Dance is a celebration of life, and sometimes a celebration for the next life. Dance is the cultural provision for joy. We should all celebrate the good of life, rather than highlight death, destruction, social anarchy and uncivil behavior — that’s the job of the news media. Dance is always a good thing unless under the influence of some bad drugs or mojo. Are their any societies without it?
Depressed people need to dance. Sick people need to dance. Dance invigorates, and it pumps us up. So get of your duffs and dance. Find a song to inspire you if you don’t have the music in you.
Music was important to many people in my family, though I don’t remember them dancing at all. My mother, especially, was big into musicals, and I’m not sure when but by the time I was 6, I had seen all types of groups and musical, including Up with People. You may not be old enough to remember that, but I think dance can excite you, throughout your years. That’s where I remember first seeing a group dance.
Today, hip hop continues the crazed dance moves, though there are plenty of other talented dancers working broadway shows and even in Vegas, baby. Whether it be Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal” moves, or something more akin to hopping about like your pants are on fire. Keep moving.
The piece was like a dream for me. I saw it when I awoke and it took a few attempts to get the essence down. Hard to picture dance, as movement continues, long after your first blink.
I like Raffi. Of course, this image is based on a deer and a pheasant, but it was fun putting this together. I muted down the colors of the background to make her stand out. At this point in the story you really don’t know what will become of Raffi. But something miraculous has to happen for the story to progress. Don’t we all wish we could see into our souls and see what is happening there? Especially as we change.
This piece took three days to render. The borders take all the time as they are very detailed. (In this picture the border is a small part of the drawing ans took little time.) The designs are much easier when you have good models to work with. Tired and excited as this book project continues to move forward.
This drawing took some time to complete. The border took two weekends — two weeks on the train as well. I’d say 25 hours. Hope you like!
When in doubt, paint chaos
I have been studying techniques of using Photoshop to create interesting designs like the one below. Doubleclick the picture to see it in full size.
The pictures used to make this design follow in thumbnails. Techniques used include selecting an object and clipping a new layer with a photo into the object. First the object has to be selected using a selection tool. Then you open the picture you want and copy into place. The next command is off the layers menu “Create Clipping Mask.”
Other techniques included Filter –> Distort –> Spherize. That is how I could change a flat shape into a more 3D look.
The pictures inside a mask can be altered with any of the filters, and that gives you a great deal of control, but it is the object that is selected (use shapes) that defines the edge.
The FX effect of drop shadow was also used to place a back graying to the table top.
Space: the Final Frontier
Plank from the Table
Earth with Wind