December 17, 2010
December 15, 2010
December 14, 2010
December 7, 2010
I found out about the app Instagram and my life has never been the same! It applies cool filters to photos and then the photos can be uploaded and shared in a way similar to twitter. But it's better.
November 11, 2010
While driving home from work I saw an airplane flying through the twilight of sunset. Then I saw this report of some UFO/Missile/Airplane. And then I made this:
And of course I made this using that cloud brush I love so much.
And of course I made this using that cloud brush I love so much.
October 21, 2010
"I wonder what the photo quality is of this 4th generation iPod touch?" I asked myself.
The answer: meh.
The resolution is 960x720 pixels, which is around 0.7 mega pixels. Sadly, my 3 year old cellphone has a higher resolution camera. However, it is nice to have a large screen and slim camera with me all the time. The iPod takes photos in color, but I've just got this thing for Black & White right now. Enjoy!
|Family of Fire|
|Go Towards the Light|
October 18, 2010
July 17, 2010
July 14, 2010
My friend asked me what its like to have an astigmatism. I tried to find some images on the web, but found few photos that were good examples. So in Photoshop, I endeavored to simulate what my astigmatism looks like. This is a bit exaggerated, just FYI.
June 2, 2010
Aside from engraving things at work, I also take pictures of jewelry (random?). These are some new beautiful pieces we just got in. I thought the pictures turned out looking good; considering I was using a point-and-shoot camera and a homemade light-box.
May 20, 2010
March 30, 2010
So Gizmodo and Epilog teamed up to have an iPad themed contest. People can submit designs (with either a "beautiful" or "embarrassing" theme), and 1 winner will be chosen in each category and get a free iPad with their design engraved on the back!
Here's my idea for the "beautiful" category:
My inspiration came from the design I engraved on the back of my iPod shuffle.
March 23, 2010
February 28, 2010
February 17, 2010
February 16, 2010
So I didn't make this, but because it is so inspirational, I had to share it.
February 15, 2010
I love looking at galaxies! Each one has a unique identity: shape, size, spiral. I wanted mine to be blue. Also, I wanted it to have a bright center and chaotic spirals. Like, maybe its just being formed and new life is still bursting from it's core!
Anyways, that Photoshop cloud-brush comes in real handy.
February 10, 2010
February 9, 2010
February 5, 2010
February 4, 2010
January 29, 2010
So I got to go skiing yesterday! It was excellent. Fresh powder, clean air, and fun! My only complaint is that I forgot my camera. Clouds and fog filled the valley floor, but at the peak it was crystal clear with bright sunshine. Looking down from the top, the world looked like a sea of clouds. I nearly crashed a couple of times because I was distracted by the beauty of it all. The above image is my attempt at recreating from memory what everything looked like. Also, this is the first time I've used my tablet in about a week. Oh tablet, I missed thee!
January 28, 2010
So my brother, who is living in the Czech Republic, sent me this photograph he took of a town square:
I thought it was pretty cool, but decided it could be AWESOME! I wanted it to have a 1960's sort of feel to it; vibrant colors, texture, vignette, etc. So, with a little experimentation in Photoshop I came up with this:
January 27, 2010
January 26, 2010
January 25, 2010
The last step takes the longest. Finishing up details and edges can make or break a painting. I'd say this painting is about 95% done. At this point, my eyes are too accustomed to looking at this picture. I'll revisit it in a couple of days with fresh eyes in order to fix any problems. But I decided to post this today since I said I would have it posted two days ago... yeah, life got busy. Anyways, I'm pleased with where this is going and I can't wait to get it finished, framed, and hung in the gallery.
January 21, 2010
Now in Technicolor! Today involved laying down some color. Basically I'm just trying to block in major shapes. I got a little carried away in some places and put too much detail too soon. Oh well. I just get so excited! With pastels its best to lay down mid-tones and then add highlights.
The fore-ground could use some resolution... More tomorrow or Saturday!
January 20, 2010
Behold! I paint landscapes in soft pastels. Yep, I'm granola. Mostly I like to paint them on-site or "En Plein Air", which is French for "in the open air". Anyways, it's really cold outside and snowing so I'm painting from a photograph. The location: Kolob Canyons. It's part of Zion National Park in southern Utah. Its BEAUTIFUL! Google it, I dare you.
I like to start my paintings with a basic layout sketch and value study. From there, the rest is just coloring within the lines. I use "Belgium mist" toned Wallis paper. It's basically a big sheet of sandpaper and it's awesome! For sketching I use Nu-Pastel. And for the coloring I stick with Rembrandt and Sennelier brand soft pastels.
I'm going to finish this by Saturday, so you'll see updates daily ( I hope!)
January 19, 2010
"Earl, I see writin' in the sky!"
"Yep, them crop-duster-planes done got fancy on us again."
"Earl, why is it all skiwampus?"
"The plane run right out-a-room."
"But in da sky!?"
For those fixin' to make clouds, here is an awesome tutorial. That's how I done did them clouds just now.
January 18, 2010
Some social commentary following some of my own observations. Father, the largest of the nesting dolls. Traditionally father is the hardest working. But today, maybe he's just hardly working... "Football Onlines." Ha!
January 16, 2010
January 15, 2010
This is my idea for the nightmare derby. It's supposed to be Christopher Columbus' nightmare: SAILING OFF THE EDGE OF THE WORLD! This will most likely be placed on a dark-colored shirt with a center positioning. This is still in the developmental stages, so we shall see where this goes. I'll need some way to demonstrate that this is the Santa Maria. Crosses on the flag/sails? Thoughts?
January 13, 2010
January 12, 2010
January 11, 2010
January 9, 2010
I'm getting dizzy and these hurt to look at! Whats going on!? Two things: vibrating colors and pattern. The image with blue and red contains colors that are discordant. That means they don't really "match" and are similar in value. So when placed together they clash wonderfully and make "vibrating colors". The pattern only adds to the confusion. The pink and red image has matching colors but the same wave pattern. Both are painful to look at.
But good can come from this. I made a new desktop image. It's quite nice. have a peek: