Friday, February 25, 2011

Chapter 1 Response

            Since the dawning of human existence, art has always played an important role. From communication, to story-telling, to beauty, art remains alive and well in our culture. In the 1960’s, a spark of a new age of art swept through a computer screen. A simple digital image was made on a computer screen, and with it came a wave of a new art form. Now, pictures can be painted on a screen. Ideas can look like reality with 3d animation, photography can be manipulated into whole other settings. Great development has been made with the leap into digital art in our society, but there are times when its pros slide into cons.
            First, lets take a positive look on what digital art has done for us. First, the creation of 3D characters using programs like Maya. With this, we have brought movies to a much more believable standard, like “Avatar”, “Transformers”, and the reanimated “King Kong”. Even cartoons have taken use of it, producing movies like “How To Train Your Dragon”, and “Toy Story”, taking the craft to a whole new level. Digital art as become a sweeping sensation too. All of the effects, minus the mess and the expensive tools. Patterns and stamping tools can make copying a breeze. The only drawback is that it can only live in a screen, the scrapes of paint dabbled on a traditional canvas bare on a digital print.  Photography has also been affected for the better. Now, effects like different colored objects, adding in characters, even morphing objects together, is all possible. Our ideas can come to life in ways we thought were only for the most realistic painters. Digital art is now showcased on art websites, making finding artists for jobs easier, and getting critiques from people around the world. Digital art has taken us to so many levels in art, in a matter of decades.
            But with this revolution, comes many drawbacks as well. Photography, pictures, paintings that had so many hours put into them, can now be “stolen” online. With a picture and a description, an art thief can take your work and claim it as their own. In a worst case scenario, they may even convince others that you’re the fraud, which is why all artists must be careful in displaying their own work. Watermarks and signatures can help this from happening, but even now clone stamps and healing brushes can erase any evidence. What’s more, People can take any photo or picture, and slightly alter it. And technically, that partly makes the new creation their own, the worst is when they don’t even credit the original artist.  Art thievery over the web has become the biggest problem in the last decades for artists everywhere. Still, it barely leaves a dent considering all that digital art has provided us with.
            The breakthrough of computer-based art continues to be upgraded and improved, we can only see what it will further lead to. No doubt, its effect in the art community has been vast, tilting the perspective of how we view art today.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Project 1: Rememberance

For project 1, we were to interpret the meaning of modern photography. So I chose how it is used to remember others, even if they’re gone. The birds above symbolize photos, taken when it was still alive. As you scroll down, the bird photos begin to fade away, and the background dims, until you reach the deceased hairy woodpecker resting on the floor. This symbolizes that the creature is no longer with us, but we can always remember it thanks to memory and photography.

My own memory is terrible with faces, so when I forget a face I know there’s always photos to remind me. So, I wanted to illustrate how important photography has become for memory, whether for current friends, or great grandparents. 

First, I started with a long angle of a tree, and added in a forest floor. From there, I looked up deceased birds to find a good position, and cut out my choice. Luckily, I guessed it was in the woodpecker family and soon found out it was a hairy woodpecker, and so looked up five pictures of this species in different poses, and cut them out with the eraser tool. After resizing the birds and moving them to good angles, I moved all the “alive bird photos” into one merged layer. To make them transparent, I erased with a pressure sensitive brush. Then, I picked out a grainy photo backdrop to give the birds alive some “photo quality’s”, took away most of it’s yellow, and made it transparent to fit the birds. Then, I applied an outer glow effect to brighten the birds up, and added a bit more glow with the eraser tool. I erased some of the deceased bird to make it look like it was resting in the grass, and applied a small shadow using the drop shadow effect. Finally, I added a bit more glow with a soft set white brush, and added a bit of glowing circles of light coming from him with a pen pressure white brush.

(rough)Concept sketches: 
The first shows how the birds would be flying alive, while the real one would rest on the floor, dead.
The second was another idea, of a billboard showing alive polar bears in a pool of ice, placed next to the reality: melted glaciers, and a drowned bear. 
Put together with these photos:  

Deceased bird:

Bird Photo 1:
Bird Photo 2:
Bird Photo 3:

Bird Photo 4:

Photo texture:

Bird photo 5(link stopped working):