My artistic side

As I get to know more about my fellow Viable Paradise 19 class attendees I am corrected about a major misconception. The class is not as “young” as I thought. I assumed the majority would fall into the 20s-30s range of ages, and while there are some in the 20s and 30s, there are more in the 40s and up. There are even a few approaching my age, but so far I maintain seniority (age only). 

In hindsight, that stands to reason; tuition is not cheap, travel is not cheap, and lodging is not cheap. Someone farther along in their real-world career probably has a bit more resources than someone just starting out. 

Regardless, the level of enthusiasm is still high, and people are looking forward to the experience. It’s because it’s so high that I assumed a younger crowd . . . I must be the only old person with a subdued demeanor.

. . . won’t I be fun at the informal gatherings . . .  

There is a hashtag of “#VP19” for people to connect and easily track posts about the workshop. Past workshops attendees identify themselves as, for instance, having attended VP XVIII (Viable Paradise 17).

The class I will attend will be Viable Paradise XIX or VP XIX.

Following that logic, attendees could be called VPers XIX . . . to me that sounds like the word “vipers”, so I suggested an idea for a logo.

I suggested this class call itself Vipers XIX and run a logo of a viper rising from a book in place of the letter “s” and biting into the roman numerals. Of course, descriptions are difficult to visualize, so I drew a sketch . . . 


One thing should immediately be evident to all . . . namely, them people who insist there is an artist within me are a tad generous with their assessment. 

I suggested the above as a starting point for someone with actual graphic art skills to embellish and take to the next level. For instance, perhaps the snake should be biting into a book since we all have aspirations of getting published. 

The conversation then morphed into possibly getting tattoos, t-shirts, or mugs.

Well, crap . . . if we are going to do something serious with this, I thought I should give it a better effort. I grabbed a freely licensed snake sketch from THIS SITE and made a more serious effort using Photoshop.


I know at least one person (not a fellow Viper) said they preferred the one with the anemic snake . . . I’m not sure if he was serious or not. 

Honest, I’m not married to the idea or even this logo; I reiterated my suggestion other VPers, VPers with actual talent, put forth their suggestions. We’ll see how it goes.

The above is the most work I have done in Photoshop in the last three years or so. I mean, I use it for photographs, but only to merge panoramas, merge layers, and so on. I don’t actually edit the photographs in Photoshop.

. . . and then I chanced on THIS POST which pointed me to THIS CHALLENGE

For them too lazy to click on the links (or them with a pathological aversion to doing so), let me briefly summarize the challenge. Take an existing book cover, in this case, this one:


Using one of your own B&W photographs, perform a cover makeover.

Well, shoot . . . Photoshop was already open, so I gave it a shot:


I was not happy with the impact of the name; I thought it blended in too much, so I tweaked it a bit. 


It’s a subtle change, but I think the name stands out more. 

. . . I still had Photoshop open . . . 


We have arrived at the reader participation section of the post:

. . . and . . . 

I should stress I have not read the book or even heard of Louise Penny. I assume there is a high likelihood both covers are a serious mismatch of the book’s actual content; I was just going on the title.

If the story has a Metropolitan setting, neither covers make any sense.

Anyway, that’s it. This post has ended . . . except for the stuff below.

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Tress in Tension

Tress in Tension

Astute persons might have noticed these doodles, and correctly surmised they hold some significance for me, and perhaps for humanity at large.  

If you click on the doodle, and nothing happens, this is the link it’s supposed to go to:


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28 Responses to My artistic side

  1. Eddy Winko says:

    I’ll come back to this in the morning over my second cup of tea!


  2. Can we not have multiple choice? :(


  3. colonialist says:

    Polecat papa took my comments on the ‘other’ vote and swallowed them?
    I like your design, but with the professional look, and I think your first two covers are much more enticing than the original.


    • disperser says:

      Sorry; normally the “other” shows up with the results, so I don’t know why not this time. I did read the “other” submissions, although I don’t know for sure who they are from . . . well, I do because of the comments.


      • colonialist says:

        The ‘other’ bar appeared, but none of what the ‘other’ voters had defined as ‘other’. Maybe that’s just how it is.


      • disperser says:

        Here are all the comments that came through as “Other”:

        • First two particularly, much better than the original!
        • Wimpy gave the design; on photoshop it was realised!
        • I think the photoshop one is good, but can you make it more cuddly?

        If there were more, they did not show up.


  4. sandra getgood says:

    Still hoping for a photoshop snake, but a little more cuddly.


    • disperser says:

      I needed something quick and in the shape of an “s”. That’s the first on I found that fit the bill.

      . . . wait . . . snakes don’t have bills . . .


  5. oneowner says:

    Okay, I voted! I don’t know if you can tell how any reader votes but rest assured, your Photoshop skills are up to the task.


    • disperser says:

      If there is a way to check, I don’t know about it. Essentially, unless one writes a comment about how they voted, there is no way for me to even guess.


  6. “anemic snake”…snort :-P
    I love voting, so I shall!
    HUGS!!! :-)


  7. You gave good and fun choices!
    (I liked in college and grad school when the profs gave multiple choice and some of the choices were silly or weird!)
    I voted for the top choice in both categories!
    HUGS and Have a fun and safe 4th!!! :-)


  8. desleyjane says:

    Thanks for joining the CoverMakeover challenge. Fantastic covers, particularly that first long road. Beautiful.


  9. AnnMarie says:

    I like the second Louise Penny cover remake, it fits the title very well, but as you as said, it may not fit the content. And you created a very interesting logo for the ‘vipers’. With so much creative juice flowing for the above projects, I’m quite sure you’ll have plenty left for the writing workshop. Good luck to you and hope you have lots of fun.


  10. Doesn’t look much like a viper to me but then I’ve been off the booze for a while!


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