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Fish and Fowl Show – October 3 to November 9

Posted by ddrees on September 28, 2008

Fish and Fowl Show

Fish and Fowl Show

I managed to get my prints for the show framed and ready. Jane Morais installs the show Tuesday, September 30 in Berkeley Springs, West VA, Ice House Special Exhibit Gallery. Of the exhibitors, Olin Yoder and Jane have been my colleagues at CCBC, both now retired; Harvey Kirstel was in the Art Department at UMBC for years, now retired and Mark Adams I met many years ago when he was painting mostly nudes. He is now participating in a painting a day project on the web, which means his work is accessible to many more viewers and buyers. Below is an oyster picture in the Dutch tradition I nabbed from his site.

Dana and I plan to go to the opening in Berkeley Springs and stay over a night, as the reports are that it is a one of the”Top 100 U.S. Art Towns”. Years ago when we were planning our Interdisciplinary Humanities Courses at CCC, my colleagues and I stayed at a B&B there and the Art Department and later the Computer Graphics Department did two day curriculum revision retreats at Coolfont. Student Government used to go to Coolfont regularly with the student club leaders for Leadership Training. I am not sure that still happens. Times change and the money gets spent by different priorities.

At the top is the show announcement card and below the new pieces I made for the show. These in this blog entry are all digital. I had made real watercolor and marbling fish items earlier in the summer. The digital prints have some of my scanned marbled papers as source files. Some include the blend/extrusion forms I have been working on in Adobe Illustrator and I hope will show up in the next Illustrator Wow! Book by Sharon Steuer. They have been worked on both in Illustrator and Photoshop.

IllustratorCS3 Wow! Book

IllustratorCS3 Wow! Book

My new digital Fish pictures;

Promenade © Dedree Drees 2008

Promenade © Dedree Drees 2008

I Feel Pretty © Dedree Drees 2008

I Feel Pretty © Dedree Drees 2008

Three Way Conversation © Dedree Drees 2008

Three Way Conversation © Dedree Drees 2008

Treacherous Going © Dedree Drees 2008

Treacherous Going © Dedree Drees 2008

The Dory © Dedree Drees 2008

The Dory © Dedree Drees 2008

Two Fish © Dedree Drees 2008

Two Fish © Dedree Drees 2008

Red Orange Fish © Dedree Drees 2008

Red Orange Fish © Dedree Drees 2008

Blue Fish © Dedree Drees 2008

Blue Fish © Dedree Drees 2008

Spotty © Dedree Drees 2008

Spotty © Dedree Drees 2008

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Fish with illustrator Structure

Posted by ddrees on August 9, 2008

Here is my first try at a fish in an Illustrator blend-extrude environment. I took the illustrator blends into Photoshop layers, added a marbled paper layer and fooled around with blend methods on the layers.

The Dory 1 ©dedree drees 8/8/08

The Dory 1 ©dedree drees 8/8/08

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An Adobe Illustrator Structure

Posted by ddrees on August 5, 2008

I 51 am trying to figure out a honeycomb like structure in illustrator to let fish inhabit for the fish series. There are lots of ways a user can combine the tools in Illustrator and Photoshop to produce forms that no one has tried yet. The programmers keep adding functions but they do not explore them all for possible use. In mixing tools you sometimes discover bugs but you also discover cool stuff or shall we say the results of applying algorithms or processes. In this case I have a pre-visualized idea of what I am seeking but sometimes you find things by serendipity.

Blends in illustrator are intriguing. You can make blends between lines, shapes, multipart shapes, colors, gradients and various combinations of these.

Types of blends in Illustrator

Types of blends in Illustrator

You can blend two items at a time, three or four. Available Ram determines the top number I suspect.

Four line blend

Four line blend

People use blends to generate parts for animations.

shape blend

shape blend

There is a natural affinity for vector blends and animations. In Flash it is called tweening.

Leaf Blend, digital print ©dd

Leaf Blend, digital print ©dd

But Illustrator can make some very complex tweens.

Alice game executioner

Alice game executioner

I am trying to combine a line blend with the 3D extrude tool. I am getting closer but need to figure out more controls.

blend and extrude trial

I want it to look like a cross between corals, honeycombs and apartment blocs – for fish to live in.

blend and extrude trial

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