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pi desk

So after over a month I have finally got my Raspberry Pi 2 B setup and running. I had problems with the power supply – 5v 2a is needed but all my powersupply had low a.

The Pi is connected to a 17 inch monitor with a vga to html converter. GIMP is really all I am using it for. I have Raspberry Pi B+ with touch screen monitor attached that I use for reference photos.

Anyway here they are, a mixture of from imagaination and getsdrawn paintings.


Bombrosephoto line layer. Glasses holding camera. Minimal background landscape.


Grayscale. Ignored the background and just focused on the portraits. Keeping it simple and minimal.


Colour. New purple (modifed the red) for glasses.


Raspberry Head creature with walking desk and monitor. Line layer. Pillars in background.


Grayscale. Spikes


Logos. Debian. Raspberry Pi. GetsDrawn. Just playing and getting use to tablet with pi


Grayscale. The three logos again.


Color. Exploring purples and oranges. Green and Red for Pi.


Taylor Swift. Landscape, imagaination. Robot on the left

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piart imagine

I spent several days in Christchurch recently but am now back in Levin.

Sadly I left my drawing book in Christchurch and have not drawn since.

When I was in Christchurch I did buy a new Raspberry Pi 2 B computer. I had it running Debian and was very impressed with the speed.

It is so fast that it allows me to do digital painting in GIMP just the same as on my desktop computer or laptop.

I don’t have a monitor in Levin for the Pi so have not been able to do more – but here is what I created in Christchurch


Pi Art. The term used by shop keeper when I picked up my new Pi. Testing marks and getting use to the Pi.


On the Thursday in Christchurch I went to the Community Centre where I drew with someone. Taking some of these ideas from the drawings into GIMP.



Greyscale tonal layer.

Enjoy. It may be good for me to do some digital painting on the laptop. No monitor for the Pi currently.


rgd ban msgs

These are the ban messages I got from the r/redditgetsdrawn mod ItWillBeMine last year. I had never published these before but the thread over on r/AskReddit regarding Toxic Community sparked me to do so

and I agree, RedditGetsDrawn is toxic. I stay away from the subreddit and artistlounge. I do however write Python code to download the most recent images submitted to redditgetsdrawn. Here is the code if you are interested.


kbleu and kieraJo paintings

Back in Hamilton after a week in Auckland. I took my Dell laptop and drawing tablet but didn’t even end up turning it on.
I didn’t transfer all the artwork I completed before leaving to Auckland, so here it is.

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Currently at Linux Conf Aus 2015 in Auckland. Here are several paintings that I completed before I left Hamilton. I’ve brought my dell laptop to Auckland but have yet to power it up.
Enjoy the painting of skylarwolfe97



Line layer. Portrait in the foreground. Horizon line seprates the landmass and water. The most interesting shape is on the left. Boulders build up with spiky circles above. Tubes connect the spiky circles. The face looks screwed up but it looks better with

Why does her face look muddy.

Looks like a mozaic



Grayscale tonal layer. Light for the water and the sky. Dark hair. Landmass is medium. Dark clouds in sky.


Colour layer. For the eyes – blue. Yellow for the skin tones. Red for the hair. Blue for sky. Green water.


land shoulder paint

Digital Paintings completed this week. Here is three works.



Line layer. The portrait takes up the majority. Her face is puffy compared to the reference photos.


Grayscale tonal layer. Light skin tones with dark hair. Medium background and contrast light/dark water.


Colour tonal layer. Yellow for the skin tones, pink for the hair. The sky is light blue with a darker shade for the landmass. The water is a different green than usual.



Line layer from imagination. Robot humans hovering on landmass. In the distance a line seprates the water and landmass/sky. The landmass is very spiky. Spikes come out of the sun in the sky.


Grayscale layer. Light for the sky with a medium over everything else. Maybe a darker tone could be used on the human robots.


Colour helping separate objects from the medium tones. Yellow for the robots. Red for the landmass. Blue sky, with light green for the water.



Line layer. Girl on left, guy on the right. The reference was from getsdrawn.  The guy is wearing glasses. Lots of clouds above their heads. Water below.

No grayscale layer for this work – straight into the colour.

shoulder-colorColor layer. Mixed things up with giving her a blue skin tone. The guy gets the usual and has a yellow skin tone. Both have red for their hair. One mistake – her eyebrows are blue. They should be red. I used blue for the rims of his glasses. For the sky a bright blue. Green for the landmasses. Aqua for the water.


A5 levin

When I went down to Levin I brought myself a a5 spiral bound visual diary and HB pencil. A craft knife was also needed to sharpen the pencil.

I filled the visual diary up with drawings from GetsDrawn, my imagination and software development ideas. The locations of the drawings is Levin, Whanganui and Hamilton.

Enjoy the pencil on white a5 paper -wpid-20150103_195253.jpg

I stayed the night at a holiday motel in Whanganui and this view was just a walk down the road. It was a beautiful day and I sketched this of the landscape. wpid-20150103_195512.jpg

Street light pole and lantern. Clouds in the distance. Shurb to the right.


View from a chair in Whanganui gardens. Spiked fence behind with shurb on the ground. Capturing some ground below the chair.


Pillars on the walkway leading into a bar.


Back in Hamilton – useless artwork in Garden Place. wpid-20150103_195713.jpg

Another Hamilton view. This time from an cafe looking out into the street. Trees, buildings, shurb, ground.


GetsDrawn portrait – this one is of PotatoesandPancakes. Landscape behind the portrait.


A pencil portrait of Autrel


Portrait of two people – Tjame5


Portrait of my 7 month cousin. As she sat on the grass I sat oposite her and drew. It was different to working with the older ones. I can still comment.


Another portrait – this time more focused on capturing that portrait. Spiky finger though!

wpid-20150103_195800.jpgGetsDrawn image directory. I thought to add a meta file that has the photo/user data from Reddit. wpid-20150103_195648.jpg

Imagination. Wanted to get back into developing some of my other sites which nothing much is happening with. wpid-20150103_195313.jpg

Dino on the right. Landscape. Small portrait above – shading happening.


A portrait from imagination.


Another portrait from imagion, but this time a landscape behind it.


Focusing just on the landscape and the types of marks I can make.


Started as a flower, turned into a dino. Clouds, landmass, water. Shaded the piece, it just needs colour!


lana getsdrawn

Happy New Year.
Here’s the first post of 2015.
A series of GetsDrawn digital painting works. Three layers – line, grayscale, colour.



Line. Square spiky landmasses. Below – water. Curly hair is a focus in the portrait. Eyes are large. Neck and should simple.

kieraJo-bwSimple light background with dark landmasses. Below the water is medium. Hair a mixture of dark, medium and light. Tones in face, light. Neck and shoulder are dark.

kieraJo-colorRed hair, eyes, lips. Yellow skin. Blue sky/landmass. Green water.


Developing the landmass in the distance to a building. Spikes still everywhere. Cute frekles on her face. Her hair is wavery. Water drifting on the bottom third.


Merging the background landmass and sky into the portrait. Skin tones light, slightly darker for the freckles. Dark for background. Light for water.


Colour helps differ the portrait from the background. Yellow for the skin tones, along with the doors on the building in the distance. Red for hair, eyes, and mouth. Green for the water.


Two portraits. Glasses are always enjoyable – part of the reason I choose this. Simple spiky landmass with spike sun. Plain nothing for below the line.


The tonal grayscale layer is simple. Ignored the water and clothing areas. Hair was dark and medium skin tones. Medium for landmass/sky. Hair is the darkest area.


Mixing it up with a very light red for the blonde on the right. Blue for the sky and landmass. Missed yellow on the necks.


Circus wheel happening on the left in the distance. The reference was a photograph portrait of Lana Del Rey. Spikely landmass. An ocean flows into the foreground. lanadelrey-bw

Light for the portrait. Dark for the key landmass in distance – wheel, spikes, and small islands. Medium dark for the ocean.


Red for hair and eyes. Ignored mouth. Yellow for skin tones. Large brush strokes for the skin. Blue for the sky and landmass. Very dark blue in areas.  Green for the water – again a very dark green used.        lanadelrey-color

Hope you enjoyed these digital paintings completed in gimp on my Dell laptop running Fedora 21 KDE desktop.

alibear autumnwolf landscapes

I’m back in Hamilton so back into digital painting. During my trip away I wrote code and drew in a notebook. It’s been great to get back into the digital painting. I’ve created two words so far:alibear-line


This girl wanted turned into an Elf. I drew the giant ear she is wearing into her face. In the background, a landscape. No clouds in the sky, instead just a sun with messy spikes. Water is below.


Grayscale tonal layer. Light skintones. Light water and sun. Medium background with dark landmass. The rightside landmass is textured nicely.

I had done a colour layer for this but saved over it with the grayscale. It’s at home and I don’t have access to it now. I’ll see how I go updating this post later. Other option is to not worry about it.


The Nightmare Before Christmas. Jack Skellington is in the middle. Two people huddled around him. Horizon line down the bottom third. Similar block shapes being built up to the previous painting. These are larger and more square like than the usual spiky landmass.


Grayscale. Keeping it simple and not worrying about detail – just capturing those lights and darks. Her face in partical is simple – the nose and mouth has been left out. Only two eyes stare out. Light for the skintones and dark for the clothing and hair. Light for the water and medium for the sky. Instead of going with small clouds, the sky is split with areas of zig zags.


Colour. Yellow for skin, red for hair and dark areas of clothing. Much of the clothing areas have been left alone. Blue for the sky, with a dark blue for darker areas of the sky. Green for the water.


moe drawings

Drawing/taking notes on paper at the Ministry of Education. One work is a from Fairfield.

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Goku. This was drawn at by a boy at Fairfield Community Centre


Using my good red pen to fill up the page. Lots of spikes. 1418696804823

Portrait from GetsDrawn.

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