New Artwork (And Other Assorted Creative Stuff)

by | Jan 7, 2009 | Audio, Graphic Design, Mike, Vacation

A few years ago, I discovered the Digiblog Theorum (Digital Camera + Free Time = Blog). Well recently I discovered a new (yet similar) theorum—the VacaDigiArt Theorum (Free Time During Vacation = New Digital Artwork). And just to prove that it works, allow me to share my newest creations with all of you:

This first one didn’t really take me much time—just a few hours—but I’m pretty happy with the Jedi-tastic results. Now my guess is, you’re either saying “Oh, sweet!” or you may be scratching your heads and wondering, “Um…Why?” Well, it’s a long story, but I’ve been wanting to put my head on Mr. Incredible’s head for a long time, but I never actually figured out a way to make it look good. Then, this fall, I took some pictures of me in black holding a broomstick to use for an image I made for Marriage and Family Therapy class (told you it was a long story), and I had a few leftover. So I digitally darkened my clothes, replaced the broomstick with a lightsaber, and added a custom-made starfield background, and viola! Now I’m Luke Skywalker. Notice the cool metallic look on the yellow letters—a nice touch if I do say so myself. 🙂 And the message—well, that’s my own little secret…

I am a Jedi

This next one is a complex composite of some pictures of one of my professors showing off his sword skills during an RTS community picnic. He’s known for being a really unique guy—intelligent, approachable, and passionate about God, but with a no-nonsense, tell-it-to-you-straight personality. (He actually jumped up on a table during class once to make a point—talk about a great way to get your class’s attention!) Anyway, the message of this image is all my own creation, as are all the quotes, but I still think it does a great job at capturing Dr. Kidd’s inimitable spirit. Slice on, Dr. Kidd, slice on!

Samurai Master Reggie Kidd

Now you probably wouldn’t have guessed it, but the following bamboo images were actually created as a background idea for the samurai image above. First, I followed an online tutorial that teaches you how to draw your very own digital bamboo, which I think came out rather nicely (top left). Then, I used one of the bamboo leaves (scaled up tremendously) to create a catchy green background (bottom left) that I also turned blue for use with the samurai image. But then Jen gave me the idea to use the first bamboo design as a Japanese New Years’ Greetings card, which inspired me to use the white space in the first image to write a little message in Japanese (bottom right). Finally, I combined all the previous versions to get what I think is the best version (top right). That’s what I like about digital art—you can save different versions of your work, and use them interchangeably with each other. Sure beats painting the same thing over and over again…

Bamboo Blessing Card 1

Bamboo Blessing Card 2
( Translation: God’s blessing is forever increasing like the green bamboo. )

These last three are some of my older audio skits that have been combined with one all-new image each so that I can post them on our YouTube channel. I’m planning on re-releasing most of my best skits on YouTube this way, and I figured I would start out with three of my favorites: Billy Bob’s Bar-B-Que Beef, Channel 14 Prime Time Tonight, and Jen’s favorite, the WMAC Weather Report. I had a lot of fun designing these custom images, so if you’ve never heard my audio skits before, or if it’s been a while, why not check ’em out? Just click below and enjoy:

So now you see that the VacaDigiArt Theorum has been solidly proven. Now to try and disprove the Clini-No-Art Theorum, which states that it is impossible to do any art whatsoever while taking classes at RTS and working at the counseling clinic at the same time! 🙂