Saturday, January 21, 2012

To Life!

This weekend people of a plethora of backgrounds are coming together in Washington D.C. to celebrate human life and protect the littlest among us.

"You are called to stand up for life! To respect and defend the mystery of life always and everywhere, including the lives of unborn babies, giving real help and encouragement to mothers in difficult situations. You are called to work and pray against abortion." Pope John Paul II

Why should you join this fight against abortion and celebration of human life? Here are a few reasons:

For the mind:

For the heart:

And also this: The Inherent Awkardness of Being Pro-Choice (because perhaps the last two were a bit heavy).

Send me off with some prayers that I won't absolutely lose my mind on this bus ride. I'm off to fill my ipod with a balance of informative and fluffy media!

Including this very pretty song:


Friday, January 13, 2012

The Hunger Games: Peeta

Here is the process I went through to create the image:


I don't recommend this stage of my process to anyone. Don't ever render out just one area by itself EVER and I should have decided what I was doing with the background. But since this was just for fun I indulged, but I payed the price with a gross amount of tweaking later and accepting the fact that I was going to leave things that were a bit incorrect be. (Also, notice how I changed the the knife, I was informed by my friend that you don't hold fighting knives that way. That through off my composition for a loop.)

I changed the colors to fit my taste. I recommend Variations for intense change in hue and Hue/Saturation, if you want to keep your subtler colors but I mostly favor Color Balance because I feel like I have more control.

Finishing off the background was fun and I used lines of direction as much as possible to make my composition less clunky. When I wanted to see how the lights and darks were working with each other I'd desaturate the image. Also, the fun thing about painting is that you can put lights where they are most convenient as long as you take care that they either have a really source light or could have a real source light. There's some things I will go back into if I have the time. I have to fix the way the bow is being held and I'd like to go into the strokes that look like an obvious brush and if there are any critiques I get to those eventually too.

Thank you for reading! 

love, love,

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Heart of Gold

A heart of gold is all I need.
Strong and brilliant as a joyful cry
Welling up inside as you see
One thought dead, alive.