Tuesday, May 13, 2008

NEW from The Toys Series -

digitally manipulated tempera-on-paper painting by Mick Mather
I've been so busy lately that the paintings have been stacking up while attempting to find time to accomplish the manipulations. As it happens, my 5:00pm meeting for today was canceled and I had a bit of unexpected free time to work in the Secret Visual Laboratory. Since no good deed goes unpunished and since nature abhors a vacuum, guess what? That's right! I now have something else to do ... gotta run!

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Blogger catnapping said...

I'm trying to figure out how you did this...that is...I can almost feel this balloon on my check.

I'm remember what it feels like to rub a ballon in my hair...(before letting it static against the ceiling...)

I like the way you achieved the sense of transparency and tautness. so cool.

5:32 PM  

mick - this is *unusually* bright and cheery...are you okay?

5:45 PM  
Blogger Mick said...

I'm afraid that I'm not able to help much with your question. The basics are that I do a very quick study using tempera paint on a piece of newspaper which is very rough and tumble. I scan the painting and then start with the plug-in filters. Once I found a few that seemed right I layered them before digitally painting the thick, outline of the balloon and string in orange. Back to the filters again to stack a few more layers until I achieved what you see here. Thanks for the great question and comment ... by the way, you can rub mine if I can rub yours! :D

the charm school dropout:
ROFLMAO @ you! I am, dare I say, way okay! :D

8:34 PM  
Blogger Elegia said...

Set them (balloons) free!

9:26 PM  
Blogger SusuPetal said...

Spring is in the air...no, it's a balloon!

Bright and colourful, weird:))

9:29 PM  
Blogger Mick said...

Funny that you say that ... it's exactly what my granddaughter does, sets them free! :)

Yes, a balloon called... Spring! :D

3:56 AM  
Blogger Lisa Sarsfield said...

Such bright floatiness after the ominous bird;)
I like the cell like look too it, like DNA cells not jail:) It's very alive.

4:28 AM  
Blogger Mick said...

lisa sarsfield:
One of the things about photo editors and plug-in filters is that some areas of color are magnified or deepened where one might not necessarily see much of a difference. The trick, therefor, is in the layering of a variety of manipulations that work well together. I'm glad you enjoyed it. :)

6:11 AM  

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