A belated, but heartfelt thanks to each of you for taking time to reply and for your kind words. They are very much appreciated. It’s helpful and kind folks like you who make RetouchPRO what it is: a classy and fun place to participate and hang out. I’m not sure if Doug created a separate forum because he saw the future in terms of how popular this area of photo manipulation would become or in response to the many who privately complained that photo-art posts should not be mixed among the retouching / restoration threads. (It was probably somewhere in between.) In any event before there was an art forum I was among a rabid few who keep posting arty interpretations. Doug took notice of my enthusiasm, offered me this high paying job and the rest is happy history.
Originally Posted by Kraellin
my RetouchPRO history is a little fuzzy, but didn’t you also start the art forum?
Very true, CJ... I've found that many of the skills I've picked up while tinkering with arty effects are applicable to almost any direction one wants to go in Photoshop, for example things like masking, selections, channel manipulations, PS actions, blend modes (layer and when using tools), cloning, healing, etc., etc.
Originally Posted by CJ Swartz
… You showed me that Photo art could be part of editing too. Thanks!
People as technicallly astute as you are, Gary, need to "unplug" and have a little unrestricted fun once in awhile. I'm glad you took the leap. Hopefully others might think this art thing is not a cool thing to do will be inspired by you and follow in your footsteps. Speaking of inspiration, I'm inspired almost daily by the amazing creations people craft and post.
Originally Posted by Gary Richardson
Your forum and enthusiasm were what "converted" me to Photo Art Danny. Granted I'm still hopelessly inept at the subject, but I've been tempted to "have a go" on several occasions, and I've always been fascinated, inspired and impressed by much of the work I've seen there.
The amount of money I have spent on software and plugins e.g. multiple versions of Photoshop, Corel Painter, Buzz, Virtual Painter, Snap Art, etc., books and tutorials (too many to mention), etc. I’ve learned about at RetouchPRO would feed a small army, but definitely less than what I would have spent at places like Home Depot, Lowes or Costco (popular U.S. stores where it is very easy to spend a LOT of money without trying).
Originally Posted by Bob Mc
…It's a great place to wander around. Certainly as good as a Hardware Store or a Bookstore or even a Nursery - (I'm not allowed in any of those places with a wallet or a credit card.)
You’re welcome and I'm delighted to see how much you've grown skill-wise in such a short time. You're a shining example of someone who took the plunge, hit the ground running and "There's no stopping you now."
Originally Posted by sharynideas
I'm one of the newbies who took the plunge. I wouldn't have done it without your encouragement…your patience with us novices is endless. Thanks.
FWIW: It took me a few years but I'm now totally over my self-imposed "guilt" for "can barely draw stick figures" by means of traditional drawing/painting skills. Using digital tools like actions, plugins, filters, etc. to create digital art are as valid as a wet brush, pencil or piece of charcoal. Hey, if someone can create art from a log with a chainsaw or "sculpt" a block of ice with a blowtorch, anything goes.
Bottom line: If you, your family and/or YOUR CUSTOMERS like your work, that's what counts.
Isn't the freedom to create with tools of choice a wonderful thing?
As I've stated many times before... "Keep having fun."