Thursday, May 14, 2015

Highlights of Banff Trip in a Video Short!


What a great place to visit!
This video (2 minutes) shows a handful of some of the reasons I found it so refreshing, relaxing and invigorating.  It includes a few see-me-here photos too. 

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Banff, Alberta, Canada - What a beautiful place!

Returned from a recent trip to Banff where the photographic opportunities are boundless.  The Vermillion Lakes are a great location for bird-watching and snapping some terrific images (especially by using the reflections in the water)!

Banff is a Canadian national park and as such really cares for its wild animal populations. The area's water supply -- from the Bow River that is fed by the Columbia Glacier and mountain snow melts -- winds its way far beyond Calgary.    

Sunday, May 3, 2015

One of today's Face Drawings!

Yes, it's Maleficent!  This is the line drawing without digital enhancement.

Background for a Lifebook Project...drying!

I'm liking it!

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Hand-drawn Face and Digitally Enhanced Drawing

Yesterday, I completed the drawing on the right using Caran d-Ache Supracolor II Soft pencils.

The drawing was then used as the base for the digitally-edited/-enhanced version on the left.  The finished image was painted and areas blended, and it includes two of my photo images for the background/effects.

I'm learning about face shading and layering by using Photoshop.  The pencils are challenging to get the layering effects I want...could be my limited experience using the pencils too.

In any case, I'm liking the results.  The finished image has more human character than the digital drawings I've done over the last few years (as you can sell a selection of along the left side of this blog)!  

This piece was inspired through work done in class work offered by Tamara Laporte from Willing Arts Ltd. For more information, visit this link: