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|Beyoncé from O Magazine L’Oreal ad|
I finished the latest entry into my series of O magazine inspired drawings. When I was looking through the September 2010 issue I found this picture and you may find this surprising but I selected it for inspiration before I realized who it was. I sketched out my basic draft on my illustration board, then I read the ad and much to my surprise it turned out to be Beyoncé. As usual after I started to really draw I have not looked at the image since 10/30/2010 when I started the drawing.
Now that I have taken snap shot of my completed drawing you can see how much fun I have making stuff up. I always have fun drawing and making colors flow into shapes that are curvy and organic.
I titled this drawing Snake Farm Bones Girl because I was watching a lot of Bones episodes on NetFlix and I realized that I was drawing the main character, Bones. The Snake Farm reference comes from a Ray Wiley Hubbard some of the same name. Check out the skull streaming across the bottom left corner of the drawing. I also threw in a ball and claw on the bottom right of the drawing. Sometimes I cannot resist drawing wacky stuff in my drawings. I love the ability that I have to mix color into fluid shapes that are fun to look at.
|Oh My Snake Farm Bones Girl|
You will notice a little hint of diamond back cobra in this portrait. You will be happy to know that there is a Snake Farm just off I-35 south of Austin Texas in New Braunfels.
There are always a lot of zones in my drawings. For example there is the hair zone. I put a lot of blue in the hair and I wanted it to be an extension of the robot looking probes that are coming out of her head. The probes, or horns are sweeping architectural shapes that I always include in my work. Sometimes I get lost in what I am drawing but I can always pull back and see the overall shape of the portrait that I am drawing.
If you look at my artwork you will soon notice that I am really into drawing eyes with big eyelashes. I do not know why I am fascinated with eyes but I like to exaggerate the shape of the eyelashes and eyebrows. I always keep the iris looking pretty realistic.
|Agave Virtual Machine On Fedora|
It was the simplest thing that I have done on a Linux box. I thought it would be real complicated and would not work, boy was I wrong. It use to be that only macho super geeks could run Linux, now even a cave man can do it,
For starters I wanted to take my existing Windows Vista box and convert it to a virtual machine and then run it on a Linux box. This seems simple enough but it took me almost two years to do it. Granted there were a lot of technical software changes in the last two years to make this happen on my existing hardware. In fact I tried this two years ago and I could not get it to work because of driver issues with the Intel BIOS RAID that was not supported by any Linux distribution at the time.
The release of Fedora 14 and Red Hat 6 is what pushed me to try doing this once more. My goal all along was to preserve the landscape design software running on Vista so that my wife could use it if she had to. If this was my data I would have not been so cautious about preserving software on an operating system the data. Since I was treating this like a real world situation where data is critical I wanted to make sure it worked. When I make up a game it is always fun to stick to some rules to make it fun. I knew that I could convert a physical machine to a virtual machine using VMware tools. Heck I knew that I could run virtual machines like I do at work with the suite of software from VMware. What I wanted to do was to use all free software to do it. I am happy to say that it works.
Here are links to what helped me along the way
- Create your virtual machine from a physical machine (P2V) using VMWare’s free software.
- Copy virtual machine to an external USB drive.
- Grab a copy of Fedora 14 Live and configure your server. If you have BIOS RAID use an IDE drive for the GRUB boot loader.
- Read the tutorial for virtual machine management on the Fedora Wiki.
- Copy VMware virtual machine files to Linux box
- Convert the VMware virtual machine to KVM format.
- Start Virtual Machine Manager and import your converted file.
- Use the Microsoft phone support to re-activate your license of Windows if you only want one copy.
I am glad to have gone through so many versions of Linux since 1992 to appreciate the hard work that the world wide community of developers to make Linux so wonderful to work with. Sure I have had many long nights struggling to get Linux to do what I wanted to do and most of the time it was because I did not know what I was doing. This installation of KVM and the process of converting a VMware file to work with KVM was a piece of cake. I am so happy I can now go back to finish my drawing.
Finally got a virtual machine running on my aging Intel Core Duo with 4 GB RAM. This is a swan song for this ASUS P5K deluxe main board. I had to install an IDE drive to get Linux Grub to load my Intel BIOS 2.3 terabyte RAID 5. I am debating installing an additional 4 GB RAM to help out with the virtual machines, or just upgrading to a new Intel i7 main board and take advantage of a fore core processor. For now I am happy to get Red Hat KVM running so that I can experiment with it and compare it to VMware.
I am drawing another portrait. I started this drawing on October 30 and I have been posting progress on my FaceBook page. I started with another picture in Oprah’s O magazine for inspiration. I am doing a series of pictures that are inspired from advertisements in the magazine.
Oh my Little Dragon lady is starting to be the title of this drawing. The series of drawings from the O magazine is Oh my ladies. It is my style of drawing to give the drawing the power of giving the viewer the calming effect of color as I see it. I may start with an idea and then see how far down the rabbit hole I go. I want to also reference the Hindu influence that is in my art. Out of respect for Hindu religious beliefs I am not going to reference it in my art titles, but I am definitely influenced by the art of Hinduism and philosophy of Hinduism.
One of my favorite images is of Ganesha, the god of wisdom, prudence, and salvation. I discovered this image when I was a teen in southern California. I was flying between San Diego and Los Angeles flying on Pacific Southwest Airlines (PSA). PSA was a trip in itself, airfare was $13.50 one way. As I walked out of LAX I met a Hare Krishna devotee who was fundrasing. I gave them a buck and took the book because I loved the artwork. I remeber at the time that I was staying with my mom and when she came into my room and saw that I had Hindu art all over the wall she was really upset.
When I had the inspiration to draw using O Magazine ads I thought it would be boring, but with this second drawing I am finding it quite liberating to not have to think about how to get started with a blank page and dive right in drawing the portrait. After I complete a basic sketch using the photo I close the magazine and I do not look at the photo again until I am done. then I can show my viewers just how far my mind will wonder when I let it.