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Super Lazy

"Today I will be super lazy. It's just like being regular lazy, only, I will also be wearing a cape." Illustration © Karissa Cole 2013 all rights reserved. Do not reproduce.

“Today I will be super lazy. It’s just like being regular lazy, only, I will also be wearing a cape.” Illustration © Karissa Cole 2013 all rights reserved. Do not reproduce.

I think this is probably pretty self-explanatory.

It started off yesterday as a sketch in my math book (heh heh). I then took a quick picture of it and opened in up in Photoshop, using the photo as my guide. I relied mainly on the pen tool for the outlining, and the brush for the coloring.

Pretty standard tools of the trade I think.

I should really spend more time on these things. But as Super Lazy Girl, I figure I just can’t afford to. I mean, I have important lazy things to attend to.

Except Dead Ends

Originally I was going for inspirational quotes. But I now know I am incapable of not being sarcastic in some way.

 "Worrying is a misuse of imagination." Try thinking about how awesome it would be to have a pet dragon instead.

“Worrying is a misuse of imagination.” Try thinking about how awesome it would be to have a pet dragon instead.

"A good deed can brighten a dark world." If that fails, try a flashlight.

“A good deed can brighten a dark world.” If that fails, try a flashlight.

"If you don't know where you're going any road will get you there." Except streets marked "Dead End". They usually don't lead anywhere.

“If you don’t know where you’re going any road will get you there.” Except streets marked “Dead End”. They usually don’t lead anywhere.

I think I will file this under the “satire” category in my portfolio.



Impossible by Karissa Cole 2013 all rights reserved ea1701

The latest celestial-themed digital work to come from my tired little brain. I had an hour break at work today, so camped out on one of the computers in the lab. I even remembered to bring my MP3 player (yes, I still use one) and my headphones, so, you know, doubly awesome.

Not really sure how I feel about this piece. I haven’t really been thinking “space” lately. Although, I sure haven’t been down to earth, either.


Whenever the opportunity presents itself, I like to take off walking around the back roads in town, camera usually in tow in case I come across anything interesting to photograph. Saturday I went out walking, but changed my regular route, and went a completely new way. For some reason I didn’t bring my camera though, and ended up kicking myself for it. I walked past interesting buildings, unusual lamp posts, serene landscapes, and even horses grazing (which surprised me, to say the least – I was like 3 minutes away from the center of town).

So yesterday I was determined to take the same new route and capture all the interesting things I had seen the day before. But the world just doesn’t look the same from day to day. Actually, I felt kind of philosophical, thinking about it. Still, I did manage to take a few photos I kind of liked. Here are two of them:

Along the Rode by Karissa Cole 2013 NOT STOCK all rights reserved Along the Rode by Karissa Cole 2013 NOT STOCK all rights reserved

Not much to look at, admittedly. But I saw potential in them.

At this point, I should probably confess that I’m a bit addicted to custom Photoshop actions, and adjustment layers in general. It’s terrible, I know, and I should really seek professional help, I’m sure. But sometimes it pays off. After some aimless tweaking I had turned those photos into these:

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Being a big fan of the warm, vintage kind of style, I quite liked the way these photos looked now, especially the one of the building. But, still, just uploading them as is felt incomplete. I mean, I wanted to share them, but in a more interesting way than “Hey, here are some pictures I took and then edited for no real reason other than because I could.” So I set about finding a good way to combine these photos with some good old general digital art. The warm tones reminded me of old postcards, which led me to create this:

Post by Karissa Cole 2013 all rights reserved

Detail shots:

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I snagged the wood texture at this source. The rest of the image was very fun, and really quite simple to create. I increased the aged feel of the two photos, even staining them here and there. I then created the back of a postcard, which is so simple it’s almost ridiculous. I downloaded a stamp and placed it in the corner, aging it with the rest of the card. Then, using a decent handwriting font from (the ultimate collection of free fonts, in my opinion) I completed the look.

It’s really not a very complicated idea. It’d probably be a fun exercise for Photoshop newcomers. But I think it’s still kind of a cool way to take your own photos and give them more life. I mean, I don’t want to be presumptuous, but, if every picture tells a thousand words, I think there’s quite a story that could be told here.

Wishful Thinking

Wishful Thinking by Karissa Cole 2013 ea1701

You know?


Made in Adobe Photoshop CS4, with a little of this, little of that. And smudging. Lots of smudging. Think I went a bit overboard on some of the coloring. But, I suppose, when passion is involved, overboard is to be expected.

Drink Me, Drown Your Sorrows

MSF1 by Karissa Cole 2013 all rights reserved

Did you know Daft Punk is coming out with a new album, Random Access Memories, May 21st? This information just recently reached my ears, and I found it quite delightful. So much so, in fact, that I cannot stop listening to the teaser ads that are floating around YouTube. Actually, it’s the looped songs I keep playing, in anticipation of this long-awaited new album. I’m liking it.

Oh, and also, I took some pictures of some fruit today.

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They were all very obliging pieces of fruit. I haven’t seen such pleasant, bright colors in a while. I placed them in a rectangular glass vase full of a lemon-lime soda and took about a hundred photos.

MSF R8 by Karissa Cole 2013 all rights reserved

MSF R11 TAG TEAM by Karissa Cole 2013 all rights reserved MSF R13 by Karissa Cole  all rights reserved2013

I should have waited until daytime, so I could make use of some natural light. But, to be honest, I am extremely impatient. Despite this, though, some of them came out pretty neat.

MSF6 by Karissa Cole 2013 all rights reserved MSF3 by Karissa Cole 2013 all rights reserved

Incidentally, I just realized, grapefruit and grapes look nothing alike.


Drowning by Karissa Cole 2013

I think I’m drowning.
Can someone lend a hand?
Can someone save me?
‘Cause I don’t think I can.

I’ve never felt more like I was drowning than I have over these past few weeks. But, this is, after all, an art and design blog, so instead of simply writing about it, I take any personal trauma and turn it into something at least resembling creativity. Of course, I have to admit, I am very tempted to write about all the stress in my head and heart. But suffice to say something I really wanted and was thrilled to finally have was harshly ripped away from me, very suddenly, and all too soon. Coping with this has been the hardest thing ever, and more than once I thought about giving up. The first 4 stages of grief and I are really getting acquainted.

Earlier today sitting around wishing I could go back in time and change things was driving me mad. So I went for a walk, trying to clear my head. It was a nice day today, and I just walked for miles. I ended up taking a few random photos along the way. Here are some of them:

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For every decent photo, though, there are about 4 rejects it seems. This was one of the many I took and found particularly unimpressive:

IMG_4661 by Karissa Cole 2013

Now, normally I’d probably have deleted it. But surfing around online (which I’ve been doing a LOT this week, just trying to keep my mind occupied) I ended up getting this idea; turn a photo of a street into an underwater scene.

After I got home from my walk and fussed around with the photos I considered worth keeping, I started messing around with the street scene. An hour or so later I ended up with that introductory image up there, the main attraction of this post.You know, there’s some sort of message in that, I think: taking a reject and turning it into a prize…


I toyed around with adding some kind of sea life, or maybe a diver. But I’m not an experienced photo-editer, so I decided against it here for fear I’d really mess it up. I didn’t want to leave it totally empty though, so I searched around online for quotes or song lyrics about water or drowning. I stumbled upon “Drowning (Face Down)” by Saving Abel. I’d never heard this song before, but it fit with me and with what I was feeling for this image. (Incidentally, I have not stopped listening to it for an hour now.) I feel sheepish about the fact that I basically just plopped the words in there, but I think they work okay.

Drowning before and after

I don’t do photo manipulations much, so this was a nice project to play with. I’d like to get brave and try adding some other elements into this kind of water fantasy scene in the future. I had been working on the long-awaited yeti pattern and story, but now, because I’d been messing with it during these awful weeks of stress and upset, the whole project is sadly crawling with unhappy memories. I’ve had to push it aside, at least for now. Actually, I’m thinking it’ll probably be therapeutic, frogging it and just starting over. In fact, why not? There’s a lot of things I have to start over now anyway.

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