As promised, here’s the first of what will be a regular feature of my blog, barring any unforseen circumstances ! Yesterday I set up my workspace in my photography studio (aka my dining room !) to make a new cane and record the process using my new Nikon D40 . I’m still a novice photographer, so some of the shots are not flawless, unlike my canework (I’m kidding of course !!!). The problem seems to be mainly with the lighting. My dining room is illuminated by a combination of filtered sunlight and incandescent lights, and the camera seems to be ‘confused’ by this mix. My Photoshop skills aren’t quite up to the challenge of correcting the problem, but I’m learning.
On Friday night, while I was laying on the couch and watching the Red Sox, I got my sketchpad and black Sharpie, and played around with a few designs. I stuck with a basic square shape for the outline and simple geometrics for the interior. This is what I came up with:
OK, so it’s not fine art, not even by doodling standards. My goal was to sketch out a cane design with simple shapes, no Skinner Blends, no color shading. This is a departure from the kind of canes I’ve been making recently (see my cane photos on Flickr). I decided to use the design on the left in the middle row. One cane would feature pink with a white background, the other would be pink with a black background. I chose these colors because I had a huge quantity of them on hand. As it turned out, I almost ran out of pink. Since it was a mix of many other colors, I couldn’t duplicate it, so I had to add some white to it so I’d have enough to finish the black cane. Perhaps I should get into the habit of recording color formulas…..
Enjoy the show. If you click on a photo to enlarge it, and you get a gigantic image, click on it and it should reduce to a viewable size!