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Painting! [Feb. 17th, 2004|03:28 pm]
Jasmine Becket-Griffith
Oops! I was doing a sketch for a private commission, and then when I was done I started painting a new original and I forgot to post the link!

It's a "Mardi Gras"/Masquerade type piece - I've sketched (painted, rather) in several masks and I'll see where it goes from there........... It's a really big piece, 20"x16" and will have kind of a Gothic feel to it - I've already put in my "Plague Doctor" character as well....

You can watch me here!
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[User Picture]From: heatherica
2004-02-17 12:33 pm (UTC)
Ooh, your Plague Doctor is creepy! I love Masquerade like things. lol! I always get excited to see the finished painting whenever you start a new one. Do you get sick of me saying "I can't wait to see it!"?? lol!
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2004-02-17 12:44 pm (UTC)

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"Do you get sick of me saying "I can't wait to see it!"??"

Oh no!!!! I love hearing that kind of thing!! That encourages me to "keep at it" when I wander over and check my journal, hehe!
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[User Picture]From: heatherica
2004-02-17 12:56 pm (UTC)

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You are encouraged to keep at it so that you grow tired of hearing me say "Oh, that's so wonderful!!" lol!!
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[User Picture]From: crypticvitality
2004-02-17 01:53 pm (UTC)

16"x20" ....tisk, thats small!!!! he he

Coolies Jasmine,

You should try something as large as 20"x24" or two by three feet and see what you can get for it, probably allot! It would be a nice big project. Those are the sizes I tend to work with.

That would be awsome to see try do a huge painting like that, you could have a whole scene unfolding, and with all the great deatil you add to your peices it would be the coolest.
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2004-02-17 06:22 pm (UTC)

Re: 16"x20" ....tisk, thats small!!!! he he

Oh yes - I do quite a few large paintings (up to 36"x48") as commissioned pieces, I just don't really bother putting up big pieces on eBay. I've never noticed much of a price difference in ending bids for big paintings as opposed to small paintings (in my experience at least), so for eBay I basically just keep them small =)

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[User Picture]From: crypticvitality
2004-02-17 06:51 pm (UTC)

Re: 16"x20" ....tisk, thats small!!!! he he

Really, I like to see some pictures of these huge paintings sometime!
I started trying to draw a self portrait of myself but I cant!!!!
Sometimes I somehow manage to draw a decent looking person and other time its like I just dont have it in me....Oh well.
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2004-02-17 07:35 pm (UTC)

Re: 16"x20" ....tisk, thats small!!!! he he

Hehe, another reason I don't like doing big paintings other than for commissions is because it drives me CRAZY to scan them in!!!! Since a lot of my income is from prints, I need high-res scans to create them. With a 16"x20" painting I only need to take six scans and carefully stitch them together in Photoshop, which isn't that difficult, just time consuming. BUT with a BIG painting I sometimes have to take up to 50 or 60 scans, which always leaves me in tears trying to get them all straight (moving that huge canvas on my little tiny scanner, trying to make sure it's not being knocked off-center, setting it in the middle of the floor, etc. etc. EEK!

Commissions though, I don't usually bother taking high res scans (since most clients don't want prints sold, or even the images shared online). Rather I just take some quick digital photos for them to see, since I don't need a high res file to make prints from.

The last BIG painting (this one was a 36"x48") I scanned in was this one here -

http://www.strangeling.com/fairydragon.jpg
http://www.strangeling.com/fairydragondetail1.jpg
http://www.strangeling.com/fairydragondetail2.jpg

It took me over SIX HOURS to scan and piece together. Never again!!! Lol.
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[User Picture]From: crypticvitality
2004-02-17 07:57 pm (UTC)

Re: 16"x20" ....tisk, thats small!!!! he he

OMG!!!
I know how you feel then about those larger paintings. For a long time my fiancé and I tried to find a way we could get prints out of my paintings, But since all my art is large scale, non of the scanners at every place wasn’t large enough to scan the entire image.

We had one other option and that was to get the picture taken from a professional photographer of the paintings and even then I’m sure they would not have come out as great as a scan. So eventually my fiancé and I drove out and bought a small flat bed scanner for like 70 bucks, its a little larger then standard size. But we usually end up with 6 to 8 scans and then paste them all back together in...you guessed it Photoshop...yay for the program lol!

I don’t do that part though, I juts help hold the canvas and press the top of the scanner down for best picture and then its my fiancé who pasts them back together. He wanted me to ask you how it is you get ride of the lines that are created with the different layers? He usually erases the edges and overlaps. But sometimes there is a faint line left over that kind of looks smudgy

I think that’s funny we do it all the same way; it is time consuming inst it! My fiancé is going to have a few paintings to do again soon. But we make a great team, our skills really compliment each other, he’s the computer programmer who helped me build my web site and scans in my artwork and other computer stuff. And I make the money he he.
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2004-02-17 08:25 pm (UTC)

Re: 16"x20" ....tisk, thats small!!!! he he

Oh yes! Those little "lines" after you've erased are actually the discoloured edges of the scanner. Most scanners are slightly darker around the edges of the glass, with the clearest in the center. Basically what I do is take way more scans than necessary, to make sure that the middle of the glass hits each and every part of the painting, even the corners I set in the middle of the scanner (and I make sure it's at a 90 degree angle). That way I just use the center of the scans, and the colouration stays the same! It's a little more painstaking, but it's the only way to keep it from looking smudgy!
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[User Picture]From: crypticvitality
2004-02-17 08:38 pm (UTC)

Re: 16"x20" ....tisk, thats small!!!! he he

Sounds like the same thing we do already he he!
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[User Picture]From: malikasaghir
2004-02-17 02:36 pm (UTC)
that is totally freaky cool. and i use freaky instead of just coolio. definitely kind of got a sexy goth mystery feel to it...or i am just a sicko O_o~~~
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2004-02-17 07:24 pm (UTC)

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Hehe - that's totally the look I'm going for!!!

I'm probably going to end up finishing this one tomorrow.....
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[User Picture]From: malikasaghir
2004-02-17 07:27 pm (UTC)

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that is cool-you do sleep dont you? at least some days. i guess i get up so early i dont understand being up so late all the time..but i must clean clean clean now..i almost have a living room and that is dam exciting. woohooo.
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[User Picture]From: redrevvy
2004-02-17 02:36 pm (UTC)

=^_^=

You are gonna make prints of this, right??? :) I hope so cus' I'll be on your buying list for this one!
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2004-02-17 07:21 pm (UTC)

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Oh yes!!! I will DEFINITELY offer prints! I'm loving how it's turning out so far =) I don't think I'll get it done tonight, but hopefully I will tomorrow!!!!
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From: faerieshine
2004-02-17 04:10 pm (UTC)
Oh DAMN girl! That is looking FABULOUS! Oh I REALLY can't wait to see this one!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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[User Picture]From: erikasfriends
2004-02-17 06:18 pm (UTC)
That alreaday looks hot Jasmine!
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