Open in Photoshop.  Auto contrast, auto color, auto tone–hey, that’s weird.  The auto tone made the blossoms look great, but the background look blue.  So, then I masked out the blossom and used the auto tone on that, but only used the auto contrast and auto color on the background, with just a hint of desaturation.

I love daffodils.  They’re my favorite flower, even though generally I’m not a huge fan of yellow.  But on daffodils, I make an exception.  I’m usually disappointed in my attempts at daffodil photography (they never seem to want to face the camera the right way) but I think I like this shot.  It looks cheerful, like a daffodil should.  🙂

Red Tulip

Red Tulip Macro
Okay, so this has been fiddled with, but not that much.  I masked out the blossom and upped the vibrance and saturation by 10 each.  Then I lowered the saturation for everything else by 40-something.

I really like the striation on the petals between the red and almost-beige parts.  I thought it was interesting.

It’s also not a standard tulip.  It’s some fancy breed with funny petals, but it’s still a tulip.


Here’s the finished version of an illustration for Hart Mcleod.

The original discription wanted a poet breaking up and reattaching words to make new words.  Specifically January + August = Januaugust and October + September = Octember.  Several suggestions on how to do this were given, including making the words into logs that are being cut apart with a saw and nailed together with a hammer.

I chose this interpretation because two poets allowed me to show both the sawing and nailing in one image instead of two panels.  It showed that both boys and girls can be poets.  It showed a girl using a hand tool, which is always a good thing in my view.  They’re beatniks because it’s about the closest thing to a poet’s uniform I could think of.  If they’d been older, I would have given the boy the stereotypical beatnik goatee, but I wanted them to be kids, so I couldn’t.

The colors came from the sample layout that went along with the assignment.  Not exactly the colors I’d have chosen, but they should go well with the final pages.  I haven’t run a test print yet, so the colors may be off a bit.

I think it turned out pretty well.  This is the most complex of the images in this project.

Girl with Bird

Playing with something different…

I’m not really that happy with it.  It somehow looks unfinished.  Sort of vague.  I don’t know.  But, hey, it was an experiment and experiments don’t always work.

It still has some interesting bits that I like.  The bird came out right.  The hand is correct.  I like the facial features and the ribbing on the sweater.

So, some of the details are quite nice, I think.  It’s just that overall it didn’t turn out well.