Some leaves from our large Ash tree in the back garden. I have digitally turned this photograph into a faux cyanotype. I have made true cyanotypes in the past, but have been trying out various methods of applying them to existing photos. – Douglas
Here are the steps I used in a current version of Photoshop (but you can probably duplicate them using your own favorite tools:
Create a Cyanotype look in Photoshop
Open subject file (leaves, etc.)
Switch to Greyscale
Convert to Color
Create background layer
Fill with cyanotype color
Set subject layer to Hard Light (to take on the color of the background
Filter, Add Noise… to give some grain to the background or use texture file.
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Watabou's Perilous Shores draws maps of fantastic lands in a handsome hand-made style that understates the growing sophistication of the generator. Each map has a selection of interesting locales—towns, dungeons, geographic features—to ignite the imagination. And various options allow you to tweak all of it, including the stylization.
Embroidery artist Sew Beautiful shows the beauty of forests through their trees. Using colorful thread and a lot of the French knot stitch, the UK-based creative depicts nature scenes featuring tall timber full of leaves as well as bountiful fields of blooms. Contained in circular hoops, each frame offers a picture-window view into a lovely landscape; if you long for getting outside and enjoying nature, Sew Beautiful’s pieces are a welcome visual escape.
Some of Sew Beautiful’s most striking pieces feature the use of organza, a transparent fabric that can make stitches look as though they’re floating. This is exemplified through pieces in which we’re looking up at the treetops from a grounded point of view.
I love these books from Pixar and Disney. but they can be very expensive, so it is great to be able to leaf through them online. – Douglas
This vibrant volume is an exclusive look behind the scenes of Disney and Pixar’s original feature film Luca.
The Art of Luca explores the stunning visuals of the coming-of-age story, set in a beautiful seaside town on the Italian Riviera. Readers get a front-row view at never-before-seen development art, character sketches, storyboards, color scripts, and interviews with the creators.
• Behind the scenes of the making of Disney and Pixar’s Luca • Features colorful concept art and character explorations from the movie • Includes fascinating facts and details from the creative team
In the animated film, Luca and his newfound best friend are sharing an unforgettable summer and a deeply-held secret: they are sea monsters from a world just below the water’s surface.
For aspiring artists, animators, and fans alike, The Art of Luca is part of the acclaimed ART OF series, inviting audiences behind the scenes of their favorite animated films.
This book is perfect for: • Pixar fans and art buffs • Animators and students of animation • Fans of The Art of Pixar, The Art of Soul, The Art of Onward and The Art of Coco
Yet another example of how archives can continue to educate even a century after their contents were created. – Douglas
A Botanical Mystery Solved, After 146 Years – Atlas Obscura
Something about the painting made Tianyi Yu pause. The artwork, depicting tropical plants crowded together in a riot of color, had been painted in 1876 by prolific botanical illustrator Marianne North. The wealthy Victorian woman had traveled the world, usually on her own, documenting in bold oils the plants and landscapes she saw.
During a trip to Borneo, North had filled this canvas with plants from a particular spot in the forests of the island’s northwest corner. The viewer’s eye might be drawn to oblong yellow fruits from one plant, or pink buds from another, or the rounded leaves cascading down one side of the painting, one of them apparently nibbled by an insect. But Yu, a botanical illustrator who was working at London’s Kew Gardens while pursuing a masters degree, was drawn to clusters of berries, some green and unripe but others black or a bold blue. These berries would solve a botanical cold case more than a century in the making, and connect both illustrators forever.
In 1346, an English army of 16,000 defeated more than 35,000 French at Crecy. Ten years later, 7,000 English defeated 20,000 French at Poitiers. And, in 1415, in a battle immortalized by Shakespeare, 6,000 English repeated the feat against 30,000 French at Agincourt. The English did not have better soldiers. And, at Agincourt the English were ragged, on scanty rations, and tired, but they won. There are three reasons.