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Deke turns a model into a purple-eyed villain inspired by Doctor Strange.

Bert Monroy's Soon-to-Be-Released Times Square

Today I was hanging out at the lynda.com studios (working on my Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Mastery course, if you must know). When I ran into that one artist who isn't afraid to make his own reality, even if it requires hand-drawing individual drops of bird poop and sacrificing three years of his life. By which I mean, Bert Monroy. Colleen was there, too---these days, she works for lynda.com. And, before anyone knew it, Bert was showing us the most recent version of his gigatron-by-teratron piece of bazillion-pixel imagery, "Times Square."

It's radically dazzling. Not to mention, huge. In a way that few things beyond a stretch-Ford F750 hauling 100+ freight cars might be deemed huge. (Seriously, it contains more pixels than there are galaxies in your head.) And it made me realize how very ashamed I am for not having shared the following info until now: By some random quirk of fate---perhaps because Bert is out of his mind!---this excellent man decided to include Colleen and I in his masterwork. Here's a miniature (not to mention, old) version of Bert's composition. With Colleen and I rendered in bright green. We're on the left. You can't miss us, because there's a giant Zapf Dingbats finger pointing in our direction.

Colleen and I in Bert Monroy's "Times Square"

I know many of you live in awe-and-wonder over the likes of Bert. (As well you should, I say.) Which is why I thought I'd post these charming sketches: Read more » 

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Who Wants Some All-Natural Hand Turkey?

Thursday is normally Martini Hour day. Except the fourth Thursday in November. That's when Colleen and I trade duties celebrating this glad time of year with our very own hand turkeys. And this year, we collaborated! Colleen provided the hand and I made the decorations. Who says I only know Photoshop? What I really know is hand turkeys!

Hand turkey 2010

And I only added one thing in Photoshop. (Can you spot it?)

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Get Gorgeous Prints From Photoshop

This set of tips comes from Martini Hour 074, in which Deke and Colleen talk (Photo)shop. Their recommendations? Get better prints from your desktop printer by being highly experimental: Try different approaches, write down what you did, and be willing to use up some ink and paper in the process. Once you find your favorite settings, you'll be able to rely on those settings to achieve proven results from that point on.

Getting gorgeous prints from Photoshop

In preparation for printing, there are a few steps to take, and one that you definitely should not. Read more » 

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dekeSpeak November 23

November 24, 2010

Hello, Dear Readers! And Happy Thanksgiving to those of you in and from the U.S.A. Read more » 

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Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Mastery Is Finally Under Way

Months after Adobe's CS5 shipped, I am working on the third course in my overarching, comprehensive, all-new Illustrator CS5 One-on-One video series for lynda.com. I call it Mastery because this is where you get to master stuff. Here's the net result of Chapter 24: "Gradient Mesh," which features a pair of happy red peppers so exceptionally rendered that they must have been grown using the most advanced chemicals modern science has to offer. And they say biotech might be harmful---perish the thought!

Illustrator CS5 gradient mesh Read more » 

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