. I have not done many studies of landscapes so I will spend some time working on these.Over all my work practice has taken on a little more focus I hope. This is because I have made a commitment to practice and get better at Photoshop and traditional media. This was a decision I made towards the end of the Summer. The putting it in to practice has been aided by the Deathline Challenge. More about this later.
Posted by DertyPaws at 11:21 PM
Sunday, December 4, 2011
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
|Belleek Forest Sunlight in Autumn|
As I mentioned earlier I was working on a painting and finished it at the weekend. I was on holidays a few weeks ago and was walking my sisters dog in the local woods. I brought my camera to get some photos with some good brown leafyness. I did take a lot of those kinds of pics but just as I was leaving I turned and took just 2 shots of this scene. I thought it might end up being blown out - facing the sun but this was the one I selected to do some painting practice with.
The canvas I had was a 20 x 20 cm canvas. Faced the same issue I had with my last painting. A landscape image on a square canvas. On this one I dropped the detail at the sides.
I drew the image on the canvas using a hard pencil then went to work blocking in the major shapes then left to dry overnight.
Followed on by working on the foreground then left to dry overnight.
The next day another few hours on the canopy.
It was fun. Most disappointing element were the tree trunks. Should have worked on them earlier. Next time...
Posted by DertyPaws at 10:45 PM
Monday, November 28, 2011
|Another Photoshop study. Another biscuit. This one was definitely less successful than the red pepper 2. The colour is not so good and I wanted to get better texture. Took about 2 hours. By the way this is a Mikado biscuit - pink marshmallow, jam in the center and covered with coconut sprinkles. Anyway onwards and upwards.|
Posted by DertyPaws at 11:20 PM
Saturday, November 26, 2011
An artist Alexandra Trotsenko suffered a horrific attack and recently the attacker was sentenced. The the injuries sustained have meant that Alexandra can, for the moment, not practice her talent. This was reported by a program on the national radio station RTE Radio 1. In response to this, the community has contributed artistic works to an auction with the hope of raising funds to aid Alexandra to regain her ability to create and to support her on her journey. The auction will take place tomorrow the 27th November. Adams are hosting the auction and have an online catalog where you can view the pieces submitted. It is a really good snapshot of the work being produced by contemporary Irish artists. Have a look and you may be in a position to support.
Posted by DertyPaws at 3:00 PM
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
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Monday, November 21, 2011
|Kingdom of Heaven still in Photoshop|
This is the last of a series of longer studies in Photoshop. It concludes this group of exercises which represent the most finished work I have managed in Photoshop. This took between 10 and 11 hours. The plan now is to try and put a personal piece together and try and finish it to this level. Simple right?
I currently working on a landscape oil painting - if I tip away at it every night this week it should be done by the weekend.
Posted by DertyPaws at 10:26 PM
Friday, November 18, 2011
This is a still life study in Photoshop. Took about 2 hours. It turned out OK but I should probably do a few more of these lower light studies. The green work in this is definitely poorer. I used some subdued lighting as all the speed painting work had been in a direct strong light. The good news is that my trusty pepper plants have kept producing. I will have at least two more larger peppers this year before the plant rests.
Posted by DertyPaws at 8:30 PM
Monday, November 7, 2011
|Troy Still Photoshop study|
Thought I would take advantage of some free time to do another detailed study so in keeping with the theme already established, I copied a still from Troy. This took about 8 hours in total. The rendering on the armour was tough and still had to take a few shortcuts with it.
Sunday, November 6, 2011
I completed a study in photoshop of a brass roman officer helmet. The reference image on the right was obtained from the website Wulflund. There site had some really great high resolution images of their products. They offer a range of items from ancient and medieval times. If your into re-enactment they have got a lot of really good looking kit.
This was a study to practice rendering materials. This was the first time I had tried to make an image approaching photo realism. This image took between 10-12 hours over a few days. It seems edge control was the key to creating the illusion. It is 29 X 29 cm but only at 72 dpi. The 72 dpi was a rooky mistake. It should have probably been 300 dpi.
The lower resolution made representing the small details to a high finish not possible.
I guess I learned something which was the whole point of the exercise.
Posted by DertyPaws at 10:39 PM
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Saturday, October 22, 2011
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Sunday, October 16, 2011
Saturday, October 15, 2011
The painting Marriage of Strongbow and Aoife (Daniel Maclise in1854) has recently undergone restoration by the National Gallery of Ireland.
This large picture depicts the marriage of Strongbow (a Norman lord, Strongbow cider is named after him) to Aoife the daughter of an Irish chieftian and took part in Waterford. It captures the start of Norman rule in Ireland and a period of foreign rule which continued until the early 20th centuary. The wedding was arranged in return for militatry assistance. In some respects foreign rule has returned to Ireland in the form of the Troika due to financial cataclysm that has occurred here and freedoms have been exchanged for loans.A representation of Reginalds tower is visible behind the couple. You can visit Reginalds tower. The galleries website has a lot of information available on the background and restoration of the painting.
Posted by DertyPaws at 10:51 AM