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Ace of Cups

A young black boy struggling to hold aloft an overflowing ornate wood chest. Water is cascading out of the chest, leaving puddles in the sand at his feet. The boy is wearing a brightly coloured woven loincloth with geometric patterns. In the background is a mud brick building with a round roof and set of double doors.

Photoshop, Wacom and MotionComputing tablet

It's been a while. I'm kind of posting this blind, because I still don't have a good monitor or a high quality printer to properly correct the colours. But I don't want to stop painting, and it just takes too big a canvas with oil or acrylics to get the kind of detail I want.

Not to mention I don't have recent or good Photoshop brushes. That was the biggest critique I got, earlier this year, that my brush strokes were too obvious. The implication was they gave it a kind of crappy amateur look, though the woman who raised the point was far too polite to be that direct.

I don't know. I just want to paint. I don't want painting to be about chasing the latest technology.

Anyway, it's Sha, struggling to lift an overflowing kifu, in front of Masta Ua.



( 7 comments — Leave a comment )
Jul. 4th, 2016 10:57 pm (UTC)
Oooohh!!! I like this! It's so joyful and bright :D
Jul. 6th, 2016 01:34 am (UTC)
Thank you!
Jul. 5th, 2016 11:33 am (UTC)
I don't think obvious brush strokes are amateurish. They're just another kind of art - sometimes the process of creating the art being obvious, like seeing brushstrokes, is as much part of the finished product as something 'polished'. I don't know if I'm explaining well.

I like the picture, but it doesn't look like Sha's struggling really. He looks like he's having fun.
Jul. 6th, 2016 01:33 am (UTC)
It's my fault, I wrote a bad description. I didn't want to explain for what feels like the zillionth time, what kifu are, who Sha is, and everything. So I just posted it. Shashigai wanted him to look delighted and mischievous. If you have to go into the subtext of the card it's about how emotions have what meaning you put on them, in and of themselves they're not charged. Sha's four, so to him an overflowing of water/emotion/spirit is a wonderful new toy to play with. As opposed to like someone entering counselling who sees it as a burden.
Jul. 7th, 2016 12:25 pm (UTC)
Ok. Yeah re not wanting to explain it all over again.

Oh well I think he looks delighted and mischeivous :-)

I think you've captured the meaning then.

Aug. 4th, 2016 09:35 am (UTC)
I just love it!
Aug. 12th, 2016 03:38 am (UTC)
I'm glad!
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