Monday, November 25, 2013

Shadow of a Selfie

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I take a lot of photos with my iPhone when I go for my regular walk...too many, perhaps.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Between Flights

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This is an iPhone image that I shot and played with in between flights at Denver International Airport. I shot the jet at the gate through a window reflecting the interior of the restaurant. I don't remember which apps I used to get to this version, but I like the way the dual reflective subjects integrate together.

For regular air travelers, this is the Cantina in the United terminal.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

The Long and Winding Road

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I took this shot of Chicago's North Shore Drive from the top of Hancock Tower. A few minutes earlier, I took the photo I used as the source for my earlier Windy City illustration.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

A Recent Photographic Interpretation

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This is a recent portrait interpretation job I did for Mercer Harris Photography. Mercer is a real master of lighting, making it a joy to work on his portraits. I just love the pose he captured of this girl.

I have a course on, Digital Painting: Transforming a Portrait, that goes into all of the details of how I approach and interpret a portrait photograph.

When the subject and photographic quality is as good as Mercer's output, it makes the interpretation easy.

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Monday, November 18, 2013

Everything Old is New Again

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I've been going through some of my older photography. I shot this photo of a Buddhist monk in Tokyo during the mid-90's on film and had the roll converted to Kodak's PhotoCD format. Because I was unhappy with the overall quality, these images have languished for years.

Now flash forward to the present. Photoshop CC has so many excellent dynamic range recovery capabilities now that I am able to extract much more contrast and detail out of these images than in the past.

I used Jixipix's excellent Aquarelle app to transform the photo into a watercolor appearance. I used some John's Watercolors brushes to distress the edges, as well as lighten some of the image itself.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

John's Watercolors Compatible with Painter X3

John's Watercolors—brushes that produce a remarkably easy-to-use emulation of their traditional counterpart—are now available for sale. Included with John's Watercolors is an explanatory PDF and links to video tutorials that demonstrate how to use these breakthrough digital watercolors.

John's Watercolors are provided in Painter 9, X, 11, 12, & X3 compatible formats. The video tutorials cover:

Brush Organization
Watercolor Color Set
Demonstrations of the brushes with tips and tricks
Cloning with John's Watercolors
Installing John's Watercolors into Painter
Sample Painting Demonstration

Here are samples created with John's Watercolors:

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You can download this PDF that describes each of the brushes in John's Watercolors.

John's Watercolors are $35. You can purchase these brushes by clicking the PayPal "Buy Now" button below. If you don't have a PayPal account, an option to pay via credit card is offered as well.

If you've been frustrated trying to master digital watercolors, John's Watercolors for Painter are the answer!

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Windy City Perspective

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I've been playing around with Painter X3's new Perspective Guides, which can be used to snap brush strokes to the lines of perspective. In this image, I started with a shot I took of Chicago from the top of the Hancock Center. I aligned a 3-point perspective grid to match the photo, then drew in the building shapes. The original photo is a daytime scene; I used a new color palette to change the cityscape to a nighttime scene.

Friday, November 15, 2013

The Ride Home

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During a recent trip to the Santa Barbara area, I was shooting the sunset from some cliffs near Carpinteria overlooking the beach when this group passed by.

Talk about being in the right place at the right time!