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  1. I've done a bit myself, and I echo what jeffers has said. Grand job!
  2. Inspired by a photo in a book and made in the form of a poster. Elmdon (Birmingham, England) Airport opened in 1939. This de Havilland Dragon Rapide G-ACPP was the first airliner (up to ten passengers!) to land there. The old terminal building still stands; it's a little different now, bit it's a glorious piece of Art Deco architecture in the form of an aeroplane. The Rapide is an elegant 1930s design, with an elliptical biplane configuration and fixed undercarriage in 'spats'.It was operated by Great Western And Southern Airlines Ltd, but at the outbreak of the War, it was acquired by the RAF; later it was operated by Scillonia Airlines, flying to the Scilly Isles. As far as I know, it's still around and flying. (I've rashly promised to make another with Ryde Airport in the background, as I live on the isle of Wight.)
  3. As you say, it's small enough to work -- I can't see any rough edges.
  4. LOL! It wasn't in my original plan,but if you want to ave a go, feel free!
  5. I made these using black & white photos found on the internet as guides. Although I usually work in Photo, I did a lot of the vector work in Designer, as I find it easier to switch between the Pen and he Node tools; then again, some things are easier or only available in Photo.She wasn't just a comic dancer: she was a decorated war hero of the French resistance, and set up and funded a number of philanthropic projects, as well as championing civil rights back in the US.And she really did have a pet Leopard named Chiquita. This first one was made entirely from vectors with flat fills and no outline (apart from the text, of course). For this one, I got a little more ambitious. It's made with Vector shapes, gradients and brush shading. I had the style of Gaspar Camps in mind, but it's a lot simpler than his work. Still., I'm learning! More ambitious still! Made the same way as the previous pic, but with a lot more brush shading and gradients. Here I was thinking of Alphonse Mucha; see previous comment!I made two image brushes for the leopard's rosettes (spots to you and me). The 'leaves' are supposed to be feathers! I've tried out a couple of alternative colours with HSL adjustments, but I can't make up my mind which I like best..For the shadow, I created a new pixel layer in Photo with 'Merge visible', converted it to black (Levels), stretched it with the Move tool (and a little adjustment to the feet with the Mesh Warp tool). I then applied a gradient and a Box Blur live filter, also with a gradient to make it lighter and more blurred further up the image.
  6. A problem I've noticed in the last two or three days: after a while the cursor disappears when I move it out of the Document View are. It's still there but invisible, as I can see when it moves over interactive regions: tool tips appear, for instance. I'm running the latest version of Photo on a Windows laptop with 8GB RAM. So far I haven't had this with Designer.
  7. Great work, Tom! I've been intending to do something similar myself for ages -- now I can see how high you've set the bar, maybe I'll stir myself.
  8. Way back in the good old 30s, 40s & 50s, before real science had begun to catch up with pulp fiction, there was a penchant among sci-fi magazines for mad scientists to experiment on scantily-clad ladies in glass vessels. I've seen quite a few on FaceBook pages lately, so I thought I'd have a go at making a realistic-looking one of my own, mostly in Affinity Photo.As far as possible I've used my own photos, but the unfortunate female is from Pixabay, the Mad Scientist is Doc Brown from Back to the Future with William Herschel's head (photo: Julia Margaret Cameron), the glass thingy is from off the internet; the tubing is some Affinity Designer image brushes I made for the purpose. The whole thing was largely inspired by Richard Hamilton's Pop Art collage Just what is it that makes today's homes so different, so appealing?. It grew organically, which means I had a half-formed plan in my head and mostly added stuff willy-nilly and moved it around till I was happy. Oh, and I had to paint everything electric-shock blue. I made this A2 size, which is a bit bigger than it needed to be really: the while thing is nearly 300MB, even after I'd flattened quite a few of the layers and groups. This is Hamilton's iconic work, which kicked off the Pop Art movement in 1956. In those days, cut and paste meant a pair of scissors and a bottle of Gloy!
  9. Great -- thanks! I'll have a good look at that.
  10. I'm not too bothered about the file size, to be honest; but it slows some Affinity functions down quite a bit on my 8GB laptop.
  11. On a whim I found myself looking over some stuff I did in the sixties. After I finished 'Forgotten dreams' I thought it would be fun to remake some of the other doodly stuff. Many days later, here they are. The originals were made on A2 cartridge paper (some from a quarto notebook original doodle) and the Affinity versions are A3 (and over 500MB!) Former doodle, worked up into this ... If you're wondering, the chap in the tree is Patrick Troughton, second Doctory Who; in the boat are Prime Minister Harold Wilson and George Brown (and the head of General de Gaulle). The helicopter could be piloted by Prince Philip. This was intended to be the first of a series of illustrations to Lucy in The Sky With Diamonds, the Beatles' song. I had the last one sketched out -- newspaper taxis, Plasticine porters, a train in a station -- but never got past the pencil stage. I was very influenced by the fantastic colour patterns in soap bubbles in the sixties, and the swirly designs in the old pic were an attempt to capture them. It's much more fiddly to do in digital, and I tried something a bit different here. Needs more work, but it's a promising technique. For Christmas 1967 I got a record player! So I started buying LPs (albums, if you prefer). Then I decide I needed something to protect them when I was carrying them outside the house: two stiff sheets of cardboard, which I lined with cartridge paper and decorated. (I'm still looking for the other side.)The chap on the left is Bob Dylan, from a photo (that I can't locate); on the right is Stan Webb of Chicken Shack. And at the back, that popular bluesman ... Despite an appeal of social media, I couldn't find a copy of that pic, so I had to replace Bobby with another photo. I had no idea how few photos show him standing (bit with hos feet cut off) or sitting (but with his legs cut off). The original photo was in a Dylan songbook that's hiding in the attic somewhere.
  12. Oh, I forgot to say: the old chap was black & white, and I hand-coloured him.
  13. This began life (or was resurrected -- see below) when I was fourteen, at school in 1965 when Games was rained off and I started doodling in a notebook whatever came into my head. I've still got the notebook somewhere, but I can't lay my hands on it just now to show you the original scribble.But here's the weird creepy thing ... ten years or so later I was idly flipping through a book, A Century of Creepy Stories, at a friend's house, when I came to an illustration ... that was my teenage doodle! It was different, obviously, but had all the elements: the old man, the long-case clock, the water ...And then I remembered ... when I was seven, we had a caravan holiday in Cornwall. Under my bed, I found someone had left a book ... A Century of Creepy Stories! The room is by Vidar Nordli Mathisen from unsplash; the bath from a photo by Max Murauer from unsplash; the clock and the wooden posts are my own photos; the other elements I borrowed from the internet.
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