Monday, November 21, 2011

Love that snow! And, a tiny Digital Baby Step

So, here's the color version of my happy little shoveller. The snow we had when I posted the sketch is long gone, but I'm sure there will be more to keep this little guy happy.

And here's the whole piece. The big snowy spaces provide room for type. The text, of course is top secret! It's wonderful though. Worth a wait! Working around type sometimes makes for compositions that are a bit odd looking, but snow, sky, light colored walls, etc. can help. Part of the challenge!

Today's Digital Baby Step is small indeed, but if you don't know it, maybe you'll like it as much as I do. You may know that when working in Photoshop, if you press the F key, you can change the look of your desktop. It's what you see around/behind the image while working on it. If you haven't tried this before, go for it! Just remember, if you don't like the different backgrounds (grays and black) the F key will bring you right back where you started. I've known about the F key for quite awhile,  but I just learned something new.

When you have the black background, if you then press the tab key, you'll see your image and only your image on a black screen. It eliminates the tools and palettes from the screen. I like doing this at the end of the day, or when I'm going to be away from the computer for awhile. It's a good way to have a fresh clear look at your work when you come back. Here's an example of the work on the black "clean screen" when this work was in progress. Nice and clean and focused on the work and the work alone. When you want to get your tools and palettes back, just press tab again and you are good to go.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Sneak peak and October surprise!

This is a sneak peak at a small portion of a bigger project that I've been working on. It seemed appropriate for me to post this unhappy little shoveller now. We had a surprise snowstorm in my area. Actually, the whole northeast of the US had it. Around here, snow in October is pretty much unheard of. Or, at least, it was. Halloween has been postponed in our town. BOO! Lots of tree damage and lots of power out. The trouble was that all the trees still have their leaves, so the weight of the snow brought a lot of trees and big limbs down. Boo!

So,this little guy wasn't created because of this storm. If he had been, maybe there would be the hint of a Halloween costume peaking out from under his coat and lots of trees down in his yard. Boo!

But, in our town, he can go trick or treating this coming Friday! Yay! And, BOO!