Saturday, January 30, 2016

How to find an online file converter!

I am excited that my illustrations have been accepted on a wonderful website called Storybird. www.https://storybird.com/ 

I have been in the process of trying to find an online free converter that will tranform my jpg files into tiff. files, and hopefully will also convert my regular rgb (red, green, blue) files to a cmyk(cyan, magenta, yellow and black) file, because these format are what the website requires. Since I don't have a photoshop program and I'm not quite up to speed on the Gymp program on my laptop, finding the right resource on line has been a challenge. 

Today I found one that works - for me anyway! Yahoo! I still have to resize the pictures I've chosen, but that I can do on an iphoto program I have on my pc. But I found a website on line that converts not only from rgb to cmyk, but converts from jpg to tiff at the same time. I highly recommend it.  http://www.rgb2cmyk.org/

The two pictures below are two different versions of my artwork entitled "A Windy Day In Maine" the first is my original rgb,jpg file. The second is the converted and resized file. The color looks a bit different but I think translates well on a professional site for artists, such as Storybird!
"A Windy Day In Maine" original jpg, rgb file

"A Windy Day In Maine" in converted RGB,Tiff file.


Below are a few images that I plan to upload onto the Storybird site. What do you think?





 Happy Drawing!

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Recent Work!



 Here is my latest work:

Below is a caricature I did for a local realter who sometimes uses caricatures for promotional materials.  Notice the houses on the birthday cake and the house shaped package on the top of the present pile!



 I have been accepted as an illustrator to post my work on www.storybird.com  so I have been engaged in the process of converting some of my art files from jpg's to Tiff files, as well as changing them to the appropriate color format. This is an image that just came to me about a year ago, and I had the sketch above for all of that time, and was not sure whether it was worth finishing or not. I didn't have a story in mind or any thought of why it's a bird girl or why she looks sad or confused.

I took it out of my files because I think it would fit well into the Storybird website. The idea of the website is that writers can choose an image and write about it! SO here it is (below) in process. I'm still thinking about what color to use on the town and landscape below. I'm doing it in watercolor pencil, and I like choosing whether to apply water or not. In some areas it will look like colored pencil and in other areas- like watercolor- for effect.
 Happy Drawing!!


Sunday, January 17, 2016

End of 2015 Silhouettes and Caricatures

These are pics of the last two gigs I did in 2015! Plus a great video on how to cut silhouettes and a very informational video on caricaturing tools! Now I'm ready to use my off season to drum up some new gigs for the 2016 Spring, Summer, Fall and Holiday Season! I'm very excited about a Wedding Vendor Mixer I'm going to in a week in Portsmouth, Maine, sponsored by www.gayweddingsinmaine.com! Hope to line up some wedding gigs for my silhouetting OR caricaturing or even both!
A Silhouette I cut  in about five minutes at Sarah Orne Jewett House in the middle of south Berwick, ME during their Home For The Holidays Christmas Celebration in early December 2015.
My table set up with my silhouette display at historic Sarah Orne Jewett House in South Berwick, ME.



Sarah Orne Jewett House
South Berwick, ME
For more info. on the history of Jewett House click here: http://www.historicnewengland.org/historic-properties/homes/sarah-orne-jewett-house

Here's a great you tube video on cutting Silhouettes by Cindi Rose!
A caricature I did from someone's cell phone at a Christmas Craft Fair in 2015!
I worked from two different photos and did a composite drawing.

Three ladies I did a caricature of, for the Gorham Bank Christmas Party held in Portland, ME in Dec. 2015.

I've been looking into finding better drawing tools to use for my caricaturing. 

Here's a helpful you tube video on Caricaturing supplies!