Sunday, October 5, 2014

2014 Fresh - September.

   Tonight I'll be displaying my new work from September. I completed 9 designs. Wait a minute, let me get out my calculator ... let's see, 30 days times 24 hours divided by 9 equals 80 hours work on each design. Hmm... at 10 dollars an hour, that means each one should be worth $800. (I wish!).
   To be fair, I did some other things last month besides draw pictures. Things like working, sleeping, eating, brushing my teeth, brewing wine, looking at goofy videos on Youtube, checking my e-mail, reading the posts and leaving comments at IMAO, watching TV, drinking beer, going to church, doing laundry, feeding the dogs and cats, cleaning the kitty litter box, mowing the lawn, buying gas and groceries ... Ya know, If I couldn't draw while I was at work, I probably wouldn't find any time to draw at all! (I love my job!)

IMAO Link of the Day: It Starts With Bacon.
   Anyway, Here's the first one I completed in September. This one was inspired by Anonymiss, as shown in a previous post (2012 Sorta Fresh - June).

Swirly in the Sky with Bacon. 9/8/14.
If anyone writes a song to go with this picture, I'll award them a Musey!

When Pumpkins Collide. 9/10/14

   I originally planned to call this one something like "Asymmetrical Reflections", but the colors I selected inspired a more seasonal title.

   These next two pictures are completely identical, except for the one design decision that makes them completely different. Can you spot it?

Semi-Random, Slightly Curved, Linked Structure. 9/12/14

Semi-Random, Mostly Curved, Linked Structure. 9/16/14

What can I say? Decisions have Consequences!

   You'll recall that back in July I tried to create a tribute picture for my brother Jerome (may he rest in peace). The final product was simply titled "Wings For Jerome".

I mean this one!

Well, I told our Mom that I was sending it to Jerome's widow, and Mom says she wants one too in that special voice Mom's have.
Q: How does a Mom change a light bulb?
A: "Oh, don't mind me! I'll just sit here in the dark." (That voice.)

So I did another one for Mom. It's not a direct copy, because I can't seem to do two designs exactly the same even if/when I try, but I hope she likes it. (er, just kidding about the voice, Mom! Love ya!)

Wings For Jerome (For Mom). 9/18/14

Oh, by the way, Happy Birthday Mom! (I'm not saying how old she is, but Warren G. Harding was president when she was born. You figure it out!)

Badge. 9/22/14
This one was an experiment investigating the possibilities of adding randomness to a symmetrical single strand basket weave design, with a 4-point globe inside a 5-point globe at the center of the design for good measure. It's a variation on the design I used to make Wings For Jerome (For Mom) above - but while I was working on it, three different people told me it looked like a policeman's badge to them, so that's what I called it.

Pier 1 Imports. 9/24/14
I wanted to do another semi-random single stand weave design (in the shape of an egg) but I left my random number generator (dice) at home that day, so I asked 3 clerks at a Pier 1 Imports shop to call out numbers between 1 and 6 for me. Since they helped me set the parameters of the design, I named it in honor of their most excellent establishment!

Semi-Random 5-Layer Basket Weave Window. 9/26/14
I did the random thing with a double-strand weave this time, and ended up with 5 separate weaves (grey, brown, red, orange and green). The weave was so tight, I decided to just color the spaces between the strands bright yellow and let it go at that. Oh, and it's not an optical illusion - the sides of the design Do bulge out slightly.

   In my 2012 Sorta Fresh - July post I showed a picture titled Pseudo-Mandelbrot Egg. I expressed the desire to figure out how I'd gotten that spiral-y bit near the center to turn out that way. The first time was a fortuitous accident, but I wanted to be able to do it deliberately; so I sat down and studied it until I saw what I had to do.

Pseudo-Mandelbrot Spiral. 9/29/14
And I did it! Yay! The rest of the design didn't turn out too shabby either, if I do say so myself.

Here's two more picture pages. These both use what I call a 'broken weave' design element which can create some interesting color effects - depending on the color pattern followed, of course.

Black and White Test #26

Black and White Test #27

And now, because my cousin Joyce says she's addicted to Kevin Koastie, here's her weekly fix!

Beer is the answer! What was the question?