Electronic Image Making Final Pieces

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This is a Post with all of my Final Pieces for each of the Challenges in it.

C1 - Writing a Tutorial

C2 - Top Internet Memes

C3 - Creating a Pokemon Infographic

C4 - Common Photograph

C5 - Expressive Image


Expressive Image Tech Report

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This is the part of the assignment where I tell you which software packages I have used to create the finish product and also which Hardware I used in the process too. The hardware that I used was my Macbook and my Canon EOS 500D Digital SLR Camera.

I took the photo and then uploaded them to my Macbook using iPhoto which comes as standard with all new Macs. and then put the one I wanted to use into Photoshop. To do that I had to go into iPhoto and find the file first because the way that the program archives the images it makes them difficult to find.

After I found the file, I copied it to somewhere that I would have easy access to it so that I could work with it without having to go through iPhoto every time. After I had moved the file it was time to put it into Adobe’s Photoshop and all creative on that bad boy.

So now that I had put it into photoshop, what I did was layer my brother from the background so that I could work on both elements separately to get the effect that I was looking for.

I did this by using the “Quick Selection” Tool and selecting the entire of my brother and then selected “Layer Via Cut” to layer him from the background.

Now it was time to play around with the different filters within Photoshop to try and get the effect that I desired on the foreground. After looking through nearly every filter I settled on three filters, Palette Knife, Accented Edges and Sprayed Strokes. These can be found in the Filter menu in Photoshop.

Now that I had settled on the filters that Im gonna use, I started to work on the background a little bit. However the only thing that I actually changed on the background was the colour levels, I made them slightly Darker.

I released that the changes that I made to the image were not severe enough from just changing some filters and colour levels. So I then started to play around with some of the facial features.

To start off with I selected the “Elliptical Marquee” Tool and started selecting facial features and layering them via cut. First of all I started with the Ear, then moved onto the eyes, the nose and the mouth. Now that I had all of the facial features in different layers, I could now start playing around with them. I took the ear, I enlarged it and rotated it slightly and then started to do the same with the eyes the nose and the mouth.

So by adding the filters to the subject it gave me the Alexa Meade inspired effect that I was looking for and by playing with the facial features, this gave me the Picasso inspired effect that I was looking for to finish my image.

Expressive Image Write Up

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This assignment was an interesting one to do, especially researching into the different artists and finding out about their styles and lives and their different works of art. I started off looking at Alexa Meade after my tutor pointed me in that direction but quickly took a liking to her work because of how unique it was. Painting on people and then putting them into scenes and photographing them is completely the opposite way round to how most artists would work which is what makes it so fascinating. Also, she came up with this very early on in her Career as she is only Twenty four. It will be interesting to see what kind of works she comes out with later in her career.

Alexa Meade - Jaimie

Looking into David Hockney was an Idea from my Dad, I asked him to throw out some names of some artists that he had heard of and David Hockney was one of the names that stood out for some reason so I decided to do some research into him, his life and his works. Turns out he was born in the same place as my dad, which is a completely irrelevant piece of information, but I found it interesting.

I started looking at Pablo Picasso because I remember something from Primary school of all places, and how he used to paint Abstract paintings. Taking a subject and painting his own take on that subject, be it not painting features in the correct proportions or moving the features and colours around a bit, making his style unique to others.

The main thing that Links all three of these artists are that they all dared to do something different, something that would have them remembered for thinking outside of the box but still creating works of beauty.

I started off by taking a photograph of my younger brother to use as a base image. It took a few different attempts to get a photograph that I liked, was happy with and I could work with. This is the Image that can be seen below.

Now I had the photograph that I could work with it was time to go to town on it in Adobe Photoshop and get Creative on its ass.

First of all what I did was split my brother from the background so that I could just apply filters to him and keep the background the same.

Now that I had done this I could start playing around with the different filters within Photoshop to try and get an effect that looked as if the foreground had been painted rather than taken as a photograph, or at least that was my goal.

I tried a few different filters out of the “Artistic” section of the “Filter” Menu in photoshop and a couple of them just looked wrong, I finally settled on using the “Pallete Knife” Filter to make it look like it had been painted in oils, much like Picasso’s work was. After that I kept trawling through the filters menu, trying them all one at a time. There wasn’t really many that I liked that gave the image the effect that I wanted however I did find two in the “Brush Strokes” Filter Menu that I liked, “Accented Edges” and “Sprayed Strokes”. This combination was what I was looking for to make something that looked inspired by Alexa Meade. The next step was to add the inspiration that I found from Picasso, I selected facial features layered them via cut and then enlarged them and rotated them to add that element of abstract.

If I was to do this project again I think I would probably do a more in depth case study into other artists and their work to get more inspiration.

Expressive Image Research

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For this assignment we had to do some research into different artists that work with the body, specifically the face. One of the main artists that I looked at was Alexa Meade, who’s work can be found at http://www.alexameade.com . Her technique is somewhat different to anything i’ve seen in the past, what she does is paint on her models and then photograph them rather than just straight up paint them on to a canvas. This adds an extra element to the work but you have to look close to see that its people that are painted as it really looks like it is just painted on the canvas. Some more of her work can be found on her Flickr account which shows you the artist standing next to some of her subjects. http://www.flickr.com/photos/alexameade/

After looking at her work, I had an idea of what I could do to create something similar. I kinda did it in a reverse to how she did it. I started off by taking the picture of my subject, in this case is my brother, layering him from the rest of the background and then I started to play with different filters in Adobe Photoshop. It looked alright however it was lacking something so I started looking at some other artists that played with the face for more inspiration.

Alexa Meade - Transit

The next artist that I encountered was David Hockney, Born in sunny Bradford and then moved to America, he is well known for his work with “Joiners” which is taking a bunch of pictures of one image and over laying them to make them into one big image of the object. These photos sometimes overlap or dont quite join up right but thats all part of the beauty of it. This must have been very difficult in the 1980’s as there was no Digital Cameras, and no way of manipulating them on computers, it was all done with Polaroid and manually sticking them together.

The first Joiner that Hockney did was of his mother in 1982, which is what the photograph below is. He sat her in a chair in the house and just went nuts with a camera to create something fantastic.

David Hockney - Mother

I did something similar to this when I was doing the Common Photograph challenge, arranging multiple photos. This is a good Idea and has inspired thousands of people but its not quite the inspiration I was looking for to go with what I have already got.

The third artist I am going to look into is Pablo Picasso, who died in 1973 at age Ninety One. He well known for being one of the co-founders of the Cubism Movement. Through his early years, right up until the beginning of the 20th Century, Picasso painted just straight up and down paintings. But around came the 1900’s and he started playing around with different techniques. This can be seen in his 1907 painting that currently resides in the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. This painting is the “Les Demoiselles d’Avignon” which was painted using Oil Paints on Canvas. This new style of paining shocked some people and inspired others. It is this style that I want to try and incorporate into my work as well, slightly disjointed and not quite perfect but still is beautiful.

Pablo Picasso - Les Demoiselles d'Avignon

Common Photography Tech Report

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This is the part of the assignment where I tell you which software packages I have used to create the finish product and also which Hardware I used in the process too. The hardware that I used was again, a combination of 2 Computers. I started off by using the college’s iMac and then finished it off by using my Macbook at home. I also used my Fujifilm AV120 Point and Shoot Digital Camera to take the photos.

I started off by taking pictures of my classroom desk area which was a bit bland and wasnt may elements there to work with. So I took photos of my Students’ Union Office Desk as it is a true reflection of my dask.

When It came to putting it all together I used Adobe Photoshop just like I have done for the rest of my assignments as I am starting to get to grips with it and get more confident using it.

I had to come up with a way to display 20 images of the same thing within one A3 sized image and to do that I decided to used one of the pictures as a base image, a background and work from there, transforming and rotating different images and overlaying them on top of the image I was using as a background.

Below is the base image I used as the canvas.

Next after I finished posisioning the rest of the images I had to make it look a little more alive than just a bunch of images sat on top or each other. I had to find some creative effects to use on it so I started playing around in the “Filter” menu and trying different filters to see which ones work best.

The filters I used can be found in the Adobe Photoshop CS5 Menu.

–> Filter –> Artistic –> Film Grain
–> Filter –> Stylize –> Diffuse
–> Filter –> Artisitic –> Watercolour

Above is screenshots of the three filters that I used eventually. I spent ages deciding on them and finally settled on these three after trying about twenty different filters. All in all, this was a fairly simple task that was more time consuming than anything else. Decideing where to put the different images and what sizes to make them and how best to arrange them.

The other than using Adobe Photoshop the only other software I used was iPhoto to upload the photos from my camera to the computer.

Creating an Infographic Tech Report

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This is the part of the assignment where I tell you which software packages I have used to create the finish product and also which Hardware I used in the process too. The hardware that I used was again, a combination of 2 Computers. I started off by using the college’s iMac and then finished it off by using my Macbook at home.

For this assgnment I didn’t use a standard paper size as it is an Infographic which by nature is long and thin. So I had to work out the dimentions of the canvas i would be working with, so what I did was I opened a new Photoshop Document and looked at the size of A4 which is 210mm x 297mm and then doubled the height so it was the width of A4 but twice the length.

Now I had my canvas size all set to the right size it was time to put some content on there. I started off with a background to make it a little more interesting than just plain white with some information on it.

Once again, i achieved this by using the Opacity tool, I added a picture of a Pokeball (because my infographic is based on Pokémon) and then I used the Opacity tool fade it out so it was still visible but it stayed in the background rather than taking prominence.  This then gave me something with some life to it to work with rather than a blank canvas.

Next on the list was adding the rest of the content to the infographic. This wasn’t too difficult really, after deciding what Images I wanted on the inforgraphic I had to perform some photoshop magic with the Magic Wand tool, as some of them were .JPG files and had white backgrounds on them and they looked daft as they covered up my Pokéball background. So what I did was much the same as I did in the Internet Meme assignment.

–> Opened the File
–> Selected the Magic Wand Tool
–> Selected the White Space
–> Deleted the White Space
–> Saved the file as a .PNG file

Below are Screenshots of the steps I took to do this.

Internet Memes Tech Report

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This is the part of the assignment where I tell you which software packages I have used to create the finish product and also which Hardware I used in the process too.

The hardware that I used was again, a combination of 2 Computers. I started off by using the college’s iMac and then finished it off by using my Macbook at home.

I spent a lot of time debating wether or not I should dabble in trying some new software that I had never used before which was Adobe Illustrator however, I loaded the program up, tried to use it, got spooked and reverted back to photoshop as I hadn’t the first Idea how to use Illustrator. This took a while to get it to how I wanted it.

I started off by looking on the internet to find my favorite memes as I didn’t really have any ideas to create one of my own. I ended up with three image based ones rather than a video based one. To get the background for this, I took a section from one of the memes, and stretched it and then used the Opacity Tool to get it so that it was a sort of washed out colour and didn’t take over from the foreground. As you can see from the image below.

The next thing I had to do was create the foregrounds and the layout for the memes to go on. This took a while as I had to download a brush set called Rising Sun to get the effect I was looking for. I then had to Merge two shapes into one to get the angle that I wanted, square at one side but then sloped on the other.

I did this by creating a “Smart Object” which allowed me to play with certain aspects of certain layers without effecting everything. I did this by selecting my layers, Right clicking and selecting “Convert to Smart Object”
Adding the colour I did by using the colour picker tool and taking the colours from the original meme to ensure maximum accuracy to the real deal.

To get the heads of the Frog, Wolf and Penguin I used the magic wand tool. I went into the original meme, and selected the background with the magic wand tool then inverted the selection so that it selected the animal rather than the background. I then right clicked and selected Layer by Cut and then copied this new layer onto my poster. Below are some screen captures showing you how I did it.

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