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08-01-2007, 07:16 PM
Hi all! Recently, I mentioned that I missed the monthly challenges that we used to participate in here in the digital thread, and the next thing I know, I’m volunteering to get one started again! So I hope that many of you will join me.

Do what you will with the photos using any digital technique you like! Try something new - something outside the box - step outside your comfort zone and you may be surprised how much it helps you to grow as an artist! I’d like to see this be a real “artistic workout”!

Cheer each other on with kind words of encouragement and congratulations for all the cool stuff I'm SURE we are going to come up with! Most of all, have fun with this during the month of August! I will post a new challenge on or about September 1st.

Here are 3 photos of mine:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Aug-2007/42008-DSCN3165sm.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Aug-2007/42008-DSCN3000sm.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Aug-2007/42008-DSCN1595sm.jpg
this one comes from the Reference Library, photo by maltman:

If you would like larger res images, you can get them by clicking on the link below:

08-02-2007, 10:18 AM
Well, I picked up sleeping lioness and.... well.... sort of interpretation. Hope you like it :)




08-02-2007, 12:45 PM
I love it! I love how you added the rest of his body and the circus background. The back end of the cat up on the ball is very whimsical!

08-02-2007, 01:17 PM
I thought I'd have a go at this and here's a speedpainted (30 minuites) attempt:


08-02-2007, 06:00 PM
Fun Digitals elaine and edart!

Selahs art
08-03-2007, 02:08 AM
Nice work so far.
Glad the digital challenge is back.


08-03-2007, 08:46 AM
Nice job on the speed painting edart!
I started out in Painter 9.5. I had an idea for and effect that just wasn't working, so I just started doodling (while my car was getting an oil change)
Later I took the drawing into photoshop, and starting working on a variety of layers using several different filters, playing with the contrast, and adding a little more detail. I was really trying to concentrate on textures. Here's the drawing and the manipulated drawing.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Aug-2007/42008-treedrawn.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Aug-2007/42008-tree.jpg

08-03-2007, 10:28 PM
This looks great Elaine!

Brand X
08-04-2007, 12:08 AM
Beautiful job with the tree Elaine.

08-04-2007, 01:43 AM

Selahs art
08-04-2007, 04:56 PM
Here is my first version of the Lion, Impressionistic.
Love the Lion so much I am busy with another one of him.



08-05-2007, 02:44 AM
Great work on the lion Perel! Love it!
What did you use and what brushes.
Here is my effort,
It could use more work but I am happy with it as it is.
I primarily use ArtRage and this is an artrage painting.
Airbrush for the face and chalk for the background and rock.
Shelly Mcc.

08-05-2007, 03:56 AM
Perel and Bluefrog done excellent job,Bluefrog is more artistic though,wonder what software programs,as well as filters and effects used,the reason for my 'spying' is that I'm trying to mimic your success in my spare time!.
Seriously I prefer Felis concolor (Cougar,Mtn. lion.Puma in spanish),should anyone be kind to post such subject image it'll grab my attn. I also like Wolves,as well as Quarter horses and Mustangs,as well as Paint and pinto,as they're all part of my life(Inc. Dogs and cats,and Longhorns).Edart done good composition as wellmbut WiscoJayDub got it to higher level of medical science!,or Science fiction?(One of my S. Ca.buddies love gory stuff like that).

Selahs art
08-05-2007, 07:57 AM
that was done in Adobe photoshop. I belong to Innograpixs too, and there we got desighned by one of the guys an impressionistic filter, I use it sometimes and touch up with brushes where I dont like the effect.

This is totally painted in Deep Paint.


and another one



08-05-2007, 08:42 AM
Gorgeous Retha!

08-05-2007, 01:07 PM
Perel (pearl),I prefers the top one foe filter effect.

08-05-2007, 03:31 PM
Blue frog I like the almost cartoon look of your painting:thumbsup:

Perel very good texture in your version:thumbsup:

Selahs art
08-05-2007, 03:54 PM
Gorgeous Retha!
thanks I promise I will stop fiddling with the Lion now, and do some of the others. Like this one.



Selahs art
08-05-2007, 03:57 PM
Perel (pearl),I prefers the top one foe filter effect.

Thanks me too
see I don't have those fancy brushes in my version of Corel Photopaint, maybe one day. and Adobe 6 is only a few to and struggle to get any brushes like in oil etc for it. Thats why I use Deep Paint too. more brushes there.

Edart Thanks.

08-05-2007, 05:47 PM
Looks like your all having fun so thought I'd join in :)

done with my own photo of the cat taken at the Toronto Zoo :D looks like maltman and I were taking pics at the same place :lol:

Just some standard filterswith PSP7


08-05-2007, 06:35 PM
Here's one I did a while ago thats similar:


Selahs art
08-06-2007, 03:01 AM
Loove the bottom one.


08-06-2007, 05:29 AM
Hi, thought I'd have a go. The tree! Fiddled with it in Corel Painter X and ArtRage 2


Selahs art
08-06-2007, 12:58 PM
Nice tree.


08-06-2007, 04:41 PM
Thanks for your comment Retha, I like the work on the lion above, the different effects are interesting. Elaine - like your tree.


08-06-2007, 04:57 PM
Painter Colored Pencils, watercolors:



08-08-2007, 03:04 AM
Edart,Looks like a snow leopard,or Siberian tiger.
Omniartz,Nice and logical combination.

Selahs art
08-11-2007, 06:24 PM
Ok I have been doiing some.



Tree done in Deep Paint oils,



08-11-2007, 08:36 PM
Perel (pearl/Paarl),It's almost artistic,how about trying to achieve higher artistic impression?(You almost there),but yet not to lose the original,is my idea of artistic image manipulation,as there's very fine line (the 50 50) that could be crossed a little more toward artistic expression,yet retain the original 'design',so it still be recognized (recognised in British English),I'm trying to do so with my own image manipulations,when I search for artistic qualities that'll be like good for an art show or book publishing.

08-16-2007, 12:37 PM

Selahs art
08-16-2007, 05:01 PM
Perel (pearl/Paarl),It's almost artistic,how about trying to achieve higher artistic impression?(You almost there),but yet not to lose the original,is my idea of artistic image manipulation,as there's very fine line (the 50 50) that could be crossed a little more toward artistic expression,yet retain the original 'design',so it still be recognized (recognised in British English),I'm trying to do so with my own image manipulations,when I search for artistic qualities that'll be like good for an art show or book publishing.

I dont really understand "almost artistic"

but here is another one of the tree.



08-18-2007, 05:52 AM
hello I'm new here, got directed here from chewys blog, hi chewy its terry.
hope this isnt someones kid, but there you go, bit messy around the beak but i couldnt be bothered working on it any more.

08-18-2007, 09:59 AM
hello I'm new here, got directed here from chewys blog, hi chewy its terry.


My first time posting in the digital challenge also. (I'm not sure of the rules) Nice to see you followed the link from my blog to here. Keep practicing and playing with Photoshop, it can be addictive.


08-18-2007, 11:26 AM

Lyin' Eyes.

This may not be considered artistic, but I couldn't resist this quickie. Flopped, rotated, enlarged, sharpened and added a slight opacity of blue on the irises and cropped the baby's eyes.

08-21-2007, 03:20 PM
Here are the renditions that VirtualPainter does- I haven't manipulated any of them- but just to give you an idea of what VirtualPainter can do- nice little program- costs only about $50 or so, and it gives good starting points for further manipulating paintings- hte effects I chose from the program were Guache, Water-Coulor, Oil, Gothic, Collage, Drawing, Fauvist (Which can give soem very interesting itnerpretations of photos lol) in that order:








08-21-2007, 03:29 PM
Here's the flower in silkScreen (It was the only virtualpainter rendition that looked interesting- the other styles just washed out the flower detail too much- some pictures don't render well in the program, but do give soem nice color suggestions- anyway, here's the picture:


08-26-2007, 10:40 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/26-Aug-2007/42008-lion-drawing.jpg Hi Everyone, I've popped in ocassionally and have REALLY enjoyed seeing what everyone has done! It's fun to see different versions of the same subject.
I'm glad so many of you decided to join in, and if you are just "lurching" (visiting the thread but not adding to it) - please do in the future, either by commenting, or posting your digi.
Here is my attempt on the lion. Years ago, I wouldn't have DREAMED of doing this, but, I admit it, I traced the photo in Photoshop, to get the black line drawing. I wanted to save my time and energy on getting the colors and the contrast right. I then took that layer to Painter IX, and started working on a watercolor level below it. I added a little pastel and pencil in. I had to go back to photoshop to work on the rock in dissolve mode. After some blurring and dodging, I was finally satisfied with the rock. I felt it needed some cool color, so I placed him on a "cool rock".

Stay tuned, because later in the week it will be time for a new challenge!

Selahs art
08-26-2007, 10:50 AM
Elaine, Like your Lion


08-26-2007, 12:58 PM
Nice work Elaine- looking at your rendition, then at the VirtualPainter renditions- there's just no comparison- you'rs is rendered much nicer.

08-26-2007, 10:32 PM
i just found this site. how wonderful it is! was referred by a fellow artist. looks like i made it in time for the august challenge. heres a submittion. how many do we get?

08-27-2007, 05:08 PM
Welcome, 78harley! Nice one! Did you start with the yellow flower on this one??? What software do you use?
Feel free to submit as many as you like. This is just a place to play and experiment as much as you like!