An English teacher's blog about his travels and his digital art.

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Digital Art Journal

I’ve really started to get back into everything Digital Art (DA), lately: learning, creating, reading, collecting resources, et. al. So, this blog is probably, for the time being, going to turn into a Digital Art journal, a, hopefully, daily look at what I’m doing with DA. I’m keeping written journals, a small one for quick notes and a larger for more extended ramblings, which I take with me wherever I go. Most of what I post will be taken from those journals. I’ll still be posting about other events and miscellaneous stuff that’s going on in my life and in Laos, but there will be a lot of DA posts. Maybe this will help to pique some interest in this blog hiding in a dusty, desolate corner of the web, far from the hustle and bustle of social media.

First, let me go over the various DA groups that I belong to, which are all under one umbrella group, more or less. I got to this point by reading about and then joining the Photoshop Artistry class (though it’s much more than just a class). Photoshop Artistry was created by our mentor, guru, tireless admin, savant, and all-around good guy Sebastian Michaels. Offshoots to this group that I’ve joined are the Awake Group, which is offered to Photoshop Artistry members twice a year, the Kaizen group, which is offered rarely, but which I was able to join the last time it was offered, several minor classes with discounts, like doing extractions with Photoshop trainer Dave Cross, and a Conceptual Artistry course with Sebastian and famed fine art photographer Brooke Shaden. I’m also a member of Shift Art, where Awake members get access to Shift Art summit, a series of in-depth tutorials on using Lightroom and other software to create DA.

All of these cost money, in some cases LOTS of money, so I had better take advantage of the resources I have and start creating more art. For some of the classes/groups I paid a one-time fee, but I have lifetime access. In a few others, I’m paying a monthly fee. I figure the cost is a great investment. I’m also paying a monthly fee to Adobe for Photoshop and Lightroom, which is also a great investment, in my opinion.

So, that’s my DA background and experience in learning. I’ve posted a few of my creations in previous posts, and I hope to get better, much better. But, whether I do or not, I’m going to have fun, as Sebastian preaches, and I’m going to be passionate, as Brooke wants us to be.

I’m going to stop here, because I wasted a lot of time this morning trying to fix a glitch in my WordPress editor (mission accomplished), and I want to cook some breakfast (actually, more like brunch) and head out to work a little later. But, there is much more to come.

Desert Interlude

This is my latest piece of digital art. I haven’t given a whole lot of thought to what title I might give it, but for now I’m calling it “Desert Interlude.”

This started as a browsing trip through some of my photographs. The city is one of my photos of Meknes, Morocco, where I taught for a year back in 2005-2006. I added a desert scene from Pixabay, threw in a shot of the moon that I had taken, added some birds across the face of the moon with a “bird brush”, some texture to lighten things up a bit, a color lookup table and a few other odds and ends. In my next post, I’ll show you how I did it. As always, right click to enlarge the photo.

Desert Interlude

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