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#28tomake day 5 - draw a receipt

I still have all the receipts I collected from our South Africa trip last September. The Table Mountain Cableway ticket looked interesting to draw. And now I'm remembering all the special times we had together!

I timed this one. It took me 40 minutes to draw this, but I was also trying out different pen sizes and styles that I hadn't used before, so at least 10 minutes of my time involved more Sketchbook learning.
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How awesome that you still have it. Happy memories 

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#28tomake day 2 - draw a house plant

My Christmas Cactus blooms at odd times. For a number of years we called it a Halloween Cactus. Then one year it was a Thanksgiving Cactus. This season it was a Halloween Cactus again, but after the blooms disappeared around New Year's Day, it started blooming again this week, so it's now a Groundhog Day Cactus.

I drew this with Sketchbook Pro, another new (to me) drawing program I want to learn. I'm trialing it and Corel Painter to see which one I prefer.

I hope you enjoy my elite Kindergarten-level drawing skillz!
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Thanks, +Alan Bland!

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Emotion: Favorite Child

Little Billy was so happy to have received the Favorite Child award from his parents he was in tears. The tears continued when his brothers and sisters revolted and shot him with an arrow.

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The B&W Project 3/26 Little Billy was so happy to have received the Favorite Child award from his parents he was in tears. The tears continued when his brothers and sisters revolted and shot hi…
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Love the surreal silliness of this image, Alan!

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Hula Girl

A little black & white photo art for your weekend enjoyment! I created this composite for the Creative Black & White Photo Artistry course session 3.
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Thank you +Joanna Koziara!
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#28tomake day 4 - draw what's in your bag

Like any serious photography hobbyist, I have lots of camera bags and lots of cameras. Rather than draw a camera or a lens, I decided to grab something out of one of the bags that, sadly, doesn't get used so often lately.

I used Sketchbook Pro for this. For non-painterly sketching it's really quite good, though its lack of keyboard shortcuts makes it infuriating at times. Maybe I need to watch some of the tutorials.
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Thank you +Isabelle Cardinal

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#28tomake day 3 - draw your favorite album cover

I always have a hard time choosing a "favorite" anything, but this album is one that helped define some of my obscure tastes in music. The Photographer by Philip Glass was my introduction to minimalist music. I get lost in the repetitious swirls and rhythms. I had not listened to it in years, until today of course.

Created using Sketchbook Pro. This turned out much better than I envisioned, though I probably spent 30 or 40 minutes on it rather than the prescribed 20. Still learning the quirks of Sketchbook and how it differs from Phtooshop.
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Thanks +Chase Jarvis. I'm learning a little more Sketchbook every day, and my ancient drawing skills are coming back!

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#28tomake day 1 - draw your beverage

As if I wasn't already doing too many creative projects at the moment, I'm joining in on this #28tomake thing with +Chase Jarvis. And for all you people complaining you're bad at drawing, I will escalate your definition of bad! It's been too many years since I drew anything.

I used a trial of Corel Painter for this image, so not only was I trying to remember how to draw, I was learning new software at the same time.

You can join this 28 day creative challange at http://blog.chasejarvis.com/blog/2016/02/28-to-make/?utm_source=cjfacebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=cjRAW21

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Yes it has watercolor. It has some effects where the paint drips after you apply it, and I think it has some paints where the color changes slightly after a period of time - one reviewer said you literally could watch the paint dry. I've barely touched what it can do.

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In a not too distant future we will connect directly to the Internet. We will experience the web as reality, not as a two dimensional surface on a display panel, not as simulated virtual reality. We will have no need for our bodies, just our minds. We will play games with each other. We will live and breathe. We will be connected.

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In a not too distant future we will connect directly to the Internet. We will experience the web as reality, not as a two dimensional surface on a display panel, not as simulated virtual reality. W…
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Why do people think this is scary? You know you want it! :-)

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This is why I can't grow tulips in my yard.

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"I could use some help over here! Just saying..."

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Thank you +Lotus Carroll!
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Digital artist, software engineer, technology geek
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I am a digital artist, software engineer and technology geek based in Boulder, Colorado. I like to create and manipulate digital media: photography, music, software, video.
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Bicycled to the top of Mount Evans, a 14,000+ ft mountain in the Colorado Rockies. Twice! Still. Gasping. For. Air.
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