I have not done much in the way of fine arts in the last 20 years or more. I am sadly out of practice. Ever since I began taking more photographs and purchased my first Graphics Software, Microsoft PhotoDraw 2000 version 2, I have gotten very lazy. I have given up on the idea of spending many hours concentrating with pastel or paintbrush when I can receive the same results in a few minutes with my original photographs, a computer and decent software. In fact I can do much more with less effort. I am so spoiled that I thank God this was NOT around during the time of Rembrandt & Leonardo Da Vinci or we would have missed out on so many great works. I do think that Da Vinci would have come up with better software ideas than all of them!
I have really enjoyed the years I just experimented and piddled in all kinds of mediums just for the heck of it. I posted the “Fish Curtain” I did with transfers and free hand painting on a muslin panel last year.
Please view the video I created presenting a few computer graphics followed by brief instructions for each. If you have any questions feel free to post them in the comments.
I still have the old Photo Draw 2000 software from Microsoft, and love it. I have since purchased Photoshop Elements, but have yet to use it.
Try something different or creative with any of you art or photos. My favorite effect is to use the “cut out” by color, then change the search mode from global to local and make sure the “put in new picture” is checked. Do this effect in various areas of the selected picture and when finished, select to fill from the format tab. There I selected the gradient fill for the colors but you can replace it with a photo, texture or all one color. It will only fill in the areas of the sketch that you clicked to cut out, which is the effect I wished to achieve. I then used “Designer Effects” from the Effects tab to enhance the color and contrast to my taste. I finished by layering the enhanced picture over a dark purple background color that had to be created from the default picture after the picture setup was changed from landscape to portrait.
Anyone else out there fool around with their photos or art like this?