If you’ve been reading my blog this past week you know that some stuff happened and then there was a bit of a snafu with my data… needless to say I have been working really hard to get back to some kind of normal.
I created this image in the middle of those two events, and I have to say it was rather relaxing. When I was in college, I would do paint-by-numbers during finals week. It drove my roommate insane. For me, it was a timeout, a relaxing period where I could let my brain rest. I could also enjoy watching my little painting slowly come together. I felt that same kind of pressure release while creating this image, luckily I didn’t lose my image during the data snafu.
Get ready to channel your inner child! For my image this week, which I lovingly named Finger Paint, I literally used my index finger on the touchpad to smudge the pixels around. It was very much like finger painting only without the mess. 🙂
So, short of literally tracing my image and then making color blocks by hand in Inkscape or Illustrator… I chose a more ‘let the program do most of the work’ direction and created my image in GIMP*. No, my image looks nothing like A Scanner Darkly…that turned out to be more of an inspiration (which will be more evident in the tutorial). But, I was able to get some of my lines more visible up in the trees, something I was having a bit of trouble with last week.
Without further ado, my image…
Kind thoughts and comments are welcome!
I have joined a month-long photo post-processing challenge called One Four Challenge, hosted by Robyn at Captivate Me. “This challenge is about processing １ image in 4 different ways over 4 weeks.” Every Monday Robyn posts a new version of her photo and challenges us to do the same each week.
I actually made several versions of the black line-art layer… I had two versions I liked, and my husband had two versions that he liked… the one above we both liked… the following two are the runners-up…
I wanted to get this out today to try to get back to some kind of a ‘normal’ schedule… Please come back tomorrow for the tutorial (or a visual thought process of how I achieved this latest version). It is a bit involved, but I assure you it was fun and relaxing. 😀
EDIT: You can find the GIMP Tutorial here.
Until next time…
* GIMP is Open Source software that is available for all platforms (Linux, Mac, and Windows), it is a photo editor that does many (if not all) of the things you can do in Photoshop. You can download it for free here. The GIMP online manual can be found here.