From WordPress: “Write about your first computer.”

My first computer? It looked like this one:

Yes, my first computer was a Timex-Sinclair 1000 and it was a long time ago. I think I bought mine in the early 1980’s, probably when they first appeared on shelves.

Was I a gamer? A student? No. I just wanted to learn how to “write BASIC.” I didn’t really know what that meant when I bought the thing so I was happy to find a book about it. A few weeks later I was cranking out little programs. But then someone told me about a newer, more powerful cyberwhatsit from Commodore so I gave away the Timex-Sinclair and moved on.

Hmmm…how many computers have I owned so far in my life? If you include smartphones, tablets, and laptops it’s seventeen. The various manufacturers are: Timex-Sinclair, Commodore, Gateway, HP, Samsung, and Apple. I switched to Apple in 2006 (after two “kernel panics” and one “fatally corrupted registry”) and have remained with them ever since.

Sick of Winter?


“Pastel Power” ©️Robin King (Click image for more)

Snow? Dark days? Icy winds? If you’re tired of winter maybe some “Pastel Power” can help.

I normally prefer to work with fully saturated colors, the kind that make your eyes tingle.

But in the dreariness of winter, beautiful pastels can whisper “Spring is around the corner!” and promise us sweetly-scented blooms nodding in warm breezes.

That’s why I’m excited to share this Art Deco-inspired “Pastel Power” design now — on the full range of Redbubble’s products (including home decor, pet products, clothing, device accessories, puzzles, and prints).

 

Street Photgraphy: Abandoned Televisions in Danger From a Mysterious Stranger

Will the abandoned televisions escape in time? Or are they doomed?

(Photographed by Robin King in 2009)

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“Abandoned Televisions in Danger From a Mysterious Stranger” is available – as prints, stickers, magnets, and cards – from my Shop on Redbubble. Click to see larger image.

Street Photography: “The Old House in the Trees”

“The Old House in the Trees” (@Robin King)

“The Old House in the Trees” is one of my favorite “street” photographs. I shot it with a small camera, long ago. To get the picture I had to pull my car off the narrow, shoulder-less, two-lane, hilly, twisting road and crunch my way through snow for a safe place to stand. When a delivery truck approached at the top of the hill I could see that my car would block its passage. I waved and smiled. The driver pointed at my car. I held up my camera and smiled again. The driver checked his rear view mirror, turned on his flasher lights, got out of his truck, and stood in the street to stop any other traffic from bothering me. I took a few shots, different angles and lighting, then thanked him. He waited patiently while I got back into my car and pulled back onto the road. We both waved, and I left.

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The last time I did much “street photography” was ten years ago. I’ve started again and will share my progress here. In the meantime, if you’re interested you can find some of my photography and photographic manipulation in my Shop on Redbubble.

“Tropical Nights”

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“Tropical Nights” Abstract pattern (©️Robin King)

Ocean waves glow in soft moonlight, warm breezes dance through the palms.

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“Tropical Nights” was inspired by memories of Barbados. You can find this abstract image on the full range products (including prints) in my Shop on Redbubble.

“Cracked Colors”

“Cracked Colors” – Click through to see larger image (©️Robin King)

“Cracked Colors” is a digital painting that I originally planned to restrict to a blue-purple-pink palette, but it soon burst out of those constraints and went wild with all the colors of the rainbow. Sometimes art has a mind of its own – and I LOVE BRIGHT COLORS!

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You can find “Cracked Colors” in my Shop on Redbubble on an array of products, including bags, home decor, accessories, cards, and prints.

©️Robin King

What Happens After Vectors?

Now I know what happens after vectors!

A while ago I worked at using vectors to make images (using the Amadine app) for Redbubble products. The results weren’t particularly useful because even though I made a few pieces I was stymied by how to upsize them properly for use on Redbubble. Yesterday I found the solution. There are probably more direct ways to accomplish the same thing but this worked and that’s wonderful.

Here’s the original (and uninspiring) vector image – I drew with Amadine:

Original size: 800×800 pixels

It’s a mishmash of shapes and at 800×800 pixels it’s too small to be much use on Redbubble. But that’s not a problem when the image is a vector because they can be safely upsized.

To begin, I opened the Amadine file (for the above image) in Vectornator. Using Vectornator I enlarged the image to 3000×3000 pixels and exported it as an “.svg” file to Adobe Photoshop Elements, where I selected and copied it. Then I opened a new file at 6000×6000 pixels, into which I pasted four copies of the enlarged image. After that, I reoriented the four copies so that they would form this more interesting and easily repeated image (shown on a floor pillow):

“Dancing Yellow” ©️Robin King @artbyrobinking

If you’re wondering why I want to “repeat” an image, here’s the reason: some of the products offered for sale on Redbubble have dimension requirements that are very large. Repeated patterns make sense as one solution and can be exciting to design. I’ll be making more, with vectors!

Click the images below to see a page with additional configurations of “Dancing Yellow.”

. “Dancing Yellow” (@Robin King @artbyrobinking)
“Dancing Yellow” (@Robin King @artbyrobinking)
“Dancing Yellow” (©️Robin King @artbyrobinking)