Can you believe that last week, and I mean the whole week, I have done nothing on my website or blog. It feels very weird. Pretty bad, but also, strangely pretty well. While I certainly read all your lovely comments to last Sunday’s and my (scheduled) Wordless Wednesday post, I did not reply to any of them. Until yesterday. It was a lot of fun taking the time Saturday morning reading and replying to each one and then, of course, hopping over to your blogs to see what you have been up to.

The previous week David was traveling, too, and I had not been in the photo editing funk, I guess – lucky me I don’t have client pressure to push me. Anyways, I have not been totally slack, creatively speaking, I just have not been editing and/or publishing photos. I had started, wanted to make a sort of composit, but then my old love for drawing took over. I know it doesn’t look like much, but if you have do not draw regularly, it takes a while to get back into it. Trust me.

mermaid, drawing, photoshop

I enjoyed the evening I made this a lot. It was very soothing and at the same time stimulating drawing my ‘little mermaid’, as I call her. She is 100 % drawn with pen & tablet in Photoshop, where I also added a texture and background. It just made me happy to draw. You know, I used to draw and paint a lot when I was younger. A lot younger, before career and such.

Anyways, so David came home late Wednesday and we were both back to work and its usual stress. The days flew by and Friday came fairly quickly. We had friends over for dinner and made Swiss cheese fondue with everything we could think of e.g. bread, potatoes, broccoli, brussel sprouts, tomatoes, pear, pineapple and the wine to accompany us – a wonderful evening!

And so it was Saturday and after breakfast I finally got to take a look at my blog. As much as I enjoyed that, I longed to work with my little mermaid. As I said I had planned to incorporate her into one of my photos, to be specific into one of my wave photos. But then along came David. And he saw my mermaid and mentioned casually ‘ Ah, beautiful, so next time I need graphic help with my game development I know who to ask. Can you make her move? Do you know sprite sheets?’. And I was like, ‘what?’

But the seed was planted. A moving mermaid, now there was a thought. It is very far from photography, but I do like to try out other stuff. So, suffice to say, Saturday afternoon till about 6 pm I drew and dabbled and then again today, all day I worked some more and finally came up with this.


mermaid, make a wish, gif

Yes, there is room for improvement. A lot. But there almost always is, isn’t there?aedmlogored

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self portrait, Claudia Willison, ImagesByCW

Claudia is founder, owner and soul of ImagesByCW Photography. Born in Germany, traveled though Europe and Australia, she currently lives with her American husband in New Jersey, USA. She blogs about what she loves: Photography, art, internet and computers in general, as well as cooking and windsurfing. When not working she enjoys reading, music, windsurfing and listening to the sound of waves and the wind, preferably together with her husband.

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