Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Fire Smoke Sunset

Recent wildfires in nearby western states create a lot of haze in Utah's sky. Although this is unpleasant during the day, it makes for beautiful sunsets! Where normal sunsets stop with pinks and shades of orange, the haze lets loose setting off sunsets with dark reds and purples. I saw a sunset from atop a high mountain road overlooking a small rocky mountain city. Here's my interpretation:

Friday, August 17, 2007


After three different sittings, I was finally able to finish watching the movie, 2001: A Space Odyssey. Plot-wise the movie doesn't make much sense. But deep meaning can be found by analyzing the presented material. Anyways, what I'm really trying to say is: the movie's visuals are amazing! Although I haven't tried to recreate any of them, it inspired me to create a piece I call, Eclipse-esk. Enjoy!

I had tons of fun creating this picture. Sure it's simple, but, I liked experimenting with different ways of lighting the moon. Also, the stars were a lot of fun (copy and paste, paste, paste).

Monday, August 13, 2007


This picture was inspired by what I saw while driving home last night. The time was just past sunset. The last remaining sun light fell upon the mountains causing the distant regions to appear hazy. I tried to capture this twilight type moment here:

My favorite part about Inkscape is the ease with which gradients can be created. It makes for some cool color and value changes.

First Rendering

Preow world!

I was recently introduced to a well developed computer program called: Inkscape. I absolutely love it! It meets my tight-wad budget standards because it's FREE! Aside from this, it offers powerful rendering tools that are normally only found in expensive illustration programs.

I have been around the art scene for a good portion of my life. My pre-inkscape experience include working with pastels (oil and soft), watercolours, sketching, and ink. Inkscape is a new, exciting, yet challenging medium for me. I have much to learn, but I'm ecstatic to see what creations come from this

Here is my first rendering. It took me about 25 minutes to create.

If you'd like to dabble in this medium I suggest downloading the free software from inkscape's website: http://www.inkscape.org/