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Been a long time...

I haven't done art in so long, I'd forgotten how to do it. Having had surgery and being bed-ridden for 2 weeks (no alcohol for 2 whole weeks!!!), popping pain pills that didn't do the trick and being generally miserable, I turned to art (you can only watch so many wild police video shows before you get bored). Drew this in my ample spare time:

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It's not finished yet--in fact, I might just can it and color it all over again from scratch--but it's not bad, considering that coloring is DEFINITELY my weak point. Any pointers for how to improve it? It's the first purely digital background I've ever done, so I'm sure it looks pathetic ('sides the fact it isn't done--I'm going to add highlights to the rocks and probably fade the water color more and add faint rays of light). Also, I think the watery sunlight on the mermaid's body is a little much (I was too lazy to sit and actually calculate the lines). (Mega thanks to NeonDragon for her fabulous tutorials. This looks so much better than it would have, had I not studied her explanations.)

Here's the original (which I'm MUCH happier with):

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This is probably the prettiest ink job I've done (well, can't really call it an ink job because I "inked" it on my computer...) although I know as well as anybody that there isn't as much variation in line thickness as there should be.

Definitely nice to be doing art again...not that I have time now that I'm in an intensive Japanese teacher training summer course. Sigh. Oh, well, I get free food.


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Jun. 22nd, 2006 01:48 am (UTC)
My God! That's fantastic. I'm sorry to hear you've been in the hospital. I hope whatever you have/had isn't serious. If there is anything I can do for you please ask. Pain pills are nice though. Than again probably not as nice when combined with actual pain. Hope you feel better.
Jun. 22nd, 2006 02:44 am (UTC)
dan wants to know what you used to make your picture. he thinks it is really cool and was amazed that you made that. he didn't know that you were an artist.
Jun. 23rd, 2006 10:22 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I did it the inking and coloring in Adobe Photoshop 7.0. Expensive program, but well worth it, I think. I like this one far better than any of the other versions. There's also Paintshop Pro, or something like that, that's supposedly better for coloring in drawings, but in Photoshop, you can also do really nice photo-manipulation, which I enjoy doing from time to time. Does Dan do art, too?
Jun. 25th, 2006 03:18 pm (UTC)
he likes to make badges for the concerts he runs sound for (and for just about any other reason he can think of, too). and, actually, i think he uses adobe photoshop 7.0, so i will let him know that is what you used.
Jun. 22nd, 2006 05:09 am (UTC)
Wait. What's this about surgery?!

Your art work is still beautiful, and I hope everything from the surgery was successful.
Jun. 23rd, 2006 11:18 pm (UTC)
I think your drawing is awesome. I, laywoman that I am, liked the inked version.

I hope you're doing alright!
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