One way to make clouds

I toy with my procedures all of the time, to try to do things better. If not better, than more uniquely, or to a different effect or feel, I’m certainly a tinkerer. Case in point, clouds.

There are roughly 1, 192, 632,325 ways to make clouds digitally (“roughly”, he says), so by all means this is just one way to make them. But it’s worked on a few images of mine fairly well, and it’s a technique that’s easy to use in different ways, so here it is. I use Adobe Photoshop for art, but I’d imagine you could ape this technique in pretty much any art software.… Read the rest

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This Week’s Art: Wanderer Above a Sea of Mist

 

This week it’s one of my very favorite pieces, and one from the previous incarnation of the “This Week’s Art” threads. This is Caspar David Friedrich’s A Wanderer Above a Sea of Mist, a stunning piece for me and one that I will eventually (when I have wallspace) show proudly on my own wall.

For me, this is one of those pieces that shows the pinnacle of what can be achieved in art.  There’s plenty of detail here, but it’s forgotten in the simplicity and strength of the content in the image. … Read the rest

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This Week’s Art: Expulsion – Moon and Firelight

This is Thomas Cole’s Expulsion – Moon and Firelight (1828, Oil on canvas, 35 7/8 in x 47 7/8 in), one of those pieces that I find very inspiring.  It’s a bit different than the images by Cole that I normally cite (like his Course of the Empire series, check out http://www.swarthmore.edu/Humanities/kjohnso1/colecourse.html), but it’s an interesting piece.

It reminds me of the modern fantasy works, as if we are peering into Cole’s magical, unique world.  Despite there not being a human element, which is most often found in his work, Cole offers up a dynamic, powerful image that grabs you and doesn’t let go. … Read the rest

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