Derby #238: Kitties!
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Cheshire Dressing Room

Cheshire Dressing Room
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bethany3cat


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Whoever you are, oh generous benefactor, thank you, so much, for that one vote that just appeared.

I'm such a noobie that it's too soon to call me that. However, I made a commitment to myself that I would start taking some risks and put myself out there. Of course, Woot! Is a bit of "strong criticism" environment. (understatement). Talk about jumping into the deep end!!

This is the first derby that I have ever entered (first tee contest ever), and I put in two -- the other has no comment, but about 30+ votes, not exactly stellar, but a good first showing. This one, on the other hand is dying on the vine.

[It was definitely premature for me to enter this, or any contest, but Woot! had to go and pick cats, and our home is a cat rescue with many, many models walking around, telling me that I had all the raw materials. So, just do it!]

Anyway, I have been lurking here, watching, and praying that I get one more vote (in addition to my own), to save myself from epic fail. Thanks.

I guess I'll have to "up my game" from a combination of scanned drawings, a WebOS HP TouchPad drawing app, and Microsoft Paint. :-) Maybe lurk some more and learn from all the artists routinely putting out fabulous art.

Or, perhaps, find a different way to try and recreate myself. Anyone know a good basketweaving listserv?

j5


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I like your idea, but you do need some better tools.
If you have a tablet or a very steady mouse hand, you can do wonders with the free program GIMP. If precision is more your thing, go with Inkscape, also free. In reality, you will benefit from both, since GIMP can read/write files in the Photoshop format and is better suited for submitting shirt comps/thumbs.
Good luck, and GMV for tenacity.

move along

bethany3cat


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j5 wrote:I like your idea, but you do need some better tools.
If you have a tablet or a very steady mouse hand, you can do wonders with the free program GIMP. If precision is more your thing, go with Inkscape, also free. In reality, you will benefit from both, since GIMP can read/write files in the Photoshop format and is better suited for submitting shirt comps/thumbs.
Good luck, and GMV for tenacity.


Great advice, and thank you for the "Tenacious j5" vote. I may just have to draw myself a special trophy for that! --with my new GIMP program... Free is great. It will probably complement my OpenOffice nicely.

I'm actually lucky that I didn't create something on my first go-around that wowed the shirt.woot swarm. (not that I really harbored that fantasy, but I was hoping for a few "attagirls" or a few votes) After I read tgentry's designer advice last night, I realized that I do not have the capacity for layers--if my design had magically ended up in the top three, I would not have been capable of supplying Proofs the way Woot! needs them.

I thought I might have to table my creative license until I had the funds for the illustration software and/or hardware (alt read, never), but you have offered me a bread crumb, and I will see which way out of the forest this trail might lead.

Thanks, again, I was a little discouraged, but you've reminded me that I am also tenacious! Whine for a minute ... Okay ... Let's go get 'em!

j5


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bethany3cat wrote:I thought I might have to table my creative license until I had the funds for the illustration software and/or hardware (alt read, never)

Monoprice is a great source of very capable, very affordable, tablet hardware, assuming you don't want to scour thrift stores for a used Wacom.

move along

bethany3cat


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j5 wrote:Monoprice is a great source of very capable, very affordable, tablet hardware, assuming you don't want to scour thrift stores for a used Wacom.


My thanks to you again, j5! I was not familiar with Monoprice.. They have a great selection at multiple price points I also followed a couple of leads from them to Sumo -- which you may already know is a cool drawing program (unfortunately, the programming lives online and streams a bit slowly for my test, but cool, nonetheless).

Although I frequent thrift shops for art supplies/materials, I never thought to look for art technology. Eyes wide open.

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