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Wednesday, December 31, 2008
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Wednesday, December 24, 2008
A few posts ago I mentioned I had an assignment to create a diptych (technically these are 2 paintings or panels that work together) of dualites. Most times these are a continuation of a theme or a story and relate to each other, however our teacher decided that he wanted two images were opposites of each other but had some kind of link, Some examples would be life, death, young, old etcetera. It took me a long time to come up with a concept for these mostly because I didnt really want to do opposites, I wanted to do something along the lines of the panels you see in the iconic russian art, that what came to mind when I thought of drawings that are panels of linked image or some of the beautiful Japanese art prints. Needless to say I dawdled and dawlded cause everything seemed to be either to cliche, blah or not fit the assignment criteria.
Finally out of desperation I ended up settling on doing landscapes that were opposite in location, feeling and technique. Deep in the forest was mostly done in photoshop this time I did it after I did the LightHouse at sea. I love how this one came out with the dark moody feeling of the deep dark forest it makes me wonder what is lurking out there in the woods.
The light house painting was done entirely in Painter and to be honest is not a finished as it should be I spent so many hours on those darn clouds and I am still not happy with them, by the time I got to the light house I was fed up and wanted to be done so I rushed through and did a very loose painting of the light house and rocks.
What I discovered from this is Painter is hard! I can move so fast in photoshop and painter takes me so much longer, I am sure this is still lack of familiarity of how to get the tools and brushes to give me the results I want, I have seen some beautiful work done using painter but I am a long way off from what I would call competent. The second thing I discovered it so sucks to paint things you arent interested in. I really didnt want to paint a lighthouse lol so that probably made it so much harder. I think its important to try to do things out of your comfort zone to help you grow and develop as an artist (but its probably better not to on a deadline for your final projects).
Both paintings are 11 by 17 300 dpi- Kinkos does a great job printing on color stock by the way if anyone needs a place they also do calenders and all kinds of fun things you can print your own art work and photos on.
I have been able to get som gowns done but not in all their colors I tried to get them out for Christmas but that just want happening this time, hopefully Ill get them out this weekend.
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Once I let go of all the preconceptions of what it couldnt be and just let it go it really started to flow on its own and the problem ended up not being what to do but what not to do in the amount of time I had to finish it.
The Orignal print is 11by 17 and was created using Painter and photoshop. Im still finding painter to be a bit frustrating but Im going to keep kicking it for a while see if I can get it to bend to my will.
Tuesday, December 09, 2008
The semester is finally coming to a close thank goodness my arm feels like its going to fall off this week but I'm down to the last few paintings for my final hurray!! These are a few of the beginning projects that we had to do to show line, texture, shape, contour, gesture and negative/positive shapes. I love the fashion pose one each of these was done individually as a contour drawing, I actually had a few more poses done but they wouldn't fit on the page once I added the negative shapes. I was disappointed at first cause all the work that didn't get included, poor pre-planning the lay out on my part but I think the negative shapes give the final lay out more interest.
This next project we had to do a panel for each of the topics the contour was hard for me as I really wanted to add shading and some shadows into the face the second portrait we could use line as value along with contour, again I really wanted to shade her face but I felt might not meet the project goals. I lost points for not using cross hatching on it :(. Doing cobblestones was kind of fun I experimented with using a few different techniques and think the end result turned out pretty good.
This was our very first assignment on shading, volume and light sources I actually decided to challenge myself and used Corel Painter to do these instead of Photoshop. I have only used painter a few times it has some great paint tools but I'm still not understanding some of the tools like the blenders they worked great on these but later as I moved into the color paintings I had trouble with it picking up the canvas colors.
If anyone knows more about Painter I'ld love to hear from you none of my searches turned up the answers I needed. Lost points on the cone and abstract shape cause my shadows were too hard "cry" I tried softening them but still not good as needed to be I guess, oh well try to do better on the next series.
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
This semester I am taking a digital drawing class along with driving down to the valley for a 3d modeling class. Its really interesting how some teachers are so very different, my modeling teacher on Saturdays is very intense the moment the class starts he is off lecturing barely taking a breath the class is supposed to end at 6:00pm sat night but quite often we are there till 7 or 8. Its really interesting but at times all the information can be mind numbing.
On the other side is my drawing class I seriously think my teacher has this twisted little streak that wants to see us squirm. He doesn't lecture quite as much but he gives us a drawing assignment nearly every week and he wants them 11 by 17 inches matted! When your used to doing things 1024 or 512 for SL 11 by 17 inches can be quite daunting if not down right intimidating.
The drawing above is my assignment for class we were given the title Castle in the Clouds and the objective was to use multiple points of perspective. After a few really bleh printings and then going back and reworking my levels of contrasts and colors I was reasonably pleased with it. I ended up printing at Kinkos on 80 pound card stock. The first printing was really dark so they had to increase the lightness a lot, it is something I will need keep in mind when prepare for printing next time
Our next assignment is a diptych in dualities, for those of you that said huh like I did a diptych is 2 panels or a series of 2 panels of paintings in this case (see I told you he wanted to see us squirm). I'm not quite sure what to do for these and as usual I dread starting. I think that I'm always worried what if its not right or not good enough so I wait till I have no choice but to start, usually then I get completely involved and obsessive about it. That being said there really is something different to seeing your work in print, I am hoping I can overcome my phobia about it so that I look forward to it and be a bit more prolific.
When I got home late saturday night my router was dead, dead, dead so I ended up having to get a new one today and arguing with ATT support trying to get it workin properly. So I'm back online hopefully everyone had a wonderful Halloween.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Summer over, harvest begins the Sun is growing weak,
Also so you can complete the set I have put on the Dyan Flame hair that I used in this add on sale as well as the Cinderella Jeweled slippers in Nutmeg on sale. Hope you enjoy.
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Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Last December my partner and I went christmas shopping,he wasnt sure what to buy me so he gave me a huge shopping spree at Armidi. Whoohoo would be most peoples response except for one thing ...Coming Soon. Armidi was running a Gift certificate promotion at the time and in small print the cards said available for use in January.January comes along no word. Finally at the end of Feburary Armidi posts a shopping web site that is a sneak peek and can be used by people holding their gift cards. So I giddily rush over to the store to buy some of their latest releases but to my dismay you can not purchase in the store only from the website.
I personally hate shopping this way but off I went to the website to purchase the wonderful new items and sadly they werent there only the older items where there. Against my better judgement I purchased the new hair I wanted with additional funds and waited patiently for the new items to be added to the site.
Waited, waited and waited........
March 2008 Armidi announces more releases andtheir team expands yay! Surely now they will get the new stuff up and get the cards working in the store. Sad face no they dont.
April 2008 more new releases, May 2008 more new releases June 2008 August 2008.... and more waiting.
As the releases have come out I have sent ims, sent notecards asking for help with no reply. I again check their shopping website now you cant even buy the old items it just says Coming Spring 2008....
Today I finally had enough and sent 32 ims to all the Armidis, Lola Marquez and Liam Oliver, 5 of the 32 where online 1 responded to me then an hour later I got 1 other response. THe following are the responses with their names removed.
[15:04] Sparkle Skye: Can you please tell me when is it you plan to honor the gift certificates purchased last year
[15:05] Armidi: Hi, You'll need to IM London Armidi for more information. I'm sorry, i wish i could help
[15:07] Sparkle Skye: I have and never get a reply
[15:07] Armidi: oh hmm
[15:08] Armidi: well, as far as i know, we should be able to get the gift card system up and running again in about a month. We're currently working on it right now
[15:08] Sparkle Skye: it was supposed to be up in January
[15:08] Sparkle Skye: I have had these since december last year
[15:08] Armidi: it was and we had a website where you could do your shopping online
[15:09] Sparkle Skye: with all old items
[15:09] Armidi: but we took it down to work on it
[15:09] Sparkle Skye: this is really bad customer service I see products released an no one bothers to let us holding gift certificates know what is happening
[15:12] Armidi: I'm sorry, I will let the necessary people know about your feelings. All I can say is to be please be patient. We're working on it and it is worth the wait. I can tell you that
[15:12] Sparkle Skye: sorry I dont feel that way thanks anyway
[15:12] Armidi: have a good day
The second response I got was this:
[15:03] Sparkle Skye: Can you please tell me when is it you plan to honor the gift certificates purchased last year
[15:57] Armidi: Hi! The giftcards were useable last month and past months, you will be able to use them again soon :)
[15:58] Sparkle Skye: you never put up the new merchandise there
[16:05] Armidi: The newer items will be added when you can use the giftcards again.
[16:06] Sparkle Skye: are you aware that this has been 9 months of you saying coming soon and none of the new merchandise is put up?
[16:14] Armidi: We manually redemmed giftcards for new items earlier this year.
[16:21] Sparkle Skye: there was never an offer on your website to do that
There was no further repsonse, they never posted on their website that they were redeeming manually and never responded to my requests for service nor did they offer anything today but that I should wait...
Its Coming Soon you know
Within an hour of this posting I received a response from Liam Oliver expressing concerns about what I posted here. I agreed not to post any my conversation with him.
I agreed that I would post any clarifications of the responses I received from either of the Armidi's that responded to me, if they are sent to me.
After a lengthy discussion I have been refunded my balance of my gift card, received an apology for how this was handeled and been assured that the web site will indeed be up and running soon. I was also told they will also be doing their best to reach out to those who have not been able to redeem their cards.
Saturday, August 09, 2008
Set 2 of the rewards gown is now out. This week I did a small train for the gown and a luxurious Fur stole with drape. I wasn't sure abut the fur shading I ended up doing a darker fur with some darker shades of blues and greens in the fur and a lighter fur teal as well. Since I couldn't decide which I preferred some of the group members took a vote and dark won by a very small margin so it is the rewards gown for $1L
How do I get the Gown?
1. Visit the storeSparkle Skye Designs
2. Put us in your profile picks making sure the "show in search" option is checked
3. Wait 24 to 48 hours an then come back to the store and you will be able to pick up the gown from the vendor.
4. You will need to wear your Sparkle Skye Designs group tag as well.
If you already have us in your picks Huurrray!
This set will be out for a limited amount of time only, I will not give it out once I remove it, The only exception to this is if you were on my picks list prior to this announcement and maintained it.
Sparkle Skye Designs
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Week 1 of the groups reward gown is out. This is part of a collection and I will be having a new gown to this set each week so be sure and collect them all. Once this set is taken away I will not be giving them out so be sure and pick them up when I have them in the store. The gown is set for $1L.
The Gown is showing a bit greener in this photo do to a windlight setting its a teal blue green.
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Sunday, July 27, 2008
Please join us at the Pavillion Events Center at Antero Shores to veiw the delightfully creative work of Mami Jewell, Moanasyrene Boucher of MB Designs will unveil her latest releases to her summer collection.
Alb Dream Fashion will display her fantasical creations and attendees can pick up her Audrey outfit for Free! Bahar Vega of Dare2Bite of Dare to Bite presents their lovely designs.
And it is my pleasure to show a variety of my lovely creations at this show. I will be giving away a wonderful gown to one of our lucky attendees. Alienbear Gupte's fabulous jewelry will also be accenting the lovely fashions and you will have the opportunity to purchase her Brand NEW Princess Amaterasu set & mini crown (white) before its official release!
Show starts at 2pm,
Monday, July 07, 2008
Of kissing your flesh
And every goose pimple
I’ve produced there on
Till I’ll touch
The sensitivity of your
To fill you
With this passion of mine
Sometime and somewhere
Down the line
Of my sensuous secret dreams.
To express this love
I possess of you
This aching heart.
Beating within my breast...
To kneel if I have to
Before your loveliness
Kiss and succulently taste
Each of your divine toes.
Just before I envelope you
Into the clutches
Of my most desiring
To place you upon a pedestal
Of passion reign
As your eyes roll back
Ecstasy possessed soul.
Wednesday, April 02, 2008
The Socialite gown features accents of glamour, luxury and sophistication. This handpainted gown has a beautifully detailed corset designed to sculpt the classic hourglass figure. Exuding grace and elegance The Socialite has a fitted waist and hips gently flaring out at the knees. The ensemble features 4 skirt styles in satin and 4 in satin with a delicate lace with a optional sparkling overlay.
The bodice is exquistely detailed with soft delicate lace embellishments, hand crafted beading, diamonds and pearls. To help keep your mermaid gown in place a specially built AO has been built in the pearl tear drop broach (this can be turned off by touch). The gloves each feature an embellishment of pearls and diamonds with cascading teardrops.
The skirt styles are a classic mermaid, classic mermaid with rufffle, classic mermaid with train and classic mermaid with ruffles and train. Each skirt comes with a sparkling over lay option.
Included is a beautiful Rose head dress with strands or pearl teardrops and diamonds with a floor length silk veil. Both Veil and head dress can be worn seperately. A delicate set of lace lingirie completes your bridal trousseau to make your wedding a night to remember.
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Monday, March 24, 2008
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Sparkle Skye Designs
Starlight and moonbeams and dew drops on flowers gleam
That beckon to the Fairy’s touch
Grasshoppers, crickets, they sing their songs
In the night to the one that they love
The Treasure Hunt
The hunt has 10 separate gifts there are 5 on ImagineNation and 5 on ImaginExotica. You are looking for shamrocks and pots of gold the shamrocks are different colors and the Pots of gold are different as well. You MUST where your group tag when you see one the first person to touch it gets it and it will poff and magically reappear somewere else. GOOD LUCK and have FUN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!