@marsha-kay-ottum-owen Still think the face looks too old but..can I mix that flesh again? Might need to work on that some more. I think I can widen the eyes, less defined cheeks and a simple smile, no chin mark....but, I don't know how it will paint over. It's getting a bit lumpy and it will be hard to match the skin tone......hmmmmm.
I ned to work on moving. I'll just turn it in as is.
@demotlj :-) Yeah, that migh tbe a problem :-) I tried out green on the next one but ....after I did it in red and it didn't all lift out. Not much green otherwise in th epicture though, except for grass, I guess.
@bichonbistro The picture isn't framed at all. Just sandwhiched between chipboard with a newsprint cover. I'm going to do as Pam suggested and wrap a sample up aand toss it around to see what becomes of it :-) Thank you so much for your input!
So, since I am not really good with typing things into photoshop, I have been thinking I will hand letter the text for my book. What I have done in the past is type it out, place it on the page, trace it and then ink it. I know it's a lot of work but I don't really mind...however, I am feeling a bit overwhelmed by it because it's one of the next steps! I learned all this about 47 years ago when I was studying graphic design...pre-digital. I was trying to find some good guidelines online but haven't found what I'm looking for. I really should just do it digitally but, I only briefly know photoshop and I, somehow, have a hard time controlling the typing. It goes off the page and I have to drag it down, or some other crazy thing. Also, my suscription ends on Feb 26th so I will then need to learn to use GIMP or some other freeware. I tried getting some of them downloaded and so forth as someone suggested but then I don't quite know how to do it. Is there a simpler way to do this? Just overwhelmed either way. Maybe I just need to gird up my loins and write it on tracing paper, transfer it to the page and ink and BELIEVE I can do it ..or believe I can master the digital.....or something :-)
This is kind of long ..sorry..just needed to express my concerns I guess.
I know it isn't perfect but I can live with this cow, time to finish this project so I can learn from a new one! I still have a lot to do though. Thanks for your input on this! Also, sorry for the fuzzy photo.
It reminds me of SVS a little, only for writers. It's called Blueprints for Writers. I downloaded their free Dream launcher Beginners pack. I have just gone through a little bit so far. I think that, even if you don't sign up fo rthe Blueprints courses, you can find a lot of useful resources and info through this site. The owners are laura Backes and her husband, John. Just wanted to share in case it might be useful to someone. We've had some discussion on the forum about writing for children lately. Has anyone else heard of this or used it? Would love to hear from you.
@will-terry That makes sense. People get so knowledgable and comfortable with what they do that it's hard for the to come down to the lower levels :-) I remember when I homeschooled my kids, I would sometimes need to send my kids to their Dad for help. He has a PhD in physics. They would beg me not to send him in his office. Ha! Ha! Now they love talking to him and asking him questions about things because somehow, thanks to community college and math classes they are smarties like him :-)
@Lee White I'll see if I can come up with any great ideas. I have her book and I need to go through it again. I find it hard to do it on my own. I guess having good writers to critique what we've written like you svs teachers do with our art might be helpful. But, I don't know how you would do that unless you had permanent professional writers stalking the forums :-)
What if we had a separate forum for sharing writing? I am a part of two small critique groups but, would a forum be too big of a place to do that? Would it get out of hand?
What motivated you to start the project? Did you have anyone in mind you were writing for (e.g. a niece, grandchild, etc.)? Maybe it would help to imagine someone reading the book, and how much they would appreciate it. I come up with ideas & motivation much more easily when I think of the person I am drawing for, like my nieces and nephews.
Another thought is to check on your creative bank account. Spend a little time with things that inspire you (just make sure to set a time limit!).