View Full Version : Deeply Blue Iris: A challenge

06-09-2009, 02:00 AM
We've had such a success with the lavishly red tulip thread from a while back that I thought maybe we'd try our hand at a new flower with a new color? This is what I've come up with: the bluest of blue irises that I've seen this year, from my neighbor's house. Like before, I've put up a few photos to give you an idea of form and color....if you need larger files, they're up full-size at my deviant art account. Alas, I only made the stencil in a smallish format. Thought I'd share it anyway, just for kicks because someone might find it useful.
I look forward to seeing what we come up with on this one!

06-09-2009, 02:08 AM
Here's my contribution, made with generous use of layers and the "Difference" filter.

06-09-2009, 07:59 AM
OMG! How do you guys DO these gorgeous things? Where can I get some serious coaching/hand-holding? I tried to play with digital images, and practically became bald in the process! Instruction, anyone? Please?

06-09-2009, 08:19 AM
Hi Foxy, Double wow! Both on the photos and the artwork. What a fantastic job on both. You sure know how to pick winner flowers too. :D About that "Difference" filter. Is that is ArtRage? And hi Yael (flexcar), pretty interesting image you have there. Foxytocin has some great ideas. You can check out her blog link listed above. There are lots of tutorials in the "Tips and Tricks" section of the forum. I have a tutorial there and a thread about how to use stencils. You'll find most everyone to be very friendly here. By the way I was just checking out your web site. Such beautiful work! I can't wait to see what else you are going to come up with in the digital area. Like yourself I delve into various areas of the fine arts. I haven't had a chance to check out all of your work yet, but I saw you have varied interests too. Feel free to check out my links below. My tutorial is also posted on my gallery site. However, this one is for stencils. Not sure if that's something you are interested in. There is much more to my gallery though. I'm as varied in my artwork as I am in my interests in the art field. :D You'll find Foxytocin a real blessing too. She is constantly challenging us here on AR with her beautiful flower photos and lovely stencils. A good thing. ;) Blessings, Cathy

06-09-2009, 08:40 AM
Hey Foxy girlie! Hope you don't mind. I think I am learning from you a bit. The "challenge" thing seems to work. So I think I'm going to use that in my threads in the "Art Projects" part of the forum from now on. :p;) Heehee! :D

Peter Pinckney
06-09-2009, 08:59 AM
a little work with the soft knife.................;)

06-09-2009, 09:07 AM
What a lovely painting, Peter! Great idea. ;)

06-09-2009, 09:09 AM
Hi Yael (Flexcar), Me again. :D Here is a link for a great place to start. It is listed at the top of the "Tips and Tricks" section of the forum also. There are lots of great tutorials -- from basics -- to more advanced tutorials listed here. http://www2.ambientdesign.com/forums/showthread.php?t=12938 I hope this helps! ;) Blessings, Cathy

06-09-2009, 10:17 AM
And let the creativity games start! Yael, I don't know how you made that...there's a half a dozen intriguing elements at the least.
Cathy, as alway, your kindness and generosity shine through. In answer to your question, yes, the difference filter is one of the layer options in ArtRage. It's paired with the "Exclusion" filter when you select the cell options. Does that make sense?

And Peter, that dolphin looks positively beautific and quite friendly. And sooooooo soft. He surely is the envy of all the other dolphins in the pod.

06-09-2009, 10:17 AM
About that "Difference" filter. Is that is ArtRage

ArtRage 2.5 doesn't use "filters" as far as know. Most likely the "Difference" option being referred to is the one found within the layer menu Blend modes.


06-09-2009, 10:51 AM
I like all these... One from my garden...

06-09-2009, 01:59 PM
Lovely, Fraser! It looks so very fresh. And so vivaciously bearded, whereas mine is rather smooth-shaven.

And Someonesane, thank you for the correction in terminology. In my mind, the blend modes act as a little programs that are somewhat similar in result as camera filters that you place over a camera lens. For lack of better terminology, partially due to extreme fatigue brought on by a mightily successfull 7-yr-old's birthday party yesterday trounced with a diminishing double ear infection in my own head, "filter" was the best I could come up with. So very good of you to set it straight and include the example.
So, should I really say "Layer Blend Mode: Difference?"

06-09-2009, 03:59 PM
So, should I really say "Layer Blend Mode: Difference?"

Hi Foxytocin,

I really only clarified because cathyd specifically asked, "About that 'Difference' filter". It seemed as though she thought there might be an actual "Filter" menu like one would find in a program like Photoshop. Like many words, it's just one of those terms that could be used to describe a number of things in different programs or elsewhere. There was really nothing wrong with how you had described it in your post at all, though I suppose saying, "Layer Blend Mode: Difference" as you have there, would be the most specific way of describing it.

06-10-2009, 03:16 AM
Heres my try at Iris done in glitter. Lovely photos by the way Foxy.

06-10-2009, 03:25 AM
Wow, great idea Foxy... all the paintings are so different, so alive, so gorgeous, I can smell the Irises! :)

06-10-2009, 01:24 PM
Wow! Such beautiful irises! And Coops, I you know I love your glitter painting. Rose, it is great to have you back! Foxy, thank you so much for your sharing with me. Someonesane, thank you so much for that beautiful quick tutorial. It really clarified things since I still was not sure where to find the menu I needed. Sorry, Foxy. :o Brain drain! Thanks again. Blessings all, Cathy

06-11-2009, 03:01 AM
Coops, the glitter suits them quite well! Quite well, indeed...

06-11-2009, 04:45 AM
Thanks friends it was fun to do. Great paintings and great ideas in here. Love it.

06-11-2009, 02:26 PM
This is some what of a test; here is my first post. I just got ArtRage and playing with it. Here is my first sketch.

06-11-2009, 08:11 PM
Welcome to the addictive Artrage and wow what a lovely start. Thats a great painting Ridix and hope to see more

06-12-2009, 03:24 AM
Thanks Foxy for the challenge and sharing these wonderful photos. That are some beautiful paintings and interpretations of the photos here. Here's my one. Hope you like it. Click on it to get a bigger view.

Edit: Hi, I just wanted to mention that it's not all done manually, it started with Foxytocin's photo as a base and is painted directly on top of it. :)

06-12-2009, 04:51 AM
Dear Belvrog,,, no need for a close-up, it is 'The Day Of The Triffids"!!!!!:eek:
good job!!! very cool!!!:)

06-12-2009, 05:06 AM
Foxy, just gourgeous paints. Colors are outstanding. Great thread indeed.:)

06-12-2009, 07:22 AM
Dear Foxy, finally got around to it,, love all the entries,,, what a beautiful flower,, have to confess, i lifted the blue from your avatar,, it is so electric and i had to just repeat it,,, thanks,,, :)

06-12-2009, 07:50 AM
Lee, wow, that's a beauty!!!! I feel like I'm in a beautiful garden... how much better does life get??

06-12-2009, 12:00 PM
here ya go, foxy....
was all free-hand. ,,painted completely in oil :)

06-12-2009, 12:05 PM
Thanks Foxy for the challenge and sharing these wonderful photos. That are some beautiful paintings and interpretations of the photos here. Here's my one. Hope you like it. Click on it to get a bigger view.

I just love what you've done ! this is sooo creative ...(you would fit in very well at Pixar...or on your own as an animated character artist) my hat's off to ya, Belvrog !

06-12-2009, 12:14 PM
Dear Foxy, finally got around to it,, love all the entries,,, what a beautiful flower,, have to confess, i lifted the blue from your avatar,, it is so electric and i had to just repeat it,,, thanks,,, :)

hi Lee ...love the colors, ,,the flower almost has an embroidered or stained glass look to it,,,n the out-of-focus background makes the entire pic look plush...really nice painting !

06-12-2009, 12:54 PM
Dear Rose, thank you so much, as you said before, one never forgets the fresh smell of the Iris,:)

Dear Mary, such a beautiful painting!!!! a real painting,, just beautiful!!!, wonderful!!! :)

,,,,and thank you Mary,,,, the color was from Foxy's avatar,,,the 'look' was by accident,,, started with a simple line drawing to space in the flower, liked the look of it and made it into a stencil, splashed on some paint here and there and did a lot of rubbing it in, that made the 'out-of-focus' look, put the line stencil back on and went over it with a little blue metalic,,, wasn't what i set out to do but sort of ran out of time,,,thanks again! :)

06-12-2009, 02:02 PM
AHHHH! I just caught Belvrog's comment to open the image and look closer on his post. Here I was staring at those neat little puffs when all of a sudden, a pair of eyes jumped out of the image. I swear that they winked at me! Well, probably not, but that's the feeling I got. Totally missed it the first time around.... Hah!

These are all great.
Ridix, I forgot to mention how very dreamy your post is. Thanks so much for sharing.
And Lee and Mary, well done! I like them both for completely separate reasons.
Isn't it interesting to see what we all make of the same subject? You all amaze me with your creativity, friendliness, skill and good humour.

06-13-2009, 11:55 PM
Thank you Mary, Lee and Foxy. :)

Lee your flower is really beautiful. I especially like due with the background you've added. Very nice wild strokes.

Mary. Really beautiful painterly version of the iris, I see the wacom already pays off. :)

Peter. Just overlooked your dolphin, the first time I've posted here. Great! Very charming.

06-18-2009, 04:38 PM
Hi foxy.I had a lot of fun with the tulip,so i had to return for this one as well. You have inspired me a great deal.Thank you.There is a lot of great work being posted so i hope you find mines to be pleasing to the eye.

06-18-2009, 11:07 PM
Hi Black Squall! Good to see you again.....isn't this place great? I love the delicate color scape of your irises...quite pretty.....thanks for sharing!

06-18-2009, 11:45 PM
A blue iris is difficult to me, if you only display flowers.....

06-20-2009, 05:30 PM
Thanks Foxy, i am glad you like it. I will be looking forward to you next project.:)

06-23-2009, 07:41 AM
Thank you for the info, I did not know that existed. Well I still do not have a clue how to use it, but it's something good :)

07-07-2009, 01:19 PM
Okay, Foxy girlie, I finally got to play around with your beautiful blue irises. I used oils, paint tube, art pen, crayon, uploads of your blue iris photos, eraser, palette knife, and special effects. It was a pleasure. ;)

07-07-2009, 01:42 PM
Here's a of variation of my previous post with more special effects. Foxy, your challenges are always fun. :D Enjoy! ;) Cathy

07-07-2009, 03:26 PM
I added a little glitter to the variation I did to see how it would look with the gold butterflies.

07-13-2009, 12:44 PM
Cathy, I think the colors on those are soooooo dreamy. mAGICAL.

07-13-2009, 02:13 PM
Thanks a lot, foxy girlie! ;)