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  1. I use Gimp because of the free factor. But I struggle with it. Probably just my laziness. I use it for two things:


    1. Take the photos that I make of my paintings, and 'square the corners'--trying to straighten the image into a perfect square or rectangle.


    2. Remove backgrounds. 


    It feels like those ought to be easy with a couple of clicks, but somehow I end up making fifty layers, and it still doesn't look right. 

  2. On 10/25/2020 at 2:54 AM, Lavandula said:

    James simply forgot old boards are only privy to him mother and the keeper😄 so whenever you find all links that doesn't work it means they are from the old boards, or the staffboards it may seem... I will see about sharing the full length thing in a thread that is more suitable..


    Wait. So the links in the WT/Warders 101 thread--the thread that we require all newly-arriving members R&U--are not viewable by new arrivals??

  3. I finished another piece today.





    Acrylic on Canvas

    12" x 36"




    When I was a boy, I was looking at an artist's illustration of our solar system. The small rocky planets (Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars) were arranged in a neat row from left to right. The larger gas giants (Jupiter, Saturn) were front and center. The smaller gas planets (Uranus and Neptune) and tiny Pluto (which was still classified as a planet back then) finished the line-up on the right.  Something akin to this:



    (Obviously not to scale.)


    Since the planets all had the same basic spherical shape, I vividly remember my mind shifting in perspective, like those dual-image illusions (Is this a picture of an old crone or a young beauty? It's both depending on how you look at it.) 



    The image was intended by the illustrator to show our neighboring planets as different sizes when viewed from the same distance. But since the planets all have the same basic shape, I was able to see the planets as having the same size when viewed from a different distance. 


    Thus, the small inner planets were actually far away in the background. Giants Jupiter and Saturn were up close. And wee planet Pluto was receding into the background as well.


    So with that shift in perspective in mind, I created this piece. It was the ancient Greeks who studied these bright objects in the night sky, who moved on their own unique courses compared to the other stars. Thus they named them planetai or "Wanderers." With the bright yellow sun on the left, the darkness of space on the left, ask yourself, Are the objects different sizes against a flat background? Or are they all the same size, seeming to elevate off the canvas? 


    Or is it both?


    More of my work is available here

  4. 23 hours ago, PiedPiper said:

    Yeah, we're in the right place.

    Yay for picking up The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue. I can't wait to finally talk about it!

    I've started watching the Expanse TV series with my dad -- I'm not a TV person, but it's a nice way to spend time with him. I'm still in the middle of the first book. It's not that I mind the slowness so much, but it's been recommended to me as an epic space opera and I just don't see it yet.

    As for WoT, I didn't really feel a slog in the middle either, but I guess it's harder for some people than for others.


    I just finished Leviathan Wakes and thought it was outstanding. If space opera is what you like, and you're in the middle of the book, then you're about to the point where things take a huge left turn. What seems like a big stage suddenly becomes smaller. I won't say more, but do stick with it.


    I'll be watching The Expanse shortly now that I am familiar with the characters. I'm curious to see how it holds up. I've spoken to book fans and TV fans and it's interesting to see how they compare. 

  5. Wow, good stuff! I'm overwhelmed.


    I use GIMP to clean up the photos I take of my paintings, but I'm not thrilled with the results. I use it to straighten the image (square the corners) but I haven't figured out how to eliminate the background. 

  6. I may be new enough to the art gig (less than two years) that I haven't had any problems finding inspiration. Often I'll get an idea while still finishing up my latest painting, and I have to resist dropping the work-in-progress to get started on the new idea. 


    It also helps that I only paint part-time. Even if I only put in five minutes for a day, I go to bed with a clear conscience. 

  7. I'm currently working through Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke. It's as if a fantasy novel were written by Charles Dickens.


    In the Napoleonic Era, Mr Norrell is trying desperately to restore magic to England. By this time, true magic is almost unknown, and magicians are mere scholars who read and study the historically great magicians in ancient books. Mr Norrell knows that magic is real, and he fights for legitimacy and the chance to aid England in her hour of desperate need.


    But should he succeed to open the door between our world and the Faerie world, will he be able to control who strolls through?



  8. My apologies @Liitha. I just *now* noticed the other sub-boards here (Events, Sketchbooks, etc.)


    If you think this general "Show off your latest work" thread should be moved to one of the other sub-boards, feel free to do so. 

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