son Daniel used
to create a great head shot of his brother Zac's pet cockatiel, Charlie. Inspired, I used Image
Composer to create my own rendition of Charlie.
these steps to create the six sprites in this image.
Use a basic blue circle to create the background. Outline
it in yellow and add a blurred and rippled, white, low
transparency circle in the center for highlights. Finish
the edge with art effects/paint/accented edges.
Create the bird with the spline drawing tool, first
drawing the basic shape, then adding points and pulling
them this way and that, to create the crest, beak, and
tail feathers. Create a gradient ramp in patterns and
fills, and use it to fill the bird with gray at the tail,
moving to yellow at the head. Experiment with Art Effects
to achieve a shimmering, feathery effect for the
feathers. Outline the bird in a gray-blue for definition.
Draw a circle for the eye. Then soften and blur it.
with Microsoft Image Composer
September 22, 1999
Use the spline tool to create the orange cheek patch,
blurring it and doing a sprite-to-sprite transfer shape
with low transparency to pick up a hint of yellow shimmer
from the bird's body.
Also use the spline tool to drawn the branch, giving it
texture and dimension with art effects/paint/spray
strokes, accented edges, and spatter.
Create the name, Charlie, using the Matisse ITC font.
Rotate it 90° left, move it to the body of the bird, and
do a sprite-to-sprite transfer shape to fill the letters
with the color of the bird's body. Outline the letters in
the same gray-blue that outlines the bird. For further
definition, outline the letters again in a shade of brown
from the branch. Rotate the name 90° right before
placing it outside the circle, next to the tail feathers.