... is just dandy!
One of the reasons I was disappointed in my last piece is I didn't learn anything... and I was so afraid hand-drawing the little fire that I resorted to Photoshop trick which depicted a mighty fine fire, no doubt, but was a bit of cop-out.
Other than learning a little more about Photoshop I didn't learn anything from the last piece.
I put this picture up once before; it's Drake Brodahl's contribution to the Eaton Gallery tribute to Hanna-Barbera:
But one thing I really love is that fireplace. So I decided to isolate the fireplace and just draw it, nothing else, including hand-drawing the fire. This is what I came up with:
This was a lot of fun to draw and although it looks very simple, getting the textures to look something like Brodahl's was a lot of work.
All drawn in Photoshop except for the fire which I drew in ArtRage that, when it really comes down to it, wasn't entirely necessary... Photoshop has brushes with a chalk texture... but it's fun to switch between programs.
Lesson for today: you draw with shapes. Once your shapes are committed that's when you go nuts with the colors and textures.
Shapes. And the simpler the shapes, it seems, the better.