(If you are just learning about Photo Art Friday, you can read the easy guidelines for participation HERE.)
Did you have time to experiment with some new styles, forms, tools, compositions this week? Don't you love the gratification that comes with the mastery of a new skill? I don't even have to totally master a skill to feel gratified. Just getting familiar with a new photoshop tool or trying a new form of photo art gives me a shot of 'let's keep going' encouragement.
The piece I am sharing today is a tiny experiment with something I have never tried on a piece of photo art before. I am light years away from 'mastery' or 'competence', but I am pleased with my first try and, therefore, encouraged to keep working on the skill.
This is the photograph (already having had some manipulation in PSE) that I used as a canvas for experimenting with something new - for me.
The black marks on the flower in the original piece of photo art reminded me of buildings. So my idea was to experiment with my Wacom Bamboo pen and tablet (which has sat quite unused on my desk - for months) to turn the black marks into a bit of a cityscape within the flower.
I have to admit I need a lot more practice drawing with the pen and tablet on my digital images - I actually seemed to have more 'dexterity' using my mouse to draw. The Wacom Bamboo pen was great for the finer details, however. I have promised myself to make a point of using the tablet and pen each week to develop more ease using it. (You can also use your fingers on the tablet to move your cursor, instead of using your mouse.)
A couple of new textures (as yet unreleased) were then added to produce different backgrounds.
This version is my favorite. To my eye, the grey background works best with the yellow flower.
After a recent report (by a kind follower) of some difficulty downloading one of my free textures, I would like to ask a favor of all of you who download the freebies offered here:
If you encounter any problems with a download, could you let me know about it in an e-mail so that I can work out and eliminate any glitches in the process? Thanks so much! Quick feedback like that will not only help me, but all who like to collect new textures for their texture libraries.