(Click on images for larger view) I was playing around with a simple graphics program - I think it's an old Microsoft program that came bundled with Frontpage 98 eons ago. Anyway, since I still don't have my pen tablet, I decided to keep playing with anchor points and shapes to create these images. There are no layers, so you kind of just create pieces like a puzzle and then order them on the "canvas". Anyway, I have to play some more with the butterfly... I wish I knew how to add highlights to her... I may tweak the image later when I figure out how to make her look more dimensional.
I was watching my youngest son skateboard yesterday - he was flying! I didn't sketch the landing because honestly, it wasn't pretty.
I messed up the mouth on this big time but I don't have time to redo it - and the perspective was difficult... Just a ballpoint sketch for this.
Okay - I just love this week's theme because I've been told I'm kinda flighty... nyuk nyuk. Obviously this was a chance to play with different ideas and techniques. I didn't scan in EVERYTHING I did - all those sketches from my doodle book. But who knows, maybe I'll get the urge to do it later - after all, who hasn't wished they could fly?
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Kiwi Bird takes flight...
This was the second image I did... again with just a simple graphics program - learning to use skew and distortion tools (to make the steps) and layering the feathers onto the kiwi. He looked a lot cuter when I drew him with a pen, but I wanted to try the computer effects. Poor little flightless kiwi bird - has to take a flight of stairs... keep scrolling down for more on FLIGHT.
This next variation on the theme started off as a quick sketch - inspired by the dreams of all those flightless birds.
Showoffs - initial quick sketch and then using computer program, layers, shapes and effects And finally (for now anyway)... Click on this for larger image and for even larger, wait for a second and click on the lower right corner when the little symbol appears.
Haven't we all wished we could fly?
This was initially done on black construction paper with colored pencils. I added the glow and the gradient "land" using Photoshop. I created layers to accentuate the little girl and the final bird, getting the transformation steps to be more transparent.
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