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Darla Hallmark

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  1. Even with certificates, the vectors are NOT YOURS.   Besides, the certificates do not specify that you can resell the images.

    You purchased certain rights, but not the copyright.

    Here's a hint:  It costs way more than $4 to buy a copyright.

  2. One trick I've used for an image that I really liked, but was just a tad soft, is to posterize the color only. 

    I don't know how it works in other programs, but in Corel, I make a duplicate layer, posterize it to a level that looks good (not too intense) and set the layer to color only.  Then I adjust that layer's transparency to the best appearance (usually 50% is just right)

    This won't fix images that are clearly out of focus, but it will sharpen marginal photos.


  3. 18 hours ago, HodagMedia said:

     Give me a pencil and it's like Frankenstein trying to decorate a dainty cake.

    Move the pencil with your arm, instead of your fingers. 

    If you were in my class, I would give you two exercises to do.  One, I would set up a large sketchpad on an easel, and have you stand at arm's length to draw the model, filling the page. Use a soft charcoal pencil that makes a nice dark mark, so you're not tempted to get closer to the paper to see your lines.

    The other would be to have you lay your hand palm down and stick the pencil between your fingers, sticking straight up.  Put the paper on a table and draw like a mechanical plotter.  Keep your wrist and hand straight, and your forearm horizontal, using your elbow and shoulder to move the pencil around.

    Try those for a bit, and see how you improve.

  4. 23 hours ago, DADPhotography said:

    I assume that some modicum of talent is required in order to be able to learn to draw.  I have trouble with stick people.  If you are referring to learning how to use some kind of illustration software to create something from scratch, I again think that would require some artistic talent, and even if not, I do not see a lot of difference from doing that and with starting with a unique photo.


    You are mistaken.  "Talent" is developed, not innate.  It is possible for anyone to learn to draw reasonably well, you just don't want to do the work. 

    I teach drawing.  I get the "but I can't draw" all the time from people, and I tell them, "that's why you take classes."

    The skills involved in drawing improve all aspects of creative work.  You learn to observe and analyze light and composition.  You learn attention to detail.  You learn some friggin patience with the process.

    Not everyone can be Rembrandt, but everyone can learn to draw.

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