Thursday, December 26, 2013

"Brandon Gardens Winter Land 3 and 4" Canon - Corel

Brandon Gardens Winter Land 3

Brandon Gardens Winter Land 4

Prior to the Sun coming out for a few minutes I took a few more photographs around our home. Brandon Gardens Winter Land 3 and 4 are the resulting images.

I used our Canon Rebel XTi DSLR for getting these shots. I uploaded to the computer and opened with Corel PSP Pro X3. There I applied the Smart Photo Fix tool, increasing the brightness, sharpening, and shadows a bit.

A simple post for today, as I am fairly busy with other pursuits. Thank you for looking!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

"Brandon Gardens Winter Land 1 and 2" Canon - Corel

Brandon Gardens Winter Land 1

Brandon Gardens Winter Land 2

Like most of us who love to photograph, I could not resist a few Winter Land photographs of our neighborhood Brandon Gardens. The Sun was out and lower in the sky between 9 and 10 o'clock today. I shot these with my Canon Rebel XTi DSLR.

I loaded them onto the computer and opened up these two in Corel PSP Pro X3. To enhance the blue colored shadows I used the Saturation Vibrancy tool. I added a text copyright on the photographs. And with Image Information I added Title, Copyright, Tools used, as well.

I added a twenty-five pixel black border to both to help them show clearly in the post. Click on each image for the larger view.

It was bitter cold out as we ran some errands today. But so beautiful with the sun shining on the trees and bushes a true Crystal Winter Land.

I had some bad news the other day. I cleaned my Wacom Tablet and Pen with soap and water, and it hasn't worked right until today. My guess is the water had to dry completely prior to it's working correctly again. So, be forewarned if you have a Wacom Tablet and Pen, Wash with very little soap and water or it may refuse to work for days!

Sunday, December 15, 2013

"Black Haired Beauty Woman Portrait" Canon, Corel Painter

Black Haired Beauty

I had time today for digital painting of the last of the three women Pencil, Freehand Drawings. I opened my Canon MP495 scan of the last one in Corel Painter 11. I wanted to keep the image cleaner and simpler. I selected various Liquid Ink Brushes to outline and paint this image. I used the Fine Point, and Camel Ink brushes. I varied the sizes as appropriate. I outlined the Woman in Yellow to brighten the painting, after giving her Raven Black Hair. I chose two Blue hues for her dress.

After I saved the large iteration I opened with Corel PhotoPaint and added my signature. Then I saved and reopened in Corel PSP Pro X3 to add a Border and a Ice Matte. It was here I added a Title, Artist, and Copyright information with Image Information. I saved the large image. Then I resized and saved for display here.

I was contacted by an old friend, Jerry Sprague, who's band is going to perform at the Ann Arbor, Michigan "The Ark". The concert will be January 21, 2014

They are also having a Kickstarter campaign to fund their new CD:

For more Information and Photos and Videos of Jerry go to his site:!contact/c21nl, you will be glad you did. +Jerry Sprague

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

"Pucker 2 Woman Portrait" Canon, Corel Painter

Pucker 2 Circa 1996

I wanted to continue to digitally paint the three female portraits I posted and not do just one. So here is the second in the series, "Pucker 2."

Scanned in with my Canon MP495, this freehand drawing was opened in Corel Painter 11 and I selected colorful Watercolor Brushes, and the Liquid Ink Fine Point Brush for painting it. I saved the large iteration, since it had a name and my initials on it along with the creation date for the drawing I did not add my signature.

I opened with Corel PSP Pro X3 and used the Skin Softening tool on it. Then I used Saturation Vibrancy for additional punch to the colors. I added a Title, Current Copyright, and Media used to the Image Information and saved again.

I then resized for display and posted it here. I will try to find some time to paint the third freehand drawing of the other woman at a later date. Come often and search my blog of 1,170 posts for additional Digital Visual Artworks! You may enjoy them.

I am in negotiation with a photographer to take some photographs of my Seagull C12 Guitar for additional Guitar based artworks in the near future. For those of you who enjoy those more will be coming!

Friday, December 6, 2013

"125,000 Plus Pageviews - Woman With Blue Beret" Canon - Corel Painter

Woman With Blue Beret

Today gatzkART! has reached over 125,000 Pageviews, a great Milestone to hit. Thank You! 

My last post I asked for votes on which of three Pencil Freehand Drawings of Women you'd like to see painted. The votes received were for the image I am presenting today. "Woman With Blue Beret," was digitally painted in Corel Painter 11 using my Wacom Tablet. I selected Watercolor Brushes and did use Liquid Ink Fine Point for some outlining of the pencil.

I added my signature to the larger iteration in Corel PhotoPaint, then I opened that iteration in Corel PSP Pro X3. There I added a fifteen pixel black border to the image. Re-sizing it to display size, adding Image Information to it, Title Artist, Copyright, etc. I saved it large and resized with differing names.

I hope you like the Digital Painting I did with this Freehand Drawing in Pencil. Comments and Sharing on Google+ is appreciated as are Pluses!

Monday, December 2, 2013

"Select A Gal To Digitally Paint - Help Me Decide" Corel - Canon

One - Beret Woman

Two - Medium Cut Hair Woman

Three - Pucker 2

I have a favor to ask of you. I would like to use Corel Painter 11 on ONE of these freehand sketches and digitally paint her. So I am asking YOU TO VOTE on which gal you would like to see Digitally Painted for a subsequent post here on gatzkART!

I used my Canon MP495 to scan them in and Corel PSP Pro X3 for some Curve adjustments. I also resized the images for display here, always take a click on them to get the larger view of details. I have the larger images to use in Painter 11, and with a newer Driver for my Wacom Tablet I am ready to paint.

So I am asking for your VOTES as to which one you would like to see in full color. You can leave a comment to vote. And Share the post if you are so inclined.

Thank you for your participation and interest in my creative endeavors! 

VOTE FOR 1; 2; OR 3! 

NOTE: If I get enough votes and know who you are you may win an 8.5 x 11 color print of the One selected after I paint it! VOTE NOW!