Archive for April, 2009

pink calla lilies…

Posted in computer art, flowers with tags , , , , , on 2009/04/30 by greenteadoodles
pink calla lilies

pink calla lilies

I was recently given a lovely pot of calla lilies. They were so pretty I decided to make them the subject of today’s doodle. I guess it’s lily week!!

image (cc) 2009 Hilary Farmer

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about the computer art process – new page…

Posted in computer art with tags , , , , on 2009/04/28 by greenteadoodles
final touches

final touches

Some people have expressed some curiosity about the process I use to create the images on the computer – so I have posted a new page “about the computer art…” There you will see the five steps I use to create my images explained. The above image is the final step for the illustration of the process. Check it out!

image (cc) 2009 Hilary Farmer

todays doodle – waterlilies…

Posted in computer art, flowers with tags , , , , , on 2009/04/26 by greenteadoodles
waterlilies

waterlilies

I just drew this image this evening. Waterlilies! There’s something wonderful about these water-born flowers… and I added some blue flags on the shore line. I’m looking forward to summer canoing already! I’m not sure what kind of fish that is – it looks like a koi fish may have snuck into a Canadian lake!

image (cc) 2009 Hilary Farmer

a character study…

Posted in computer art with tags , , , , , on 2009/04/23 by greenteadoodles
female character study

girl character study

Here’s a portrait of the girl who may become a main character in the “potential future webcomic”… Who is she? Where is she from? What is her name? but most importantly – Will she ever smile??

image (cc) 2009 Hilary Farmer

more favourite webcomics…

Posted in computer art, webcomics with tags , , , , , , on 2009/04/21 by greenteadoodles

It has been a while since I shared favourite webcomics. Here’s the link to my first set of favourites.  There are lots of comics out there – so there are sure to be some which especially speak to you – so check them out once in a while and see what’s new! The only downside is the time you will spend chuckling at your computer. Here’s a link to one of many sources for popular webcomics.

Since my previous webcomic post, I have discovered a new favourite – a softer world. It is pretty idiosyncratic and can occasionally jar but other times (or sometimes at the same time) it is just hilarious. The format is strange to start with – just photographs with some text superimposed which either makes some twisted sense of the images or gives a strangely tortured and humourous juxtaposition. You definitely need to have a particular way of looking at things to enjoy this one. Don’t forget to check the hover text to get the last laugh – or, ohhh…weird!

Gunnerkrigg Court is a curious and sweet little comic. It is not especially funny but quite interesting. The setting is a strange school… I’m still not quite sure what the students study there… some form of strange magics and sciences. Mostly, it’s a voyage of discovery following the main character as she learns more about the school and her own past.

I’ve been thinking about trying to create a webcomic myself – it will definitely take a while to get it together so in the meantime, here is a possible scene.

at the park

at the park

image (cc) 2009 Hilary Farmer

jasmine tea…

Posted in chinese tea, photographs with tags , on 2009/04/19 by greenteadoodles
jasmine tea

jasmine tea

Well, I think we are all familiar with jasmine tea. Unfortunately, mostly what people experience as jasmine tea is a lower quality tea bag version available in most Chinese restaurants – and even that can be fairly pleasant although it’s not really the same drink as a good jasmine. If you never have, I encourage you to go to your local specialty tea shop and indulge in a really fine quality jasmine tea to experience the difference.

What you can see in the photo is a nice leaf jasmine. You may see some light colour but this is not flower blossoms mixed in with the tea leaves – the blossoms are carefully removed by hand after the scent is absorbed by the leaves. The leaves themselves can have a silvery bloom in good green tea. At a shop you may also find something similar but hand rolled into little balls – sometimes called dragon pearls. This type is lovely as well. When you brew it you’ll see the full size of the leaves expanded in the pot.

One word of caution though – it is very important with jasmine tea to let your boiling water cool down a bit (to about 75C or 165F) before pouring it over your leaves, otherwise you will end up scalding the leaves and creating a bitter pot of tea. With the right temperature though, this tea has the exotic flavour and flowery scent of an Asian moonlit night so it is well worth experimenting until you get it right!

Here in Montreal there are a few local teashops. Here are two especially nice ones: Camillia Sinensis and Cha Guan

image (cc) 2009 Hilary Farmer

facial expressions…

Posted in computer art with tags , , , , , , on 2009/04/16 by greenteadoodles
...and lime green spandex at that!

...and lime green spandex at that!

Since I’ve been thinking more about the difficulty of creating expressive faces, I decided to try using a book which is designed to assist artists with this challenge. This book, called Facial Expressions by Mark Simon, is more or less a catalogue of a large range of different people with all kinds of expressions on their faces. The biggest help to me is that it shows the same person with a variety of… grimaces to grins and anything else you can think of. Here’s my first attempt. Feel free to suggest a caption for the picture! – the one above was inspired by Tom in the comments.

image (cc) 2009 Hilary Farmer