Friday, 29 July 2016

Some Egyptian Sphinxes

I was doing a sequence over on which involved in the first posts comparing Egyptian Syrian and Early Greek art and I thought some of you might find my collection of interest and use.

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

New Reward on Patreon

New Reward Up On #PATREON

Whether you pledge on Patreon already or are considering it come and visit and view other rewards here !

Friday, 22 July 2016


Want to tell people to follow #sdcc ? or #sdcc2016

Here's your choice of 2 pngs and a jpg to use and the story and how I made them and why I think the Gimp JPG works best!

This png was made in #inkscape 
I used Char font and added two layers of Flame and a Black Outline then exported to Gimp for a final crop. Its okay for twitter but ... lacks. I think its loud but not quite strong or bold enough despite the red?

So I tired again in #gimp with the same font but stronger reds and the Comics filter ... nope still not the best and for some reason  the letters are clearer at a smaller size though they seem clearer in the Chrome / Blogger browser then they did as icons in my Pictures folder? And now its too dark!

So lucky last a Gimp jpg with a different font

This is Verdana Bold with the same colors and filter

The lesson ? Resist the temptation to combine an ornament / fancy font with filters. Start with something plain and bold !

It may be I'm misjudging these and you prefer the 2 pngs?

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

The Beauty of Vector Handles

Let us consider for a moment the simple elegant and mathematical beauty of that useful tool the vector handle! It allows us to manipulate nodes and paths and change a gradient or corner or curve. Its inspiration is basic geometry yet its applications are diverse and manifold.

So I'ld like to take a moment to praise and thank everyone who works on code for SVG tools! THANK YOU ALL!

Friday, 15 July 2016

Mosaic lettering

#mosiac #greco-roman 

Lettering on a Greco-Roman Mosaic Floor 

I normally share this type of image over on Metousia but this was such a lovely example of lettering I wanted my Glyphika readers to see it too!
The words are Health Life Grace Peace Euthumia = good will Hope 

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Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Painterly Six

A demo of Six #inkscape filters useful for #digital #painting .

I started with a plain square in the closest color wheel setting to ultramarine blue. All fill No Stroke. Remember not to select Stroke.

Gouache gives an effect that to me suggests a heavy soak on pigment and water onto paper.

Watercolor looks like wet into wet technique but with more water and less pigment.

Inkblot similar to Gouache but a bit softer looser ? on edges?
and would blend well with canvas and other rougher texture filters.

Silk Carpet try this one with gradients!

Felt despite its name also looks like wet into wet using the brush to move pigment and lift some off whether you're using paper or canvas or board!

Don't forget to experiment with blending these with say the Blotting Paper or Rough Paper or Torn Edges filters! Enjoy!

Inkscapes capacity to use 2 or 3 or more filters over a bottom layer that you can redo or remove allows you to use pixels like paint! For some kinds of illustration and prints this is an advantage and a timesaver. For just do it for fun!

Saturday, 9 July 2016

3 recent works and a patreon update

Here's a close photo of three of my recent paintings.

That's not lens blur. the use of gloss medium to bind the gold glitter to the canvas and other layers of acrylic effects the photo. I had to shoot in shadow to stop the shot being one shiny reflection. If anyone has any ideas on how to prevent that? Please Share !

Meanwhile over on #Patreon I've added two new rewards in the 1 and 5 dollar pledge categories.

I may add a 10 reward tomorrow. Got my choices down to 3!

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Examples of Aramaic and Syriac writing

#aramaic #syriac #scripts #dialects

Script is mutable. Writing and language changes.