Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Photoshop Blues

You know when you have your heart set on something you would really love to do, and no matter how many attempts you give, it still won't work!?

I took one class in Photoshop during my undergraduate years at Purdue, and I've forgotten EVERYTHING. I mean...it's ALL gone. It's been a dream of mine for awhile to illustrate a children's book. I would be thrilled to learn how to digitally color my sketches, but I'm going to have to re-learn how to manuver Photoshop. Maaaannnn.

Last night, I sat down and spent three hours digitally coloring the only way I know how...with the paintbrush/mouse. It was tedious. Like writing with your other hand. But I'm getting better....slowwwwwly.


So, today I took a break from drawing to work on a quilt block for Tacha, as part of our quilting bee. She asked for a 12.5" block made up of 4 smaller wonky stars. She also asked that we put an animal in the center of each star. This was a really fun block. But, then I needed a break from my "break"....but naptime was over. :)

14 comments:

Natasha said...

Wow Ariel it is absolutely fabulous. Thank you so so much. Thank you especially for all the wonderful fabric you have added in. I love the fish in a bag, the dogs and the horse. Amelie will be sooooooooo excited!

Wish I was there to do a bit of babysitting. I know the feeling of working hard through naps and then needing a break when the kids wake up!

And you should definitely pursue your dream of illustrating a kids book.

Kris said...

Too bad about Photoshop, I hate when stuff like that happens! Keep it up though, I'm sure you can relearn things and your illustrations are wonderful so I'd love to see them in a book!

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Heather said...

Ariel, I can't believe how beautiful the Little Boy Blue illustration already is, and you think you don't know what you are doing! You have been blessed, my friend. :) Love you!

J.B. said...

Ariel! Do you have Illustrator? That may be a good program for you to use for what you're trying to do. They've got a new tracing feature now that makes digitizing drawn artwork easy (and vector-based instead of pixel-based). For work, I do a lot of sketches on paper, scan them in, trace them in Illustrator, and go to town!

Kerri said...

The little boy blue looks great!! I have paintshop pro and that seems like a second language to me. It took me forever just learning how to do layers.

Tacha's blocks look great!!

Doris said...

I recently found your blog, Ariel and I am loving your work! It's making me want to get back into illustrating, even if it's just for my own fun and enjoyment! Great quilt blocks...

Mandy said...

Gotta get a Wacom tablet. Painting with the mouse will get old fast.

I love the square with the Anna Maria Horner fabric.

Vana said...

I love it that you are experimenting with Photoshop. FOr some reason photoshop intimidates me. I am more of a illustrator kind of person.
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jaybird said...

it'll get better... i heart photoshop...

Jackie said...

I think it looks great, but I understand your frustration. I always have wanted to write a children's book, but am definitely not an artist.

I have to share something with you. Remember the bag I won from you? Well, I had put it aside thinking I would give it to my daughter for her birthday since she really liked it, but didn't come right out and ask. Well, she sewed a bunch of little pocket bag type things today and came to me with a whole stack. She said, "Do you think that I would be able to trade these for one of those bags from that lady who made yours?" Well, I told her that I would trade her work for the bag. She was so excited and I think she learned the value of bartering and hard work. Just had to share. Take care.

Barbara Myltschenko said...

Okay I give up, there isn't anything you can't do! I will buy the first copy, and then it will be the book that I give to all babies in my life, the one I usually give has gone out of print. Get working on it for me!

Petit Debutant said...

I recommend getting a tablet and a pen for what you are trying to do. You will get much better results than a mouse. Plus the pen acts like a real pen. The more pressure you use the darker/thicker the lines and the less pressure you use the thinner/lighter your lines will be