welshblue

~ WelshBlue ~ Vector Style Glass #1 ~ 16/07/2019

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Welsh, again you amaze me. How long have you been using PDN, if you don't mind my asking? I need to gauge how long it's going to take me to get to your level of expertise. :D

As always, your work is impeccable. I'm not seeing the issues that Yellowman pointed out. Then again, maybe my eyes just aren't as trained as his. I still haven't learned what all the plugins do, so I'm as yet largely unaware of what to look for as far as critiques go. At any rate, your artwork is quite original and a wonder to look at.

Ups and Downs is wonderful. It's definitely moody and speaks to the viewer on an emotional level, which is the hallmark of any great art.

Fizz is great, too. The background puts me in mind of red blood cells (kind of creepy, I know, but what can I do?), and there's definitely a sense of liquid movement around the static soda can (that's what it looks like to me anyway).

Both very strong pieces and worthy additions to a phenomenal body of work. Keep 'em coming, Welsh.

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Amazing as usual.The colours,textures and blends so subtle so compatible, I love the way you put them all together to create such great images.An art in itself.Brilliant.

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@ Helen ... Many Thanks. Now you've said it ... I can see music.

This is why I love feedback ... not just to improve, but to be inspired to see another image out of the same file sometimes.

@ BarbieQ' ... Many Thanks. The heart was moved all over the canvas and the only place that seemed 'right' was there. Nice to get confirmation it looks ok

I must admit this is in my fave top 10 of my own works.

@ Dug ... Many Thanks mate. You're a gent ... always a pleasure to see you pop in, especially when you update the journey through your mind :wink:

@ RedB' ... Many Thanks.

There are a few jaggies in Fizz. It could have been a lot smoother if I'd been more conscientious with the Radial Blur with some of the discs and I thought I'd gotten away with it until YM put me straight ...

Nothing wrong with blood ... I like the macabre, so not creepy at all

In April I've been using PDN for 4 years (... where the fecking hell has the time gone ...) I originally downloaded it to edit some photos to have something to do whilst recuperating after an accident - then I got addicted to trying to create things inspired by artists here and 4 years later I haven't really edited many photos but have used 3.89 Gb consisting of 761 Files in 31 Folders. That's from 20th October 2009 ... plus the couple of Cd's from before that.

That sounds pretty sad ...

We're all different so time isn't necessarily a good point of reference.

Your aptitude for the programme far surpasses my early efforts in the corresponding gallery opening times. 2 examples - The sword and your current sig. Then there's the cloning image ... no way I could have done that just a few months in. That also shows your natural artistic ability.

I've been lucky in the help I received from Oma, Ash and LFC4EVER in the beginning; plus the support of a lot of good people over the years. With loads of sage advice how/what to improve. Tut writers are invaluable because they open your eyes to a lot of methods, Plug-In authors more so because they make things possible. Plus there's the programme itself ... if I can get to grips with it - anyone can. Rick should get the Nobel Peace Prize ... many a time I've been stressed by something or someone and after a few clicks it doesn't seem so bad. Granted sometimes it takes a lot of clicks ...

I'm 45 - Apart from the odd wreckage or 2 every couple of months or so - I've done my partying/ experimental/ stupid days and nights. Got too many T-Shirts and Posters in my head as souvenirs ...

Now I'd rather invest the brain-cells into something productive and something I'm happy with. If only to wish my old art teacher a few words: FAIL

.... the upshot is I hope to be still here in another 4 years. Who knows what will be possible with PDN by then ?

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oDD 1 Out ... more torus inspired work.

Information HighWay ... I liked it so I kept it ...

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Information Highway is pretty neato. I am glad you kept this one. Fits the name or name fits the image. Either way, I really like it a lot.

Odd One Out is so textury! Agate is what the lighter coloured ones remind me of & the coloured one I don't know but I want to feel it. Maybe it is a lamp? I like the background too. Lovely works!

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The ones that I commented on the other board are superb! Stunning creations. Your latest one is so sleek and shiny. I love how you make simple things and turn them into larger artwork--like you really understand how to make a great art composition with patterns.

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Your aptitude for the programme far surpasses my early efforts in the corresponding gallery opening times. 2 examples - The sword and your current sig. Then there's the cloning image ... no way I could have done that just a few months in. That also shows your natural artistic ability.

You're gonna make me blush, Welsh! I appreciate the compliments, though. Now, on to your new works!

What strikes me the most is the frequency with which you're able to churn out these extraordinary works! How do you do that so fast?

Information Highway is a fun piece. I like the sense of movement it gives, and (at the risk of outing myself as a sci fi geek) the orange star bursts remind me of photon torpedoes on Star Trek (I know, I'm a nerd. Can't be helped).

Odd One Out is very cool, too. I agree with BBQ, the gray torus do look a bit like agate. The composition is great as well. Not many people can make a pleasing composition out of a bunch of circles. The splash of color in the middle really sets it off. And let's not forget the background! It looks almost like a mass of metal pulleys in the background. Your use of light and shade is absolutely fantastic!

I know it probably seems like I don't offer enough in the way of critiques, but the truth is, I just can't find anything wrong with your work, Welsh.

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Critique is not always about finding fault with an image but also what you like about it & what you find worked really well so the artist knows that it is a way of working, placement etc. that works & should be replicated in future similar works. This also serves to help newer ones know what they need to strive for in regards to aspects such as shadow, highlights, etc etc.

So not only does critique help an artist to know what is wrong but also what they got right & it helps other also. :lol:

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True enough. Especially for those of us who only pretend to know what we're getting on about. :mrgreen: <-- like me.

Though in this case I'm torn on the focal point torus not working somehow. But I'm noticing a trend in my thinking over the last two days so I'm wondering what it will "feel" like in a few days time ...

To be fair I'm just not a fan of the near full spectrum. Though I did like the bleed of the color as the shadow for it. That helped set it up in an unusual way and set it up to float a bit more as the shadow is more diffuse than normal.

Shadows and light ... The scatter of the light shadows and the strong sense of discordian grouping helps add an organic feel to the hard symmetry. Recognizable shapes tend to throw people but once placed in some new fashion ... they lose focus from being the singular. Single diamond a white background or a clever arrangement scattered across a landscape. The same thousand glints, just the scale and blend.

Right, back to trying to figuring out how I did something without saving the history again ... (this is what happens when you're guessing at the outcome ...)

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Right, back to trying to figuring out how I did something without saving the history again ... (this is what happens when you're guessing at the outcome ...)

You can save the history?

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You can save the history?

Not exactly ... but you can save the steps without having to write them down or type them out more or less using captures. What I do is capture the history dialog window with Alt-PrintScrn and critical settings from various tools along the way if I find them key enough. I tend to paste these on a "blank" layer or layers below everything else. Usually just having the history to see how I arrived at an image can help me recall how to get near it again. I'm pretty sure WB wont mind me putting a passive link to an example here ... link to a history example that might help make sense of it: LINK

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@ Helen, BarbieQ', Red B' and Del' ... many thanks for the visit plus taking the time to comment.

@ Del' ... funnily enough the original saved version had the coloured ring off centre - not really sure why I didn't upload that one :/

@ Red' ... sometimes something just clicks with a technique and in the space of a few minutes you've got something on the canvas you can expand on. Or just distort the hell out of to get something totally different

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No Prejudices ... inspired by a conversation about religion and being accused of not being a good role model for my kids because I choose not to subscribe. My choice. As it theirs what route they choose. To believe or not to believe. I've taught them morals, manners, discipline and to work hard ... anything else is up to them

Somehow I feel a bit more christian than a certain Christian because I don't judge or push my views

If one day I'm proven wrong, I'm sure I'll know a lot of people where I'm headed ...

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Ugly conversation material ... hrm, too many examples of less than favorable outcomes from letting faith being the only measure of a person.

I dont see it in the work. The perlin background I simply love though. I could read into I guess to get the confliction you must feel from someone throwing a verbal stone or two, but I think I'll just skip the background influences this time and simply enjoy the outcome.

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My recent tribulations with my working life are embodied in an evil bunny boiler who has one foot in the camp of 2 opposing religions. I find this quite amusing. So Christmas & Hanukkah are both celebrated.

Love the work Welshy. The colours are just wonderfully soothing. The background reminds me of the underside of octopus tentacles (I love the look). The circles remind me that reality is a bit different for each of us but we can all live in harmony (the long smooth shape) & there are jewels among them being people who touch our lives for the better who may or may not be of the same faith as us. I've been badly let down by religion but I understand its power for good. Maybe too that is what the image says with its smooth & light vs dark & textured? Or the line undulating? Sometimes its good sometimes its not.

I love the way you did the blue gem...creepy though because the surround is very much like the one I have just finished. I'll post it up later tonight. I gotta go to work!

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I can almost feel the cool (as in temperature), shiny texture in my hands. The awesomelingly-speckled background is gorgeous. Love that tiny gem. It seems to be twirling in such a cheerful atmosphere.

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You are a true artist. i am totally flabbergasted. Not only because of the realisme in your work but also the compositions (especially your abstracts). i want posters off them so i can hang them on my walls. I love love love your work

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"nO pRejudices", is awesome, mate, so clean and sharp, the background is gorgeous

Reduce the diffuseness of the metal around the the gem, I believe Curves works well too add some shines/chrome effect to it, that's just IMHO it is not compatible with the surrounding objects.

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Wonderful colours and shapes. The texture on the jewel is superb, but I think the metalwork needs something to really match up to the rest of the image. It seems a bit dull (not the image,just the metal)but that is the only thing. I think the rest is great. Nice one Welshy . ;)

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Ugly conversation material ... hrm, too many examples of less than favorable outcomes from letting faith being the only measure of a person. I dont see it in the work.

@ Del' ... Only ugly if someone in the conversation chooses to insist their thought is the only way ? Using pink is having an open mind for me and sometimes skipping the inspiration behind an image may be best ;)

Glad you enjoyed it mate.

@ BarbieQ' ... sometimes I think one of our birth certificates is false and in reality, we're twins. You've described my thoughts behind nO pRejudices almost to a 'T'. In fact. Better than I could.

Octopus tentacles ? Hmmm ... with Sargon's moon crater tut' that could be interesting ...

I hope it goes without saying how much it's always appreciated ...

@ Helen ... your work inspired me to go for a glo/<Family-friendly forum.> ...y look. As did your use of pink. I've been here nearly 4 years and you're my longest supporter with all of those images I've churned out. I feel totally honoured you like my work that much

@ RockandRoll ... many thanks for your kind words. Your first 3 images posted will blow me out of the water soon if you continue with PDN so it's even more appreciated ;)

@ Goon' and YM ...

Goon' ... I was hoping you'd score the 4th goal to make it equal on aggregate tonight. Take away van Persie and you could be in the relegation mix ?

Both ... I agree totally the metalwork doesn't marry up to the background ... my way of putting my mark ? That's my excuse and I'm sticking to it !!

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Cactus ... Shape3D/ Point Warp and Ash's tapered line tut. White clouds ... brushes a la' Simon Brown and the possibilities. [1st

Crucifix ... playing around with my Textured Shapes tut' (1st rule is that you move things symmetrically ...

Fire & Brimstone ...

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The desert is incredible. Made me thirsty, too. :) "Fire and Brimstone," well, I wouldn't ever want to end up there, but the image. The quality of it. The composition. The light. The lens flare. The cross the way it's just beaming with brilliance. Oh, I don't even know what to say. Impressive. All of it.

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Welsh, I am absolutely in awe of Fire and Brimstone. What an awesome composition. I'm not really a fan of religious symbols in general, but I would definitely hang this one on my wall.

Wonders doesn't quite strike me with same impact, but I do like the overall composition. I like how the warm, organic, flowing image of the desert is contrasted with the cold, sterile, inorganic background. Nicely played, sir.

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Fire & Brimstone is brilliant. For some reason it makes me hot & cold at the same time. The cross is like ice but the fire doesn't melt it. Then again it could be crystal. Whatever it is, I love it & agree with RedBeard totally. Religion leaves me cold - maybe that is why I read the image as I do. The atmosphere is just fantastic. What a fest for the eyes!

I agree about the birth certificate...hey does that mean I am actually 10 years younger??!! Way to go!

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@ BarbieQ', Helen and RedB' ... thanks guys. Being a Humanist I'm as surprised as anyone that I made a cross. It sort of happened when I had a couple of files open. One playing with Kaleidoscope and a total fluke happened , t'other trying to finish a file I started a long time ago inspired by Goon' and Sozo. After tilting the background and using Alpha Displacement the cross was an after thought. I did toy around with using Liquify to 'melt' the cross ... but I didn't want to offend anyone so decided not to make that one public.

Plus I've got to hedge my bets ...

Thanks for taking the time. It means a lot from great artists like yourselves

Cactus ... October the 29th 2009 I started it. ASH's tapered line tut' offered the total thanks to finishing it. Plus Simon B's mini brushes for the clouds.

I think it was yesterday I read that forums can be boring. Not the case if you really want to understand how something ticks. Sooo much to learn there's always something to 'take in' ...

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@ BarbieQ', Helen and RedB' ... thanks guys. Being a Humanist I'm as surprised as anyone that I made a cross. It sort of happened when I had a couple of files open. One playing with Kaleidoscope and a total fluke happened , t'other trying to finish a file I started a long time ago inspired by Goon' and Sozo. After tilting the background and using Alpha Displacement the cross was an after thought. I did toy around with using Liquify to 'melt' the cross ... but I didn't want to offend anyone so decided not to make that one public.

Plus I've got to hedge my bets ...

Thanks for taking the time. It means a lot from great artists like yourselves

Cactus ... October the 29th 2009 I started it. ASH's tapered line tut' offered the total thanks to finishing it. Plus Simon B's mini brushes for the clouds.

I think it was yesterday I read that forums can be boring. Not the case if you really want to understand how something ticks. Sooo much to learn there's always something to 'take in' ...

Read the boring part again just now. I think the poster was trying to say how much s/he missed NDM & it just kinda came out wrong. Plus, we all come here for different reasons. Guess that is how cliques form too. You know - great minds think alike & all that. :D

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Well today wasn't any better but I'd better mention ... something.

Cross image. Good technical points, cant stand crucifix art. Nuff said on that.

Love the cactus. Made me homesick again. Nice capture, neat frame. Feels brushed not rendered. Reminds me of my grandmother's oil on canvas of various areas of the desert.

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