Friday, July 22, 2011



My son asked me to illustrate a whale with wings and a crown.  I decided that I liked him and wanted to reuse him, so I recycled him.  Thanks to a few good friends, (you all are so wonderful) I am pretty happy with him now. It was a fun piece to work on.  I did this one in photoshop start to finish.  I usually use painter then photoshop. It worked well for this one, but I don't think that I will give up on painter completely.  I'm just a little frustrated with it at the moment. Thanks for stopping by, I enjoy your comments and visits. 

44 comments:

  1. Hya Karen, happy Friday :)

    Well didn't this turn out beautifully? The texture overlay on the whale adds a wonderful undersea lighting, especially on the belly. It's a fun work, with lots of elements for the viewer to ponder and admire. Your son has good taste, eh?

    have a wonderful weekend !

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  2. Yes, so very beautiful! Such an enchanting underwater scene! :o)

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  3. This is so beautiful and fantastic! Your son as a wonderful imagination! Great illustration. Thanks so much for you kind and sweet words. K, they are better than sweet tea and corn bread really! Thanks so much I send you big hugs with lots of corn starch and air condition. Big hugs to you darling.
    V

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  4. beautiful. And all digital...wow!

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  5. I love your angelic whale, Karen! Somehow the colors and textures you've put in resemble your tie dye shirts...am I nuts?? Well, I think it's great! :)

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  6. For me it's a good job, very well done, and the idea of ​​a whale with wings I feel great, congratulations to your son!
    Do not disappointments, the disappointment for an artist must serve as a starting point for a new job. is the engine that drives the ideas.
    Thank you for your words, I'll give you a big, big tree!:)

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  7. yes, I loved that tree Roberto! Thank you, I'm not disappointed, they were both fun to paint, with the wings and without ;)
    yes, Amalia, it is from the tie dye, it's been my favorite texture and pattern lately, I'm sure I've gone overboard but they are all so unique and fun to use.

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  8. ...you can't go wrong with a crown and wings! Nice work :) :)

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  9. Ah, yes, crowns, wings and fairy dust make anything magical, don't they? Thank you Elizabeth :)

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  10. Oh Love,
    I know what you mean about the singing and all. My parents where both singers and musicians and my sister and learned to sing and harmonize before we were 4. Weird I think, but they made us do it and then because we came from a churched background , our grandparents always had us singing for some church service somewhere. Now I am grown and I hear my baby girl singing with the WII game programs, she doesn't know that I am listening, but I am so proud and happy that she got the pipes too he he he he he! I promised that I wouldn't push her like my parents did, but I do so love to hear her sing. This girl got it honest! Just like your daughter. Now my little nephew is another story. He wants to sing so badly and he is doing much better, but he is going to need a few lesson LOL!!
    Hope that you are under some air condition.
    Big hugs to you
    OXOXO

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  11. Doing well, Karen! I hope you are having a great summer..it's neat to hear that The Sound of Music resonates with so many people of so many generations..I think our kids would get along. : ) They've played the DVD many times over and over again..I seem to do that too with lots o' movies.
    Hope you're creating and enjoying some well-deserved time off. : )

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  12. Hey I just read Shirley's post and thought, that sounds familiar - of course I read it on Shirley's blog :D. Hope you are well Karen and still dying your ties - hey I found a great artist today will let IC know.

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  13. Yeah, can't wait to see it Andrew :)

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  14. Love it Karen. You really gave it what it needed. Your safari WIP looks like it will be wonderful. Can’t wait to see it finished.

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  15. Hya Karen, I made one a little creepier just for you... :)

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  16. Hallo!
    Andrew ask to say you Hallo!
    So I say Hallo!

    :D

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  17. Hi Karen, I feel guilt because you've left me very nice comments and I have not come to thank you,
    So now I'm here. thanks!

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  18. Ah, you mustn't feel guilty Roberto, but I am glad you stopped by :)

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  19. thank you Mita :) good night to you too

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  20. What a lovely illustration! wonderful job with magical underwater background!

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  21. beautiful! you really captured the underwater lighting!

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  22. Thanks Michael, I appreciate it :)

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  23. It's good to hear from you Karen! I am well and hope you are enjoying the last bit o' summer...my girls go back on thursday and I will be a taxi-woman. Aargh!! But it's fine..it's what I love so all is well. Hope you and yours are enjoying August and I'll check back in soon. :)

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  24. So loverly! Love that tie dye touch!

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  25. Nice piece. I can't stand painter... the thing always crashes on me.

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  26. niiiiiiice whale, kh! great colors and feeling to this!

    and thanks sooo much for the visits, as always! "-))

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  27. Hello Karen. Thank you for your comment and best wishes for my sister. I am back in the Philippines again to be with my sister. All my brothers and sisters are here too . I will write more later. Thank you again. Hope all is well with you.

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  28. Hi, Karen!!
    thanks for stopping by
    Thank you for your :)
    has yet to pass on Friday, but still, I wish you a good weekend with your family!

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  29. Cute illustration Karen. I love the colors and how you did the light refractions in the water! Beautiful!

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  30. ahh now I have a new device - it is called guilt , more flexable than a whip :0 Look into my eyes, you are getting sleepy - you must share your work with us .... :) ahh but I know you are quiet, that means you will soon have new gems for us to ponder and admire !

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  31. It's so good to hear from you Karen..hope you're well and I know you're busy over there! Hope the back-to-school period went well..my girls are back and lovin' it (thank goodness!) and I'm finding a little more time to paint...whew! Take good care!

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  32. Ah yes, the guilt card works wonders Andrew. Now I must find something to post!
    Shirley I'm so glad you have time to paint! I so wish I could find more time for it. I thought with Myles in school I'd have several extra hours a day, but I just can't get in the groove. I'm working, just not as much as I'd like, or as much as I need to. ;)There is just so much to do. I need my day to be twice as long, but unfortunately I have to sleep.

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  33. Oooh, Karen, I love your whale! He's fantastic with those groovy colors! All the textures and shadows are perfect for creating that underwater glow. And the addition of his little buddies is great!

    Hehehehe, a whale with crown and wings. Haha!

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  35. This is really beautiful, Karen! Wonderful handling of the underwater light! Love your color and texture too. It seems that photoshop is a good choice. I'd say you've mastered it!

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  36. thank you Marion, that is really sweet :)

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