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Long walks in the mountain. Candlelit baths. No? Oh.

I'm not new to deviantart, but it's been over a decade. Can you believe dA's been around that long? It so has. So, new account, new efforts. I'm no artist and I'm not a formal student. Previously, I used to only share poems. I might do that again, but my primary focus has been on coding and graphics. This interest came mostly out of curiosity and a need to be self-sufficient. You see, I've started a forum roleplay game. Now, as most creative communities, even if it's a writing community, graphics are there for aesthetic appeal much like a cover of a book or whatever.

I spent the day browsing dA for brushes. For Gimp. You heard me! GIMP. This poor girl ain't got photoshop. I decided I wanted to watch and favorite many of the artists whose brushes and textures I'm going to be using for my banners, avatars, signatures, headers, and advertising graphics. Here I am! Let's see if I remember that I have an account on dA now.

My favorite styles:
Letterpresses. Obsessed with them at the moment.
Embossing. Also obsessed with this.
Mehndi stylistics and stencils.
Broken, jagged looking things.
Utter elegance. (I like the contrast of this with brokenness).
Bold and bright colors.


The Eye Wink at the Hand
Playing with signatures now. This is just a general one taking a rather famous line from Shakespeare's Macbeth. It's funny, I don't really like Shakespeare that much, but some things stick out in the mind even if it has been years since I've read the thing. I'm not real crazy about the dark fonts, but it has the sort of 'hidden' effect that fits the theme and yet... who wants something hard to read? I dunno.

Program: Gimp.
Stocks: india's weheartit part i and pendlestock papers, this stock in particular.
Fonts: Google's Alice and Homemade Apple.
Lesson learned: I know how to blend a bit more using various transparency and color tools. 
SUtD Poster Part 2
Edited version of [Part 1], with all the same brushes, program, etc used in Part 1.

Took away bead hangings. As much as I loved the bloody / beautiful quality, it didn't seem to match there. I removed them, then unable to help myself, angled one of the bead brush at 90 degree angle and made a blood splatter out of it across one line in the poster. I'll make use of those pretty beadies on another project soon!

It was suggested to me that the text at top and bottom should be an uniform color, but I'm resisting for now because I love the turquoise where it is and the gold where it is. It's a slight hint to the theme I'm advertising towards. 

The small break-off bits from the central image were intended to be another crack 'in the wall' so to speak that exposes the image 'behind it'. I like the random nature of it, but it may appear too much of floaty bits instead of fixed cracked bits. Keeping those for now until I figure out what element, with my amateur level, I can give to it to give a more rocky and jagged appearance. ^_^
On what wings dare he aspire?
I'm fond of old classics. Thought I'd try my hand at incorporating bits and pieces of that sort of thing. I have no idea what I was doing here, haha.

Program used: Gimp.
Stock images used: indias weheartit stock part i.
Brushes: Not entirely sure. I used mostly eraser and bucket fill, quite honestly.
Lesson learned: Now I know what that Color to Alpha does (transparency thing).

If you've guessed the poem, bonus points for ya! Here it is in its entirety:

THE TYGER (from Songs Of Experience)

By William Blake

Tyger! Tyger! burning bright 
In the forests of the night, 
What immortal hand or eye 
Could frame thy fearful symmetry? 

In what distant deeps or skies 
Burnt the fire of thine eyes? 
On what wings dare he aspire? 
What the hand dare sieze the fire? 

And what shoulder, & what art. 
Could twist the sinews of thy heart? 
And when thy heart began to beat, 
What dread hand? & what dread feet? 

What the hammer? what the chain? 
In what furnace was thy brain? 
What the anvil? what dread grasp 
Dare its deadly terrors clasp? 

When the stars threw down their spears, 
And watered heaven with their tears, 
Did he smile his work to see? 
Did he who made the Lamb make thee? 

Tyger! Tyger! burning bright 
In the forests of the night, 
What immortal hand or eye 
Dare frame thy fearful symmetry? 


Poem copied from Keith's Archives.



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brentcherry Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2016  Professional Interface Designer
Thanks so much for the watch! :love:
awkwarddeafchick Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2016
Not a problem. I saw that comic of yours and knew I had to watch.
puddycat431 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hello there welcome to Deviantart furious wave wave remake :wave: revamp Vai waving 2.0 
awkwarddeafchick Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2016
Thank you. :)
puddycat431 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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