BGSU Alternate Environment ,
compositing and color correction
Take a photo of any building on campus. The building must be a BGSU building.
Note the lighting on the building:
• Which direction is the light coming from?
• What is the overall color of the light? What are the colors of the shadows?
• Is the light bright or a dimmer or subtle light?
• Are the shadows hard, soft, barely visible?
All of the qualities involving light and perspective will be very important, esp when considering what kind of second object you'll photograph:
Photograph an object which will serve as the "environment" for the building. This environment must be TOTALLY UNUSUAL AND UNPREDICTABLE. The viewer should be totally surprised by the combination of the 2 disparate elements. There should be a discrepency between the usual, expected scales between the building and its new environment.
• Stadium in a cut-open milk carton.
• sorority house in a geode.
When putting together your montage you will need to consider the following factors:
• scale (disparate, unusual size relationship)
• perspective (shoot the environment to – at the very least – make fitting the building into the environment plausible.)
• relationship to environment (Is there a contextual relationship? Does it create a visual contrast or do the elements share visual similarities)
• compare light between 2 elements
• compare color, sharpness, saturation, contrast...(they'll have to match in the final version)
Remember: The setting cannot be a natural setting in which you would expect to see the building.
Finally: Create 3 different, roughly composited montages of the building(s) you photographed in their new environments. We'll look at these on Tues as a group to help determine which montage has the most potential to be visually arresting and workable.
After your image's quality is the best you can achieve, print your final image in the Print Lab, Room 202 (second floor), School of Art. Please read and follow the online upload instructions carefully. If you have questions, seek out the help of the PIP lab personnel early. Note: There is a 48-hour turn-around period for printing. Upload your image early enough so you can bring it to class on Tuesday, Sept. 28. All images are to be printed on Luster Photo Paper.
Dimensions: Your image should not be larger than 12" in any direction. Your image should be 300dpi.
Highly recommended: Take your image to the Printlab and ask to see a "preview" of your image on the monitor before it goes to print.
Note: Your work will be graded only after it is turned in as a print. The quality of the printed version will factor into the grade.
Due Sept. 13:
Photographs of elements
3 different, veryroughly composited montages
Some examples of buildings in unexpected environs – Magritte did hte paintings and Neezhom did the photo montages:
examples of bldgs in unusual environs.pdf
1st Critique of finals:
Tues., Sept. 22
Revised finals due:
Thurs., Sept. 24
Tuesday, Sept. 28
Note: Prints are not to exceed 12" in any direction. You will have to pay for your print with your BGSU1 card, so make sure you have enough funds on your card to cover the cost of your print.
• Create 8 paintbrush tips from "images"
• Try using the paintbrush tips you created in varying sizes, with varying blending modes, etc.. In other words, push to see how much variation you can get out each brush tip you create.
• Demonstrate in a single, separate document how each paintbrush tip looks "in action". The documents should have a white background and be 300dpi. Each paintrbrush tip should be given sufficient room on the document to "show it off" (at the very least, a few rows).
If you want to show off what your brush can do in other documents as well, go ahead. That won't add or subtract from your grade.
• Keep the source material image from which you made the tip. The source material must be your own.
• Put all of your brushtip source images and the document showing what your brushtips do in a folder entitled "Assigment 3". The Assignment 3 folder must be in your homework folder.
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Due Tuesday, Sept. 28
The 3D Brush Preview - Photoshop CS5: Painting with the Mixer Brush
How to make a photoshop brush tutorial
Please read by Thursday, Sept. 30: Caricature (Wikipedia)
Here is a nice description of The Grotesque
This assignment will involve exploring the characteristics of caricatures and grotesque art. We will look at various artists who employ caricature, distortion and work with grotesque imagery.
You'll also be creating a piece of art that will include caricature and/or grotesque imagery. This digital piece must be 300dpi since a print will be required of the final version.
You will begin by choosing among your friends, family and/or acquaintances a subject for your caricature and/or grotesque art piece. One or more of these people will be the subject of your work. You may have more than one person in your piece. The photos you utilize of your subject must be your own.
Your artwork must fill the canvas (vignettes are allowed if used purposefully). You should make a rich image, including a background and suppotive "accessories"/visual elements.
Due October 5:
You should have 2 different concepts for artworks to present to the class. These should be rough sketches and/or montages that include your subject(s), ideas for backgrounds and other elements of the image. Your visuals can be photoshop documents or psd's. Please put them in a folder entitled: Caricature/Grotesque concept in your homework folder.
You should be able to explain to the class basic ideas about what you would like to communicate about your subject, your working and visual approach to the piece, the mood, visual style(s) you intend to use and what types of other visual elements you'll include. If you have accessories you've chosen, please place them on ONE pdf or in a separate folder so it will be easier to view them. If you are considering several background(s), they can should be included in a photoshop file on several layers or in a separate folder.
Project 1 - Caricature/Grotesque Portrait
Ralph Eugene Meatyard
Joel Peter Witkin
Read: Max Beerbohm
Hmmm...how about a current Grotesque Cartoon Network Animated Series?
Detailed caricature and incredible digital painting:
modern art and the grotesque
More artists associated with grotesque art: