From Photo to Caricature

My blogger friend, Colin, atrampinthewoods.wordpress.com, gave me permission to do caricatures of him and Fizz. Caricatures offend some people, so I always ask permission first. Caricatures are meant to be fun, not to make fun of. I would never make fun of anyone; I know how badly it hurts. So many thanks to Colin and Fizz for being such great sports!

Fizz wanted to go first, so here she is. Creating digital caricatures takes a lot of practice. If you warp the photo too much, you have a ridiculous looking mess. Fizz was difficult. She’s the first animal I did a caricature of. She was very patient though, sitting through hours of being deleted and reshaped and moved from scene to scene. Even after all that, I still was not pleased with her look. She got too fuzzy, so I added texture to compensate for that. I like crisp and clean for my caricatures. Although Fizz didn’t turn out that way I had intended, she’s still adorable. Thanks Fizz!

Companions

Companions

Sorry Fizz, but Colin was so much easier to work with. Not that I’ve given up on you, it’s just that people have less hair than dogs.

Do they have cowboys in the UK? Well they do now. I think Colin makes a great-looking cowboy. Can’t you see him in a pair of leather chaps, spurs on his boots, and racing a sleek black stallion through the Forest of Dean? Sorry, Colin. I get carried away sometimes. At least I didn’t envision you wearing a cape and mask too. Or did I?

Well that’s all I have for today. I spend way too much time at the computer. Yesterday I finally got geared up and actually washed two loads of laundry and blew off the dust piled sky high on my furniture. I even washed the dishes! I might even clean my bathroom today . . . or not.

Thanks everyone for looking at my stuff. If you like it, please let me know by clicking the little LIKE button. And leaving a word of encouragement is always appreciated. Thanks!

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From Photos to Greeting Cards

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I was extremely introverted growing up. My favorite place in all the world was my tiny bedroom where I’d sing and play my accordion, write songs and poetry, paint and draw. I had one best friend. That’s all I needed. Anymore than that got too complicated. Too dramatic. Too stressful. I don’t like complicated, drama, and stress. That’s why today I still choose art and music and writing over the noisy world. I don’t even watch much TV. I hate commercials. I hate stupid. And commercials are stupid. Even most of the TV programs are stupid. And if I watch too much of them, I’ll be stupid!

So what’s a senior citizen to do with all her free time? Well this one creates. Not to make money, and God knows I need it. Not to get famous, which would scare me to death! And not to pat myself on the back, because I can’t reach it. But I create because it fills a void. It makes me happy. It helps with depression. It makes me feel close to the Creator. And because I’ve struggled most of my life with low self-esteem and insecurities, I’m thankful to God for His special gifts to me. He knew I needed them.

Below are greeting cards that I designed using photos I’ve taken, as well as photos that Colin, atrampinthewoods.wordpress.com has taken and shares with his readers. Thanks Colin. You are an inspiration to me!

I'm Sorry

I’m Sorry

This is Colin’s little side-kick, Fizz. I just love using her in my digital designs. She is so well-mannered!

The Little Squirrel

The Little Squirrel

This is another photo that Colin posted on his blog. This little guy loves wishing everyone a Happy Birthday! Is today your birthday? Then, Happy Birthday!

Hello

Hello

Isn’t this little guy adorable? He’s always dropping by to say hello. Thanks to Colin, this little Skipper Butterfly fluttered from his post into my cheery greeting card.

The Lord is My Shepherd

The Lord is My Shepherd

Colin lives on a beautiful farm in the UK. His landlord raises sheep. When Colin posted this beauty I just had to download him. He’s a lovely sheep with a great message.

Thinking of You Birdhouse

Thinking of You Birdhouse

Finally, I chose one of my own photos to use in this greeting card. It’s amazing how many different pictures you can get from one photo. That’s why digital design is so much fun. Many photos wouldn’t be trashed if you could see them as art. It’s only been the past few months that I even considered using my photos in my designs. In the raw, they’re trash. In a digital design, they’re treasures. At least they are for me.

Trust in the Lord

Trust in the Lord

Since I’ve learned to use PaintShop Pro X6 and discovered all the wonderful tools it offers, I enjoy taking pictures. No matter how terrible the shot, I can usually turn it into something worth while. Sometimes I can’t, though. Like when it has too much or not enough exposure. Or if it’s too blurry. Those I consider trash.

Merry Christmas Santa

Merry Christmas Santa

This is my husband’s favorite Christmas decoration. So I decided that when I get too lazy to decorate, I can give him this greeting card to look at. As with all my designs, I began with a picture frame then built around it using lots of layers and texture. Because I play around with different effects trying this or that, a card like this one takes me hours . . . and hours. I’ll keep you guessing just how many hours. I do take a few toilet breaks, though. And eat. And let the dog out. Sometimes I even wash the dishes! So all in all, ten hours isn’t too bad . . . is it?

Thinking of You Watercan

Thinking of You Water Can

Okay. So this isn’t a photo. I designed it using picture tubes. I’ll explain what they are in my next post. But for now, just know that I had just as much fun designing this card as I did all the others. Hope you enjoyed your little tour. Come back and see me again, hear?

Fizz . . . Southewstern

Digital Designs by Sandi Staton

Digital Designs by Sandi Staton

Fizz decided she wanted to be a Cowgirl today, so a Cowgirl she is. She loved her new boots . . . didn’t want to take them off. But after trying to walk in them she changed her mind. She did look rather silly in them, but I’d never tell her so. She might not want to come back!