Sunday, March 20, 2011

More pictures of the ice jam

Here are some pictures of the ice jam that I took on Friday. It has since gone out.

The mouth of Cottonwood Creek.

The ice jam.

Some flooding. They say a picture is worth a thousand words so I don't need to say much.

I think this hay is pretty wet.

Pictures of the ice.

The mouth of Dry Creek.

A picture of the calves.


Thursday, March 17, 2011

Yellowstone River ice jam

Wednesday we flew and got a look at the ice jam(s) on the Yellowstone river. We also got some pictures.

An island that is normally above water.

A picture of the jam.

Fields under water.

This property is now 'river front' but I doubt it will help its resale value.

More pictures of the flooding.
The ice jam at the 'fishing hole'.

The snow finally melted enough to allow the cows to graze.

There is hardly any snow up at Blue Mountain.

Looking down Dry Creek.


Sunday, March 13, 2011

A warm day in March

Since this blog has not been very active for awhile, I decided I'd post on it and not my other blog.
On Thursday it was really nice(in the forties) so we were outside a lot. Later in the day I went to the barnyard and took some pictures of our calves. Not much else to say so here are the pictures.

Molly(Or Maully) and Sam.

Molly playing with Sam.

Misty wanted to hog all the attention.

Sam and Snowball.

Molly and I.

The snow.


Wednesday, March 9, 2011


For practice, I decided to draw one of my wolf characters howling. I thought some of you might want to see how I did it. Since I only saved the final product, all but the first image are layers of the final result. This is why you can't see what I changed part way through the drawing.
Night scenes are much easier than normal drawings since they're dark enough very little shading is needed.
I started with a basic sketch done on paper. I only used a little reference for the wolf's head.

Next, I made a basic sky for the back ground. It was pretty easy to do since I used the gradient tool on Photoshop.

I used my lineart to do a silhouette of a wolf with a slightly darker color than the sky. (You can't see it since this is only some layers of the final result and I deleted the lineart layer.) When I first did it, it was more like the drawing but I used copy and paste to turn the head so it had a shorter neck. I also changed the mouth a little so it looked better.

Here, I added the light from the moon. It's a lot easier than it looks. For the highlights, I chose a color that was lighter than the sky. I also added some stars.

I decided the rock's highlights made things too bright so I put a darker color over the rock to darken it. I also added the darker spots on the moon. I flipped the picture around because I realized my wolf had the wrong ear torn. That might have messed up my moon a little and it's now backwards. (I had to look at a few real moon pictures to do the moon.)

I used Photoshop CS4 and a Wacom Bamboo fun drawing tablet. If you want to experiment with digital art, you can download a free program called GIMP, which I used before I got Photoshop.