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Beautiful Monsters

I think, sometimes, re-imagining something is just as important as imagining. I mean, taking something old and maybe forgotten, and rethinking what it could be. Admittedly, this is not something I do too often. But I did it this morning.

Today I was in just the right mood, I guess, so I took some forgotten Apophysis-made fractals, found while digging around in my old data discs, and re-imagined them.

Here are three fractals I used (the first two are several years old and, actually, incomplete):




Here are the speed-scapes I came up with, each with one of the above fractals as a base:

Beautiful Monster by Karissa Cole 2013 ea1701

Bedtime Story by Karissa Cole 2013 ea1701

Strange Happenings by Karissa Cole 2013 ea1701

They’re a bit rough around the edges, as most of my speed works are. I’m horribly impatient, and it shows. I’m a bit obsessive compulsive, too, and somehow both traits come into play when I work digitally. This, if left unchecked, then causes complete and total insanity. See, one part of my head is rushing to get done its brilliant idea, while the other part is freaking out about the little details being wrong. The impatient part often wins out, but the OCD part never shuts up.

Anyway, I had been toying with the idea of working on these a bit more this afternoon, in a attempt to pacify the obsessive bit of my brain that needs things “just so”. I’m trapped in the middle of a blizzard right now, so working on the computer is definitely a decent way to pass the time. And I’ve actually got a few other spacescapes ideas I’d love to play out. But I’m thinking I’ll do that later. Right now might be a good opportunity to put on some Next Generation and work on a new amigurumi pattern I’ve been trying to get done for a good month now, but just haven’t had much luck with yet.

Although, what with this being the biggest blizzard in thirty years (as is what they’re calling this snowstorm here in my neck of the woods) maybe I should work on knitting an afghan instead. You know, in case we lose power and are trapped inside our frostbitten little house for days on end, with no hope of rescue, no way to tunnel back out into the world. Then at least I’d have a huge, hand-made blanket to hide in, savoring as much heat as possible.

Knit fast, die warm, and all that.

Of course, seeing as how the snowfall is still below knee-level, I’m probably safe to just stick with working on some amigurumi today.

Caught in Hell

This afternoon seemed just perfect for playing my 80s mix MP3 and getting a bit of ‘scape practice in. So naturally that’s precisely what I did.

In preparation for the walkthrough/tutorial I will someday complete, I tried keeping this design simple, along the texture-ready lines, and I did my best to label and organize the layers, something I infrequently do. I think it came out okay, considering. Here are the screenshots:

1 - Base Layers

1 – Base Layers

2 - Lighting

2 – Lighting

3 - Base Stars

3 – Base Stars

4 - Depth

4 – Depth

5 - Larger Stars & Shooting Stars

5 – Larger Stars & Shooting Stars

6 - More Lighting

6 – More Lighting

7 - Texturing and Shadows

7 – Texturing and Shadows

8 - Touching Up & Adding More Colors, Textures, Shadows, and Lighting

8 – Touching Up & Adding More Colors, Textures, Shadows, and Lighting

As always, I’ll use what I learned from this session for bettering future ones. For instance, I have discovered that background 80’s music is perfect for rendering, so I will make sure to have it in abundance when I do tackle a full tutorial. But, then again, I have long been of the belief that 80’s music is perfect in just about all situations.

Final piece:

"Caught in Hell" (Disclaimer: title not indicative of mental or emotional state. At least not today.)

“Caught in Hell” (Disclaimer: title not indicative of mental or emotional state. At least not today.)

Walking through Space

WalkingThruSpace by Karissa Cole

Recently I was asked to create a tutorial regarding some of the celestial things I make. This is not it. Actually, this is, for lack of a better word, practice.

I’ve never actually made a full celestial-related tutorial before. I’ve done a few walkthroughs but no step-by-steps. This is probably partially because when I’m working in Photoshop I completely lose all track of everything – time, layers, processes – and just go with the flow, see what happens. That and I’ve never considered my work worth repeating. But there are a few beginners out there who, for now anyway, disagree and would like to know how I do what I do. So I thought it might be fun to rise to the challenge of creating something neatish and writing down the steps used so someone else could follow along.

The piece above is my very rough draft. A testing ground, if you will, for techniques and design aspects. I didn’t include all of the exact steps, but rather the general methods used. The final tutorial I create will most likely deal with a more complicated image in depth; this blue one is really very simple and didn’t involve all that much. But it served me well here, where I could use it to help myself figure out how I might want to lay out the future tutorial. I’ve taken my notes and learned what I need to improve upon for the final guide. Now I just have to, you know, make it.

I may end up back-burnering the tutorial for just a bit though, as, in other news, I’ve been in an amigurumi-making mood for a week or so and I’m just on a roll. Four new patterns are already either in the works or completely done.

I’ve also got another relatively big project in the works. Nothing too phenomenal, but there will definitely be some new stuff – ami patterns, short stories, illustrations, and new photo shoots – showing up soon. Somewhere in all of this the tutorial will be published, of course. Keep an eye out!

December’s Space

December 'scapes by Karissa Cole 2012 all rights reserved (1)

Birthday [December 'scapes by Karissa Cole 2012 all rights reserved (3)]

Lonely [December 'scapes by Karissa Cole 2012 all rights reserved (4)] (2)December 'scapes by Karissa Cole 2012 all rights reserved (2)

With December quickly coming to a close I thought it fitting I post these. I present to you the ‘scapes I made this month. (cue dramatic yet ethereal background music)

It’s funny how creativity works; I had no real intention of making these but the desire just took hold. I went a week where I spent most of my free time in Photoshop. These last two are really what I have to show for it. If I make 5 ‘scapes and I fall in love with even just one of them, then I count myself successful. And here I’ve made two pieces I love. So I think that makes me quite lucky.

Rescue Saturday

Rescue by Karissa Cole 2012 all rights reserved

New month, new spacescape.

Incidentally, it snowed where I live today. All day. I like to imagine it’s not snowing on these planets. I’m not anti-snow or anything. I’m just pro-warm.

[Next project: new amigurumi pattern! Keep an eye out]


Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet by Karissa Cole 2012 all rights reserved

New wallpaper pack, includes widescreen, iPad, and iPhone resolutions. Mwhahahaha.

Spaced Out

Dreamweaver by Karissa Cole 2012 all rights reserved

Simply Wonderful by Karissa Cole 2012 all rights reserved

Wake Again by Karissa Cole 2012 all rights reserved

Still working on some other projects – new amigurumi patterns, stories, and digital paintings included – but I was feeling a bit spaced out today. And since I am sadly without the Doctor and the TARDIS to take me around the universe, I just have to imagine for myself what might be out there. But it’s okay. I think I manage okay – so far.

Tonight I’ll go to sleep thinking of all the places and things out there for me to see, letting the possibilities and promise seep into my dreams and take me away.

I will probably also at least a little bit think about that video I saw on YouTube today where a bunch of scenes David Tennant stared in were pieced together with the song “Moves Like Jagger” by Maroon 5 playing. This, though, is probably mostly because that is an extremely catchy song and I’ve been listening to it all day. Still, there are worse things to have on the brain whilst drifting off to sleep. No?

the Good, the Bad, and the Weekend

I really love my job. It’s pretty near the opposite of what I thought I’d be doing for a living – goes to school to be a graphic designer, ends up becoming a math tutor – but usually it’s fun, going into work. My schedule alternates; I work with a certain group or set of tutees (yes, that is a real word, stop harping me, you know who you are) Mondays and Wednesdays and a separate set on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The Tu/Tr days are my favorite. I work with a nice bunch of people and it’s my favorite subject – Finite Mathematics. So normally these days go pretty well. But Tuesday I had an abnormally good day, better than most.  I ended up using my good work-day vibes and making this ‘scape:

Walking on Sunshine by Karissa Cole 2012 - All rights reserved

I dubbed it “Walking on Sunshine.” It was a lot of fun being enveloped by this piece, even if just for a little while. And it was nice to be in such a good mood.

Going into work today, though, I had this sinking feeling things would not go quite as well as they had before.

I hate being right about that sort of thing.

The day started off okay, then took a nosedive. But not wanting it to be a total wash, I did what I did Tuesday. Only instead of taking my good work-day vibes, I fed off the bad work-day to make this:

Bad Day's Break by Karissa Cole 2012 - All rights reserved

This one’s been given the title of “Bad Day’s Break.” All things considered this piece could exhibit a lot more anguish. I mean, I didn’t even add any explosions or anything. So I guess that might be indicative of the fact that maybe today wasn’t all that horrible. For the first time though, I am not looking forward to going back into work next week.But I figure the bright side is if mega highs and lows like I’ve had this week keep up I will have plenty of emotional inspiration for the next month and half (when the semester ends and I get a new batch of hopeful students.) Yay bright side!

I will try to savor this weekend though. Got some crocheting to do, some Wacom assisted digital illustration. Lots of fun stuff. By Sunday night I’ll probably be dying to get my hands on some math equations, but for now, some serious chillage sounds pretty good.


Somewhat Fanciful,” an older ‘scape from about a year ago, was featured as a Daily Deviation today by ^Infinite705. My surprise at seeing a few thousand notifications on my dA page this morning was monumental, to say the least. I really don’t think it’s that great a piece, but I’m uber grateful for sure. I’m still in the process of thanking everyone.

I haven’t made any really awesome celestial pieces in a while. But all my watchers – new and old – deserve a decent piece from this year at least. Plus I really need to feel like I’m progressing. I had really better get cracking! Got a few ideas that’ve been flitting around my head recently. And I live in an area where Hurricane Sandy is hitting hard – which means I don’t have to go into work. Maybe I’ll get the chance to buckle down and do something digital. How’s that for turning a negative into a positive? Hurricane coming? Cool, now I can play in Photoshop!

Hee hee. . .

Actually, this hurricane business is pretty heavy, so I’ll probably be preoccupied with that for the next two days. But, thanks to my deep need to multitask and my itty bitty attention span, I’m bound to be able to squeeze in some celestial art workage. I can just put it on the list next to traditional art and crocheting (both of which have been going well, actually.)

Me and my miniscule attention span. Can never just work on one thing at a time. Keeps life interesting!

Enveloped by Magic

Enveloped by Magic by Karissa Cole (1701blog post)I decided I needed a little magic in my life today. Crazy, wild, completely and totally over-the-top magic.

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