View Full Version : Paint Me! Chapter 17

01-05-2006, 08:23 PM


From Krystakaye:

From Simmy,

01-05-2006, 08:27 PM
Looking good Kirsten :) will this be a weekly, monthly ? challenge

01-05-2006, 08:37 PM
Jean.....if there's enough interest, it will be monthly. :)

By the way, the kitt's photograph is by NP Clark.

01-05-2006, 10:05 PM
I grabbed the glass vase to begin with...........wooohoooo

01-05-2006, 10:05 PM
Skinny thanks for starting this. The images look great. I am in.:wave:

01-05-2006, 10:56 PM
Here is my try with the vase. I used Conté and 2 types of paper for the texture. Conté are great when you want the texture to show up (not adding texture to the whole painting). Colors are much more vivid but got lost in the transition to jpg. I wanted an organic look.

01-05-2006, 11:50 PM
Janet, Wow! Great job!! :clap: Thanks for the info too.

susan :)
01-05-2006, 11:57 PM
janet, that is very pretty :)

susan :)
01-06-2006, 12:02 AM
i thought i would try this with the vase photo also. i did mine in photo-paint. i love the program but very seldom use it. ..first i used the alchemy filters and then the plastic filter. its kinda funky but was fun to play with.

01-06-2006, 12:31 AM
WOW Janet I love your vase, wonderful colours and texture :clap:

Susan thats an interesting effect :)

here's mine, Painter clumpy and dry brush (and now I see I goofed on the shadow under the vase LOL )


01-06-2006, 03:48 AM
Very interesting and different takes on the vase. Looks like I'm the first to post the kitty, I was trying to concentrate on the texture here. I started with diffused watercolor in painter, and then went to PS7. Blurred it and then tried to keep all the sharp lines on a different layer.
Once again this is something a bit different for me.http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Jan-2006/42008-Puff.jpg

01-06-2006, 05:42 AM
JANET...What a lovely rendition of the glass! The contes worked great for this. Which papers did you use to achieve the texture?

SUSAN...Fun! It looks a bit like a rug hooking. PhotoPaint was my first program and I still like it, though I'm a bit lost in the latest version.

JEAN...I see you changed the color of the background column. You didn't like the yellow, or were you just feeling creative?

ELAINE...You did an excellent job depicting this kitty's innocent look!

01-06-2006, 08:20 AM
I'm trying to learn to paint..and not just duplicate the photo's look, if you know what I mean. Here's my version of Puff (the kitty):


I used a medium oil bristle for most of the kitty, and fine feathering oils to blend....:)

01-06-2006, 08:52 AM
Jaymis,Susan, Jean, Skinny thanks for the compliments.

Skinny, I first used French watercolor paper and then, Artists Rough paper. I like your Kitty.

Elaine your cat is lovely.

Jean that's a beautiful vase.

Susan - what a unique approach!

01-06-2006, 09:48 AM
Awsome pieces here. Skinny this is a GREAT "paint this"!

Janet Awsome glass! I love how you made it so opalescent! (not sure of spelling there :P )


Fell in love with the kitten. Drew this or blocked it in with digi water color, Im starting to really dig that brush, and then used a spackle brush, 2b pencil ,blender,and soft charcols to render this out.

01-06-2006, 10:29 AM
Excellent kitty, Smokin! What's a "spackle brush"?

01-06-2006, 10:36 AM

There is no spackled brush in painter (not sure if one in photoshop), but these custom brushes (I had to make my own) are great for fur and hair.

oldie but goodie tut. Use of spackled brushes al over this tut.

01-06-2006, 11:01 AM
Smokin, that kitty looks even better than the photo. I am glad you liked the vase. Thanks.

01-06-2006, 11:10 AM
Wow!!! skinny and smokin, you really got the fur, but in different ways!

01-06-2006, 11:29 AM
Kirsten you made him so sad :) but then I realized he does look sad in the photo good work :)

Smokin your kitten's fur looks so soft, great painting :clap:

susan :)
01-06-2006, 11:58 AM
everyones is so cool! love the kittys..all of them. :) ...what is conte? done on janets vase?

01-06-2006, 12:50 PM
Spent the best part of yesterday and last night installing a new All in one HP 4215......It was a bugger to do finally at 11:30 last night it was finished after having to go to HP's site and downloading a fix for installing plus the new software since the one that came with the printer was so outdated it would not install. (I am definitely going to let Circuit City and HP know about that! ) Hopefully now I won't have to do this again for a long time! ROFL Anyway....I missed so much here at the site and ended up so behind...So I was glad when I saw the Purple Vase by Simmy I decided to repost the one I did a while back. :cat:

01-06-2006, 01:06 PM
Janet...This is outstanding I love the colors in the vase and I agree about the conte brush and you know I very seldom use it :wave:

Susan....great effect on that vase! :wave:

Jean....I love that transparency on the vase just beautiful :wave:

Elaine....Your kitty is such a cutie! :wave:

Skinny....Another darling kitty! :wave:

Smokin....The detail and deapth of your kitty is just amazing! I agree it looks better than the original! ps: don't you just love that spackle for fur I wouldn't be without one :wave:

01-06-2006, 01:18 PM
Alba, d like the addition of the leaves.

01-06-2006, 01:31 PM
Marge...It looks as if you'd done it especially for WC! Terrific...:wink2:

susan :)
01-06-2006, 01:56 PM
alba, ..love your painting :)

01-06-2006, 02:15 PM
Skinny, good choice of references. Maybe for the next paint this you could make the text a bit larger? These old eyes need senior text nowa days.

Janet your vase is beautiful! It has a very opalecent look to it kind of like carnival glass. Which I love by the way.

Cute kitty Elaine, he does look like he just lost his best friend.

Skinny I hear you about "painting". Thats been my goal for a while now but it's not quite as easy as one might think is it. I find it's really hard for me to not just copy the reference.

Smokin, your kitty is great and his fur looks incredibly soft!

When I saw that kitty I knew right away what I had to do with it. I have plans today so I kind of rushed through it this mornining but here she be.


01-06-2006, 02:56 PM
SHERRY...what a great combination! I know the text is small. I tried doing it as a jpeg so I wouldn't need to rekey it each time. The upload constraints make it too small, though. Next time I'll just enter it the old fashioned way.

Here's Simmy's vase, done mainly with the pen:


01-06-2006, 06:22 PM
Sherry - thanks. What a great idea that of adding the kitty! Gorgeous.
Skinny - nice vase.

01-06-2006, 10:42 PM
He! he! i painted this kitten with an attitude like saying 'do you wanna fight?'...:D :D :)

01-07-2006, 12:16 AM
YAKO...What beautiful eyes you've given him! I like that hint of green in them, and the mauve shadows in his fur.

01-07-2006, 12:49 AM
Skinny...you captured the light beautifully! ;o)

Kareen... what a beautiful painting of the kitty! Love the colors you used! ;o)

01-07-2006, 01:25 AM
Great interpretations, folks. I love to see all of the variations on a theme. Skinny, it looks like your tenure is off to a roaring start! I really like your choices of references.

Anyway, heres my take on the kitten. I took a LOT of liberties. LOL



01-07-2006, 07:26 AM
ROFL! You're one of a kind Digi. I think Joel's caricature thread is giving us all new ideas.

01-07-2006, 09:27 AM
Marge beautiful colours and translucent look to a beautiful painting

Sherry how cute you have painted them together wonderfully

Kirsten great work on your vase but WHERE's the background

:D Digi you have not only painted a great scene you have brought that kitten to life :clap: :clap: thanks for the smiles :)

01-07-2006, 12:40 PM
This is my first post to wetcanvas, so I'd like to say hello to everyone, and i hope I'm doing this right. I've been watching everyone for a few months and finally couldn't resist joining in.
This lil sherriff is a manip, initial composistion and color correction were done in After Effects (scale, crop, masks, hue and saturation adjustments, addition of the sherrffs shadow and star) and finished up with Painter IX blenders (oily40&just add water) using a wacom tablet.
This is the first time anyone outside of my family has seen any a piece of still artwork I've done (although I have been designig television graphics for 9 years). It is my goal to improve my fine art skills, and digital art seemed like a logical place to start.
comments and critiques are welcomed and appreciated

01-07-2006, 12:49 PM
AW HECK, that shadow doesn't make any sense at all.
well, Ill do better next time.

01-07-2006, 12:50 PM

01-07-2006, 12:57 PM
That's so beautiful yako, she looks like she's ready for a nap.

01-07-2006, 01:06 PM
Awsome piece Jeff, Im really glad you finally decided to join in!:clap:

I really love the treatment you've done. I usually dont like alot of the photommanips I see, but here you did an awsome job of not making this look like a photo minip.

01-07-2006, 01:09 PM
Jeff - welcome to wetcanvas. Are you in Florida?
Anyways, that's a lovely cowboy. I also use After Effects for video compositing and had use it a couple of time to do some image compositing but never thought to used it in the way you used it. Great idea. Will love to see more of your images. For what I see, they must be awesome. Even if the 'shadow doesn't make any sense' as you said, the portrait looks good anyways.

Kareen - what a 'femenine' cat. She is so sophisticated...hum... a good match to digistyle's cat. What a couple they make!

01-07-2006, 03:58 PM
Nicely done Janet! Love the colors and textures!

01-07-2006, 04:07 PM
Adorable, FloridaJeff! Really a good piece of work. Like the star, adds the good guy effect! You are doing well, Keep it Up!

01-07-2006, 06:17 PM
WELCOME Jeff! You did an excellent job on this little buckaroo. As Smokin said, most photo manips are identifiable, but your's is not. I think you're going to do great!

Kareen...Your kitty is looking at me as though I'd just ordered him, "Come!"....he's got that feline look of, "You think maybe I'm a dog?". LOL

01-07-2006, 06:41 PM
:wave: :wave: :wave:

Welcome Jeff:cat:

Skinny this is off to a good start hope to join in soon you go girl:clap:

Great work everyone and Digi cant think who crac:D ks me up more you or Barry:D :D :D

01-08-2006, 01:14 AM
Nice work everybody!! Here is my almost finished Jar. All freehand, using Acrylic Captured Bristle, drybrush, Detail brush and my usual blender Dynamic smudge.

01-08-2006, 01:44 AM
WOW! I am soooo happy SKINNY PM'ed me about this, I have been wondering who would paint/draw/etc. my little cowboy first! :) I have no skills as a photographer (OBVIOUSLY, EH?!?LOL) But he is such a HAM! FYI his name is John Christopher, but lil' buckaroo works :). He also goes by the name of "WOODY" (from the Toy Story movie) when he has on his cowboy boots- he has a vast array of aliases at age 3! lol. I hope to see other's versions of this as well! I can't wait to show him that Jeff and Skinny made him a "STAR" :) !!! (sorry, having a little bit of an overly-proud mommy moment)

Great going Jeff! Hope to see more of your work.

I have been eyeing that vase for a long time, just waiting to get time to schedule it to paint!

Everyone's work is looking fabulous!!! ENVIOUS HERE! ;)

01-08-2006, 02:07 AM
Janet-beautiful textures and colours they really capture the effects of the glass and light,especially in the left hand side of the vase....

Susan-wow,what a fantastic creation,i love the texture and how it looks like lots of pine needles arranged.The highlights are also really effective.Can you do anything like this in Corel Paint Shop Pro X?

Jean-i cant see any goof on the shadow,i love the colours you have used and how you have managed to make the original background really effective,as it wasnt the best of backgrounds when i took the photo!!!LOL!

Lady Alba-as before this is still a beautiful piece and i love the addition of the leaves.

Sherry- incredible ,what a fantastic imagination you have to think of combining the kitty and the vase.Love the strong colours and textures you have used....great job on the kitty so life like.

Skinny-your talent never ceases to amaze me,love the lines and textures you have produced.

Elvira-really nice strong lines and i like the blue in the vase at the base as it really sets off the vertical line in the middle of the vase.

Digistyle- this is so cooooollllllll love the attitude!!!!

FlowerJeff-this is wonderful you have really captured the fun of this little cowboy.

I am truly amazed at how talented you all are here and what you can create with digital art and great minds,and im really gob smacked,floored and honoured that one of my photos was choosen by you to use in this project....thanks again so much.


01-08-2006, 05:27 AM
EDIE...Great job on this! You really captured the mottled coloring the light gives this vase.

KRYSTAKAYE...For someone with "no skils as a photographer", you sure make pretty pictures! I think you're underestimating your skills....and your son is ADORABLE!

SIMMY...All the honor is due to our wonderful (and GENEROUS) photographers!

01-08-2006, 02:30 PM
Great painting everyone and welcome to the new members! :wave:

Here is my kitty about 2 hours altogether..

01-08-2006, 02:38 PM
Painting and painting the cat i ended with this......it turned from white to black :D

01-08-2006, 02:57 PM
Elvira, I like the intense color of your vase.
Simmy, thanks for your comments.
Alba, I like the way your kitty is looking at me. It's so cute.
Karen, what a wonderful painting and concept. It, for sure will make a great greeting card collectible.

01-08-2006, 03:33 PM
Everytime I look in this thread, I see that you folks have raised the bar a bit higher!

Thanks to everyone who viewed or commented on "The Catfather" LOL :D

I started working on the cowboy yesterday. Trying out a few different techniques to see if they work together. I hope to post it in the next day or two.


01-08-2006, 05:36 PM
MARGE...Love that yarn! Kitty's mouth is so tiny he looks like he's sulking, lol.

KAREEN...Gorgeous! From now on, instead of counting sheep, I'll be counting "Puffs".

DIGI...Look forward to your little cowboy. I just started mine today.

01-08-2006, 06:02 PM
The years passed, and the little fluffy kitten with big blue eyes, who was considered less than beautiful among her peers, flourished like a rose becoming one of the most beautiful and sofisticated ladies of the cat society......Here goes the last snapshop taken of her before having an interview with 'catfather'...... :D :D :D (i'm just daydreaming a story don't take me too seriously please!).....

Done mainly with charcoals and stump blender with painter ix from imagination:)

Thks for all the kind comments!......

01-08-2006, 06:07 PM
ROFL Catfather and Miss Society Cat really need to be in the same picture! Love them both!!

01-08-2006, 06:17 PM
LOL That's a great one Kareen!

01-08-2006, 07:19 PM
Love that kitten Kareen :D

01-08-2006, 07:26 PM
Oh Kareen...please tel me she married Easter bunny! :D :D :D

01-08-2006, 08:37 PM
Great kittens, and vases....
Smoking, you really outdid yourself w/ those eyes...wow
Janet, love the look on that vase.

01-08-2006, 08:54 PM
ROFL Catfather and Miss Society Cat really need to be in the same picture! Love them both!!
He! he! :) she wanted to do an appointment with him but:D he was very busy discussing important plans with a guy....with sicilian accent.... :cat:

01-08-2006, 08:56 PM
Oh Kareen...please tel me she married Easter bunny! :D :D :D
He! he! this is an impossible match, cats and rabbits don't get along well :wink2: :wave:

01-08-2006, 08:58 PM
Thks for the comments Janet and justjean!...:) :wave:

01-08-2006, 10:59 PM
I've decided to post the little bucakaroo as wips:


01-09-2006, 09:34 PM
My hand is aching, so it must be time to stop for the night.
You guys do great work! Especially love all the purple vases....


01-10-2006, 08:23 AM
Good work,

01-10-2006, 08:24 AM
Good job, Ice Princess! Are you working with a pen and tablet?

01-10-2006, 01:16 PM
This was done by altering the ref colors a bit, clone tracing, then applying the colors freehand using digital water color.
I think I've lost a bit of the glassiness, but for the time spent I quite like it.
Can't comment on all the others individually as I'm way late, but there are some tremendous pics here, so great going everybody.


01-10-2006, 01:29 PM
Barry - those are lovely colors and texture.
iceprincess - very good looking cat.
Skinny - nice going with the cowboy.

01-10-2006, 02:06 PM
Fantastic work ...everyone above...
Great kitten*Skinny, Elaine and Smokin and I love the vases, Jean and Janet..great work.

01-10-2006, 03:47 PM
iceprincess, wonderful kitty! It needs a little spark in the eyes. Very cute!

01-11-2006, 02:16 AM
Looking thru, there's just too much great work to mention them all! Welcome, Jeff, and keep posting- you're doing great!
Here's my take on the vase. After so many years of watercolor painting, I just can't stay away from the diffuse watercolor brush in Painter. It's a little lopsided, but over all I'm pretty satisfied with it. As usual, I had a lot of fun with it! :)
Critiques and comments always welcome!

01-11-2006, 07:51 AM
BARRY...LOVE it! When you want to get something done quickly, there are often tradeoffs, huh?

ELAINE...Excellent! You really captured the look of mottled glass.

01-11-2006, 04:21 PM
Elaine, despite the lopsidedness :) the piece is very nice. I like the choice of color. I havnen't attempted any of the images yet. been working on vector graphics here of late. There are many great images in this thread! Yours is among them. :)

01-11-2006, 07:41 PM
Not sure I like how this turned out but I'll practice anything thats glass,PSP 8

01-11-2006, 08:30 PM
You are all doing great with the purple vase.

01-11-2006, 09:04 PM

01-11-2006, 09:20 PM
Great, Kitty!...this is glass on top of glass, lol.

01-12-2006, 12:45 AM
Wow, nhkitty, I really like your glass frame! Is that a new filter? I have PS7.
I decided to go back into this in PS and see if I could straighten things a bit. I drew a selection around half the vase, copied it to a new layer, flipped it and then decided what I needed to make the 2 sides more alike. I also found, with the oval selection, that the right side of the opening was different than the left.
I used to think that was cheating, I thought with practice I'd draw anything freehand right the first time, but lately, I'll try anything that works! :rolleyes: http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Jan-2006/42008-purple-glass-opt.jpg

01-12-2006, 08:17 AM
KITTY...I like the addition of the pillow! When folks take a ref, and use it as a "suggestion", I'm delighted.

EDIE...When I took watercolor classes many years ago, our teacher used to have us cut half a vase in cardboard to give us an outline...then flip it to make a mirror image. Digital art isn't cheating...it's just making sensible shortcuts even faster.

01-12-2006, 02:54 PM
EDIE[/B]...When I took watercolor classes many years ago, our teacher used to have us cut half a vase in cardboard to give us an outline...then flip it to make a mirror image. Digital art isn't cheating...it's just making sensible shortcuts even faster.

I don't get the context of this quote. as I don't remember saying anything about cheating or watercolours. I am of the xchool that if it works to get the result you want to convery your idea anything is legit if it is legal. LOL

01-12-2006, 04:59 PM
Sorry, Edie! This was a response to Elaine, lol. :rolleyes:

01-13-2006, 01:42 PM
nice kitty, kitty and Elaine you did a great job on the see through of this one...barry, I love the colors you used...very nice

mine: done in painter...did a quick sort of trace to get general idea and then just brushes from painter. It has been a long time since I have painted anything so tried to keep it a little looser

01-13-2006, 04:06 PM
TxAggie, very pretty, I like the lose style. I admire anyone who can paint glass and make it look like glass! LOL! Nice choice of colors.

01-13-2006, 04:56 PM
Smokin, your kitty is so cute and soft, just wanting to be cuddled. Beautiful eyes and fur.

Nice vases, guys, very nice paintings.


01-28-2006, 03:26 AM
Ooops! Very Late as usual! :D Anyway here they are. All of you have done so well. wave:

01-28-2006, 08:50 AM
Great job, Aggie! I like the way you did the background, too. I'm visiting a friend in cajun country...Opelousas, Louisiana. We met at the airport in New Orleans...WHAT A MESS! ... Kristen (aka "Skinny", temporarily "phooey")

01-28-2006, 11:45 AM
Jaymis, all of them are great. I love that cat!

01-28-2006, 12:32 PM
Thank you very much, Janet! I feel so elated, receiving praise from you! :music: