Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Wallpaper creator, anyone?

Recently I found out about a website that is so astonishing (to me, anyway), that I couldn't not share it with you.

Do you like patterns? Do you like repeating patterns? Do you like Kaleidoscopes? Then you just might like this program.
The program is called Repper Pro. (Click the link to visit the site where you can purchase it- yeah it's one of those that you have to pay for...but it will be money well spent, as time will slip by you as you create more and more images...not to mention it's less than $100)

Basically you just load an image (I used a drawing I had done of Neil Young from back in High School for the image above and below), and move the little square indicator in the program around to see what kaleidoscopic images appear.
I'm pretty excited to have some new backgrounds for my computer, and maybe even a few pages I can color when I get bored.

You guys should check it out. If for no other reason, than to just play around with their free demo on the site. You might get hooked.
(The above is done from a color photo I snagged off the internet) The possibilities are endless!

Monday, August 17, 2015

"Earl's Girl"

Getting back into the swing of things with portraits.

One of my new co-workers allowed me the pleasure of drawing his daughter for him.

2B and 4B pencil on 8 1/2" x 11" white 60lb paper.

I left a bit of a boarder on it so if he wants to matt and frame it, he can.

I have my niece's portrait to complete as well as a new request from one of my contest winners way back when. So far back, that I don't even remember which contest it was from...

Hope everyone is enjoying the end of the summer!

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Adult Coloring Books

I am probably posting this well into the recent fad of Adult Coloring Books. But I thought it was worth sharing anyway.

Way back in 1994 my mom purchased the above book, "Roger Burrows Images 3: The Ultimate Coloring Experience". I'm fairly sure she bought it for herself...but some how I have managed to own it for over 20 years now (I'm just going to be in the corner barfing for a moment while I process how old that makes me now...)- There are literally only 5 pages in this book that I have managed to add color to in that time.

A couple of weeks ago, I happened to find it again- in one of the boxes that I was unpacking (yes, still's a slow process over here). So I decided to scan the 6 main patterns that repeat and send them to my parents to see if they remembered the book. While they didn't say anything about remembering it, I could picture my mom's face: Pursed lips, slightly turned up on the corners in an all-knowing grin as she narrowed her eyes in my general direction, saying "So that's where my book went, uh-huh."

Anyway, I actually chuckled to myself when I found it again (...gulp...20 years later...still gagging)- particularly since the Adult Coloring Book phase has sprung up recently. Not to detract from the amazing images in the current incarnations of adult coloring books- but to find out that my mom was ahead of the curve on this fad made me smile to myself (although, was she ahead of the curve? Or is the fad just repeating again?).

I've been doing some coloring since I found the book maybe one day (hopefully not another 20 years from now) all the pages will have color.

To my mom- thank you for letting me "borrow" the book for so long. Nothing like loaning a book to someone who never gives it back, right?