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Tree of Life – Update

This is the art project I was working on before Windows decided to “improve” my drawing machine with an update.  Here’s where I’d got up to:

Tree of Life new


Border Control

I’ve made a little more progress on my Tree of Life piece.  I wanted to take a break from spirals so I decided to start work on the border.  I based the border designs on ones I had sketched for an earlier project (which is currently on the back burner).  I also tried out some of the Book of Kells font that I created for that project.  For those interested in the technicalities, I created the font using Manga Studio but I’m doing this piece in Krita.  Sometimes one can export projects from Manga Studio in Photoshop format (.psd) and then open them in Krita.  It didn’t work this time though so I had to make do with just the bare image.


Modern Magpie

I haven’t been visiting blogland very much lately.  And I haven’t done much in the way of art or craft for a few months because my energy and focus have been diverted elsewhere.  However, a new project recently presented itself to me.  The first step was to produce a digital version of my magpie design, which I did using the free software Krita:

Now I need to somehow incorporate knotwork into the design.  It’s going to be tricky.

I look forward to catching up with you all soon.

Another Snowflake

Trying to see if I can come up with designs for paper snowflakes using Krita.


Krita Snowflake Doodle

Still playing. 🙂
snowflake doodle

Krita Deform Brush Doodle

Just playing around with one of the tools in Krita. Not sure I love the colour scheme I ended up with, but I like the patterns.
spiral graffiti

Finished Eagle Crest

WIP Eagle Crest10small

Work In Progress – Eagle or Eagles?

WIP Eagle Crest2
I’m about halfway through the work on this picture. It’s for the cover of a booklet that a friend of mine is writing. The double-headed eagle is based on the “Lesser Coat of Arms of Russia” and other heraldic imagery available via Wikimedia. I’m using the free art software called Krita that I posted about recently. It’s working well so far, apart from some problems caused by my amateur fumblings. The mirroring tool is particularly useful for this highly symmetrical piece.

Krita Critter


This image might be familiar to readers who remember the British TV artist Tony Hart.  It’s my quick attempt at the logo for his “Vision On” programme.  I’m trying out a drawing package called Krita.  When I saw the mirroring tool I immediately wanted to try the reproduce the “Vision On” logo.

And why am I trying Krita when I love Manga Studio so much?  Well, with the inexorable push to move to Windows 10, I am feeling more inclined to jump from the Microsoft ship into the ocean that is Linux.  Krita is available on both platforms whereas Manga Studio is not.  Plus, and this is not a negligible factor, Manga Studio is priced very reasonably but Krita is absolutely free.  🙂