Wednesday, June 11, 2014

I Believe That We Will Win

I'm proud to say that our son-in-law, Korey Donahoo, is co-founder of the American Outlaws, an unofficial fan supporter group for the U.S. Men's National Soccer Team.

The initial goal of Korey and his partner, Justin Brunken, who founded the American Outlaws, was to find a bar in town that would put the sound on during soccer games. Now, the American Outlaws claim 20,000-plus members in 134 U.S. chapter cities.

ESPN has been highlighting the American Outlaws as a part of the excitement building up to the World Cup in Brazil next week.

This Friday, 600 AO members from around the country are flying to Brazil for the World Cup on two 767 aircraft chartered and organized by Korey and Justin. If you're not one of the lucky ones, you can watch the games at one of the 134 AO chapters' viewing parties which take place at a local watering hole.

If you're not currently a soccer fan, you will be after attending one of these viewing parties!

I Believe!

Monday, May 12, 2014

Ominous Clouds before the Storm

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Sunday, May 11th (Mother's Day), the Kansas/Nebraska/Iowa section of the Great Plains experienced a strong outbreak of tornado-producing thunderstorms. We didn't get any tornadoes here in Omaha, but we did get an impressive display of mammatocumulus clouds.

These cloud formations are often associated with the leading edge of supercell thunderstorms and are a good indicator of an impending storm. I've seen these prior to tornadoes, as well. Fortunately, the Omaha weather event did not spin up any twisters in the immediate area. However, the area did receive quite a bit of wind damage. We lost a big tree limb but otherwise escaped unscathed.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Get Your Gouache Groove On

Attention John's Gouache for Painter users! Get your artwork featured here on the PixlBlog.

If you've done something you're proud of using John's Gouache, shoot me an email (derry at pixlart dot com) and I'll feature here.

John's Gouache is available for $19.95. You can purchase John's Gouache here.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

John's Gouache for Painter 12.2 & X3 Released!

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I'm pleased to announce the release of my latest custom brushes title for Corel Painter 12.2 and X3, John's Gouache. I've had this project percolating for some time and I have finally put together a set of brushes and associated tutorials.

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A unique property of my gouache brushes is that the initially sampled source color is used for the entire painted stroke. This technique limits the number of colors used in the painting.

Painter's other cloning brushes do not behave in this manner. Rather, they bring multiple colors into the stroke, which results in too much complexity for a believable gouache rendering.

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John's Gouache can also be used as expressive paint-from-scratch brushes. A color set created from a popular traditional gouache color range will be included with the brushes. 50 minutes of video tutorials are included to show you how to get the most out of this brush set.

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John's Gouache is available for $19.95. You can purchase John's Gouache via the PayPal link below. Major credit cards are accepted if you don't have a PayPal account.



Saturday, April 5, 2014

John's Gouache for Corel Painter Preview

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I'm continuing to get John's Gouache ready for release, which includes testing and refining the brush set and workflow. This painting is a test image for working out the brushes.

The original photo is from my iPhone 5 (with an Olloclip wide angle lens adapter attached). The image below shows a progression from the photo to the final painting.

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John's Gouache for Painter should be available in the next couple of weeks. Stay Tuned!

Saturday, March 29, 2014

John's Gouache for Painter Coming Soon!

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I've been working on a new set of brushes for Painter that emulate the traditional medium of gouache in concert with a photographic source. One of the hallmarks of traditional gouache is the use of a limited set of opaque colors to delineate an image.

A unique property of my gouache brushes is that the initially sampled source color is used for the entire painted stroke. This technique limits the number of colors used in the painting.

Painter's other cloning brushes do not behave in this manner. Rather, they bring multiple colors into the stroke, which results in too much complexity for a believable gouache rendering.

John's Gouache can also be used as expressive paint-from-scratch brushes. A color set created from a popular traditional gouache color range will be included with the brushes. A set of video tutorials will accompany the brushes.

The above image was painted with John's Gouache from an iPhone photo I took of a friend's construction project (below).

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John's Gouache for Painter should be available in the next couple of weeks. Stay Tuned!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Equinox 2

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Some of you may be familiar with the life-changing episode our family went through 8 years ago when my wife, Pam, was diagnosed with leukemia (AML). By chance, the diagnosis happened on the first day of spring in 1996, also known as the vernal equinox.

On that day, it was raining outside. The rainwater ran down our window, obscuring a grove of trees. This scene represented for me the emotions of that day. I felt compelled to record the moment and the subsequent print, Equinox, was born (shown above).

After Pam relapsed 2 years later in 2008 and required a bone marrow transplant, we offered the print for sale as a means of helping to offset the devastating medical costs associated with cancer treatment.

This past week marked the passage of 8 years since that awful day. I bought Pam a rose to celebrate her victory over leukemia. After shooting a photo of the celebratory rose, I realized that this image represents a bookend of sorts.

Thankfully, life has pretty much returned to normal for our family and those awful days are now in our lives' rear-view mirror.