Throwback Thursdays: Lola Bunny

I’ve seen TBT stuff all over Facebook, but I’ve never really done anything about it. Well, if you saw my pic of my new MacBook, you also saw some OLD friends of mine – my Looney Tunes cups. They kinda suck as drinking cups, so I decided to turn them into pen, pencil and brush holders instead. I recently sat down to my computer and wanted to draw, but nothing was coming to me. Looking over at the Lola cup, I figured I’d just try to sketch out her face, and it turned into this:

Lola Bunny, circa 1996

Lola Bunny, circa 1996

I was crazy over Space Jam back in the day. I loved the Looney Tunes gang, and it was so fun to see them in their own movie. I lived for the days my dad would take me to the WB Store in Columbus so I could check out all the new toys. Anyone else remember those stores? It was really weird how the Looney Tunes and all of those stores seemed to vanish. I’m sure there’s an article about it somewhere on the internet, but I’m not sure I want that dose of adulthood reality yet.

Anyway, I’m excited to revisit some of the old cartoons I used to love, so check in later for more Throwback Thursdays!

What were some of your faves?

Gladly reliving my childhood,

Natalie Grace

It’s Coming…

It’s October 1st, and that means Christmas is less than 3 months away! It may seem like forever, but it will sneak up on you just as much as it did last year. Believe me.

If you want to do something totally unique for your loved one(s), send me an email. I’d love to help you create a gift that will be remembered for years to come. Feel free to look around the site to get some ideas. You could have a portrait painted of your precious pet. You could write a story and have it illustrated. You could have cartoony versions of you and your loved one drawn up to be used for your Christmas card or have a painting done for your child’s nursery. You dream it, I’ll (try to) do it!

I don’t mean to sound like an infomercial, but you do need to act fast. My time is limited, especially if your project needs to be mailed, so get some ideas together and send me a list. I’d love to see what you’ve got and help you out!

Giving really can be more fun than receiving,

Natalie Grace

Tutorials

There’s so much to learn about what a program like Krita can do when you’re used to doodling with a pen and paper. Thankfully, a guy named David Revoy has done a lot of work with Krita already and has some tutorials posted on his website. I thought one of the best things I could do is just follow along with one of his step-by-steps to see what I can learn. So here we go:

This is a ways down in his Step One, but he teaches you to start in grayscale to make sure you get a feel of the brushes and what they can do and start rendering shadows and weight on your subject. The reason I went all Sailor Moon here is just because he uses the mirror tool (which is pretty freaking awesome, if I do say so myself) and she’s one of the most symmetrical characters I could come up with.

TutStep2

In Step Two, you colorize your picture with an overall hue to get the feeling you want before coloring specific portions. Then you can go in and do the skin and such. I learned more interesting tools here that I probably wouldn’t have checked out otherwise, like how to select her mouth and move it up towards her nose a little more.

TutColor2

I think Step Three is putting in the background, but I haven’t gotten to that yet. Maybe I’ll update this post later with that.

Onward and upward,

Natalie Grace

Krita, the Great Alternative

Since my last post, I’ve lost Photoshop. Turns out it was just a trial. And I don’t have another $650 to shell out for a program of which I’ll probably only ever use about 20%. So I’ve been on yet another quest to find a program that suits my needs. I used to use GIMP, but for some reason on my Mac, it’s not registering the pressure sensitivities from my Wacom tablet, which is kind of a big deal. I love the idea of Manga Studio, but until my funds replenish a little from the Mac purchase, even that $50 price tag is a little high.

Enter Krita. It’s a totally free program that has been developed to be more of use to illustrators and painters than photo editors. Love the concept and the feel of it, and that it actually allows me to use all of the features on my Wacom really well.

Self Portrait No. 1

Self Portrait No. 1

Here’s my first work with Krita. I obviously have a long way to go, but I just wanted to do something quick. I’m excited to keep playing around.

If you’re a Mac user and you’re interested in using Krita, be forewarned. It still has a good number of bugs and the company doesn’t even really promote the Mac version yet because it’s still in beta testing. But I’m having fun trying it and finding bugs so I can report them (even though my technical skill is highly lacking). For instance, I haven’t written this post until now because I was having trouble saving images. It kept telling me my images couldn’t be saved, but with a bit of work, I figured out the problem and reported it. If you’re interested in the issue, leave a comment and I’ll explain.

Hopefully with this development, I’ll be posting little doodles a lot more often!

Beta testing for fun,

Natalie Grace

In An Apple State of Mind

I’ve been posting about this on Facebook, but my epic quest for a MacBook Pro has finally come to an exciting and rewarding end. I told myself before I started my search that I wouldn’t buy from Craigslist because you never know what kind of people you’ll find and what kind of junk could be left on a computer. Well, I abandoned that logic when I realized the prices there were SO much better than anything else I had found. However, I had to run the gauntlet to get the awesome computer and price that I finally did.

After almost losing $5oo bucks to a scammer, being mailed a broken plate instead of a computer, meeting up to check out a 13″ that just wasn’t what I wanted, driving 30 minutes with my baby girl to meet a no-show, trying to bid on a few Ebay auctions and realizing the final prices were WAY too high for my wallet, and being late to the game on multiple computers I was really excited about… *gasp* I finally have a 15″ Pro that I absolutely love, and it was worth every penny. ;)

Mac and Friends

Mac and Friends

My first hour or so with it, I was overwhelmed trying to figure out the differences between my new Mac and all the PCs I’d ever known. I’m still trying to pour all the PC out of my brain. But it’s fun to learn something new. And now, playing around with Photoshop has been a blast. I hooked up my medium Wacom tablet, and have been flying along. Here are my first couple pieces from my next project:

Hopefully, I’ll be posting a lot more often now, so stick around to see what happens!

Trying to be a fast learner,

Natalie Grace