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01 February 2013 @ 11:21 am
Hoping to learn a new art skill  
I'm not feeling so well today. My back hurts. It's cold outside and the next for like the next five nights will be in the 40's. It may be the cold that's making me feel bad. But the day outside is beautiful. I love how our cold days are sunny and bright blue. But it's too cold, all the plants are back inside the house after I had just put them out. And all the budgies are inside and it's loud and messy.

Yesterday was a day off with Chris and it was nice to spend time together. We went out to Micheal's and got a frame for the print of Reagan on the Raptor. We'll go back every week because we need to pick up two more frames. We need one for the other Reagan picture we bought at Epcot and I got an awesome gourd poster in the mail recently I want framed and put in my computer room. The sizes left to buy are 11x14 and 18x24. Oh and I need one of those long skinny ones for an budgie poster I have had for years. I will take a pic of it because I LOVE this thing. Wish I had bought several of them to make it like a wallpaper border around the room.

I really want to learn to use Adobe Fireworks. I hear it is the best program for making animated gifs. I want to learn how to make them AND how to edit them. I have a feeling that editing is a different process than making them. I also don't think it's as easy as opening a gift and seeing all the frames. Or if I can make the frames in photoshop and put them all into Fireworks. I don't know. I will look up to see if there is a video that is decently made and explains things. I hate it when people make long videos and don't edit stuff out like them moving the camera or searching for stuff online instead of explaining things. Or in game tutorials leaving in all the load screens. So few people know how to think like a director.

The point of all this is that I want to make my own animated mood themes. I'm getting tired of my ravens already because the same raven is used for many emotions and I think that some are wrong. Like Ecstatic and Jubilant should be super happy showing lots of energy and not lumped in with Happy, Amused and Pleased. I know it's an insane amount of work but LJ has 132 moods and I'd like each one to be different. Most of the moods I find have 50 and several double or triple for a bunch of other emotions and that just doesn't work. I want to make a mood theme of quetzals or budgies. I just worry that since it's all done 100% digital that I won't be able to make them look the same in all the pics. But first I need to learn how to make and edit gifs.

Since all the plants are inside and today is the 1st I need to water everything. We'll see. It's also fertilizer day for everything. I fertilize on the 1st and 15th of each month.

I hope I can get some writing done today. I don't know if I'll work on art. I may. I still need to do some inking. I have started drawing some designs for Quetzalcoatl's heads. Nothing I'm totally happy with yet. I know this will be a difficult project for me. I imagine him so cool, I hope I can do him justice. I should probably make just a doodle really fast to get a representation of him even if it's crappy.

Oh gosh, it's Feb already. I have the house all decorated inside and out for Valentine's. I don't have all the decorations I would like to have though and may not be able to get them in time for this year's Valentine's. I have a bunch of stuff in my faves for Party Cheap, but the way I manage my money every month I don't think I'll get those this month. Too bad. But I am a bit stressed because we usually travel in Feb and this year I don't know if we can. Our anniversary is Monday the 4th and it's the major one we like to celebrate. Can you believe it, it will be our 17th anniversary. I love 17 it's one of my special numbers for me. But I hate to think we won't do anything and Chris will probably have to work that day. I really wanted to spend four days in Orlando and the hotel we stayed at last time and not do any of the big parks. Just enjoy the quiet away from everything. The only exciting stuff would be the hour helicopter tour and one day at the Orlando Science Center. The rest would be nice to just sit there and get served, and order pizza and have fun. So I'm a bit frustrated about not having that come true this year.
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actipton80actipton80 on February 1st, 2013 05:26 pm (UTC)
Hug the plush vulture when you don't feel good.

I learned the basics of Fireworks years ago when I took a web design class, but since I haven't used it and don't have it, I've forgotten everything.

I'd love to see a picture of the budgie poster.
Des: Budgiesthagirion on February 1st, 2013 05:53 pm (UTC)
That's a good idea. He's so soft!

I watched a tutorial, but it was about drawing everything in fireworks. I have an idea of how the layers work now but I don't know how I would import stuff if I make the frames in photoshop. I have already started working on the first frame for Accomplished. But seems I suck at this. I must think of a way round this problem.

I'll take a pic of it soon. I think you'll like it. They are pale water colored budgies but they are very well done.
actipton80actipton80 on February 1st, 2013 07:51 pm (UTC)
That's one of the reasons I got him for you. He's soft, and I think everyone needs a soft stuffed animal to hug on when they are hurt or sick. Just not teddy bears because they are too normal.

I would think that you could move things back and forth between Fireworks and Photoshop because they are both by Adobe. Have you looked at Fireworks own help menu?

I had a pretty budgie poster that I wanted to hang over my bed when I moved here, but it had been stored in the attic at our old house too long and got ruined.
Des: Phage Grabbedthagirion on February 1st, 2013 08:11 pm (UTC)
Well I love that gift you got me. Yeah, I don't like teddy bears. Never have. They can be scary. I like to joke around and say, "Teddy Roosevelt's worst invention". hehe.

Hehe, no I haven't. I opened it once with a premade gif just to mess around with it. Those help things rarely help me out. I got the flat colors done on the first frame of the icon already. I don't like how I drew it but not bad for the first time. Next I'll add shade and color the black lines.

Oh that totally sucks. There used to be a budgie poster of the major color mutations. I always wanted it. I only managed to snag the cockatiel one and the budgie one is near impossible to find now.

EDIT: Actually I just found it! I'll be ordering one because I have been searching for this for YEARS! Since the 90's.

http://www.ladygouldianfinch.com/product_posters.php

EDIT: EDIT: Oh man, shipping was killer on that order, but luckily they threw in some free stuff that of set it. I should even be getting an extra finch poster. This will be great.

Edited at 2013-02-01 08:55 pm (UTC)
The Silver Wolf of Darkness: AvistA wagsilvolf on February 2nd, 2013 10:54 am (UTC)
I hope you can get the hang of making animated GIFs. They are quite fiddly.
Desthagirion on February 2nd, 2013 01:16 pm (UTC)
Thanks. Right now it's just really frustrating, but I always get that way when I'm new at something.
kabuldur: Asterkabuldur on February 4th, 2013 12:21 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry youre back is hurting right now. Bah on the cold!