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I took this picture this morning of my wife working in her home office.  So...write a caption for it, stick in some word or thought bubbles, manipulate it, make it clever, or absurd, whatever...just not obscene.  After a week or two, I'll pick the best one and give the winner 200 points.  What else does one do with such a picture?



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Glenn Mayer
Artist | Hobbyist | Traditional Art
United States
I am a software engineer who, after 30 years of focusing on marriage, kids, career, and other pursuits, has decided to try and resurrect the drawing skills that have languished since college. I started with digital art, but found that I spent too much time in front of the computer. So after much experimenting, I have returned to my favorite medium, traditional pen and ink.
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OrionShipworks Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
If you get a chance, tell me what you think of this: orionshipworks.deviantart.com/…
It's a cropped and photo manipulated version of my painting. In some ways I feel it is stronger than the original oil painting. I could make another painting that looked sort of like this, but not sure if it's worth the bother. In other words, can a Photoshop experiment become the finished piece? Thanks.
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outsidelogic Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OK, I added a comment on the picture.  Can a manipulated picture be the finished piece?  Sure.  It all depends on what you're comfortable with.  I think you highlighted one of the good things about digital manipulation (in my mind); you can play around with composition without having to do a million versions of your piece.

Of course, if you got asked to exhibit your work, you would just have to show a print...
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zorgotron Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love your style. It reminds me of a lot of classic illustrations when I was younger. Very cool - I can't believe this is "only" a hobby for you!

I can't even begin to fav your stuff, they'd all end up faved. Put you on my watch list instead :)
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outsidelogic Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha, thank you.  Yeah, I'm definitely a fan of old classic b&w illustrations.  But I hack around a bit on the computer as well.  I see you're a Daz user.  I've used that just a little, but I was pretty impressed.  Do you like it?  I did a short journal entry on it:  fav.me/d6keoh2.
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zorgotron Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
DazStudio is very nice, and certainly a good way to throw together a reference, both for poses and for perspective. Time-wise, one has to take care, I think, not to put more time into fiddling with Daz that way than with the painting itself. At a certain point, it's more efficient just to do a full render (of course, efficient isn't always what we're after!).

Money-wise, the program is free, but boy, they do get you on the content! :) I keep meaning to learn to use Blender (so I can model my own props), but that program is as powerful as it's complex... I also want to do more straight digital painting. If I only there was more time :)
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outsidelogic Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, Blender completely baffled me.  I hear their interface has gotten a bit more user-friendly, but like you said, I don't have the time to jump into it.
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OrionShipworks Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Regarding "...too much time in front of the computer", I've been there. I'm a retired system designer. Did the whole Silicon Valley thing. Like you I'm also trying to express my artistic side. I especially like your latest: The Rhythm and Flow of the Human Body. It's inspiring!
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outsidelogic Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, it's nice to meet another "techie gone creative"...although as you know, IT can be a very creative field anyway.  Maybe I'll spend more time on digital art once I retire...:)  Thanks for the comment.
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rinaswan Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow! A software engineer who shines at ink drawing. Great work! :thumbsup:
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