Except when specifically stated, the art and photography on this site is of my creation. I definitely consider myself an artist/designer/illustration before being a writer. Read on to find out a little about how I work.
from… A Yellow Invitation
I love being outside taking pictures! I enjoy the observational aspect as well creating interesting and simple compositions. As of this post, I use a Canon PowerShot SX40 HS, which is a point and shoot camera with a 35X zoom. I like the convenience of a point and shoot and love the extra zoom of this one for birds, etc. I got a great shot of a puffed up turkey and reviewed my camera in this post.
My process for posts with photos… I typically find something that interests me outside, perhaps while taking a walk or while the kids are playing and I snap a bunch of pictures. It is not unusual to take 100 pictures of which I will delete at least half and only use a handful. Once in a while I lighten and/or bump up the contrast a touch but usually not. I often crop to a square format because I like that it appears in its intended format as a thumbnail. Plus I love squares! Then I use the images as inspiration for the post idea.
For illustrated posts I always start with the post idea and writing. I have 3 basic different illustration styles…
from Rockin’ Songs
Simple black and white line drawings… I do less of these lately because they take slightly more time. I create a line drawing with an HB pencil on Letraset A4 marker paper. Then I ink it with a Pilot Razor Point II, outline it with Pentel Sign Pen, and scan it into my computer. I find these illustrations to be very popular with the search engines! Good or bad? I don’t know.
from Darwin DVDs
Geometric paper cut illustrations I create on the computer… I do a lot of these because they are super easy to do. I create an image in PowerPoint using the basic shapes and drawing tools and then save as a PNG file. Then I either upload right into WordPress or open it in Gimp to make it look more like paper cut art. I do this by adding an embossed layer underneath which gives the shapes each a slight dimension and a texture overlay to make the shapes look like paper. I hope to get better at making these look a little less static!
from See with My Ears
Sketchbook style pencil drawings… These are loose pencil drawings that I add color to in Gimp after scanning. I am planning to use this style more because I really like the spontaneity!
Animations and videos…
From Country Road
Occasionally a still image just won’t do! I take video clips on my Canon PowerShot SX40 HS and upload them to YouTube. If it needs editing, first I convert the MOV to WMV with Canon ZoomBrowser EX (which came with my camera) then I edit in Windows Movie Maker. I also occasionally make basic (and crude) animations in PowerPoint and convert them to WMV files with freeware called Leawo (PowerPoint to Video).
from Is Zeus Angry?
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