Monthly Archives: April 2013

New Tie Designs for Father’s Day and beyond

I just added a couple of necktie designs to my Zazzle store. I was trying for a unique and yet classic look.  Check out the designs and the details below.

Here are the designs as posted on my Zazzle store:

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Show Your Boston Passion!

I took a series of photographs of the Boston skyline last summer from the Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. I had stitched them together and posted the original on my photography site. The recent events at the Boston Marathon got me thinking that I ought to revisit that image and make something from it. I created a “mixed media” type of image in Photoshop and Illustrator. The image was too wide to fit on a standard picture size, so I split it up into three images for the poster sizes. The images are available either on my photography site, where you’ll get a higher quality print, or on my Zazzle store where you will find a more economical version. I also made versions for T-shirts and bumper stickers, which are available on Zazzle.

Boston Skyline Tryptich

 


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More Digital Art

Here are examples of two new images I edited in Adobe Photoshop. The first is a flower stand just before Easter with spring flowers on it. I tried to create a kind of pen and ink with watercolor mixed media effect. after duplicating the layers, I traced the edges using the “find edges” filter. I had to use the reduce noise filter, then manually erase some of the result so that the pen didn’t look splotchy. I had to process the white flowers separately so I could get enough contrast for the edges to be found. I even kicked the layer over to Adobe Illustrator to trace and fill out the lines, deleting the “white” so the background would show through.

Flower stand image

Easter time flower stand

Next I edited the lower layer to look like water color. Generally, I use the “posterize” command to reduce the number of colors to what begins to look like paint, you have to experiment depending on the subject. I apply some brush effects, then blur it a little. I guess I’ll have to pay attention to just what I do, since a lot of it is experimenting and adapting as I go.

Lastly for this image, I combined the layers, again in Adobe Illustrator. You can find a larger version of this on my website (click on the image).

Also, I just added this design to a tie on my Zazzle site. It would make a nice Father’s Day present. You can find it here.

Viola Flower Painting

A picture of a Viola flower I took in my neighborhood.

The second was a picture of a small viola (a tiny pansy-like flower) that I took in my neighborhood the other day. I turned the flower itself into the “painting” using similar tactics to what I outlined above. I wasn’t satisfied with the background because it still seemed too photo-like. I wanted it to look like an artist just kind of splashed the right oil colors on and smeared them around to fill the background. I ended up using the smudge tool to get the colors to run together and to emphasize the ones I wanted. Then I used the Paint Daubs filter with the option set to Dark Rough, the brush size big and played around with the sharpness until I got the effect I wanted. I still didn’t quite like it, so I ran it together a bit more with a tiny bit of Surface Blur.

I hope you like this.

As always, you can find these images and more for purchase on my website, lifestillsbybarrywills.com. Click on the picture to go directly to this image.

New Photos, New Gallery

I’ve added a few new images to my website, including starting a new gallery that I plan to add to soon. Images are sometimes best viewed in Black and White. It shows off the interplay between the contrasting light and dark portions of the picture. I actually added both color and black-and-white versions of these images to the site, but I think I like the black-and-white versions best.

Reflecting

White Flowers reflecting off a glass window.

Waiting for Spring

Trimmed Hydrangea branches waiting for the Spring weather to arrive so they can bud.