OK I published the two bad posts back into the feed. Here is the code for my posting (after dashed line)
<img src="http://www.karenwinters.com/blogimages/uclamug3.jpg" width=400/>
I'll be the first to admit that this is not an entirely new response to the challenge. It's a reworking of an impressionistic painting I did of my old college mug earlier this year (see below). What I chose to do was to take a second look at the composition and to see if I could improve upon it, or at the very least, to try something different with it and not make it worse.
First, I cropped it so it wasn't just floating in space. To create more drama I darkened the background overall using complementary hues and contrasting values. I changed the table surface to a curve instead of a flat surface to repeat the curves of the object, and I reserved a little bit of white around the top of the mug to suggest a shininess and a glow. I also added some transparent warmer color to the curved cylinder of the mug to tie it together with the warmer setting and created more of a form shadow on the curve. I can see at least a dozen other things I could do to fix it, but that time would probably be better spent starting from scratch on something new, which I intend to do. It was originally painted in Corel Painter, but the revisions were done in Photoshop.
Oh, and in spite of yesterday's ignominious defeat ... go Bruins. We love you anyway.
<img src="http://www.karenwinters.com/blogimages/uclamug-march05.jpg" width=100/>
And the following is the code from the other problem post, the one with the drawing of the old man:
<img src="http://www.karenwinters.com/blogimages/elderly-dip-pen.jpg" width=350/>
With all the talk of dip pens recently, I decided to try my hand at something with an old world feeling. It's not a copy of any drawing in particular, just an experiment "in the style of ..." using a photo from a vintage book. Walnut ink and white ink on a blue-ish paper background.
I'm trying to change my way of thinking about drawings as being successful or not. Sometimes I play it safe with something I know how to do and although I may like the outcome, I haven't really learned much. On other occasions, like this one, the outcome may not be as satisfactory but I feel like I've learned a lot in the process, so I'd consider it a success. It's all in how you look at it ... goal or process.
Today, I vote for process.
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That's all there is in the entry boxes of each. I'd kind of hate to lose those posts because i got some really nice feedback on them. I hope there's some way to save them without making the feed invalid for LJ.
Thanks again, K.