Digital Art

Experiencing Technical Difficulties

Hello! Today my blog is experiencing some technical difficulties.

Now might be a good time to mention that I’m in the process of making a new blog about T-shirt designs. I’ve been wanting to focus on designing wearable art for some time.

I keep a private spare blog to test new themes and such. I had uploaded a copy of this one to my spare, via a wordpress XML file.  After deciding to use the spare blog for the new T-shirt one, I began deleting the copied stuff from here. I’d made it through all the media files when I found out…

…I had actually deleted it from this one, my primary blog.  :[

So, I’ve uploaded the latest copy of the XML file and am hoping to restore the media files. Maybe this will be a good tip for those who haven’t done it before: Make copies of your blog.

Well, this doesnt look good… Note: This will ONLY export your posts, pages, comments, categories, and tags; uploads and images may need to be manually transferred to the new blog. The current version of the WordPress.org installation gives you the option to import uploaded files, but the blog you are importing from must be live and serving images properly in order for it to work. So, do not delete your blog until after media files have successfully been imported into the new blog.

~Hope you’re having a great day. I’ll post more about the new blog when its finished.

ART

Odosketch is Retiring

odosketch

From the Odosketch page:

Friends & Supporters,

After an amazing eight years and over 600,000 sketches we are sad to say that we are retiring Odosketch.

Odosketch was the love child of a handful of amazing people at Odopod. Over the years, our focus has changed and we have come to the difficult realization that Odosketch no longer has a significant role to play in our future.

We want to thank you for all of your support and, more importantly, your drawings. They’ve been a source of inspiration and countless laughs.

For those of you that would like to save your drawings there are two options detailed below. Be sure to collect your images before August 30, 2013. They will no longer be available after that date.

Keep drawing,

The Odosketch Crew

So long Odosketch,  It was fun while it lasted!

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ART, Crafts, Video

Making a Dragon or Dino Puppet

Making Puppets

My daughter and I decided it might be fun to make puppets. We had ideas of what we’d like them to look like, however we hadn’t made puppets out of these materials before. We figured it out as we went and picked up some tips for next time. The following film highlights our experience puppet making.  –It was fun.

How we made dino puppets:

Video

The Uncanny Valley

Have you ever been disturbed by a style of animation?

I remember thinking there was something a bit unsettling about the characters in the Polar Express.  At the time I didn’t know it was such a universal phenomena and even had a name.  Apparently, Tom Hanks was the conductor of the creepy train headed straight into the pit of the Uncanny Valley.  [the place this omen baby lives]  A hellish slope dotted with humanoid robots, all the way down to the creepiest of zombies.

“Japanese roboticist Masahiro Mori stated in 1970 that the more human a robot acted or looked, the more endearing it would be to a human being. For example, most lovable Robot Buddies look humanoid, but keep quirky and artistically mechanical affectations. However, at some point, the likeness would seem too strong, and it would just come across as a very strange human being. At this point, the acceptance drops suddenly, changing to a powerful negative reaction.”  Television Tropes and Idioms

What is the uncanny valley?

“The uncanny valley is a hypothesis in the field of robotics and 3D computer animation, which holds that when human replicas look and act almost, but not perfectly, like actual human beings, it causes a response of revulsion among human observers. The “valley” refers to the dip in a graph of the comfort level of humans as a function of a robot’s human likeness.” Wikipedia


Uncanny Valley graph

Film and game makers & the uncanny valley

Vector Art

Digital Artists Rock!

Some people don’t place much value on digital art.

I’ve read articles by art critics who don’t consider digital art legitimate. I’ve met ‘brush & canvas’ purists who felt they were more talented because they used real paint. I’ve also met people who had no idea about the process of making digital art. They think all digital art is created equally, and it’s just as simple as clicking the mouse a few times. Appreciating digital art can be understandably confusing since there are so many ways to create digital art.

vector art of wacom tablet by Jayme Art

Any art created using a computer is digital art.

 Digital Art is an umbrella term that covers a range of methods, and techniques used to produce various types of artwork such as: 2-D paintings, vector illustrations, fractal art,  3-D rendered creations, ect.

There are many programs available for creating digital art.

Each may require different skill sets. Some programs used in creating digital art may call for drawing and painting skills, while others need less, and some may require none at all.  There is a variety of ways to use each program.

Digital art techniques vary.

Some digital artists start on a blank ‘page’ and draw or paint very much like you would on paper or canvas. Another technique would be using photo-manipulation with filters, or even using programs that trace images. Regardless of skills, programs or different styles, methods and techniques used, I believe it all calls for creativity on the part of the artist, and what they produce is art.

Art is subjective.

I have my own personal criteria and taste about what appeals to me. What catches my eye in a piece is not what everyone else will like.  Each person likes what is aesthetically pleasing to them, or what evokes a certain emotion in them, or what they feel requires a great deal of artistic skills or talent, or because of a message it communicates to them….or any number of other reasons.  Despite my personal  taste, I am very inclusive of what I consider art.

For the record,  I like to create both digital and analog art.  I like ART!  ☺