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Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Digital Whispers Cauldron Challenge

A Halloween theme at Digital Whispers this week.  We were invited to create something with a cauldron.
I used various elements here. Some are my own.  The vulture, monkey and melting doll (which is in the cauldron and might be hard to see) are from Holliewood Studios - Nightmare kit.

There's also a Halloween challenge at Dezinaworld's blogspot.  Here is my entry for this week's spot challenge

Thursday, 21 October 2010

Masculine/Feminine Challenge at Dezinaworld

There's a spot prize challenge at Dezinaworld's blog this week to create something with a masculine/feminine theme.  I thought I'd have a bit of fun with it, and this is what I came up with.  I can relate to Elizabeth ;-)
Curtains and platform are from Holliewood Theatre of Dreams.  Background is from a vintage circus picture. Female is from a freebi kit by Efie.

Freebie metal flower with ring

Here's another high resolution freebie for you. I quite like the results of my doodling. Hope you do too.

Background Papers High Resolution CU freebie

I've had these freebies made for a while now but hadn't got around to making the previews for them.  Hope you like them.

Click here to download from 4shared website

Here's another freebie. I promised someone a rainbow balloon  ages ago.  The background paper is different to the preview, but is in the 5 free papers above.

Click here to download balloon and paper

Monday, 18 October 2010

Graveyard Challenge at Digital Whispers

Another enjoyable challenge at Digital Whispers this week. We were provided with a picture of a graveyard

I guess I'm one of those weird people who enjoys visiting graveyards, reading names and dates on gravestones and wondering about people's lives.  I've even come across early Pictish ones in Scotland, with skull and bones carved on them.

I added a textured background (texture68 by Sira_sdz at DeviantArt)
The cradle roll was photographed by my daughter who found it dumped outside a church. Music stand (Bluesse at DeviantArt) and I cannot remember where I found the vintage girl.  I also used brushes by Obsidian Dawn.

There's a freebie gravestone at that I've used here. It really appealed to my sense of humour : 'I'm a Goner'
  I've used it here with the same cemetry pic from Digital Whispers. I found the background on the web. Thanks to Bluesse again for the old dolls. I warped one.

Friday, 15 October 2010

Maggie Taylor Challenge

Fantastic challenge at Digital Whispers this week.  I'd never heard of Maggie Taylor before, but her artwork is awesome. She's an American Artist with a wild and vivid imagination. I love surrealism so this was right up my street.  Background is by Fairygoodmother on DeviantArt website.

Thursday, 14 October 2010

'Black' theme at Art and Images by Kim group

There's some seriously lovely eye candy on the .Ning network.  My interntet is actuallty working today so I took advantage and spent some time looking at people's creations.  I also entered the 'Black Theme' challenge.  Of course when you work with black, it forces you to consider light.  Since I'm not very skilled with observing shadows and where light falls etc, I was daunted and probably score a zero for artistic ability. I did capture the dark and eerie part of the challenge though and am fairly happy with my efforts.
Models were from Bluesse at DeviantArt. Background photo is mine, candle was from one of Efie's kits and the raven was from a WLOP kit
Here's the link to Kim's group if you want to join a lively and eclectic art community.Click here to visit art and images by kim

It's hard to see at this size. Click on picture to enlarge

Monday, 11 October 2010

Eiffel Tower Challenge at DigitalWhispers

There was an Eiffel Tower challenge at Digital Whispers this week.
Again I'm not really happy with my efforts. I should have scrapped the background paper which is a photo of a night-time barbeque we had.  Stubborn old me persisted. and the end result is not what I wanted.

Looking at the other entries for the Eiffel Tower challenge, Stephanie had posted a wonderful one with a new kit which I had to have. It's by Holliewood - Nightmares.
The pram and grandfather clock are from MartaVan Eck's Attic kit.  She also has a new kit out which is well worth checking out. I offered to do some designing for her and still haven 't made a start. Shame on me. I must learn not to get so distracted.  Sofa is from Bluess at DeviantArt but I've made it shabby and almost unrecognizable

This second one is also using some elements from HollieWoods Nightmare kit. The gate and steps are from an Edinburgh photo. Model is a black and white photo called Joan by Mjranum from DeviantArt. I decided to add some colour to her.Skeleton clock is from my own collection.

Angel- Dezinaworld Challenge

Shan't bore you all with my computer problems. I'm amazed I've got anything done at all. First of all, speeds slowed to snail's pace. The engineer blamed Firefox browser. I'm not convinced but removed it and replaced with Google Chrome. I've never resolved the problem with Windows 7 constantly dropping the drivers for my Wacom Tablet. Second Intuos2 tablet I've had and twice the wiring has gone wonky in same place. So struggling with dropped drivers and wonky wiring was more than I could bear. Got a second hand wacom wireless pen tablet. This is nowhere as intuitive as the Intuos tablet and explains why it was so much cheaper. I lost the pen for it. Searched high and low. It had rolled under the wardrobe and hidden itself.
Inbetween a stinking cold and a friend dying, I'm finally back to some semblence of reality (whatever that is) and even have some freebies which I haven't gotten around to posting.
This challenge at Dezinaworld's blog Click on link to visit blog is to create something with an angel or angels.  I really like angels despite being totally non-religious so I had a go:
The best I can say for this is I like the textures. I insisted on shoving it into a frame and it now looks like a postage stamp.  Really I would like to be working at 3ftx3ft  I like big!
The shrine is from a kit I bought from Studio Gypsy-Shrine of the Times.
If, like me, you like to see work in progress, here are the images I used. I don't have the names of any of the designers, but will gladly add them if anyone can identify them.