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Winter Feed – PS Tutorial

I want to thank those of you who have written me personally with your thanks for writing my first Kindle book, “Digital Texture: Beginners Guide to FAQs,” and am very glad that is has truly helped you as you begin your journey. As I know you will grow beyond this book  and as a few on my mailing list have requested another book, one that shows how I apply and use the textures I make in my own work or in the examples I’ve shared in my newsletter, I’ve started to work on a second Kindle book. I’m looking at doing a more formal format than the fixed format I used as some of you from the UK were unable to download the book without having to update your Windows.  Here is a recent work that I used in my newsletter and that I plan on using in the book. Would love your feedback as to the format of the tutorial. Is it in depth enough? What would you change? Add? and so on. Would also appreciate if you add what level of experience you have in working with digital textures—beginner, intermediate, advanced; and what software you are working in—Photoshop, Gimp, etc.  Thanks! The tutorial is below the image. Texture Tutorial Layer 01: Watercolor Texture 3; blend mode Normal, 100% opacity. Layer 02: Photo with masked out unwanted parts of the photo; blend mode Multiply, 100% opacity. Layer 03: Duplicated (cmd/cntr + J) layer 2; lassoed bottom area with a 4% feather and used a Motion Blur at 90º, Distance 295, blend mode Pin Light, 100% opacity. Refined the mask...

BLACK FRIDAY / CYBER MONDAY FREE OFFER

Well I know the blog here has been sparse. What have I been up to? Writing my first Kindle book. Announcing: This guide is designed to answer the most frequently asked questions from a beginner about digital textures and basic technology. If you are looking for basic information this book delivers it into your hands simply and quickly. In this book you’ll discover: • How texture affects human emotions. • The various fields of art that use digital textures. • The core method of “masking” in Photoshop that you will use over and over again. • The crucial information about DPI and PPI to determine what size your work will print at. …and more! You could be on your way to filling in the gaps of knowledge you have presently in just a few short seconds, just click on the link below to buy the book for $ 0.00.  With the answers in hand you’ll be mastering the use of digital textures in no time. And today through Monday (Cyber Monday) I’m offering the book for free. Click Here...

Using Pattern to Balance Texture

Lets talk about pattern and texture. Aren’t they pretty much the same? Not really; pattern is repetition, order and uniformity, whereas texture is the physical and the perceived surface of an object. In this work of art I finished recently you can see the balance of the two. The strict pattern of the script writing in the piece along with the loose tonal pattern helps balance the overall textures in the work.  There is more than the brush texture of the piece, there is also the overlapping individual shapes that create its own texture.  The pattern actually creates a calm transitional influence from the painted background to the foreground shapes. The piece would not work nearly as well without the script, without the pattern the viewer would feel just a bit disjointed. This way the excitement the slightly disjointed shapes remains without being overwhelming. © Copyright Jean Moore...

Newest Work

I purchased an Intuos5 touch last week replacing my Bamboo tablet. I have to say having the ability of the touch right on my tablet is such a cramp reliever, and nib saver—no more scrolling with the pen or reaching for the touch area on my laptop. I still need to order the bluetooth kit for it and I want to try a surface cover this time around. See if I can’t get even more life out of the nib and keep from scratching the surface up. As you can see on the screen I’ve started another commerce like piece (better pic below maybe). It is kind of like puzzle building, taking bits from the underpainting with the marque tool and layering them on top after applying beveled FX and sometimes warping the piece a bit. Quite relaxing and fun on a Friday afternoon, the gray clouds making their slow crawl across the skylights before the rain begins. Join My Mailing List © Copyright 2013 Jean...

Gesture Critiques

Stan Prokopenko is an artist and teacher who not only offers high quality educational videos for artists but does so in an entertaining style. Again If you are serious about improving your technique and learning more be sure to check out his dvd available for purchase on Proko. Though he is a portrait artists the information applies to any type of art you do including photography.  Join My Mailing...

3 KEY ELEMENTS TO ART YOU NEED TO KNOW

COMMERCE by Jean Moore Purchase Information  Commerce is a work that I recently completed that I believe hit three key elements you want in any work of art but especially in an abstract work, that is aesthetics, temperament, and intellect. An artist needs to be a designer because its not just about describing what we see or what things are but also about composition. What elements do you need to put on the paper in order to communicate the scene? To get down a pleasing composition landscape painters may take their sketchbook out in the field blocking in a scene with broad shapes, adding tone and building value to create temperament or mood all before including color.  This is exactly what I did with Commerce as you can see in the examples below. From the background I use the marque and warp tools in photoshop to copy and paste shapes on top of the background. I want to establish calm horizontals first before punctuating with verticals and diagonals, always keeping in mind the golden ratio of composition.  The experienced artist will know when to leave out elements because they don’t add to the piece aesthetically nor intellectually and may even be disruptive to do so…just because you see it there doesn’t mean it has to go in you painting. It is the same with this abstract piece of work. The mood in this piece is obviously upbeat and positive. In the end viewers make the intellectual connection to the title if they have not seen it already…Commerce.   Join My Mailing List © Copyright Jean Moore 2013. All rights...

How to Draw Gesture

Stan Prokopenko is an artist and teacher who not only offers high quality educational videos for artists but does so in an entertaining style. Again If you are serious about improving your technique and learning more be sure to check out his dvd available for purchase on Proko. Though he is a portrait artists the information applies to any type of art you do including photography.  Now go out and practice…draw, draw, draw. JOIN MY MAILING...

The Illusion of Depth

Stan Prokopenko is an artist and teacher who offers high quality educational videos for artists that are also entertaining. I will be posting his videos here each week over the next few weeks. If you are serious about improving your technique and learning more be sure to check out his dvd available for purchase on Proko. Though he is a portrait artists the information applies to any type of art you do including photography. Join My Mailing...

New Work

Mesa Verde Cliff Dwellings 3 | Buy a Print I’ve been away from my blogs and forms over the last couple of weeks, just needed some down time.  Albeit the conversations have been in a number of places—G+, Linkedin, Fine Art America and even on this blog—the response and discussions to the last post, “Don’t Skip Using Traditional Medium,” have been awesome. Thanks to all who responded. Mesa Verde Cliff Dwelling 2 | Buy a Print Simple Architectural Beauty | Buy A Print Taking down time is important to keeping the creativity flowing.  I have been working on some new paint textures to use with my art as well as some photographs. I hope to have these available to the public on my texture site soon. Some of the best textures I have created have come from suggestions or requests from friends needing or wanting something specific. How about you? Do you want a texture you can’t find yet? Let me know I will get started on it. Join My Mailing List and Receive Free...

Don’t Skip Using Traditional Medium

I watch a lot of Youtube and Vimeo videos, gathering new information, learning the newest techniques when it comes to using digital mediums. Recently I’ve seen and heard quite a bit of digital artists telling young artists just starting out “don’t skip using traditional mediums.”  Hmmm, why is that? After all isn’t drawing on a tablet with pressure sensitive pen pretty much the same as a pen/pencil to paper or paint to canvas? In a lot of ways it can be and in other ways not at all. There is no perfect undo when painting with traditional mediums. No layers, they are all flattened in as soon as a new layer of paint or varnish or pencil mark is put on top of another. No distort, perspective, warp, or liquefy tools either. Some might be saying, “So. It only matters if the art is good and people like it, right?” As far as sales and aesthetics go I would say that kind of statement is correct. I personally like both mediums. One is not more pure than the other. I totally agree with DiceTsutsumi’s statement, “Who can say Craig Mullins’ work is any less sophisticated than any of the traditional oil painters? Good work is good work.” But there are reasons why it is important to use traditional medium. First off, digital paintbrushes, pencils, and filters are set up to mimic the traditional tools. Without understanding how the traditional ones work one may not know why they can’t achieve a certain look or feel they want in digital. To use traditional mediums is to learn to make your own choices about...