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  1. @Mortimer what a glorious image! And what difficult birds to photograph without a blur of wings! Simply beautiful.
  2. I waited all summer to catch this female of natural aviation at the lunch counter getting her fill up. I'm glad Affinity Photo was there when the waiting was over.
  3. You are right, the nature plays the main role in almost all of my photos.
  4. Surely nature can take some of the credit ๐Ÿ˜œ
  5. Yes, This is great! I had a Dachshund too and, as dannyg9 says, it captures their spirit so well, their inquisitive nature, theit beautiful faces so full of fun and mischief. The BEST dogs...
  6. @SrPx: Thank you for your comment. The explanation of the two arts is correct and I agree it is more Art Nouveau than Art Deco, even if some elements reflect the latter. I believe Gaudi was also influenced by Art Nouveau, which probably is the reason why the work on the Sagrada Familia is pain staking and time consuming. Mimicking the organic works of nature is a huge challenge.
  7. @G-F-H beautiful birds! Always amazing to learn how many varieties there still exist in this world.
  8. Actually, they are two different creatures. For birds the air is their domain and they have probably seen a clear route upwards, over/through the land to the right For the deer, he has to find a ground route out of the danger zone and he's determined that is to be to the left. There's no way he can follow the birds' route out, unless his name is Rudolph and he has a big red nose.
  9. Actually, the birds going one way and the deer the other, for me, capture in the image the panic. Unlike people in a workplace they will not have been taught what to do in a fire situation nor will they have participated in a fire drill and been informed of the gathering point after evacuation and there will not be signs on the trees indicating which way to go in the event of a fire. And although when staff in a human workpace all behave in an orderly manner in a previously announced fire drill, who knows what will happen if there is a real fire. The animals may not know which is the route to safety. They may not be aware that there is anywhere outside the wood, or they may have previously stood at the edge of the wood gazing at the open meadow beyond yet never ventured there. William
  10. Ha-ha! Well spotted! While I was putting it together I did wonder whether, if the fire is raging rapidly through the woodland in all directions, leaping from tree to tree and setting alight to the undergrowth, do the animals, in their terror, follow the same route to safety as the birds or do they tear through the woodland in a blind panic, avoiding the fire and smoke as they come across it... And I agree with you: I don't see any similarity between Piero di Cosimo's wonderful painting in the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford and my own, but it was a great compliment to receive from William. But did you notice that one of the deer and wild boars in Piero di Cosimo's painting have men's heads?
  11. Re: your original 'Fire in the Wood' paintings, I am intrigued that the deer and the birds seem to be fleeing from the fire in opposite directions! Artistic licence? I find that the painting from the Ashmolean does not connect in any way for me with your painting. John
  12. Hello all. This is a mockup for a YouTube channel I am working on every so often. Green is representative of nature along with some other things which is the reason for the color. If you would like to see more logos and branding I have done, they can be seen here https://www.behance.net/Statement-Design
  13. Ha-ha! Yes, hodgepodge. What a great word from the past. You don't hear it used now. 'Hodge Podge' would be a great name for a character in a children's book ๐Ÿ˜Š... I like to experiment with the brushes in Affinity Photo, creating image brushes using random sections of images that I consider will make really interesting textures, images like the underside of a toadstool, lichen on a tree branch, rust, peeling paint, tarnished gold, folds in an old sheet, satin, silks, mist, clouds, the texture on an old man's cap. Then I test the brush settings, spacing, rotation, change the colours (or re-do the brush if I'm not happy with it, changing the colour, cutting bits off. etc). Then I export little sections of random bits of a texture as .png files, then re-import them into the brush as variants to rotate, set specing, etc. You get some great brushes by experimenting... I have done some interesting 'Nature' scenes using the photobashing technique and matte painting scenes using my 'Nature' and 'Atmosphere' brushes. I study the colours in a sunset or dawn, sometimes create a colour palette or LUTs from it and create the background gradient and then paint the trees, rocks, background mountains using the brushes I created, grabbing sections of buildings from various sources, re-colouring. Applying textures to change them, build onto them, add lighting to the windows, etc. I am always experimenting. Perspective and distance is challenging, but 'Practice, Perseverance and Patience' usually pays off. It's a lot of fun...
  14. The problem with logos that target a specific subject, that is diverse in nature, it is difficult to select one that is covers them all. There are all sorts of angles from which peers imagine it and review it. The same goes for visitors on which the logo is used. Simple assignments can appear to be more difficult to draw than things may seem at first glance.
  15. I created this back in Dec 2021, but forgot to post it... Christmas Card 2021 that I created in Affinity Photo using the 'Nature' brushes, with the help of a few animals and birds... ๐Ÿ™‚ DelN CMYK for Print RGB for Screen
  16. Hi Glennsart, Glad I could help. I found that particular tutorial really helpful too. I've watched it several times. Is there somewhere on the forum that I can check out your artwork? I'd love to see it. Also, I don't know if you are aware, but I uploaded a load of free 'Nature' and 'Atmosphere' brushes for Affinity Photo. The brushes are right at the bottom of the link below. There's also a Word file step-by-step instruction on how to create image brushes, which I put together for Affinity Photo users. The link is: Other really interesting tutorials I have found are: The Colour Replacement Brush How to create a Gold or Chrome Effect - Affinity Photo Tutorial Also, have you checked out Aร-generated Art yet? He-he! I think you're gonna like this... ๐Ÿ˜„ Dall-E 2 and MidJourney are probably my favourites, but there are several more AI art generators. The beauty of the art is astonishing. The darkness, the creativity. Its all very nightmarish, but wonderful... Check out these links on Pinterest to see what people are creating with them. If you've not heard of them, I think the artwork will amaze you (it certainly blew me away): https://www.pinterest.co.uk/search/pins/?q=midjourney generated art&rs=typed https://www.pinterest.co.uk/search/pins/?rs=ac&len=2&q=dall e 2 art&eq=dall-E 2&etslf=4484 Have fun! DelN
  17. I have just finished 'Mountains in the Mist', which I did in Affinity Photo using the free 'Nature' and 'Atmosphere' brushes (plus a few images and other brushes). I have uploaded too a numbered set of JPG images from the first background sky layer 01_ to the last _FINAL so (if anyone is interested ๐Ÿ˜„) you can see how I created it.
  18. Every easter I make a puzzle withy cryptographic images. This year the theme was 'Birds'. Easter has of course long since past, but I just realized I didn't share my work here. I'd love to hear feedback if you have any. Everything was made in Affinity Designer! https://matth-ijs.nl/paaspuzzel/2022/
  19. A tangle of pipes, steel girders and ladders around the decommissioned blast furnaces, with nature resurgent in between. Duisburg Landscape Park around a disused ironworks in Duisburg-Meiderich, popularly known as LaPaDu. Developed from Raw with DxO Photolab and Postprocessing done with Affinity Photo 1.10.5 PS: On Monday morning, filming of the Hollywood production "The Tributes of Panem - The Song of the Bird and the Serpent" started in Duisburg's Landschaftspark.
  20. Free 'Nature' and 'Atmosphere' brushes for Affinity Photo (in one place). Even though I uploaded them, I still have trouble finding them on the forum so I thought I'd put them in one place... I am attaching the 'step-by-step' guide on how I created my 'Nature' image brushes in Affinity Photo. Its a MS Word document and explains how to create a 'Butterfly' brush in Affinity Photo using multiple images. The process is the same for any image(s) whether butterfly, rock, stones, tree, shrub, moss, lichen. At the end of the tutorial I explain another process to create a 'moss' image brush which uses simple selections that you export individually. There may be other and easier ways to do this, but this is the way I have done it because it is a method I use to create them in Corel Painter. I am not so experienced in Affinity Photo, so I don't yet know where one saves seamless textures that you create to re-use; in Corel Painter, you save them in the 'Patterns' Library. The 'step-by-step' tutorial explains... 1. How to Create a Brush Category 2. How to Remove the Background from an Image 3. How to Save the Butterfly as a .PNG (Transparent Background) Image 4. How to Create a โ€˜Butterflyโ€™ Brush (Multiple Butterfly Images) 5. How to Duplicate a Brush 6. How to Rename a Brush 7. How to Create a โ€˜Mossโ€™ Brush using Multiple PNGs ...which are the steps you must take to create your first image brush. You can create an image brush just by selecting a single layer, but you need to convert it to a Pixel layer first. I wanted to explain how to create one by selecting it and extracting it from its background. More complicated, but once you have done it once, you can use the same process to create any image brush. I would advise you to experiment and test out all the different brush settings. To load the brush category in Affinity Photo Save the DelN's Free Brushes.afbrushes file Locate the location where you saved the file Open Affinity Photo Double-click the DelN's Free Brushes.afbrushes file. An 'Import Brushes' message will be displayed 'Brushes Imported Successfully' Click OK Click 'Brushes' tab Locate new DelN's Free Brushes Start using the brushes I also attach several images of the brush strokes and their brush names in my DelN's Free Brushes.afbrushes. Enjoy! DelN's Free Brushes Pt1.afbrushes DelN's Free Brushes Pt2.afbrushes DelN's Free Brushes Pt3_Atmosphere Dust & Smoke Brushes.afbrushes DelN's Free Brushes Pt4_Atmosphere Dust & Smoke Brushes.afbrushes How to Create a Butterfly Brush_Multiple Butterfly Images.docx
  21. Yes, that's right, because I've seen it all over the world. Over rainforests, over desert plains or over cities. You name it. These are crows asking a bird of prey to leave the area, and they often do so by harassing them, breaking their concentration and interfering with their hunt. It rarely gets dramatic, but the bird of prey simply can't really hunt in peace. It's very simple. I've seen birds of all shapes and sizes work together to be wary of the large birds of prey, and warn each other well in advance. But it's the big crows that have to fly up and and disturb the intruding bird.
  22. The most memorable thing when I traveled to Australia is the moment I met the sleepyhead Koala. The Koala was sleeping in a very cute pose stuck in a branch, and it was loved by many visitors. I really wanted to bring the Koala to Korea where I live. So with good memory about Koala, I started working on this photo manipulation with affinity photo. When we meet Koalas in nature, I don't think they are threatening at all. Even if it is very huge size, I think we will be able to watch it comfortably because it sleeps all day. I have that kind of good feeling about Koalas and I want to share this feeling from my photo manipulation artwork. "Meet The Giant Sleepyhead" speed art : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85SS1gE_DR0
  23. Hey, John, you are absolutely correct. Both images were taken within milliseconds of each other and the ghost image was the first frame cut to 35% of it's full resolution, then focus merge was used to create this effect without having a ghost on the hummingbird feeder itself. Experimenting with the focus merge capability in AP has brought about some very interesting and delightful results. Unfortunately, being that I'm retired and have too much time on my hands my friends will be getting too many of my results. I am glad you liked the result and hopefully it made your day a little brighter to see this little wonder of nature. Mortimer aka Richard
  24. I watched on the news that a huge whale leisurely passed down when a man was canoeing alone in the sea. The man looked very scared, but fortunately, the whale passed by without any accident. In fact, I think that meeting wild animals in nature can be quite dangerous. Some people rush away when they meet even a small cat on the street. So what if a whale that's several meters long passed right underneath? But on the other hand, sometimes I want to feel the thrill of this unexpected meeting. I think that's why people travel to safari in Africa or explore the Amazon jungle. "Fishing with Whales" is a photo manipulation with affinity photo that expresses the thrill of such an unexpected meeting in connection with fishing that I like. "Fishing with Whales" speed art : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQVI0-JKLzU
  25. Hi, I have been trying to create some atmosphere in a concept art piece of two towers rising up out of the mist in a valley filled with lush vegetation. I used Affinity Photo to create it, painting much of it with the free 'Atmosphere' and 'Nature' brushes I uploaded on the Affinity Forum (plus some other brushes) to create it (links below). I am fascinated by the matte painting technique used by digital artists for all the main film studios to create a visualisation of important scenes that will go into the finished film. Films and series like Vikings, Alien, Dune, Mary Poppins, Ghostbusters, Titanic, Raiders of the Lost Ark, King Kong, the Jurassic Park series of films... and the new 'Rendezvous with Rama' that is (hopefully) in production. All of 'em, really... This is from Wikipedia: "A matte painting is a painted representation of a landscape, set, or distant location that allows filmmakers to create the illusion of an environment that is not present at the filming location." If you are interested in matte painting or concept art check out the following links. There are lots of tutorials too: https://conceptartempire.com/concept-art-tutorials/ https://conceptartworld.com/category/training/ Introduction to Matte Painting Free 'Nature' brushes link (also includes a Word document on how to create your own brushes): Free 'Atmosphere' brushes link:
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