LX Design & Illustration Folio: Blog https://alixartillustration.com/blog en-us (C) LX Design & Illustration Folio (LX Design & Illustration Folio) Thu, 21 Oct 2021 02:08:00 GMT Thu, 21 Oct 2021 02:08:00 GMT https://alixartillustration.com/img/s/v-12/u745977689-o265069636-50.jpg LX Design & Illustration Folio: Blog https://alixartillustration.com/blog 120 80 lion_progress https://alixartillustration.com/blog/2015/1/lion_progress lion_progresslion_progress

Been working on this lion paradise in the shape of a lion for a while.. I've lost count of how many lions, how many layers at this point.. Each and every single element you see in this image is a separate photograph from my Nikon, on a separate layer.. The face of the main lion is made of four different composite images I took of the lion.   The lion at the San Francisco Zoo, is the one who is the grand inspiration for this!

Almost done! 

(LX Design & Illustration Folio) lion lioness photoshop montage https://alixartillustration.com/blog/2015/1/lion_progress Sat, 17 Jan 2015 05:35:57 GMT
Butterfly_Cloud_Castle https://alixartillustration.com/blog/2014/3/butterfly_cloud_castle  


In a lsot and faraway land, which exists only in storybooks there lies a magical castle accessible only to those who can fly far above the clouds....


(LX Design & Illustration Folio) butterflies castle clouds dreams https://alixartillustration.com/blog/2014/3/butterfly_cloud_castle Wed, 05 Mar 2014 13:44:04 GMT
treasurechest_butterfly https://alixartillustration.com/blog/2014/2/treasurechest_butterfly

The symbolism of this one is on my mind. The tree is known as "The Mother of the Forest" found in Big Basin State Park, which has a large opening in the front of the trunk. 

Within the Mother Tree, sits an ancient treasure chest visually portrayed with myriad of sparkles and butterflies - soaring out of it.. symbolizing.. birth magic? Still working on this one.... 

(LX Design & Illustration Folio) https://alixartillustration.com/blog/2014/2/treasurechest_butterfly Thu, 27 Feb 2014 05:29:08 GMT
at last.. My sandcastle is complete.... (for now) https://alixartillustration.com/blog/2014/2/at-last-my-sandcastle-is-complete-for-now I'm happy that my Sandcastle image is finally complete! For several weeks I've been putting in several hours a day in the early morning hours to add in brushstroke by brushstroke of the tiniest detail in this castle... I ended up with two versions.. One in the daytime, and one at sunset... from two different photographs of some beach views I like to photograph ..

(LX Design & Illustration Folio) alixandra artistry beach castle mullins ocean oceans painting pixels sand sandcastle seashell tower https://alixartillustration.com/blog/2014/2/at-last-my-sandcastle-is-complete-for-now Wed, 19 Feb 2014 05:48:19 GMT
more_Sandcastle_details https://alixartillustration.com/blog/2014/2/more_sandcastle_details more_Sandcastle_detailsmore_Sandcastle_details


MORE HandPainted SandCastle Details.. Hours & Hours, Days & Days working on getting this detail to make my sandcastle look realistic....


(LX Design & Illustration Folio) alixandra art beach digital mullins ocean painting photography photoshop pixels sand sandcastle https://alixartillustration.com/blog/2014/2/more_sandcastle_details Sat, 15 Feb 2014 14:53:54 GMT
The Sandcastle https://alixartillustration.com/blog/2014/2/the-sandcastle I've been slowly creating an image of a Sandcastle in Paradise using Photoshop CC.. I started with a landscape picture of a favorite beach on Molokai from our honeymoon... The beach image had already been edited, with stormclouds, a rainbow and more for my landscape photo gallery a long time ago. The Sandcastle was another story. I had several different beach images behind it to get the composition I currently have. For a while I was using a secret beach up near Point Reyes, though it distracted from the view of the sandcastle. On to the sand castle. I started with photos of actual sandcastles made by my husband, son and some friends. The lighting was harsh, mostly wrong and the detail, well - skill level of our sandcastles was not exactly the dream fantasy castle that I had in my mind's eye. Then I moved on to some photographs I had taken of one of those silly sand-castle sculpted sand figurines that you can buy in all the beach touristy shops.  The castle was an unusual shade of aqua, as it was supposed to decorate someone's beach themed house or bathroom I imagine. 

So I added in a photograph of the sand sculpted castle. I flipped it over and warped it until I got the composition right on the castle. Then I went in with Photoshop's brush set and added some highlights and sand using custom brushes... Initially, I was working at a view of 30% in Photoshop, on an art canvas about 18x24 - which means I was working with broad lines and strokes but not super detail. Excited by my new idea of a dreamy sand castle I thought it was done. I printed it out and put it next to some other art, and hung it on the fridge for a day or two. I kept walking by it thinking, something is off, something isn't done. I asked my husbnad and my four year old, who are not exactly art critics - who really had nothing constructive. finally I got some worthwhile feedback, and it was about the details. As you know, the devil and the beauty, is always in the details when it comes to images which strike or capture. So, while I spend alot of time taking photos, editing photos, I rarely spend hours and hours editing down to the pixel on a giant image zoomed in at 200%, WITH A PAINTBRUSH. This image will be the first one in a long time that will have more brush-strokes and painting, than photographs. 

My typical image is usually made up of 50-100 photographs - this one is made up, or will be made up of 100-1000 brushstrokes of varying degrees with sand textures in an effort to "paint" a realistic sandcastle... I started actually by trying to go into Corel Painter and playing with the sponge brushes. Honestly, I kept getting frustrated mostly because the workflow is so different than Photoshop, which I've been using since 1998... I even downloaded some amazing sandbrush presets from someone that I found on the internet for Painter. I couldn't adjust them, and thye didn't work right, so I ended back in Photoshop, apparently my medium of choice, for even now painting. Painting in Photoshop using the brushes  takes a little bit of playing around with the settings to get the correct  / desired effect.. I started grabbing small pieces of sand castles that had been built, instead of whole castle photographs, and painting over them to mix with the painted details. This takes hours and hours to paint little grains of sand in Photoshop! Here is a screen shot of my work in progress, which now has many many more hours to go, until the detail is accurate. I tell myself it will all be worth the effort when I print it into a large size canvas and the detail beckons you further into the picture.... :) 


(LX Design & Illustration Folio) beach painting photography pixels sand sandcastle scultpture tropical https://alixartillustration.com/blog/2014/2/the-sandcastle Sat, 08 Feb 2014 15:15:55 GMT
Undersea https://alixartillustration.com/blog/2014/2/undersea Here's a recent piece I created from collages of Aquarium and Snorkeling photographs... It's designed to be a bit of a "Can you Find this..." type of image... I am working on a Puzzle Book, that you can read with your younger children and point out the various objects, as well as search for unusual objects that take a little bit of searching within the image..  This image was made from over fifty different photographs that I took with my Nikon and collaged together to create this final composite image with the help of Photoshop... 

So here goes: CAN YOU FIND THE: Treasure Chest, Tikki God, Scuba Diver, Purple Abalone, Giant Squid, Pirate Hat, Giant Clam, old tire, cuddle fish (looks like a squid sort of), pink jellyfish, dolphin, old clock, and a conch shell

Undersea_hidden_objectsUndersea_hidden_objectsUnderwater Collage with tropical fish, squid, turtles, crab & more
(LX Design & Illustration Folio) coral giant clam kelp forest leopard ocean pirate treasure shark turtle underwater https://alixartillustration.com/blog/2014/2/undersea Fri, 07 Feb 2014 22:55:06 GMT
Hidden Creatures https://alixartillustration.com/blog/2014/1/hidden-creatures This was one of my favorite images from 2013. It's actually a 2 part image, where there is a "simple" version and then a version which will come witha list of 50 items to find "hidden" in the picture. (Part of a puzzle project which will be published later this year in 2014) 

(LX Design & Illustration Folio) anaconda jaguars lizards parrot photography tropical waterfalls https://alixartillustration.com/blog/2014/1/hidden-creatures Fri, 03 Jan 2014 05:05:21 GMT
Yellow Orchid https://alixartillustration.com/blog/2013/11/yellow-orchid Yellow OrchidYellow OrchidPeaceful Zen vision of orchids in the forest along with other peaceful imagery.
(when ordering art print choose wide format sized 24x12 in product selection menu)

A new image I have put together for a space with a recent fresh coat of paint in light yellow, to make the space appear peaceful....


Peaceful Zen vision of orchids in the forest along with other peaceful imagery.
(when ordering art print choose wide format sized 24x12 in product selection menu)

(LX Design & Illustration Folio) https://alixartillustration.com/blog/2013/11/yellow-orchid Wed, 20 Nov 2013 16:04:39 GMT
SwanDayDream https://alixartillustration.com/blog/2013/11/swandaydream

My Swan Art piece is finally done! Created from digital photos of Emerald Bay, Swans, and mixed with lots of hand painting techniques.. 

(LX Design & Illustration Folio) swan art emerald bay vikingsholm floral fantasy fairy dreamy https://alixartillustration.com/blog/2013/11/swandaydream Wed, 13 Nov 2013 15:31:21 GMT
Color Collage https://alixartillustration.com/blog/2013/10/color-collage Mixing colors and creating art from art supplies.. Here's a chalk collage in progress from photos I've taken of piles of chalk.. The goal here was to create a plethora of rainbow colors... 

(LX Design & Illustration Folio) art chalk sidewalk supplies https://alixartillustration.com/blog/2013/10/color-collage Sun, 27 Oct 2013 07:19:37 GMT
Photo Archives & Big Sur https://alixartillustration.com/blog/2013/7/photo-archives-big-sur Over the past few years, I have spent countless hours in Big Sur. This month I've been sorting through my photo archive & sifting through a myriad of images taken of the wild Northern California coast line. Here's is one of my favorite spots in the entire state of California. The waterfall at Julia Pheiffer State Park.

(LX Design & Illustration Folio) california julia landscape pheiffer photography waterfall https://alixartillustration.com/blog/2013/7/photo-archives-big-sur Sat, 20 Jul 2013 12:34:22 GMT
Children's Illustration https://alixartillustration.com/blog/2013/6/childrens-illustration For many years I've focused on creating photographs and cutting them out in collage fashion to create my images. Way back before I learned how to edit my digital photographs, I spent many hours per day drawing and painting. Lately, I've been re-visiting my love of drawing, with Adobe Illustrator.. Pretty soon I realized that another children's book wants to come to life... Here's a sneak peek at one of my recent illustrations...

(LX Design & Illustration Folio) alix children drawing illustrator raccoon trees https://alixartillustration.com/blog/2013/6/childrens-illustration Wed, 26 Jun 2013 17:56:08 GMT
Portrait website is re-vamped & re-designed as well! https://alixartillustration.com/blog/2013/6/portrait-website-is-re-vamped-re-designed-as-well The new website redesign for 2013 is just about completed!

For years I've been creating portraits & my mixed media artwork based around landscapes and animals. The portraits are really only available to people in Northern California, San Francisco / Monterey Bay area because I'm not doing as much travel these days with two kiddies in the mix. I can still create a fairy image on a favorite child if you live far away & have existing photos you want to add some magic to. Anyways,  My new portrait website is up on it's own server.. which means it will take you away from my main Fine Art website.  You can check it out at http://portraits.alixandramullins.com  ..  

(LX Design & Illustration Folio) child children fairy portraits https://alixartillustration.com/blog/2013/6/portrait-website-is-re-vamped-re-designed-as-well Fri, 21 Jun 2013 15:42:20 GMT
Almost ready for launch https://alixartillustration.com/blog/2013/5/almost-ready-for-launch I've been working hard on updating my new website launch with a new service called Zenfolio, as it's time - I'm moving web hosting servers for my art & photography! Stay tuned! :) 

(LX Design & Illustration Folio) zenfolio https://alixartillustration.com/blog/2013/5/almost-ready-for-launch Fri, 24 May 2013 13:57:33 GMT
WElcome to my new photo blog https://alixartillustration.com/blog/2013/5/welcome-to-my-new-photo-blog WElcome to my new photo blog ! In process of migrating my fine art website over to Zen folio.. Check back soon! Thanks for visiting! - Alix

(LX Design & Illustration Folio) Alixandra Art Digital Mullins Photoshop artist retouching https://alixartillustration.com/blog/2013/5/welcome-to-my-new-photo-blog Wed, 08 May 2013 03:47:49 GMT