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Free Website Design Contest

Win a Website Design!

Free-Site-contest3Have a website professionally designed for you in one of the three following categories:

1) Sales/Retail/Service, 2) Construction/Trades, or 3) Church/Nonprofit

Contest Rules:

1. Sign up for my newsletter on my website by July 31, 2013. (Current email subscribers must still sign up to enter contest).

2. Write one paragraph explaining why you need a website designed. Convince me…

3. You may submit one entry per business/organization or email address. If you have more than one business with separate email addresses, you may enter once for each business.

4. One winning entry will be chosen from each of the above categories.

5. By entering the contest, you give Life Stills by Barry Wills permission to contact you to discuss your website and design needs.

6. Life Stills by Barry Wills may use the winner’s sites and all images (or a duplicate of them) for advertising or promotion.

7. Winning entries will be decided solely at the discretion of Life Stills by Barry Wills.

So, what’s the catch?  I want to show more samples of my work & to expand my customer base. You might get a free site design; I get exposure and a list of potential customers who need website design. Also, be sure to read  “What Is Included” and “What Is Not Included” on the Life Stills by Barry Wills contest page when you sign up.Contest_Badge

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:

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.

Website and business expansion

I haven’t posted here for quite a while. I’ve been distracted because I’ve taken my hobby business that I started blogging about here and expanded it into a more full-fledged business. My lifestillsbybarrywills.com website now covers not only my photography (now hosted by Zenfolio), but also my graphics and website design capabilities. I’ve also added Facebook and Google+ listings. I’ll be posting more information and links here soon.