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Friday, 13 March 2009


I know that's not a real word, but it should be.
So yesterday I spent the day going through about 16 pages of my stuff on Deviantart and really biting the bullet and having a clearout of epic proportions and got it down to 5? pages. This is why on here, there are quite a few big grey boxes where things WERE but are no longer. I will go back and edit the posts to get rid of them, because they look silly, but not now. Also tried my hand at two photomanipulations which, judging by their pageview counts and the number of favourites I've got on them already, they seem to have gone down a treat. They are here:

Memory by ~Tashlentine on deviantART

This first one took me about 3 mins of browsing DA (what I shall now call 'deviantArt' for short, because I'm lazy) for texture stock - it's actually fantastic for it - You see these people like istock photo who want to charge you some obscene amount of money for pretty basic stock photos, yet on deviantart, you get it for free, and for a majority of the deviants ('deviant' is their alternative for the word 'member'), the most that they'll ask is that a) credit be given to them, b) it's not used in anything promoting pornography/racism/hate, which is fair enough, and c) that you give them a link to what you've done with it just so they can have a look to satisfy curiosity. Good Stuff. So yeah, that took 3 mins of browsing and about 10 mins to stick together. I dunno what the big deal is that people make of this thing - I'm no expert, I mean, this is pretty much the first time I've ever tried to do anything like this, but it's pretty easy. It's just a case of putting stuff over eachother in layers, blending 'em together and saving it. It's really not that hard. Not to say that some people out there aren't immensely talented at doing it, but... lets just say I had a little more respect for them when I was all wide eyed and 'ohhh how'd they do that?' before I had a go myself.

This was an attempt at a slightly more advanced/complicated one. Going with a theme I personally really can't be bothered with - the whole 'fairy' obsession and fantasty art thing. I don't get it, it's a bit daft really - grown up people being obsessed with fairies? That's a step away from believeing santa and the tooth fairy are real... Anyway. Here it is:

Are You Ok? by ~Tashlentine on deviantART

The picture is pretty and it's a bit like something out of a Molly Brett kiddies book.. but it's not really my sort of thing. I also did a drawing of Laurence Oliver today and as I write this, I'm about 3/4 of the way through a Marlon Brando picture - which I'll stick photos of on here later - it's too late to be ferreting for a camera now. I tried drawing something with the grid method, but I really hate doing it - to me, it just feels like I'm cheating. I get frustrated because the proportions on the things I draw freehand always come out just that little bit off, like the shirley temple below, but.. I dunno... to me drawing with a grid just feels all wrong - i don't feel like i'm actually drawing anything - i feel like a kid doing a colouring-in book where the picture is already drawn - cheating almost. I mean, let's face it, it's pretty much just tracing, isn't it? so SOME level of skill (mainly patience) is involved, but I just don't feel happy doing it. I like to struggle for my art. At least when I sell it, I won't feel any attachment to it at all, unlike my painting of Judy Garland which I ran the gamut of emotions over while doing it. I'll never sell that painting - it's my baby.

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