Saturday, May 8, 2010

New Work, etc.

Some Photoshop work. One painterly...
The other comic booky

Ah, the magic that is Photoshop. I would hate to do all that inking with actual ink.

And these are couple of shorts created by one of my Academy friends, Niki Yang...

Brilliant, Nikki!!!

And thank you, thank you, thank you!! to everyone who commented on my last post. I read each of your comments with a deep sense of appreciation at both the therapeutic marvels of blog rambling and for all of you willing to read these ramblings. I meant to reply of course, but it's just been one of those weeks, the kind where words keep eluding me. I blame it on all the painting. With the visual part of my brain doing all the work, the language part just lies on the couch procrastinating.

On the other hand it has been a pretty good, pretty satisfying week. The sadness, the jeez WTF!! I felt over angry depressed friends's overblown yet not unexpected reaction, as well as my unresolved health issues gave way to relief (yes, life is too short for friends like that) and an oh well it'll all work out as life always does kind of mindset.

I am a hopeless optimist. But if you've been following my blog you probably already knew that. I believe things happen for a reason, that when you feel cornered it just means there's a door you haven't noticed yet, and that with all the personal upheavals I've experienced lately, some I've mentioned here, some I haven't, and my continuing career frustration can only mean one thing - that the best is yet to come. Anyway, that's my story and I'm sticking to it.


  1. I am so happy to see even with all on your plate that you are finding time to express your incredible talent. I have to say that in your final image(which is amazing), I can't help but see my little dog Lily. That so looks like her. And I love the smirk on the sculpture's face. It is fantastic!!

    I admire your optimism and I am sticking with your story too!!

  2. I was thinking of your dog Lily! Or rather I designed the dog right after seeing the Lily photos you posted on FB! So I guess that means Lily was officially my artistic inspiration?

    Me too...come on Pixar! (Or other equally awesome film studio) Prove me right!!!


  3. I love love love your photoshop work, especially the painterly one at the top. also glad to hear things are looking up. :)

  4. Two more proofs of your talent and your style! I just love what you do! Shall I start looking for a Paris gallery?

    ... and, for sure, Nikki's shorts are really brilliant!

  5. Absolutely!! Your work is so fun to see... thank-you for sharing it!!

  6. Your work always makes me so happy, it brings a huge smile to my face. Your talent always blows me away, and you have every right to be an optimist and you better believe that the best is yet to come. I believe this with all my heart.
    Sorry you had a tough week, I missed your post, but the good thing is, like you said, life has a wonderful way of working things out. Keep the faith.

  7. Thanks Sophia! That's always nice to hear. And me too, even though I had to take care of a traffic ticket this week :(

    Thanks Peter, a Paris gallery would be a dream come true!!! If you can introduce me to anyone...

    Hi Shanster, thanks!!!

    Hi Cheryl, thank you that is so nice to hear. Me too, it has been pretty challenging lately. But just have to keep moving forward...

  8. Cheryl! I'm smiling from ear to ear. That first image is amazing! In my humble opinion, that is the style you should be working in - period.

    If you had a portfolio full of that, you'd be unstoppable. The depth and lighting are fantastic. The characters are great. The poses are perfect. The humor/mood is charming. There's a feeling that there is a whole story behind this image.

    I love how you focused in on the faces and then let the figures blur out just a little. I just can't get over how much I like this image.

    You took it up a notch with this one. I hope you'll do more in this vein.

    I want a print of this.

  9. Did I say I love that first image. Because I do :)

  10. Wow, Chris! I can't tell you how good it felt to read your comment! I have to admit I think so too. This style...clicks. It feels right. I'm going with it!

    And feel free to download a copy if you want!!
    Merci beaucoup, again!

  11. nice work! just for fun?

  12. you have some crazy good photoshop skills!

    and i missed the previous post. must check it out.

  13. It's my new desktop pic :)

  14. That makes you my first official desktop pic!

  15. Hey Anselm!!! Thanks, yeah, just for fun and to keep me out of trouble...

    hey Drollgirl, Thanks!

  16. Fabulous work, Cheryl, both in your creativity and on your life's journey! The best is to come but enjoy the `now'. :) Much love, bright one. xx

  17. I love the smile/grin on the woman in the first picture and I would love to see the theme/subjects in the second one made into a movie – delightful.

    And the best is yet to come! I’m sticking with that story, too. ;)

  18. Hey Carol Anne, thanks! Good reminder. Have been enjoying the weekend so far for sure. Now time to take it easy... Much love to you too! XX

    Hi Beth, a movie! That would be nice...Maybe I;ll use it as inspiration for a short story.

    Me too, things are continuing to change for the better. Life is definitely good. Overall that is. :)

  19. You are SO talented! And your friend's shorts - wow! I love Victor :)

  20. So true. When things are most dismal is when something fabulous is right around the corner! You are too talented to remain "blue" for long! Hang in there.

  21. Thanks Cottage Cheese!

    Hi Johanna, thanks!

  22. You have a very good outlook on life. That attitude combined with continued hard work will carry you far, even if at times it feels like you're sinking.

  23. Thanks BB. Your comment made me laugh. Don;t think I;m sinking! Though I might be wrong...


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