Friday, August 30, 2013

Digital Painting: Transforming a Portrait Released


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My latest lynda.com title, Digital Painting: Transforming a Portrait, has been released.

From the course page:

Transform a portrait or family photo into a piece of art worthy of framing, in this digital painting tutorial with artist John Derry. John shares his library of custom brushstrokes and years of experience with you, and shows how to combine the powers of Adobe Photoshop and Corel Painter to convert your snapshots into art.

Learn to adjust the tone of the original image; paint skin, eyes, and hair; minimize the background; and add subtle vignetting. Plus, John shows you how to bundle and submit your image to online services that will print your painting on canvas.

If you've ever wanted to transform a favorite photo of a friend, family, or loved one into a painting suitable for hanging, then this course is for you!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

If Walls Could Talk


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My brother and I drove down to Topeka, Kansas this past weekend for an air show at Forbes Field. There were 12 DC-3 passenger planes and their military counterpart, the C-47, present at the show.

This is a shot of the dilapidated interior of a C-47 that seen a lot of miles. If only those walls could talk.

It was a DC-3 that I took my first airplane trip in. This was in 1961 (I was 10). I flew from Norfolk, NE to Omaha, NE after a weekend visit with my grandfather. The ticket price? $3.50!

Times have sure changed...and I still love flying.