Sunday, January 20, 2008

OUT of the comfort zone...

Computer as an art material, I'm not even comfortable with the terminology. Computer art? I'm extremely comfortable with the computer but, have never gotten the hang of using it as a tool in the creation of art. I barely had the hang of paint shop pro 6, (and saying barely is really generous of me, I'm talking about knowing how to size my images and adjust my poorly lit photos... )when I got PSP 11 and I gots NO idea...whenever I try to do something that I think should be really simple, I usually end up frazzled, hours later, having exhausted every foul cuss word in my vocab, without the results I wanted!
This is from a painting I did a while back. I bravely opened the PSP 11 and played around with the image until I all was cussed out and I thought this looked pretty cool...
I have no idea how people make such amazing images using the computer, especially using ONLY the computer, am I missing something?

9 comments:

Deb G said...

This is fun! I think doing artwork on the computer is like everything else: practice, practice, practice :)

laurel said...

I'm there with you. I work with computers for a living but using Photoshop is daunting. Love this piece and would love to see the before picture.

so NOT cool said...

Ahhh! I can so relate with what you are saying. I am a photographer/poet, and a total Photoshop novice. I can crop, add a watermark, and resize. That's about it.

At any rate, your image turned out really cool. (Saw you on Inspire Me Thursday.)

tangled stitch said...

I'm the furthest thing from a computer geek you'll find so I can really relate to your post.

If I could have tried to sell my wares from a horse and buggy it would have been easier!

Laura Scarlett said...

I like it - it does look cool. I know what you mean about digital and computer art. Its something I want to get into but don't know where to start.

m. heart said...

as someone who does the majority of my art with a computer, i ask the same questions and have similar frustrations about painting! i'm terrified of not having an "undo" command!

Gabrielle said...

I use a Wacom tablet for my work, these days virtually all my images are made using Adobe Illustrator, but I'm trying to change that.

This may cause you to tear your hair out... but I discovered that working on a project is the best way to get to know your software. That way you force yourself to figure things out as you want to achieve certain things. Deb G's right, it's all a matter of practice. Don't be too hard on yourself, just have fun at first!

I totally relate to M. Heart's fear of losing the CTRL Z!

cookie said...

It looks like you had a great deal of fun! Don't stop doing it.

darlene aKa HugGeR said...

WOW for someone that is not comfortable with computer art you did an awesome job.

I'm with you though I can be on the puter for hours trying to do art and not much to show for it.
I'm sticking with doing it by had ....much more peaceful also :>)