ALBATROSS + SPACE

ALBATROSS + SOLAR FLARE


On a moon in a galaxy far away, there lives a flock of giant space albatross. The birds make their homes in the craters that mar the moon’s surface. From their nests there, they can view the nearby sun. Every so often, a large solar flare bursts forth, casting hundreds of molten minnows into space. The giant space albatross descend upon the fish and glide home on solar wind to consume their prize.

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Notes: Used about 40 layers on this one. Experimented with more masks, opacity, and the blur and smudge tools. Most particularly, I enjoyed experimenting with the “warp” transformation when manipulating the fish. I think the results were pretty effective, given the forgiving shape of the fish. Enjoyed doing space imagery. 

BABY DINOSAUR + CLOUD

BABY DINOSAUR + CLOUD


No one was around when the baby dinosaur hatched. He was terribly hungry but his parents weren’t there to show him what a baby dinosaur was supposed to eat. He looked around and tried to decide what would be the most delicious thing to munch. Then he saw them: big puffy, fluffy, cuddly white clouds floating in the distance. The more he looked at them, the tastier they appeared, particularly the one in the middle that looked like… well… he didn’t have the words to describe it. Just as the baby dino was about to jump for the yummy cloud, his parents burst out of the foliage and surprised him with a tender triceratops steak and a big hug. Though the steak was delicious and the baby dinosaur was grateful to know what he was supposed to eat, he couldn’t help wondering for the rest of his life what clouds might taste like.

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Notes: This image was my first experience using masks. I LOVE THEM! Oh, the time I could have saved in some of my past images if I’d only known about masks. I also discovered that I can rotate my canvas display as I’m working like I would if I were drawing on a real paper. I always draw with my paper askew, so being able to do this on the computer has made the whole experience so much more natural feeling. Lots of good, practical learning with this one.

HORSE + BATTERY

HORSE + BATTERY


An old man built the horse from metal scraps he found in the junkyard. It was kinetic with moveable joints, built to scale and powered by a lithium battery. There was only one problem with his magnificent horse: the old man had forgotten to include an “off” switch.

The moment the battery was in place the horse galloped away, leaving the old man in a trail of dust. It galloped for several hundred miles and was just passing through a farmer’s garden when its battery became exhausted.

The next day, the farmer found the horse in an exquisite equine posture posed right before her freshly planted pepper plants. The farmer was delighted and the horse lived out the rest its peculiar life as garden sculpture.

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Notes: I really wanted to try my hand at a more complex scene as an experiment in time management. This image took me about three days worth of work. I am quite pleased with how my previous experiments with different brushes, layering, and other painting strategies came together in this image. Still lots to learn, but I’m so happy with how quickly progress is evident in the products I’m posting. Compare this with my first post. It’s almost hilarious…

PUFFIN + STORE

PUFFIN + STORE


Mr. Fisher resented having to run his family’s shop and he could barely stand his human customers. Imagine his frustration when, out of nowhere, his shop was full of puffins. One by one, the puffins would scuttle into the shop and buy postcards to hang on their walls as artwork.

Although Mr. Fisher was annoyed, he was a passive aggressive man and displayed his discontent by posting a small sign on the door that read, “No puffins allowed.” When the puffins continued to patronize his shop, he tried adding exclamations points, capitalization, and even underlining to get his message across. Mr. Fisher was running out of postcards and poster board for his signs when one of his human customers took pity on him and explained the obvious: puffins can’t read.

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Notes: I’m playing with the watercolor and gouache brushes in the Photoshop set I downloaded last week. I am long overdue for a computer upgrade and the poor old thing has been suffering a series of mini strokes with almost every project so far. I will likely be putting it out of its misery sometime soon.