Cyfa's art challenges and other bits & bobs

Discussion in 'Fan Art' started by Cyfa, Feb 26, 2017.

  1. Cyfa

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    Thanks @BorgMan. I've taken loads of photos of poor Koromandis and th'Thanticar (they're so patient), and I prefer the ones taken at a distance. But, as you say, with the two of them little more than smudges of colour amidst the scenery, the Star Trekness is a bit lost. Although, at least my hasty workmanship and poor positioning isn't so obvious! :lol:

    Anyway, here's my entry for the August Art Challenge:
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  2. BorgMan

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    I really like this as you entry! Is that a Timefleet costume they're wearing? I would suggest, by the way, to adhere to a base resolution for your creations. 1920 x 1080 pixels, for example, is a base HD format. Makes for a better looking wallpaper on my computer screen ;-)
     
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  3. Cyfa

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    Ha! Thanks, @BorgMan! I'll bear the size issue in mind for next time ;)
    The uniforms are actually a slight variation on my alternate universe 2373 uniform, of which the wonky shoulder yoke was inspired by the Timefleet ones.
     
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  4. Cyfa

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    I have been goaded into action by @Scribble's "tick tock" comments and @Michael's efforts, but haven't come up with very much at the mo. I took some photos of my small selection of Eaglemoss starships last night in the hopes that they might inspire me somehow (as well as the pictured Norway and Akira classes, I also have the Vesta, Olympic, Oberth and Excelsior refit, but the photos of them weren't quite as striking as these).

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    I'm still awaiting that inspiration to strike...
     
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  5. Cyfa

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    Inspiration has struck, but procrastination got in there too, hence this:
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    Counsellor Deanna 'Lying Cat' Troi saves a lot of bother for the crew of the Enterprise, leaving them free to wallow in self-indulgent holodeck programs for the next 44 minutes.

    [TNG screencaps from TrekCore.com and "Lying" from Saga, by Brian K Vaughan & Fiona Staples]
     
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  6. gazomg

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  7. Cyfa

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    This is the first Deanna 'Lying Cat' Troi comic panel I came up with:

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    Deanna's face in this screencap just screams Lying Cat!
    [This is from TNG4 The Host]
     
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    Sunshine and procrastination has put paid to my original rather time-consuming idea for September's art Challenge, so I've been messing about with one of those photos of my Eaglemoss USS Budapest model instead. I have finally joined the 21st century and employed an image manipulation program - FotoSketcher - in an attempt to turn my hastily shot model into something approaching art. Here are some of my very early attempts:

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  9. Scribble

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    OMG! :eek:

    ;)

    Of those, I prefer #1 and #4.

    The first has more of an impressionist feel to it and the third, while being obviously digital, has a "cartoon-rendered 3d" look to it.
     
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    Thanks, @Scribble - #1 is my favourite, too. I'm going to take a better photo and try and do a better job in paint of removing the stand and adding the lights and glows before fiddling around with it in FotoSketcher. I might actually have something to enter after all :lol:
     
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    In all fairness, I'm not offended by what I would label as "features" of your first image. Helps to sell the impressionistic--um--impression of it.
     
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  12. gazomg

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    cyfa, have you tried download photoshop.?
     
  13. Cyfa

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    Thanks, @gazomg, I haven't tried Photoshop (or downloaded it) yet, but Borgman suggested it to me a while ago, too - I just haven't got around to doing anything about it. He (and Scribble) mentioned CS2 - an earlier version which may be free to download - as a starting point to dabble in. It's something I want to try, but probably won't get around to for a few months as I'm in the early stages of moving house.
     
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    After dozens more photos, some mucking about in MSPaint, and a couple of hours or so fiddling with FotoSketcher, I have an entry for this month's Art Challenge:

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    I think. I may have another go between now and the deadline.
     
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    I had cs6, lightroom and was offered the whole package suite as well but turned it down.

    I now only use cs3 and nothing else. Its old and probably classed as outdated but it does not only what I need, but most likely has far more options I am too thick to know how to use. ..lol
     
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    Expanding on that thought for me, at least, I'm impressed more with work that is done with fewer available tools than work that is more automatic. That said, I love new tools and anything to make my job easier, but I have serious respect for people that do amazing work with older or outdated software that has fewer features.

    If one is into vector artwork, I've been seriously impressed by quite a few artists working in Inkscape, which is basically a free Adobe Illustrator, but with far fewer features, as well as those that do amazing work in MS Paint.

    In the end, it's not the tools, it's what you do with them.
     
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    I'm with you on the use of "old and outdated" things, @gazomg. My phone is five years old, and my car coming up for sixteen, but they both serve my needs very well, and I don't use nearly half the functions that they are equipped with (mainly because I don't know how, and see no point in learning because I've managed perfectly well without them) :lol:

    - I quite agree. "Fewer available tools" can lead to more creativity, but then "anything to make my job easier" could free up more time for experimentation leading to a completely unexpected result (as I've discovered in the last couple of days) :)

    Speaking of unexpected results - I knew I shouldn't have messed around anymore, as now I have another image that I like:
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    This one's called "Derelict" as it's just the hulk of a Norway-class ship drifting inside a particularly dense nebula (or planetary disk).
    I think I prefer the first one, though? Maybe? I'll decide in the morning.
     
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    I dont have a phone....last one I had around 12 years ago I fucked in the river
    Dont have a car, never had one and will never have on
    Dont wear a watch,
    dont carry a wallet
    Dont have a credit card, never had never will
    Dont have a facebook account or instagram one either.

    I am almost a luddite in many things other than for my desktop pc
     
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    I love modern conveniences. I just wish I weren't so dependent on them.
     
  20. Cyfa

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    It's been a while - I'm in between moves, at the mo - but I found a few minutes this afternoon to make a start on this month's Art Challenge. Secret Societies is the theme, and having been reminiscing with some friends about TV programmes we used to watch as kids, I wondered if the Red Hand Gang might have inspired children in the 23rd or 24th centuries. So, out came the red paint:

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    The top two hand prints are obviously (hopefully) Vulcan, and the bottom two are my take on Terellian (of the four-armed variety).

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    This is just a quick mock-up but, like so many of my previous art challenge entries, it may end up being my submission due to my limited grasp on time.
     
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