Monday, August 31, 2009

Art Communities & Related Links

DeviantART CG Society
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jamuse.com Artician
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Daz3D Digital Designs Unlimited
Artmajeur.com Imagine FX
Advanced Photoshop Photoshop Creative

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The Kitchen (WeCookArt.com)


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Friday, August 28, 2009

Our 5th Anniversary Dinner

It is August 28th, 2009 and this day is our 5th anniversary since our marriage. He came home after work and surprised me with pretty earrings and a gold figurine of a couple from the jewelery store. Wow, was I surprised. I made him a custom-made card and bought a box of Purdy's chocolate Hedgehogs.

Hubby Patric and I spent the evening out at a classy restaurant called West Restaurant. Finally out without Baby Brandon. Grandma was babysitting for a few hours while we were out.

Yes, it was expensive as it was a high class restaurant. The food and the service was great for our first time there. Also, not to forget the nice atmosphere. I ordered Organic Roast Duck Breast and he ordered his Organic Steak. For appetizer, we shared a plate of Seared Tuna (seared on the outside and slightly rare on the inside). Parfait was also served to start.

Thank-you Patric. I love you!

Total price (including gratuity) with a glass of red wine: $150.

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Thursday, August 27, 2009

FREE PNE Admission

Just thought I would share this with everyone especially my local friends in the Greater Vancouver Area. You can get free admission to PNE with BC Gold Players card. Go to any casino and apply for the card.

IF you show a valid BC GOLD players card (and your ID) at gates #5, 6, 9, or 10, you can have FREE Admission to the PNE. You can only use your BC Gold Card once to go to the PNE for free. The fair opens between August 22, 2009 and September 7, 2009.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Card-making & Scrapbooking: Anniversary Card

I have always been into scrapbooking and cardmaking, but never really done a lot. I make cards for people. I didn't take any pictures to share though.

It was our 5th year anniversary on August 28th and I decided to create something special for my hubby. Here's a Happy Anniversary card I made and thought I'd share with you.

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Monday, August 24, 2009

Shopping for IKEA dining table

Nothing too exciting happened lately. I've been trying to spend less to save up for a new dining table. My hubby and I went to a lot of places and saw that Ikea has better and nicer looking ones. I think we are set on a dark color one with extendable sides. We don't have much room so it's gonna be a small one with approximate dimensions of 75cm width x 120cm length x 75cm high.

Something like these:

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Friday, August 21, 2009

Custom Brush Guide

I have just started creating my own custom brushes in Photoshop and find that it helps me save much of my time in my digital paintings/drawings. It also plays an extremely important role in my projects and for most digital artists. The use of brushes was inspired by well-known digital artist, Marta Dahlig, who I became a fan of her art.

Marta wrote the following 4 workshops on the Custom Brush Guide tutorial series for ImagineFX Magazine:

- Skin & Hair (from issue #19)
- Fabric & Costume (from issue #20)
- Nature & Environment (from issue #21)
- Elements (from issue #22)

The pages link to PDF files from ImagineFX's FREE workshops as well as the support files for download.

The Custom Brush Guide: Skin & Hair

Download: Full Workshop PDF | Support Files (0.34Mb)

The Custom Brush Guide: Fabric & Costume

Download: Full Workshop PDF | Support Files (2.99Mb)

The Custom Brush Guide: Nature & Environment

Download: Full Workshop PDF | Support Files (14.74Mb)

The Custom Brush Guide: Elements

Download: Full Workshop PDF | Support Files (8.13Mb)

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