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Archive for November, 2011

Wee Chapel Ruins with native wildlife – the latest Wee Planet

November 30th, 2011 by Nikki Smith

And now for something a wee bit different…

My latest wee planet seamlessly blends reality and imagination into a vision of what-might-be.  A giraffazelle roams the meadow near the ruins of the Chapel of Saint Birgitta on this peaceful morning…

Here is a close-up of the little fella:

Giraffazelle Close-up by Nikki Smith, BookSmithStudio.com

Like it?  Love it?  This wee planet is now available for purchase as a stretched canvas, framed print or a fun and unusual greeting card.  I’d love to hear your feedback!  Please leave a comment below and tell me what you think.

Credits:
Wee Chapel Ruins from the imagination of artist Nikki Smith, BookSmithStudio.com
Includes source images from Alex Nordstrom (Chapel of Saint Birgitta), Erik A. Drabløs (Gazelle horns), Hans Hillewaert (giraffe) and Nikki Smith (sky)

Shrinking Our World – My artwork in The Eagle newspaper!

November 6th, 2011 by Nikki Smith

That’s me in the photo.  And that’s a two page article about my artwork in The Eagle newspaper!  You can read the article (text-only, without the five planet photos) at The Eagle, here.  Or check it out at the bottom of this post.

If you are looking for the Wee Planet Tutorial mentioned in the article, you can find it here.

As a reminder, to celebrate I’m giving away an 8″ x 8″ glossy print of a local Wee Planet!

Here’s the Scoop:

  • To enter, leave a comment on this post or on the Wee Planet tutorial post.
  • Alternatively, you can Share, Digg, Tweet or Like it on Facebook and let me know!
  • Be sure to include your email address so I can contact you if you win!
  • I’ll announce the winner at the end of the month.  (And if there are a lot of entries, I’ll add an extra planet print or two…)
  • For inspiration, see my Wee Planet gallery here and start thinking about which planet you would like to win!
  • The winner will receive a signed 8″ x 8″ glossy print of the local Wee Planet of their choice.

And now, here’s the article from today’s paper.  Cool, huh?

Planet “Wee Viking Football” (and a Giveaway)

November 3rd, 2011 by Nikki Smith

It’s ready!  Below is my latest Wee Planet creation: Wee Viking Football!

This planet joins my ongoing series of local Bryan/College Station Wee Planets.  The Bryan High School’s stadium turned into a very cool (and very athletic) planet.  I like to work on a large scale, so this planet is over three feet square, too!  If you would like to learn more about how I create Wee Planets from 360 degree panoramas, check out my Wee Planet tutorial here.

If you live near Bryan/College Station, Texas, be sure to check out the November 6th Sunday edition of The Eagle.  I am honored that they will be featuring my Wee Planet artwork.  So to celebrate, I’m giving away an 8″ x 8″ glossy print of a local Wee Planet!  (See my Wee Planet gallery here.)  To enter, simply leave a comment on this post or on the Wee Planet tutorial post.  (Or Share, Digg, Tweet or Like it and let me know!)  Be sure to include your email address so I can contact you if you win!  I’ll announce the winner at the end of the month.  (And if there are a lot of entries, I’ll add an extra planet print or two…)