#ThrowbackThursday

 

 

Woe, Be the Spider

Woe, be the spider
Who sits down beside her
This warning I must give
Whispered words, a last lament
From the one who didn’t live:

“Little Miss, what a twist
Weaving lies to pass the day
Flaunt innocent virtue
To hide the real you;
Pander for your prey.

“Little Miss, ’twas one kiss
What a wicked trick to play!
Under deceiving label
The truth proved fatal;
Venom in thy whey.”

~ A.C.M.

originally published April 21, 2014.

NaNo Book Cover

Thief Of Dragons

Thanks to this helpful post over on queenofblank’s blog, I’ve spent the last 24 hours searching through the various Free stock photo sites and used Canva.com to create the book cover for my NaNoWriMo novel.  It doesn’t look anything like I’d envisioned, but I wasn’t going to pay for the photos I really wanted when the cover is just part of the fun for this annual challenge.

Canva.com is a great graphic generator, really easy to navigate and has all of the right options to help make whatever kind of graphic you need from e-book & Kindle covers to posters, banners, etc.  (I used their layering & transparency options to create my cover.)  Plus they have a ton of pictures and graphics either for Free or only $1/each.  So far it’s the best site I’ve come across for working on a tight budget!

Thanks to queenofblank for her post & hope this helps someone else out, too! (p.s. her cover is awesome, you should go check it out!)

Open Discussion: Digital Art & The Tablets That Make It

DigitalArt

image source: digitalartsonline.co.uk

Hi! I’m glad you stopped by. I wanted to discuss the ever-increasing popularity of using digital art as a preferred medium, because I’m seriously considering trying my hand at it. I don’t need one on a professional level, nor am I looking at becoming the next big thing on Deviant Art; I would just like to create more original works for my blog posts and About.me background.

Ever since I started blogging, I’ve grown more and more frustrated with the lack of finding ‘the right’ image for my posts that matches the idea in my head.  Instead, I end up settling for the one that’s simply ‘close enough’ and that’s after searching for many, many hours!  It turns blogging into a time-consuming chore most days.

I’ve watched a couple of YouTube videos and read some articles by digital artists on which graphic tablets they recommend.  Some even go as far as providing a full rundown on all of the tablets available. Correct me if I’m wrong, but it seems that it really just boils down to your budget and which method of art you prefer to use (i.e. painting vs. sketching)? The more expensive tablets, of course, have far more features and then there’s the debate on whether or not you need/prefer a stylus (or pen) that has an eraser.  It can get pretty mind-numbing reading through all of the specs, but why pay for something that’s not going to work for your style of art, right?

Wacom

image source: letrasetblog.com

If you were to look at the sketches I have under my Where Words & Art Collide page, you’d think that I’d only need a small, drawing tablet – but in all honesty, I would much rather have the ability to produce colorful, painted images. I think I’m leaning toward the Wacom Bamboo… or, the newer version called the Intuos.

Does anyone have a Graphics Tablet they prefer using? Any they’ve had bad experiences with?

The next step, I guess, would be to discern which software to use with the tablet once I do get it, but I haven’t done that research quite yet and might save that for a later post – unless anyone feels like commenting on it now – please, feel free if you do! I understand that most of my answers may only come from personal experience, but I do appreciate any and all pointers from those who have any.

Thanks everyone!  Happy Tuesday!