Friday, April 3, 2009

Tools of The Trade...

My equipment…. a Canon EOS 50D, white/ gold reflector, Photoshop CS3, Illustrator CS4….in a few weeks I will be adding an Alien Bee ring flash….I’m so excited…I’ve been writing down ideas and asking around for models…I cannot wait until I can start shooting with the ring flash….

For my other love…writing and drawing… I use Faber-Castell pencils…I really like the feel of the pencils...they have tiny grips and are not to big to hold on to….. I’ve tried several other pencils...I even have some artist pencils but I always turn to Faber-Castell...…I use Mole skin sketch books and Mole skin writing books...why?...the paper is smooth and the pencil just glides on the paper……when ever I make a trip to Ottawa (which doesn’t happen to often) I make a stop at Chapters and buy a bunch of Mole skins (they come in different colors now yippee)...and yes I confess I purchase picture books and reference books ….okay you got me…I also pick up cute items…erasers….paperclips…

Inspirations
My kids
…they are so comical and cute…many times they make suggestions on how they would like to be photographed…at the moment my seven year old has an idea that involves chaos …that is all I can say for now…I’m just waiting for better weather to take him out to some old buildings…..

Color…I must have color….I do not like bare or white walls….one of these days I will have to take a picture of the family room that also is my work space and you will be able to see that I thrive in color and creativity…you would be surprise how long it takes to choose a color and stick with it…it must be the right color…for the moment…tutti frutti pink is my favourite….kids love it…my husband questioned it at first but I think he likes it….

Toys...it can’t be just any toy…I really love tin toys….robots….carousels..…the creativity and mechanics that when into them is amazing…I am and always will be a kid at heart….my favourite store is Tiggy Winkles in Ottawa…..the kids are so lucky…everyone gets one toy (reasonably priced)…even me….and yes I share my toys…my little ones love to play with my Munny dolls and Nightmare Before Christmas collection…

Music…. I am picky about my music...it must move me…lately I have been leaning more towards alternative music...and I grew up listening to rock...who knew…some artists I listen to are Lily Allan...Kerli…and The Decemberists…when my kids are asleep I turn on my I touch and get lost in the music and my work…the moment I love is when I am listening to music and it just takes over and drives my creativity…

No matter if I shoot a photo or draw something I always use Photoshop….Photoshop is very forgiving and it’s not messy…layers are a huge help…the possibilities in what you can do to an image are truly endless….add a texture….add several…play around with the blend modes…made a mistake…don’t like it…delete it…..changed your mind and now you like it…Photoshop lets you….Photoshop gives you several chances to change your mind….want to just add texture to a certain area….try the clipping mask….brilliant…with all this playing around eventually you end up with several layers which add up to space in your system…..many of my images for my picture books are huge...at least 1gig…over 100 layers….3 weeks or so worth of work…where do I store it all?….I have two external hard drives and soon I will have to get another…..my fear…a flood in our home or bad storm…there goes all the hard work…knock on wood….

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