Wednesday, March 30, 2011
A little foray into the unknown.
One of my favorite quotes (which is on my email signature, in fact) is from Pablo Picasso - “I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.” I take those words to heart! I’ve tried a lot of different art forms over the years: mosaic, painting, fiber art, music, garden design, you name it I’ve probably dabbled in it. But one thing I have never really tried is digital art.
Part of the reason is the premise (probably unfair, I know) that it requires scads of expensive software and hardware to do it properly. Or at least to do it without frustrating the crap out of yourself. And I do try to avoid frustrating myself unnecessarily.
But I really want the end product here (isn’t that always how it starts?) so I’m in for a penny, in for a pound.
Now let me first tell you that I don’t own Photoshop. Or any other photo editing software you’ve ever heard of. I bought no name desktop publishing software that came with a photo editing program at Best Buy or Staples or some other big box atrocity many years ago. So that considered, I’m pretty pleased with the results. I have taken two photos, combined them, edited out a thing or two, messed with opacity and blur effects, and came up with the cover art for promotion of the Secret Palace Secret Garden project.
I started with a photo of Castle Menzies, which by the way, is my ancestral family home. (Don’t get excited – I’m descended from the penniless youngest brother from way back when).
And then I inserted part of that into a photo of sunlight streaming through the forest
And here’s my cover art:
Not a bad first attempt, eh?