This is the base for Eichhorst his face, painted in The Gimp. This was my starting point for the finished digital painting which i posted about in an earlier Blog entry. One can notice a reference image added as a layer which I used to make sure everything remained somewhat correct. The Facial features in the finished image are not exact nor are they even correct at times as a result of painting everything from scratch. With the normal brush, paint brush, and the smudge tool i gradualy layered color upon color, smudge trough smudge. The result was then color corrected towards a pseudo realistic end result resembling some 1990's oil-painted comic book frames. The way i use the smudge tool in a program like The Gimp is based upon The Joy Of Painting, a show i first watched around the year 2004. Eveything i do is self taught trough years of practice, assimilating certain ways of doing things trough watching or reading about drawing and painting (like the smudge tool) and experimentation. Though as mentioned in the previous Blog entry about this digital painting: I was not able to finsish this the way i wanted it to be due to computer screen related problems.
Something which has been bothering me for a long time concerns the fact that the Belgian Media (news and television) became very twisted concerning the 'generations" and their digital, or non digital media. Bit by bit it is becoming a rather distorted view on reality. A realistic view on the subject would be the following :
1) 1988~1988 : Born during this year in Belgium.
The Strain is an interesting show about Vampire like creatures that want to take over the world. It inspired me to open up The Gimp and paint some Fan Art. Little did i know that it would become a challenge. I began painting this on a decent monitor with a mediocre resolution (1280x720) but that monitor decided to break and left me hanging with an unfinished raw image containing the base of the face. After setting up a backup CRT screen i continued painting the concept. My luck turned. A replacement flatscreen was handed to me. What a horror did i paint: Stray pixels, stray colors, blury edges connected to pixel clear edges... On the old CRT screen nothing ever seemed wrong with the image. It took me a full day to correct, but not solve.
This is a song i once made using an old DAW. I have some fond memories concerning Music Maker 2007. I once bought this version as a brand new and relevant piece of software. It featured a fantastic user interface but also came with full blown VSTI support. This song only contains audio produced by some top notch free VSTI which where not delivered with the DAW.