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Creative interpretations: Racoons (backyard buddies)

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Old 09-26-2006, 08:43 AM
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Re: Creative interpretations: Racoons (backyard buddies)

Cute critters. We have them down in Florida, but like the squirrels, they are scrawny - to keep cooler. I used Gertrudis for background and Painter for the watercolors.
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Old 09-26-2006, 10:13 AM
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Re: Creative interpretations: Racoons (backyard buddies)

We had a family of raccoons that walked the shoreline of the lake just about every evening. Then the nextdoor neighbors started feeding them every night and now they don't come by to forrage muscles any more. I keep trying to convince my neighbor that it's not good to feed them. The babies never learn to gather food on their own, get weak and sick. Doesn't do any good, 'cause the neighbors "enjoy watching them eat table scraps". :-(

Anyway, I pulled up Painter (gasp) and did an auto clone with pencils, then used the Water Only blender to smear it up a bit. Took that back into Photoshop, and made a selection of everything except the raccoon's face and copied the selection to a new layer. Added a little bevel and emboss to cast more shadow along the bottom of the upper wood to add more perception of depth in the coon's "peep hole"

Fun project. Thanks, Pavel! :-)
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Old 09-26-2006, 03:33 PM
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Re: Creative interpretations: Racoons (backyard buddies)

Margaret, very nice watercolor.

Swampy: my pleasure.
I don't feed racoons, but they are pretty good in helping themself.

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Old 09-26-2006, 10:21 PM
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In GIMP, using Glass effects set to overlay to get ...

...a more glossy result for my oil. Did some selective coloring, but no smudging this time (so filters and layer properties again. yea).
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