Saturday, October 20, 2012

Adobe Illustrator Vector Art: First Gradient Mesh Artwork

Hey, peeps. It's been a few so here's a little update.  While I was resting my arm/wrist, I decided to look through some scrap work.  I found this old gradient mesh test image I did a while back. You can use Google to find out more about gradient mesh. To summarize, with g.mesh, you can get really realistic vector art images by using a grid technique. I started a few years back when I used a trial version of Adobe Illustrator. The idea was quite attractive but time consuming. This is my very first mesh accompanied by the wire mesh.  I wasn't sure how to export the wire outline as an image file.  So, I just took a screen capture of it.


Yep..I know it's nothing really special. But it was a start. From what I hear, the Inkscape team is working on a gradient mesh tool of their own. However, I wanted a program that I could use now (the AI trial has run out). I searched for other vector programs and came across one called Serif Draw Plus. I looked into it and decided to give it a try. There's a free starter edition that comes with gradient mesh! Pretty cool. I will probably always be partial to Inkscape having used it for quite some time now. All this has me thinking if I should get back into meshing. I will look into that possibility. Anyway, that's it for now.  Later!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Vector Art and Arm Soreness

Hey, peeps. Just a brief update. It would seem I have a mildly sore forearm. I'll be resting it for a while. Before this, I was retouching old vector art files I haven't bothered with for a while. Hopefully, I'll be able to show those to you soon. I'll try to get back on track as soon as I can.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Canon 60D Photography: A Sunny Day In Fort Myers, Florida

Camera: Canon 60D
Lens: 18-55mm
Aperture Priority @ f/5.6
ISO Speed: 100
Shutter Speed: 1/1600

A sunny day in Fort Myers. I was able to capture a sand castle someone had just made. Two birds were picking away at the rubbish on the ground (probably looking for food). Not much else to say about this one. This is a cropped and resized version of the original photo. I added slight curves to image.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Canon 60D Photography: A Small Lizard

Camera: Canon 60D
Lens: 50mm f/1.8
Aperture Priority @ f/9
ISO Speed: 100
Shutter Speed: 1/100

I noticed this lizard one day and got as close as I could to get a picture of it. It remained still for a little under a minute. I'm surprised it stuck around that long. This is re-sized and cropped version.  Some color curve tweaking was also used.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Canon 60D Photography: Torn Up Chicken Breasts

Camera: Canon 60D
Lens: 50mm f/1.8
Aperture Priority @ f/7.1
ISO Speed: 250
Shutter Speed: 1/60

Leftover chicken breast and hot sauce. It was good. :)

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Canon 60D Photography: Almonds and Honey

Camera: Canon 60D
Lens: 18-55mm standard kit lens
Aperture Priority @ f/5.6
ISO Speed: 400
Shutter Speed: 1/3

..some almonds and honey. Yep, all that was around. It was alright. It'll hold me over for now.  Anyway, I thought it made for nice "everyday" photography.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Canon 60D Photography: Charlotte Harbor, Port Charlotte, Florida

Camera: Canon 60D
Lens: 50mm f/1.8
Aperture Priority @ f/16
ISO Speed: 160
Shutter Speed: 1/60

This is a picture I took with my Canon 60D a while ago.  It's a pier out in Port Charlotte, FL that's totally run down. At the other end, you can see there is a bench for one to sit on. Sure, you can have a seat. All you have to do is swim across. Or you could hop from one wood beam to another until you reach the other end. :S

But anyhow, it made nice photography. This is a cropped version of the photo. I did some tweaking to it (color curves, color correction).