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  1. My 500th post... ^ Click to visit deviantART and download the full 4200 x 1400 version ^ ...a panorama created by stitching 4 separate photographs together.
  2. It's now incorporated into Madjik's plugin pack, renamed to simply 'Oblique'. I would advise you download and install the entire pack; some amazing plugins to play with. -CJ
  3. Have a look at this tutorial, as well as part 2 (on making a building) - it helped me a lot. I also did many Google Image Searches for pixel buildings, houses, etc... and copied them into PDN, then zoomed in to take a look at how certain elements were constructed; this helped me with brick and grass textures. Try pasting my house picture into PDN and zoom into 800% -1200% to see the details. Make sure to use many layers, putting each new element on a separate layer, so you can go back and correct mistakes, as well as copy/paste specific elements. I started with simple cubes and pyramids and soon started to build up bigger pictures. Have fun! -CJ
  4. How did I not see this before? This is giving me lots of ideas!!!
  5. I've been messing about with isometric Pixel Art - this is my first attempt It's kind'a fun and therapeutic...
  6. My very first attempt at Pixel Art - quite enjoyable, really. Did some research and read some online tutorials regarding isometric Pixel Art, as well as colours and shading. This is definitely a genre I will explore some more.
  7. Very cool, I love this. BTW... Just noticed your Av and Sig Quote - I'm a big 'Floyd fan too.
  8. I just came across a website with some incredible photomanipulation of animals - morphing two different animals together. Check it out here..... www.humandescent.com Browse through the 15 page gallery for some impressive and hilarious 'Animorphs' and 'Animangles'. I reckon something like this would be a great subject for the next competition. Open choice to all entrants, pick any two animals and 'morph' them together. What'dya think?
  9. Thanks, welshblue, your comments are appreciated. I've been incredibly busy with work recently and simply haven't had the time to sit and find artistic inspiration. But I finally found a bit of time and came up with this, my first original submission in over three months; hope you enjoy it.
  10. It's been a while, folks - but here's my first new piece in over three months.
  11. Ash Williams (Evil Dead) Tyler Durden (Fight Club) Clarence Worley (True Romance) Marv (Sin City) Jack Walsh (Midnight Run)
  12. I'm glad so many of you are enjoying this simple 'tutorial' and using it to get your feet wet with Paint.NET and the forum. I came across an image for the Ford GT90 Concept car and just had to see what it's offspring would look like. GT90 Concept & Son Keep 'em coming. -CJ
  13. I went to see 'The Dark Knight' over the weekend; I won't spoil anything for those who haven't seen it, but all I will say is if Heath ledger doesn't win the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor I'll give up watching movies; his performance was truly spectacular - I would advise anyone to go and see this movie (even if you are not fans of Batman or Superhero flicks in general) for this reason alone. It ranks up with the greatest cinematic performances, and puts Nicholson's interpretation to shame. I am only sorry that the we will never see Ledger reprise the role. This was a coming of age performance and would have put Ledger at the top of the A-list; we have lost a truly gifted actor. My only criticism (and this is a small one) is that the film was a little too long - running at 2h 30m, I think it could have been tightened to just over the 2h mark; to keep the pace up. But it didn't stoop to stupid gimicks and slapstick humour for the sake of it and stayed true to the 'dark' interpretation that was always Nolan's vision. The visual effects for Harvey Dent's transformation into Two Face is truly stunning, and with no deliberate cliffhanger/pointer to the next installment (ie, the Joker reference at the end of 'Begins) and enough ambiguity as to the fate of certain characters, the scene is set to take the franchise in any direction and introduce any of the extensive back-catalogue of enemies to complete the trilogy. Am must see.
  14. I haven't been very active with PDN lately, hence no recent artwork posted in the forum. With nothing new to add, I thought I'd update my gallery by posting the signatures I've created (some were for proper forum use and others were SOTW entries). In (roughly) chronological order:
  15. Thanks Which one? My current one: Or my old, Poker based, one:
  16. Pretty good work for your first post in the forum; glad you enjoyed the tutorial. You managed to replicate the background exceptionally well, considering it is not part of the tut - however, you need to work on the sizes and angles of some of your chips, as well asthe resulting reflections. But still pretty impressive for your first attempt. Keep up the good work. -CJ
  17. You are more than welcome to make a YouTube version of this tutorial, providing that it very clearly promotes Paint.NET and references this original tutorial. Make sure you post a link to the video, once you have posted it. -CJ
  18. It looks like I may have missed the deadline, although usually for competitions (such as SOTW) the deadline is midnight PST on the date stated, which is still almost 7 hours away (at the time of posting). For what it's worth - here's my entry... Stock: Flames Wheel Jet Flames
  19. cjmcguinness


    Regarding your title - did you mean...? ...or... Either probably describes it adequately, Just wondering if you meant to describe the piece as having the "Illusion" of a rock texture, or that you had been trying for a while to capture the "Elusive" rock texture. :?:
  20. Excellent, I love it the abstract image, but I don't think the frame is doing it any favours; the red doesn't enhance the image (IMO). I would have framed it quite differently (I hope you don't mind me messing with your image, but it's just for demonstration purposes)... I simply fill the frame area, on a new layer, black and set the transparency to 128%. Then on another layer, select the area inside the frame, set your primary and secondary colours to White, Effects > Render > Bevel: Depth 2, Strength 20 - I then set the blending mode of this layer to Overlay. Anyway, as I said, the abstract itself is stunning - great work. -CJ
  21. cjmcguinness


    Nice work (as usual) Ash. I own a Nokia N95, wouldn't it be great if Paint.NET was ported to Symbian! http://i263.photobucket.com/albums/ii12 ... kiaN95.png
  22. Thanks guys, glad you enjoyed it and great results.
  23. Just a quick question - when designing our new killer application, are we expected to provide just one screenshot type entry, or (as with mobile type themes) a series of operational screens? If it is a series, is there any suggested minimum/maximum limit to the number of screens that make up your entry?
  24. Thanks you very much for the kind comments, topezia; much appreciated.
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