Today I got to jump back to some of my screenshots from mmorpg World of Warcraft to one of my favorite raids, Ulduar. I cut out Yogg-Saron who would stack debuffs of insanity on players and Algalon the Observer and a couple of the mounts, Mimiron's Head and the Rusted Proto-drake. Ulduar was the last instance that I really had time to raid with my guild and it's personally one of my favorites from all time. Most people probably liked the Lich King best but when it was relevant content it actually scared me. Ulduar is beautiful.
With the 4th of July so close to Father's Day I just decided to make them blue and red on white for the patriotic look. Then I was wondering if any guys even wear ties on the 4th of July. Probably some do, and Zazzle is having a Sunday 50% off their ties and other Father's Day gifts but only today, with the code ZSUNSTEAL131.
My intentions were to work on some of the grill images I have for a Father's Day project, but I opened Photoshop with one of my working Lulu files, and couldn't resist playing for a while. After a coffee break I'll get back to the little grills because those are cute too. Next time I won't open a cat file to start a new project.
We had a beautiful weekend and I had some time off with Mother's Day, so I worked on a custom request which is kept private in my zazzle shop. After that I had some images to work with and started on some father's day designs which resulted in these tie patterns. They've already been fairly popular posts on my Instagram, popular considering my follower list. For the last year or so it's just been a place to keep my images after playing with them in apps like split pic, etc., so I'm using hashtags more now. It's really fairly entertaining and I can't say how much I love having a zazzle shop. Also started a Tumblr account this past weekend: buffalocolors. Buffalo must be more popular on Tumblr because it took a while to find a name that was accepted. It's just brand new baby, but you have to start someplace right?
The photograph had a toad turning over a plastic car but it looks like it could be real when it's used in a pop culture process, a Godzilla effect. The toad seemed like a great addition to bath accessories.
With people it seems easier to push the threshold in Photoshop to make pop style portraits, but it's just not the same with animals. It's amazing how much distortion the human face can take and still be recognizable. Today I played with my niece's baby, Buttercup, and decided to try a little mix of halftoning and high threshold with coloring, but just on spots, like her little tummy, tongue and ears. Even then I kept it overlaid and at a reduced percentage so that the original photo was evident. It's more difficult still when so much of the animal is dark like Buttercup. At least with her posing in her reclining position all of her white spots were showing. I think I'll be trying this combination with more of the animal portraits I work on; real photo, pop and halftone.