Pretty Trash – I’m fairly certain I took this on Morrison St in downtown Portland – December 2017
It is not pretty, but I had to make myself finish it.
I recently got a subscription to the Creative Cloud. So I had to play with Animate. I get really caught up in “getting it right”… so much so that I don’t do it at all. This is a message to myself to just get things done. Edit later.
My latest endeavor has been teaching myself to use Illustrator. As a friend put it, “The pen tool is the devil.” I decided not to let that discourage me. I decided that I need to create something, anything, so that I would feel that I am getting somewhere with the program. The colors are weird and icky. It is too plain. But yes… I made something dammit.
In December 2009 I house/ pet sat for my aunt and uncle in Dixon California. I had never been to California.
Besides house privileges I also had the use of their Prius. I was able to travel about quite a bit. San Francisco, Sacramento, Sausalito, Redwood City, Calaveras County.
It was an amazing time that I will never forget. This rambling bit is inspired by the experience.
I’ve come to realize that I have been subscribing to Photoshop User magazine since 2009. I was going through my collection and realized that I still have some of them in the plastic sleeves, never looked at. Why have something if you are not going to use it. In the April/May 2009 issue I found a tutorial titled, “Illustration Effect on Photos”. I decided to play with it. Perhaps I should go through all the magazines and do at least one tutorial in each. The only way you get good at something is to practice. I spend too much time doing my “JOB” and not enough doing the things I really enjoy.