Friday, April 06, 2007

Tree-Moon Fluid Distortion


My first computer graphical image. 8-] I started with an image of a quilt block and ended up with a fluid distortion crafted into a tree and the moon. w00t!

This was fun. And so mesmerizing. I played with this for hours in Photo Shop, fiddling around and finding a filter I liked. I can get into this!

I tried to pick up a book on digital art at B&N, but there was just too much I couldn't make heads nor tails of. So I just came home and started poking around with the program. Once I understand a bit more, I may be able to get a book and see what I'm doing.
Hmmm. I'm pretty sure this is the bear paw block I started with. I must have really stirred those colors to get them to blend like that. Or perhaps I somehow zeroed in on one section? I'll have to try it again and see if I get something similar.


Diane Cutter said...

Ellen, you made me chuckle... Isn't it interesting that, no matter how intelligent an artist, the 'hands on' method always seems to be the preferred one. I love the image. It has a very soft, metallic gleam. I would never have guessed it came from a quilt block! I look forward to more experiments.

Sue said...

Ooooer! Spooky tree! :-) Nice image. Poking around a programme is really the best way to discover it's capabilities. I taught myself to use Painter this way and am now completely confident in it. Photoshop however, still boggles me and I only use to to get artwork ready for the publisher.
Good work!

Ellen Shipley said...

Thanx Diane,

Yeah, there's nothing like hands-on all right. I was amazed myself. I just kept "stirring" until all the colors ran together. ;->

Ellen Shipley said...

Thanx Sue,

I usually use Paint Shop Pro for everything, but it doesn't have all the neat bells and whistles of Photo Shop. So I'm determined to finger-poke till I find them all. ;-j

I really like your Christmas card on your site. Is that done with a computer?