Christmas... kind of late, I know Actually, this is my entry to contest Fractalize your Xmas Holidays. I spent this Christmas in Slovakia, it was beautiful there (lots of snow, dreamy atmosphere) but really really cold, so I was glad to be back in Prague for New Year's Eve
I am quite satisfied with this fractal. I had a vision of it in my mind for weeks; actually since I made Frozen I've had the base of it already done but I wasn't very happy with it back then. It was very dark, silver and dark blue gradient, really a snowflake during funeral kind of atmosphere. Also the shape was kind of too flat and boring. So I tweaked it a bit, changed colours and waited because I was still missing something. Then I discovered ~zy0rg's star shaped blur and everything became just perfect It reminds me of how I really liked to use pie and flower variation back in 2010... maybe because these shapes always look a bit out of place and grab attention... and they fit my artistic whimsical taste, I like to make things weird
Thank you for all favourites, comments, critiques and devwatches! It means a lot to me.
Yep. This is THE egg. The doomy one. Process went like this:
-Wax, dye (repeat several times) -On the last dye, I used "royal blue", which is why there are those spiffy little dark halos around everything. The denim color occurred after extensive rubbing and re-dipping. -Finished. Melted off wax. Was extremely happy and excited. -Varnished before emptying. I have yet to find the right kind. Every type I've tried so far has SOME problem associated with it. -Doom. I started to empty it and it EXPLODED. A lot. -Head explodes. Piece head back together using duct tape. -Dry egg PIECES. Piece together using white glue and friggin' NEWSPAPER. Sob uncontrollably. -Take pictures AFTER the fact, because I'm stupid and don't plan ahead for catastrophic failure. -Spend hours in photoshop removing cracks XP
Mkay. So. Yes there are still some cracks in the pics. I couldn't get them all. The only thing I did in PS was remove cracks with the clone tool (praise be to ~psymansays for showing it to me!). It really did look like this before the explosion, denim and all. I swear I didn't cheat! Perhaps I should have, though... I've seen the competition for this contest. I'm thinkin' it's not happening... Oh well. I suppose I could say I learned something from this egg, but I'm too emotionally distraught to care...
I may try to submit another one before the contest ends... Or I may have shell shock and freak out instead! "The horror!!! Yoke... everywhere... the horrorrrrrr..."
*** EDIT Nope. Didn't win. Not even 3rd... Oh well...
Hey look, I made another pumpkin! It only took me three years!
This is the first time I've done a 3-D pumpkin carving, and also the first time I have carved any other vegetable. Those roses are made of beets! BEETS! (Alobar's people ate beets, you know?)
Many thanks to my husband for the reminder that I adore Dia de los Muertos skulls when I didn't have an idea, letting me trash our living room, and taking a killer shot for the carving contest.
Enjoy, and have a Happy Halloween/Blessed Samhain!
EDIT: The winners have been posted! Check them out and give them some props. Everyone worked hard and submitted really great pumpkins. [link]
Thanks to all the people who rooted for me, and to my hubby for being disappointed for me. I had a lot of fun.
And a huge shout out to , who placed runner-up with their adorable bat pumpkin (bats are awesome!), but gave me a huge shout out in their comments. Any competitor that awesome and gracious deserves lots of compliments, page views and llamas!
My most precious possession is my heart and my love in which I give to my most special - my Children I give my heart To each of them for a life time I would even give them the Moon and the Sky if They belonged to me.
Because They are my heart and my world.
-This is how I made my give a Gift-
Digital Art Program I used was
Gimp 2.8.14 2. Hardness 050 - brush Smudge Tool Layers 1 moon Gaussian Blur for moon Layer 2 made a duplicate Moon change color to orange red and then use mode hard light for second moon layer 3 second clouds with slight Blur layer 4 two hearts and use drop shadow Layer 5 did a duplicate of hearts scaled down to smaller size and did a drop shadow layer 6 added lighting to heart 1 layer 7 added lighting to heart 2 And then merged them all together and done.