At the beginning of the fall semester last year, as I was just finishing Song of the Daystar and getting close to test time, I suddenly discovered the wonders of Adobe Photoshop. Now, I know that Photoshop is ideal for editing and fixing photographs, but in the art world, it is also a major step towards digital painting. I have recently been experimenting with digital painting. It's not nearly as easy as most artists make it look. But after a while I got the hang of it and started working on a project called "The 100 Theme Challenge". (No, this was not my original idea. I found it on Deviantart.) The challenge is to create 100 pictures in any media that you want, in any order that you want to create them, based on the themes given to you. Since I had been wanting to explore the world of digital painting, I decided to try and do most of my pictures in the computer.
Unfortunately, about half way through painting the picture, my computer did a nose dive and I had to replace it. When I went to install Adobe to finish the painting, for some strange reason the software wouldn't install.
But this didn't deter me. I had been hearing some good things about a freeware art program called "GIMP" that could be downloaded straight off the Internet. I ran it through my school's security software before installing it on my computer. To my great and ecstatic surprise, GIMP is actually a decent art program. The majority of the picture was done in GIMP.
The first theme I decided to do was #92, "All I Have". I apologize now that the colors seem a bit light. After I finished the picture, I went to print it off at Wal-Mart and discovered that my new computer's Gamma must not be set correctly. I'll have to go back in, re-set the gamma, and eventually adjust the color. But until then, here it is. If you click the image below, a bigger version will appear, and if you double click that version, an even bigger version will appear. I strongly suggest looking at the biggest version. I put a lot of work into this painting, but it's hard to see when the picture is so small.