by Ryan Nore
I used to be someone!
Someone that had it all!
Nothing couldn’t be done!
Everything made sense as I recall.
Life had meaning and so did I.
Everyday was a blessing,
and the future was bright…
… but now something is missing…
… I used to be someone…
There seemed to have been a bit of confusion as to what exactly the author, me, was saying in this poem… I think the easiest way to explain would be to draw from a movie that most of us have seen… “Jerry Maguire” where he tells the love of his life that she completes him… If you lose the person you thought was your soulmate… that person that “completes” you… then you might not feel whole… but only a part of someone… an incomplete someone… a bit confused and in a state where nothing really seems quite right. Anyway, I thought I would clarify just in case… I know it never mentions losing their soulmate…just that something is missing… and that is probably why it is so easy to misinterpret…
Recently my life has thrown me a few hurdles to overcome. Life does that on occasion to everyone. Some hurdles are a bit taller than others, but still just a hurdle nonetheless. My approach is always to jump the hurdle and get it out of the way… deal with it. You know? Even if my “jumping the hurdle” isn’t always of a gazelle like quality.
But I get advice, here and there, about how I should try and bury myself in something else… to keep my mind occupied so that I simply move away from the hurdle and continue my life in another direction rather than taking my lumps, scratches and bruises to get over the hurdle and continue my journey in the direction I had originally started out. I generally don’t say much in contradiction because I know they are just trying to help. But it always confuses me a bit. It has always been my experience that if you avoid a hurdle you can’t finish the race… eventually you will have to jump the hurdle. I think it is easier when you know why that hurdle is there in the first place…
Almost a month ago I posted a virtual ink on virtual paper drawing / sketch of a little girl scolding a monster for breaking her doll. When I made the post, I mentioned that it was also possible that I would eventually paint it. Well, I finally did, and here is is. I painted it in MyPaint using a Wacom Intuos 5 and signed and branded it in Photoshop.
The “Bad Monster” painting, along with the sketch, was featured in issue 92 of Photoshop Creative magazine.
In creating this image I danced around quite a bit. I started off looking for some reference images but didn’t find many that fit my idea of things. So, I decided to create a reference in 3D Studio Max. Mainly for the water aspect of the painting because even though I love the water and how it can add a touch of magic to any environment, it isn’t very easy to get it right and will harm the painting more than help it if you don’t get it right. And being that my painting’s subject was surrounded I wanted to get it fairly “right“. As I got into modeling things, I thought that maybe I would just do the whole thing in 3D instead of a 2D painting. But then I came to the point that I just couldn’t get the lighting the way I wanted. I tried different things in Photoshop to give it that atmosphere I was looking for and then realized that everything is too realistic. Although I wanted a semi-sense of realism, I wanted more the feeling of fantasy with a touches of cartoon like exaggerations. And so I started over. I first sketched it out on a piece of paper and then painted it in Photoshop. Most of the elements from the 3D version are in the 2D version but I am much happier with the results of the 2D painting.
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This is my entry for the Human Nature Challenge at CG Gallery. It should depict mainly judgment but of course, as with most things, it also displays other human behaviorisms.
This image shows four judges sitting up high on their a s s e s (donkeys) and their individual approaches to someone that has bared himself to them. One is scornful, another arrogant, a third ridiculing, and the last is apathetic.
This painting is not so much about judges as it is about people’s natural behavior in judging others based upon their own limited viewpoints as a result of their own limited experiences. The judges themselves merely represent the most common reactions towards those they have judged. And the judged shows a common reaction for those that have been judged.
It was created in Photoshop.
This little comic panel is from a series I am doing. My intent is to take common poses or situations in which you might observe an infant or toddler and show their thoughts as to what they may really be thinking.
The baby and the police officer were first sketched out with pencil and the rest was done in Photoshop.