I’m part of a team of improv friends who regularly take part in an annual New Zealand 48hr film competition. This year’s event was cancelled, but then the organisers did a big “wait, hey” and decided to run a version where everyone is confined to filming in their own houses. Starting point is a random genre (we got SciFi) and some elements that need to be included, the result has to be between 1 minute and 3 minutes long. It was, as always, silly stressful mostly fun. After some distributed filming, shonkily edited together with some bad sci-fi effects, we ended up with a 2 1/2 minutes of weird fly-point of view story. The “flycam” view totally justifies the shaky camera work. The actual film can’t be shared anywhere until after the judging in a couple of weeks (there are over 2,000 entries to be officially watched!), but here’s the poster, reusing an old macro photo of mine.
I foolishly/recklessly signed up to a ‘one week challenge’ for digital portrait painting, via @paintable.cc . I call this finished for now, if not really finished-finished (luckily, digital paint never dries). Following someone else’s process made me explore some bits of my drawing programmes that I’ve never used before, and it was all very frustrating at times, but good to do.
Tools: Autodesk Sketchbook on a Surface Pro for the sketching and most of the painting parts, and Photoshop with an elderly Wacom tablet on my desktop for the Photoshop finishing and detail parts.
#digitalart #portrait #portraitpainting #oneweekchallenge
Snapshots of Nero, Julius Caesar and the rest, after they decided to ditch the regal togas and move to a more informal neighbourhood.
The goal was to bring statues somewhat to life, but still keep their essential statue-ness apparent. The original Greek statues, which the Romans copied, were brightly painted in lifelike colours. The pale marble ideal as we know it now was all a misunderstanding . . . .
This short project was undertaken as part of a photography course, but it’s an idea I may go back to and explore further. These faces are from ancient Roman portrait busts, and along with the backgrounds are all pictures I’ve taken.
Manipulating photographically acquired pixels is a fine and useful pastime. However, this week a Photoshop paper (part of a photography course) made me take up a digital paintbrush and actually paint with it for the first time in a long long while. Satisfying, and an effective way to encourage time to vanish down deep rabbit holes. Did I really spend half an afternoon trying to figure out a vaguely plausible ‘crying’ effect? Oh yes.
Shoutout to the ever helpful Obsidian Dawn (aka Stephanie Shimerdla), whose skin texture brushes and matching tutorial was a especially useful resource among the many useful resources out there.
Me ineptly playing with the fast shutter speed on my camera, while my dog ineptly plays catch-the-flying-thing. And yet we’re both happy with the afternoon!
This is every-other photo from a one second burst, stacked in Photoshop, with the pup and toy masked for each layer. Shot in glare-y bright summer sunlight, and I’m not sure if I’ve quite figured out the focus for this sort of shot, but hey, it nearly all works. Much like the dog’s attempt to catch the Frisbee.
If I can figure out how to make the strobe function work properly in the speedlights I got for Xmas, I might try this shot again at night, using long exposure instead.
Or, three dog version
Technically: f7.1, 1/1250sec iso 640 focal length 24mm (36 in 35mm terms). Weird looking fur because a) she’s half curly coat retriever, and b) she’d just been swimming in the river.
Not nearly finished, but well underway- Presenting Miss Fish. Based on this lovely tintype photo from the 1880s. The tiny original is, in the manner of its time, Photoshopped, with the eyes retouched, and colour added to her cheeks and earrings. This one, painted using my trusty Wacom Intuos 4.
The requirement was to quickly come up with a poster image for a WIT show in next year’s Fringe Festival. Battle of WITS is a fun improv team-on-team sort of show, with zero budget. So, “look scary” I told two friends, in five spare minutes before a class. And they cheerfully hammed it up. A moderate amount of exploding backgrounds and death laser eyes later that evening . . . pure Photoshop corniness.