It should come as no surprise that my first attempt is a bird. I started with a hand drawn picture, then used the pen tool on a layer above to try to get the outline. I had a bit of difficulty and had to start over a few times, but finally liked it enough to try to use other tools in Photoshop to "finish" it. The outline is completely drawn using the pen tool. The "feathers" were added using a brush. I am just realizing how unreal the branch looks. I should have roughed it up a bit, but I was so concentrating on the bird, I completely missed it. Sorry! I don't like him all that much, but am proud as punch that I was able to get a recognizable outline using the pen tool.
He is not exactly what I wanted, but he is definitely recognizable (although I don't know if such a bird really exists).
I finished my surprise project yesterday and submitted it. Once I hear about the judging and how I did, I will post a picture.
I signed up for five more addresses from Postcrossing and am just beginning to make the post cards. I think I am going to make them with a pretty scrapbooking paper background and then collage on top. I may add a poem (maybe a haiku) as well. I'll show you what I've done when I am finished.
Also, I have finally chosen the art pieces that I will send on as part of the Pay It Forward project that I participated in early in March. Lucky the rules gave me a year to fulfill my obligation because I have finally given it the required thought and will try to get them in the mail this weekend. I haven't received mine yet, but only seven months have passed. It will be fun to get a surprise in the mail. Sure hope my PIF recipients like what I am sending.
I am watching the baby most of the day and meeting the 1st grader's bus around 2 pm. I don't think it will be an art day today. Maybe next week I will try to do a small tutorial on the pen tool (Yikes!)
Bye for now.....