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lil
12-17-2005, 12:30 PM
Hullo,

Recently finished 2 more new pictures and soon to have another one finished. They are actually Christmas presents for family, depicting their favourite things! Being unemployed and all, I didn't have much money to splash out on presents so naturally I took to what I could do. I have them all printed off nicely and framed so, well thought I'd share the results here too:

http://www.lilserenity.com/code/display_content.php?id=61&datepivot=-1&count=5&nepr=1

and

http://www.lilserenity.com/code/display_content.php?id=60&datepivot=-1&count=5&nepr=1

Again both were done on my PowerBook G4, Wacom Intuos 3 tablet and Painter IX.

Vicky

Harryc
12-17-2005, 05:06 PM
Nice job Vicky :). I am sure that your family will treasure these as they are from the heart. Happy holidays.

dtravis7
12-17-2005, 06:10 PM
Wow, I wish I could paint like that. Great job.

Avalon
12-17-2005, 06:46 PM
Yeah, really cool pics, allthough I prefer the Les Paul to the Strat... ;)
Great job, Vicky

lil
12-18-2005, 07:52 AM
Aww, thanks for all the sweet comments, they have taken some time to do as I have been so , busy, prepping for interviews and going to them, finding more jobs and applying, working on my book project, and probably some otehr things that have managed to escape me right now.

Thanks again :flower: I should have another one to share by the end of the day!

Vicky

Avalon
12-18-2005, 10:38 AM
Aww, thanks for all the sweet comments, they have taken some time to do as I have been so , busy, prepping for interviews and going to them, finding more jobs and applying, working on my book project, and probably some otehr things that have managed to escape me right now.

Thanks again :flower: I should have another one to share by the end of the day!

Vicky

Good luck with the job search...I know it's not easy at the moment to find a good one, not just in the UK, but all over Europe.

lil
12-18-2005, 11:14 AM
Thanks again, it does mean a lot to me. I am fortunate to have 3 interviews this week, 2 of them I would really really want to do.. all I can do is my best; and make me indispensible in their eyes!

Vicky

PowerBookG4
12-18-2005, 12:08 PM
Thanks again, it does mean a lot to me. I am fortunate to have 3 interviews this week, 2 of them I would really really want to do.. all I can do is my best; and make me indispensible in their eyes!

Vicky

What do you want to do?

btw.. really good pictures wish i even knew where to begin to make those.

lil
12-18-2005, 01:06 PM
Well, I'm not particularly wanting to be in the IT field work wise. My work at the Apple Centre was really a case of right place right time; but I couldn't have done it forever... I prefer to keep my hobbies and pastimes just that.

However; one area that I am wanting to work in related to my love of the outdoors and getting out and about is in planning, As in town planning etc.; my degree is in Geography (BA, graduated with a 2.1), and development and so forth. That is one area where my degree trained me in, taught me about and I actively enjoy.

2 of the jobs I am going for this week are in planning, one of them is a Snr. Tech Officer post, which whilst still in planning policy is a bit more indoorsy, doing the techy stuff on the computers to do with planning like a lot of GIS, setting up presentations for planning committee meetings in PowerPoint and so forth. i'd still love to do that but prefer the hands on Trainee Planning Officer role :flower:

As for the pictures, well, art has been a passion of mine since I was little, it's great fun doing them on my Mac and Painter :) Like having the real materials without all the cost and the inevitable mess.

Though sometimes there is nothing like getting your elbows and tip of your nosed daubed in real paint!

Vicky

lil
12-18-2005, 01:17 PM
As an example though, this is how much of my work begins - as a pencil sketch done in Painter which is then painted over and eventually the pencil sketch layer removed once the paint layer has come sufficiently far not to need it.

This is my current project, of Cuckmere Haven, East Sussex, England (about 20 miles from here): http://tinyurl.com/9ej3g

The sketch is at:

http://www.lilserenity.com/cuckmerehaven.jpg

As you can see - some way to go yet!

Vicky

inflexion
12-18-2005, 01:21 PM
the escort you did is wounderful!!

keep up the good work

lil
12-18-2005, 04:54 PM
Thanks for the comments hon :flower:

I have finished the picture of Cuckmere Haven, again it is an oil painting:

http://www.lilserenity.com/cuckmere_haven_finished.jpg

Vicky

heedree
12-18-2005, 04:59 PM
Hullo,
...

http://www.lilserenity.com/code/display_content.php?id=61&datepivot=-1&count=5&nepr=1

and

http://www.lilserenity.com/code/display_content.php?id=60&datepivot=-1&count=5&nepr=1

Again both were done on my PowerBook G4, Wacom Intuos 3 tablet and Painter IX.

Vicky

cool, i like them.

Wow I didn't even know intuos 3 came out. I still have an EARLY intuos 2 12x9. one of the dark blue ones. hehe i love those things.

lil
12-18-2005, 05:23 PM
I'm not sure when the Intuos3 came out but it's not much different from the Intuos 2 except it has some buttons on the left-hand and right-hand side (not the 4x5" model) - which personally I never use, I guess everyone has their own style.

That said, it's as good as the Intuos 2 and feels as rugged too, certainly a massive improvement on the Graphire 2 which I had for some time, but cut my teeth on.

When I finally get a widescreen TFT; I may consider Wacom's new 16:10 tablet. For now though, the Sony Trintron 17" monitor that I have had for some years is still ticking over, though I expect the 75Hz refresh rate is not doing me much good!! (not enough room for anything bigger)

Vicky

baggss
12-28-2005, 11:21 PM
So how did they like them?

surfwax95
12-29-2005, 03:40 PM
Those are some great pictures, I just got the Wacom Graphire 10x7.

It came with Painter and Photoshop. I'm loving it so far.

Great work. :mac:

lil
01-01-2006, 08:22 AM
They loved them :flower:

Sorry I didn't reply sooner, I have been away with my family for Christmas and New Year!

Happy new year everybody :flower:

Vicky

Tel
01-01-2006, 01:45 PM
I like the sunburst shading on the Strat, some real nice work you've done there :)

lil
01-01-2006, 03:02 PM
Thank you! I did not know there was a Graphire 10x7 tablet! The 4x5 size of the Intuos3 I have is small but perfect for what I need. I use a resolution of 1300x1000 (something near that, I forget, it's an odd one but the best my 17" CRT will do at 75Hz) and I am surprised at how accurate it remains.

When I finally find a job, and get a 24" Dell TFT for it (and the new place for it to live....) I am quite keen to learn more about the new 16:10 Intuos3 tablet.

Either way keep at it, it's tremendously fun, extremely captivating and the freedom is exhilerating. I will never ever regret buying Painter IX, simply the best programme I have ever bought for my Mac. Even better than Photoshop 3 way back when!

Vicky

lil
01-01-2006, 03:03 PM
I like the sunburst shading on the Strat, some real nice work you've done there :)

Thanks :flower: I am very pleased with it too as it's not my usual subject matter!

Vicky

lil
01-02-2006, 04:32 PM
Started work on a new piece now, having watched Gone With The Wind yesterday again for the umpteenth time, I decided it was about time I did another portrait as that is where I am best suited (although I have spent a lot of time recently working on other subjects to get some practice and to further my skills), so I have started on a large portrait of Rhett Butler (about time, always admired Clark Gable!)

It's not finished by a long stretch of the imagination but it's a good way in, it's a 16x12 acrylic portrait.

http://www.lilserenity.com/rhett_butler.jpg

Should have it finished by the end of the week :flower: Usual tools, PowerBook G4 12inch, Intuos 3 4x5 and an old but reliable Sony Trinitron CRT :flower:

Vicky

lil
05-07-2006, 09:02 AM
Large picture alert...

I'm working on getting my website out and sorted today, so hopefully the rest of my portfolio will be around soon enough... in the meantime however; finished another piece this morning.

This one was done with Photoshop CS2 and Painter IX.5, I have called it 'Redbridge', simply because that is where the original photo was taken, at Redbridge Interchange on the North Circular in East London (not far from where I lived when I was little) with the A12/A406.

Where Redbridge is: http://www.multimap.com/map/browse.cgi?lat=51.582&lon=0.0481&scale=25000&icon=x

I wanted to do something a little environmental, dare I say even political this time around as usually my work I try to keep as naive as possible to any politics as possible... Anyway... here it is, it's just under 1MB in size so do be warned...

http://www.lilserenity.com/Redbridge.jpg

Vicky

TeckniX
05-07-2006, 12:53 PM
hmm fyi ..
The image “http://www.lilserenity.com/Redbridge.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.

lil
05-07-2006, 01:08 PM
Odd, it works here in Safari

inflexion
05-07-2006, 02:30 PM
just download it and it opens fine in Preview fine

Odin_aa
05-07-2006, 08:56 PM
Could not see the images either, said the URL was not currently available...

lil
05-08-2006, 02:30 AM
Only the Redbridge one at the moment will work... or should anyway but I'm getting the impression some people are finding it isn't working all the time :(

My other work will be put online in due course.

Vicky

lil
05-15-2006, 09:45 AM
Okee dokee... that time again ;)

I have had a nice long weekend off work, and yesterday I finished another painting (I use Corel Painter IX and a Wacom Intuos 3)... I finally did what I had in mind for so long, a painting of poppies.

I have so named it simply for its vividness and the quality of light, and as a homage to one of my most respected painters...

Impression—Poppy (http://www.lilserenity.com/impression_poppy.jpeg)

Hope you like :flower: Do note there is a fair bit of JPEG artefacting in order to keep the size down as much as possible.

Vicky

lil
05-29-2006, 05:31 PM
Yes you guessed it...

But this time, something much more gritty, ugly, offensive, the kind of stuff for which I really paint:

Mancunian Brutalism: http://www.lilserenity.com/MancBrut.jpg

Mancunian because the name of the road that is elevated is Mancunian Way, or the A57(M) in Manchester. The painting is based on a photo from around 1967-1970'ish.

(Photo: http://www.lilserenity.com/MancBrut_OrigSubj.jpg)

Brutalism after the 1960s style of stark architectural style that boomed and collapsed horrifically.

A deeper piece if you will!

Vicky
(This was again a painting done on a Mac + Intuos 3 + Painter IX.5 + Time :flower: )

thelox714
05-29-2006, 10:46 PM
like the painting