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-- 14 May, 2006 --

Webcam Wonder


Webcam Wonder
Originally uploaded by Robynls.
Homage to Michael Nobbs.
Yesterday I heard about a magical piece of software and a service called Skype. It is a communication service that allows FREE voice communication via the computer. Always up for something for nothing, I downloaded the software and, after installing it, allowed it to scan my Outlook contacts list for other users. Astonishingly, 5 minutes later I was engaged in a lengthy conversation with a writer friend of The Poet's who lives in Canberra.

Today I bought The Poet a webcam with a microphone so he can talk to DN too. No installation runs smoothly so I am waiting for Number Two Son to come to the rescue.

This is the webcam that I bought for myself weeks ago and have now been inspired to install. My installation ran as smooth as silk. Now I am just waiting for one of MY friends to come up with a Skype subscription and a webcam, too.

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-- 14 June, 2005 --

Juicy digital fruit

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ArtRage graphics software & Wacom Graphire3
coarse paper and chalk settings

OK ... I'll admit it. I am stuck on a fruit jag. The thing about fruit is that it doesn't take a lot of effort to make a drawing look like fruit and, let's face it, the fruit doesn't complain if it isn't quite right.

For the observant - yes, there were two light sources.

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-- 13 June, 2005 --

Delft blue

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Photoshop Elements and a Wacom Graphire3

I love Dutch pottery. The Poet is responsible for this addiction. He owned one wall plate from the Makkum factory when we met. It isn't the usual blue and white that is expected from Dutch pottery. It also has various shades of red in the design. The reason that we chose to visit Amsterdam last Christmas was pottery and paintings. Then I started trading on eBay and I was an addict. This tulip bulb vase is one of my prizes from eBay.

Two days with a digitising tablet and I have graduated to Photoshop Elements. I have been teaching it's use in my Year 9 IST classes for a while but was totally uninspired ... until now. Although I will never get a job in the Porceleyne Fles factory with decoration like this, it was still fun to do.

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-- 12 June, 2005 --

Digital fruit

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Created using ArtRage Graphics Software & Wacom Graphire3

I bought the digitising tablet. I spent more money than I should have. There was a man in Harris Technology looking at the same item and we talked each other into it.

I have done more drawing this weekend than I have in weeks.

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-- 11 June, 2005 --

Digital art first edition

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There has been some talk around the art blog world in recent days about a new drawing program called ArtRage which is available as a free download. Do I really need another graphics package? Never being one to be left behind with something new in the digital world and being totally unable to resist a bargain, I downloaded it anyway.

I hate drawing with the mouse. It is so clumsy and out of control but then that might be a good thing. There isn't that constant need to 'get it right'. This sketch took no more than 5 minutes - which is painfully obvious but it was a little but of fun. It is done with the chalk tool and I tried just a couple of colours and 3 different pressures.

I think that I might finally get that digitising tablet that I have been promising myself for ages. This is too much fun!

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