Simple Digital Art: A Specific How-To

It looks kind cool and haunting here, but I wanted the final piece to look like it was hand sketched in black ink, like a band member had done it on the road, lounging in the bus between gigs. I used the sketch filter of Photoshop to find just the right brush length and contrast. Once I found that balance I signed it, textured the signature, and was done.

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Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise taken from Fairview Lookout.

Chateau Lake Louise at the shore of glacial Lake Louise in Banff National Park. Yes, the Lake really is that colour. This was taken in the fall after the first snowfall (late Sept or early Oct) but before the lake freezes. The lake doesn't thaw again until June so to get clear skies, fresh snow and no ice is a real treat for a photographer up there, even one who lives in the buildings behind the hotel. Photo by Timothy G.M. Reynolds. Image is the property of Fairmont Hotels and Resorts.

A Break in the Blog…

One of the projects is the reading of the proofs of the Podthology: The Pod Complex (requiring this entire weekend) and the other is the novelization of one of my screenplays, and this really needs to get done sooner rather than later.

The Cynglish Beat: What’s in a Cover?

I wanted to achieve a few things with this cover, besides keeping the pages together, 1. It had to draw a viewer's attention. 2. It had to have some class & a professional look (too many self-published books look like amateur shit). 3. It had to have a 'retro' feel, so as to harken back a few decades to the era of the real Beat Generation (Allen Ginsberg & Jack Kerouac, not Bongo Buddy & the Beatniks)

Shooting for Success: Reflecting on the Image

The use of the filter would allow the sky to be a slightly darker, to match the richness of the reflection. If you look at the last three reflections, you'll notice that the reflection is slightly darker that the source. Water acts as a natural filter for some of the light. If you want a balanced image, the graduated neutral density filter is a great tool.

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