Here’s an addition to the Apple project… you know how when you say a word over and over and it starts to sound wrong, or write it over and over and it starts to look like it’s spelled wrong? Yeah, that happened.
“Red stimulates and excites your nerves, pulse rate and blood circulation, and lends energy to your entire system. When you are fatigued, lethargic or sluggish for any reason, red has an energizing influence.”
― Tae Yun Kim
I wondered what the apple might look like if it were a surreal, ruby red color.
An apple… what’s more simple and perfect?
Years ago I did a project for an art class where we had to take a common object, and represent it visually in as many ways as we could using fine art media such as pencil, pen, and paint. I chose the apple, and my final project (as far as I know) hangs in a place of honor on my grandparents’ dining room wall.
My new idea is to recreate this project using digital media instead of fine art. I shot the photo above, and will try to think of the apple in as many ways as I can, starting with…
I am open to ideas for apple manipulations!
This is another fellow that was posing at Westcott’s Photoshop World booth- Thomas Willeford of Brute Force Studios. I think he got a kick out of showing off his awesome costumes, and all us photographers loved shooting them!
This is another thing I learned at Photoshop World… animation using Photoshop. This is obviously very basic, but I thought it turned out pretty cool!
This last weekend was Photoshop World in Washington D.C., a 3-day extravaganza full of learning and becoming inspired! I went with my good friend and fellow designer/photographer Gillian. We took the train early Saturday morning and after checking into our hotel, immediately attended our first series of classes. In the afternoon, the expo was open so we could listen to more presentations around the expo hall, or find out about cool new technology and gadgets.
This model was posing at Westcott’s Photoshop World booth for geeks like me to photograph. She was on a white background lit by a huge soft light (WANT). I shot some photos, and I decided to try out a few things I learned at PSW… This is a composite with a couple other photos shot in D.C., plus some effects and tricks. It’s definitely a bit overdone and ridiculous looking, but whatever- it was fun!
My copy of Type Image by Barbara Brownie has arrived from Amazon! For some reason the corner is all dented, but luckily that does not affect the content, which of course includes my rendering that was named “Soul of the Typographer.” Here are a couple quick shots of the book!
I posted this image up back in July of 2009, but recently re-discovered it. Mark has since moved to the New York City office, still creating beautiful design and typography work. This image is being included in a book on the different ways typography can be use to represent subjects or create imagery (I searched fruitlessly through my computer and emails for the last draft of the book)- when the final copy is released I will be sure to pass it on!
Adobe Photoshop is a great tool. Clearly I am a believer in starting off with a great image – thus the years of technical training I am putting myself through – but once you have a great image, you can do practically anything.
I bring this up because Luke and I are working on some elements for our wedding. We already sent out the save-the-dates, and we are currently working on the invitations which we’re planning to send out in April. They will be revealed here in good time, but I’ll give you a rough idea of the concept: we are super heroes and the elements are designed in comic book/ old school movie poster style. It’s a great way to work together and combine our skills- Luke is an amazing artist, we scan in his sketch, add photos of us for realism, and I photoshop the heck out of it!
I’m not sharing those images yet (only the save-the-date is complete) but here are a couple other photoshop projects that you may remember from the past year!
Today was a really tough day. I got the news right away in the morning that my Grandpa Mattke had a heart attack and is in a coma. We won’t find out anything more until tomorrow night, so if you are the praying kind, we’d all appreciate your support. (If not, please send positive energy out into the universe!) Thank goodness for all the people that are supporting my family and my Grandma… it really hurts to be far away from my family right now. I did take some pictures today, but I just wasn’t too happy with them. I allowed myself to get distracted with a little photoshopping project… as far as I’m concerned I am still creating an image. I like the take charge warrior attitude. Sometimes when we feel helpless in real life, it really helps to create something that denotes the determination and hope that we need.
What I learned:
- It doesn’t take the fanciest studio to get cool photos… I used a white muslin backdrop with two shop lights from the Home Depot. They were both on the right side, one aimed at the backdrop to create the gradient, the other bouncing off a white sheet.
- If you don’t have a plan yet for the post processing, always shoot RAW!