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  • Hi all from Beej :)

     Beej Curtis updated 2 weeks ago 5 Members · 9 Posts
  • Beej Curtis

    Member
    February 11, 2021 at 12:41 pm

    Hiya Everyone, just wanted to drop by to ask a couple of questions and let you know what I have been up to πŸ™‚

    Last couple of years (especially last year with beginning of Lockdown hitting us all) have been pretty awful for me personally, especially health-wise. But things are on the up and like most of us, I am trying really hard to keep creative by working on-line. I’ve set up a couple of stores via Red Bubble and Amazon Merch to sell shirts etc and done a few, but last year, I created a very special memorial piece (Airbrushed but full photo retouch in Photoshop first) for a friend who unfortunately lost his Father in Covid times.

    I made a collection of 9 tutorial step by step videos (all free to view) and you can go to my website to see those if that interests you https://www.organicimage.com/videos where you will see a small Trailer embedded and then, there are 6 episodes ALL about the Photoshop image re-touching and the final 3 episodes are me Airbrushing the portrait on a section of dashboard from his father’s Mini Cooper. The movies are all embedded on my site or can be watched on Youtube, make sure you click the Hi Quality cog as they are filmed, edited and output from Premiere at hi-res 1920 x 1080 so good for full screen views.

    My Red Bubble store is here: organicbeej.redbubble.com and if you fancy looking over some art-themed and airbrush-themed apparel I also have stuff on Amazon which you will find links to on my website or, go to Amazon and search ‘organicbeej’ (one word)

    I wanted to say publicly a MASSIVE THANK YOU to Rob and Kyle who helped me cutting files from my art to make the masks for the Mini Cooper job, I couldn’t have done it without your help and I truly appreciated the efforts you went to in helping me πŸ™‚

    But also, I wanted to ask if anyone has any experience preparing SVG files to cut over printed materials to a Brother Scan n Cut machine? I am planning on creating a ton of downloadable files of my art to print & cut, not only for Sublimation but for the Scrapbook/Ephemera markets too. I know the Brother can Scan n Cut can do just that – scan and then cut πŸ˜‰ (my friend has a Brother CM700) But I want to supply SVG files from illustrator with my own hand-drawn outlines which will then register over any printed document (that I too have supplied as a PNG from Photoshop)

    If anyone has any info on that I would be very grateful. I want to be able to supply artwork on one page and then SVG files on the other and hopefully, folks can use these on their Cricut, Brother or Silhouette

    Thanks everyone

    Sincerely,

    Beej

  • Martin Cole

    Member
    February 11, 2021 at 3:15 pm

    Hi Beej, I’m glad things are on the up for you especially health-wise.
    Its been a strange year for all of us
    Great website…love the butterfly… always been a huge fan of your work… since back in the day…. how many years since we met at the sign show. πŸ€”
    Its seems air-brushing in coming back into vogue more, maybe with the help of Tik Tok.
    I still have my airbrushes, my first from 1976, haven’t done any in years though

    You are an immensely talented guy so let’s hope things are turning a corner with better times ahead.

    Stay safe & Well

    Martin

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    • Beej Curtis

      Member
      February 11, 2021 at 4:47 pm

      Hiya Martin πŸ™‚ Thank you for your kind response, appreciated. And yeah, how long ago was that Sign UK show?? Crikey, years!

      Great to hear from you, hope you and yours are safe & well bud

      Beej

  • Richard Wills

    Member
    February 11, 2021 at 9:23 pm

    Wow Beej,

    I’m one video in and learning. I’ve only been using PS since ’94, but for a very limited set of purposes. Normally I’ll search for a specific outcome, but you’re calmly handing out an organic series of methods in an amazing narrative. I look forward to taking time to go through the rest

    Thank you.

    Be well.

    Richard

    • Beej Curtis

      Member
      February 12, 2021 at 11:29 am

      Hi Richard,

      Thank you So much for those kind words, they are very much appreciated. πŸ™‚
      I wanted to create something from this very special project that was in-depth and very detailed because after many years of using illustrator and Photoshop I know that folks would find some of it very useful, especially as the end digital results were used in conjunction with the airbrush art of the portrait, the masks and all the techniques etc..

      Again, thank you for your support and please do let me know how you get on with the episodes, I would be delighted to hear that. This project took several months from start to finished edited and produced episodes so its really wonderful to get feedback like this.

      Sincerely,
      Beej

  • Karen White

    Member
    February 15, 2021 at 12:37 pm

    Amazing work Beej. You are so talented!
    I will need to come back to this, or I won’t get any work done today! πŸ˜€

    • Beej Curtis

      Member
      February 15, 2021 at 12:54 pm

      Hiya Karen πŸ™‚

      Thank you for your positive comments, appreciated. Hope you get something out of them πŸ‘

      Speak soon
      Beej

  • Jeff Rea

    Member
    February 18, 2021 at 10:48 am

    Awesome work Beej. That’s proper talent mate!

    • Beej Curtis

      Member
      February 18, 2021 at 11:08 am

      Thanks Jeff, appreciated bud πŸ™‚

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