Freaky Zen Inspiration

One of my favorite sites for interesting artwork is revoltastateofzen and it is also one of the freakiest and fun blogs to read. It takes some getting used to, to pickup on the special state of mind and expression, but it’s worth it, at least for me.

And now, zen has posted a starter picture and offered it up to any who wish to play with it.

If you would like to play along, you can go to this page HERE and download the image and post your own work. I love inspiration like this, because I have been needing some inspiration lately. so here is what i made from this base picture – all of which is a blend of zen’s image and some Apophysis fractals I rendered. Enjoy!


Sunday Post – Design

This week’s Sunday Post topic: Design

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Okay, I found a couple of older items that seem to fit the idea of Design – as in Clothing Design.

This first one, started out as a bald naked model posed and rendered in Poser. I then took the render into  Paint Shop Pro (version 7 back then) and created this dress design on it. It was my first attempt at trying to design and paint a dress onto a model – shoes, hair, everything all painted. The FX are a bit amateurish, but hey, it’s for fun.

So… once I figured out how to alter clothing items in Poser through manipulating texture maps, etc, I did another render – this time I used a different Poser model, with a generic dress (Morphing Fantasy Dress for those who know what I’m talking about). I took the template of the dress and made transparency maps and added texturing and such – different texture from the original, but it was a different process altogether. Through playing around with the mapping, I was able to recreate my design in 3d and put the dress on a model as seen here:

Other than the color and texture differences, I think the design came out pretty close to the original, don’t you? Anyway it was a lot of fun. Maybe I’ll try it again one day.

Sunday Post – Pleasure

Jake’s Sunday Post this week is about Pleasure – So I thought I’d share a few of my fun renders from Daz Studio and see if they bring you a little pleasure. Then don’t forget to click on the Water Dragon logo above and go see what others have offered this week.

First off, what is more pleasurable than the pleasure of friendship? Even the most unlikely of friends…. (dare to tell me they don’t make you smile, even a little bit)

"Friends Forever" by Judee (rendered in Daz Studio)

Next, hmm, what can be more pleasurable than some great guitar music? Letting go and dancing with abandon, that’s what.

"Dance" by Judee (Rendered in Daz Studio)

Finally, there is the cuteness factor. Now, I realize, some people don’t like cuteness, it’s just not their thing. But who can resist the pleasure of watching these fun loving babies and their little fae friend?

"Cuteness Factor" by Judee (Rendered in Daz Studio)

Thanks for the visit! And if you want to see them full size, just click on the gallery pictures below:

Sunday Post – Expression

Thank you Jake for giving us so much freedom of expression in your Weekly Sunday Post themes. I like that it is open to however creative we want to get, whether with photography, digital art, poetry or prose. This week, I’m going creative, after all, isn’t that the best part of expression?

Those who want to see what it’s about, go check out jakesprinter’s Sunday Post and see what people are doing with it. While you’re there, why not try it out yourself?

This week’s theme: Expression

Poser portrait

Character Study - by Judee - Rendered in Poser

Facial expressions can tell you a lot about what a character is feeling – but sometimes, some expressions are not so easy to read. Quite often, what you see in something like this will be subjective, rather than objective.  What do you think she is feeling?

Vampire Regret - by Judee - Rendered in Daz Studio

Is there such a thing as a good vampire? What do you think he is feeling right now? Is she willing, or just resigned. You be the judge.

And on a lighter note:

In the Doghouse - by Judee - Rendered in Daz Studio

I love how these toons can show expressions. They are fun to play with and capable of all kinds of emotions. What do you think they are feeling right now? Can you sense a story behind this scene?

However we may choose to express ourselves, through words, pictures, cartoons, laughter or tears, one thing we all have in common – the need let it out, to communicate, to express who we are. It doesn’t matter how you do it, as long as you do it.

And so it is.   – Judee

A big surprise – an award.

As I’ve only been blogging for a couple of weeks, imagine my surprise to get this award from BUDDAHFULKAT,  a blogger with many talents, both written and artistic.

I was surprised and pleased, and touched that someone would notice my modest first attempts at blogging. Thank you, Kim, this is a special gift you gave me. It makes me feel like I’ve been welcomed into a new place.

As I understand it, this award has no rules attached to it. Which is probably a good thing, because I haven’t been reading blogs long enough to get a real idea of who I might offer it to. So I will reserve that lovely task for later, knowing that once I find my favorites out there, I’ll have plenty to choose from. I do have a few blogs that I am following, but many of them already have this or other awards. So we’ll just wait and see.

When you least expect it, who knows. It could be you…

Thank you Kim!

A Twist on Digital Photography

The original intention for this particular blog of mine os for the exploration and expression of digital art, The weekly photos have given me a starting point, because photography, though not my skill set (if I have one) is all about creativity and art. But it’s time to move on with other things, and thanks to this photographic artist I found a link between photography and art that I would not have explored before. Her lovely post on Digital Art linked me to Tutorial from Digital Darkroom Techniques. It shows how to take a regular photo and turn it into a swirl of color and beauty. Here are my first attempts at what might become something fun to do on occasion.

My first attempt, from the picture of a conch shell on a wood surface:

digital twist 01

After that first try, I got experimental, so I’ll show you those results in 3 images. As far as I can tell, this blog theme doesn’t have a gallery post option, so for now, it all gets posted in large format for your viewing pleasure. 🙂

Oleander Trio:

First image – from a photo of an oleander bush in bloom:

I am new to Photoshop and all it can do, so I just clicked on Invert, thinking it would invert the image horizontally, but I discovered it had a different purpose. I liked the image that resulted, the softer tones, etc, so here it is:

Finally, I did find out how to flip the image, did so, and played with a few color filters. Isn’t it fun? A great way to explore options in a new program.

And for the Finale:

For this one, I want to show you the photograph from which it sprang – this photo is one I took outside my home – view from my computer room balcony at twilight.

and here is the “twister” result:

So there you have it, my first post exploring a digital art technique that is brand new to me. I love learning new things!  I look forward to learning new techniques, exploring old ones, and sharing it with you. There is nothing more personal than art, nothing more about sharing. What I create is an expression of who I am, what you see is an expression of who you are.

Above all, – Enjoy!


Creation, Expression, and getting a round tuit

Well, I’ve had a site for a while, but it has gotten so outdated that I decided to revamp it – but one problem, I felt like I wasn’t able to express myself properly in it. And right now, that’s what I am about – expression, writing, speaking my mind. Creativity is also very important for me, but it seems to be on hold for now, for various reasons. Then this morning I got a phone call…

It was from my credit card company, asking if I had made a charge to a certain web service. It was the web service that hosts my site, and it was for $1.00. Odd. The CC company said they had reason to believe my card was compromised – apparently a number of cards had that one small charge on them, like a testing charge, to see if the card is active. They told me that they were cutting off my card now, and would send me a new one.

I did, of course, call my own number for the company to be sure, and yes, my CC was indeed blocked for good, and a new one had been issued. Bottom line is, the company that was hosting my site got this charge checking on the service, so I am wondering if that company was the one that had the leak, if someone hacked into it and got a lot of card numbers. So now I am seriously wondering if I want to continue with that site at all. Oh, it’s good for having a place to upload files, etc, but still, it got me thinking. I had just started a dream blog here at WordPress, so why not a regular blog, too, one in which I can say anything I feel like, one in which I can upload artwork if I want. Who knows, maybe even one day put up my whole site again, but here.

So here I am. As for the tuit, well, I’m sure many of you have heard about it. “I didn’t finish that because I haven’t gotten around to it.” or “Updating my site? One of these days I’ll get around to it. Well, that’s what it’s all about  – get a round tuit, and you can do anything. My site domain is, and my motto for years has been, “Anything is possible when you get a round tuit.”

Will I eventually transfer my whole site to WordPress? I don’t know, I have to learn to use the tools first, so what can I say? Hopefully, one day I will get a round tuit. 🙂