A Tulip Study in 3 Different Mediums

Creating  art of the same subject in different mediums - A Tulip Study

For the last little while i have been doing healthy and kid-friendly recipes, now it is time to vary things a little bit with some art – a study of a subject. In the past, I have done studies of one subject in the same medium. This time I did one subject, tulips, in 3 very different mediums – a photograph, a pencil drawing and a vector drawing. This just happened spontaneously and in retrospect, I believe it would be good to do this more often.

How To Do A Study of One Subject in Different Mediums

  1. Take pictures. Start with a close up view of your subject and take pictures. – whatever camera you have will do. Take the time to compose it and in different angles.
  2. Sketch. I carry a small sketch book with me and use it when there’s opportunity to do even a quick sketch using a printed photograph or straight from a phone camera. I find that sketching by hand really helps in understanding the shapes, proportion and subtle colour shifts and gradients. Do  more than one if you can.
  3. Create a vector art without looking at your reference material (photograph or sketch).  Use the reference material only after you’ve tried digital drawing from memory. You’ll be amazed how much you can remember of the subject.
  4. Fine tune. Now you can refers to the reference materials and make changes to your vector art.
  5. Compare all your art work, just as I did here side by side.

Try it! You’ll get to understand more about your choice subject and as I found it, the approach I took in creating each art improved.

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Easy Brownie Mix Cookie

This is the quickest way I found to make 2 dozen delicious cookies in a pinch. I am all for making cookies from scratch so I can adjust the fat and sugar content but these cookies worked really well if you are in a hurry. Done in about half an hour!

These cookies are chewy with a same brownie crackle top you find on regular brownies. It also freezes well.

Brownie Cookie Stack

Brownie Mix Cookie Stack

  • 1 box Brownie Mix (I used Duncan Hines Chewy Fudge)
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 tablespoon water
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil

Mix all the ingredients (you don’t even need a mixer) until well combined. Use a cookie scooper to measure cookie dough for uniform size on a cookie sheet (I use Silpat or parchment paper). Bake on a pre-heated 350 degree oven for 12-15 minutes or the centre is done. Do not over bake. Let cool for 1 minute and transfer to a cookie rack to cool.

Yield: 24 cookies

Wallpaper calendar for July 2013

Here’s another desktop wallpaper calendar I would like to share with you, this time for July 2013. The yellow and purple colour scheme and the simplicity of the floral arrangement makes this so refreshing in the heat of summer. The pale yellow with a little pink blush on the rose and the lavender sprigs were all from the garden. I hope you enjoy it.

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FREE desktop wallpaper calendar for April 2013

Another desktop wallpaper calendar for April 2013. This picture is so pretty to look at and so appropriate for this season. Happy Spring!

The dimension for this image is 1200 x 800 pixels. Feel free to download and share with others. Download by saving (right-mouse click and select Save As.. ).

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