Rausch Christmas Card

I got our Christmas card designed this weekend. I was really going for an "old-time" Christmas kind of look. I had a friend take some pictures of the family and used 2 of those pictures for the card. I filled the background layer with red and then overlayed the larger black and white photo, reducing the opacity to 40%. Then I imported the smaller photo and added a white border and a drop shadow. After that, it was just a matter of finding the right fonts. Merry Christmas!


Tim Tebow

Props to Tim Tebow...Heisman trophy winner and fellow Christian homeschooler! story


Christmas Card Design

I threw this together around midnight, last night. I had done a portrait session for some friends and they wanted to use this one for their Christmas card. I picked a mid-range blue from the stripes on David's shirt for the background color and overlaid a snowy field that I shot last year in Tennessee. I reduced the opacity on the snow scene to 60%.

Now, I just have to get around to making one for my own crew...


An Eagle and An Eye...

As I mentioned previously, I have again taken up pencil and paper. Here are two sketches I've done over the last few weeks. I used 2 different pencils: a 2b and a 6b extra soft. I really haven't drawn anything since I was 17 (wow, that was 12 years ago!), so when I sat down to draw these, I wasn't sure what I'd wind up with. What say you?

Outer Space

I shot these through my dad's Celestron C11 telescope back in October. I've adjusted the levels in Photoshop on all three, and I'm pretty happy with the results.

The Great Nebula (Orion)

The Horse Head Nebula (Orion)

The Veil Nebula

All things creative...

So, I've been talking about creating an area where I can post some of my projects for all to see and even critique...and now I've finally done it.

For those who don't know, I have a passion for creating beautiful photographs, digital graphics, and I've even picked up my pencils again. I've been sketching since I could hold a pencil but never really took it seriously...until now. I have taken a renewed interest in all things creative and am pushing myself to produce superior results with whatever medium I happen to be using, whether it be my camera (Canon 350D), pencil and paper, Photoshop, videography, or a combination of the above.

So, I'll begin posting things shortly. Feel free to leave comments and suggestions! Enjoy!