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PHOTO ART: Mini-challenge #69 – Cedar Waxwing

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Old 12-30-2002, 12:17 AM
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PHOTO ART: Mini-challenge #69 – Cedar Waxwing

FIRST MINI-CHALLENGE -or- NEW TO PHOTO-ART?
See below for "Information and Guidelines."

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PHOTO ART: Mini-challenge #69 – Cedar Waxwing

Here’s another “mini-challenge” to play with in the Photo-based Art category until the next major challenge is posted here.

The base image can be downloaded by clicking the link near the bottom of this lengthy introduction!


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This weeks’ mini-challenge is as another beautiful nature shot taken by forum regular, Alan Smallbone. ("Thanks, Alan!")

For the time being I’m going to cut back to one mini-challenge per week and depend on the “Forum Faithful” to populate the do-it-yourself self-service forum. So keep 'em coming.

Happy New Year, everyone.

~DannyR~

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LEGAL VERBIAGE
Alan Smallbone retains the U.S. and international copyright © not only for the original image, but also for any photo-art versions of it. Unauthorized distribution or use of this image without permission are prohibited.

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INFORMATION AND GUIDELINES

Unlike “official challenges” for this forum, which can be found here, this one will be self-contained within this thread. It is intended as an opportunity to engage in this art form until the next major challenge is posted.

The rules are more-or-less the same:
* It’s a challenge, not a contest -- intended to provide opportunities to experiment, share methods and/or techniques and, most importantly, have FUN.
* Everyone who participates is a winner.
* There’s no expiration date.

GUIDELINES:
1. Use any method, application(s), style(s) you like:
. * Convert to sketch, grayscale, abstract, watercolor, oil painting, pen-and-ink, Conte crayon, impasto, van Gogh or any style of your choosing
. * Add elements from other images (collage) or replace the background
. * Hand painting? Tracing? Freehand? You bet. Always appreciate entries of this nature.
. * Apply filters from your favorite application(s) or tweak it with 3rd party plug-ins
. * Feeling animated? Animated entries are definitely welcome. There have been some really funny ones submitted in the past. Fish jumping, leaves falling, wheels turning. You get the idea.
. * Any or all of the above

Bottom line:
How you create this masterpiece makes no difference. Whatever floats your boat as long as you follow guideline #4 in the process.

2. When done, reply to this thread and attach your work (don’t forget the 100kb size limit).

Note: Multiple entries OK if you’re so inspired.

3. By all means include some verbiage on how you achieved your masterpiece so others will benefit from your skills and experience. Make it as descriptive as you like. Grammar and spelling will not be graded. Priority given to content, not how it is written.

4. Have fun.


A special message to those who are new to Photo-art
… Who may be feeling a little uncomfortable about posting an entry.


If you’ve read this far, it means you’re at least curious. That’s a good sign.

But what if you’re feeling a little squeamish about posting your first image?

From time to time I hear from those who want to participate, but have considerable anxieties about posting their creations in these mini-challenge. “I’m just a beginner. My pictures don’t belong,” “I see the works of others and I know I’ll never get that good,” “How am I supposed to compete with those wonderful creations?” are typical expressions of concern.

To which I say: Put your fears to rest. This isn’t a competition. You will not be judged in the traditional “art critique” sense. Your honor isn’t on the line. This isn’t about who’s best.

Don’t hold back from participating and posting your creation because your initial attempts don’t measure up (in your own mind) to images generated by folks with more experience than you.

This is a no-fault, all-fun way to jump in the pool. Everyone started the same place: The beginning. Everyone who is more skilled and experienced than you got to that point by practicing, experimenting, asking questions, learning from others, and participating.

Can one learn without interacting with others? Sure. Can one learn as fast? Absolutely not.

When you participate, others get to know you. That makes it easier to ask them questions. Asking questions leads to learning from those with more experience than you. It just keeps getting better and better!

By all means give it a go. You’ll be glad you did.

The pep talk cheerfully brought to you by:

Danny Raphael
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Old 12-30-2002, 01:15 AM
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Based on the "watercolor tutorial" at www.myJanee.com and modified pretty much by trial and error from there.
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Old 12-30-2002, 02:01 AM
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Beautiful picture, Alan! Waxwings are among my favorite birds. Here is "the usual."

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Followed by something very UN-usual. It's a little bit of everything, including FPear India ink and hue and cry with KPT equalize and assorted PS filters and blends in there somewhere too.

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Old 12-30-2002, 03:30 AM
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I followed DannyR's new Basic skills tutorial from here.

Attached is the result. I'm quite pleased with it!

Phyllis: I rather like the "UN" usual one, can't figure out why though. How did you do the "wavy" pattern on the background? was it a specific package?

As I've already posted this in the tutorial I thought I'd save a little space and just link to it.
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Old 12-30-2002, 04:28 AM
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And another, a watercolour effect this time.
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Phyllis:

Both wonderful as usual; #2 is especially unique.

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Collin:

WOW! Looks like you nailed tutorial #4. Great interpretation -- and nice job on the links, too!

Seeing your results so soon after posting #4 does my heart good. Thanks for sharing your results -- in both places.

~Danny~
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Thanks! I learn from the best!

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I think I must get just a little "too excited" sometimes!

two more, this one, a pastel . . . I hope
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And this one a softer drawing. I just added a brightness/contrast layer and played with the settings.

I might stop, I might play more though
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