UK-based designer Stephen Wildish gives a humorous take on the importance of colour through these witty charts that are part of his weekly series of illustrations called Friday Project. Wildish’s minimalist infographics show how an object becomes something else entirely, only by changing its colour. He’s even published a book filled with similar charts and funny visuals that’s available on Amazon. Check out his work below.
Art isn’t all fairytale photoshoots and landscape shots – it can also act as catalyst of change.
Sydney will once again be transformed into a spectacular canvas of light, music and ideas when Vivid Sydney takes over the city after dark from 25 May – 11 June 2012.
Sometimes, all it takes to create a stunning piece of art is a stock photo, a bit of creativity, a great idea, and some time. Today, I will demonstrate how to create a piece of art that I created titled, “Beauty of Gold.” Let’s get started!
Let’s start by creating a new document in Photoshop, I used A3 format but it doesn’t really matter what size you use. I always find it easier working in high resolution because it’s easier to add the details. After that, search for a nice piece of stock art. I bought mine on Dreamstime.com but you could also try DeviantArt or any other site. Place the stock on your canvas as shown below.
Now, have a good look at your stock, this technique is always easier when you have a stock with a lot of highlights and shadows. I have circled these areas in red and green below. It’s not necessary to draw the lines yourself. I just wanted you to understand what I meant.
Take out your ‘Ellipse Tool’ and begin to create circles that will form the shading.
Set the opacity of the ‘Ellipse Tool’ to about 20%. Now start filling in the dark and light areas with white and black. Don’t worry about the details yet, just create the basic shading like I did. (I set my stock to 50% opacity so that the circles are visible).
Work from large size to small size! This might seem a bit boring but in the end you will get the best results! As you can see below I’ve already added some very small details on the face just to show what it will look like on a later stage. (The stock is on 10% so that the shading is more visible).
Repeat this same step again, but this time add some circles around you stock to create some flow, this will be used for effects later in this tutorial. If some parts don’t look great, don’t worry, it can be fixed later on. Create a new layer and add more circles. I changed the opacity of the stock to 0% this time so its easy to see what I did and how much detail I added.
Now, we’re going to add some color. I decided to go for a golden/brown color which is about the same as what my stock had. Using the ‘Ellipse Tool’ start adding light colors on the light parts and dark colors on the darker parts.
Reduce the opacity of the color layer to 35% to bring down the colors a bit, after add more black and white shading on a new layer.
Our composition is finally starting to take shape, but its still a bit hard to recognize some parts of the stock. Take out your brush tool and apply these settings.
Now start brushing on the darker and lighter areas that we showed in Step 2. Make sure you don’t go outside the lines of the stock. Set the opacity of your brush to 30%, only use a black or white brush.
Here is what your layer stack should look like.
Duplicate all the layers above the stock, after that, merge them. Now duplicate the layer of your stock and place it at the very top. Now, create a clipping mask on the layer below it (this should be the merge of all the circles).
After this I merged the top 2 layers and set the result to overlay (20% opacity), then I duplicated that layer and set it to soft light (80% opacity).
As you can see there are still some areas that need more details. See the image below to understand which parts I’m referring to.
For this step we have to take out our ‘Ellipse Tool’ again, we’re now going to zoom in on each part we just highlighted and work on the detailing, add black and white where its needed! Keep repeating this step on the same layer until you are satisfied. (Our Ellipse Tool is still on 20% opacity).
After this we want to start working a bit more on the flow. As you can see when looking at my artwork, the main highlights are on the top left of the stock, so we’re going to add a gradient (black to white) where the bottom right is black and the top left is white. After that, set it to soft light and keep the opacity on 100%.
Things are starting to come together now but the background is still really boring. Since we want to keep the focus on the foreground we’re going to add a really soft background. I usually do this by taking a big stock photo and blurring it, then setting it to soft light. This time I used the stock of a desert which I bought on dreamstime.com (you should also be able to find good stocks on sxc.hu). Place it as shown below.
Now go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur and set the radius to 65. Set this layer to soft light (100% opacity), now duplicate that layer and set it to 15% opacity.
Now, we’re going to add more effects, at the moment all we have are flat circles which are a bit boring. I created some special circles with gradients etc. which I’m going to randomly place in the artwork. Its best to experiment with creating circles because it depends on what fits the artwork best.
Note: I put a gray background behind the effects in this screenshot so they are all visible. These are not on the same layer because then I wouldn’t be able to move them around and duplicate them.
Some parts still look a bit flat. We’re now going to add highlights but also darken the dark areas a bit more. A very simple way to do this is by soft brushing on a new layer and setting it to soft light. I did this with a 550px soft brush (black and white), which I set to soft light 50% opacity.
After that, we’re going to add very small details. I did this with a soft brush and hard brush with a small diameter. Set the scatter and spacing to high and brush in random areas. Do this with different colors but also with varied blending modes such as screen, overlay and soft light.
We’re coming to an end here, I took out my pen tool and a very large soft brush to create lines around some places of my main model. Also, I added some subtle effects to it. Check out the screenshot below what I mean. (Make sure you set it on simulate pressure).
Go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur. Erase all the areas you don’t want blurred to improve the focal point.
We’re almost done now. I applied my image on a new layer and sharpened it. After that I played a bit with the colors/brightness and contrast/hue and saturation. This is my final result.
I flipped the image horizontally because for me, it looked better. After that I also added my logo.
From Sydney Morning Herald, More than 5000 people gathered in front of the Sydney Opera House to be photographed nude in the name of art and diversity today.
A pregnant woman was among the first group of Australians to take their place on the steps of the Opera House just after dawn in photographer Spencer Tunick’s latest installation, Mardi Gras: The Base.
Mardi Gras festival executive producer Danielle Harvey said 5200 people – including sportspeople, doctors, teachers and retirees – had lined up to take part.
“We were expecting 2000 or so … we’re absolutely thrilled,” Ms Harvey said.
Tan lines were the most prominent feature of the Australian line-up, which whooped and cheered its way onto the Opera House forecourt in lines in cool, cloudy conditions.
Student Art Rush, 19, said he was thrilled to be there.
“I’ll never get a chance to do this again. It’s not worth being inhibited,” he said.
“It doesn’t feel sexual, it just feels tribal – a gathering of humanity.
“I thought it would be all old people and nudists, but everyone here is great.”
Advertising creative director Adam Sutherland, 46, said he had not yet decided whether to tell his employees, while nurse Nerida Grant, 27, said she wouldn’t miss it for anything, saying: “I love [Tunick’s] art work, it’s fun.”
English traveller Laura Higman roped in her partner Greg Patterson and friend Libby Morrish for the shoot.
“It was a really good experience,” Ms Higman, 31, said.
“We weren’t quite expecting the ’embrace’ part but it was good.
“It’s not every day you get to be naked on the steps of the Opera House.”
Mr Patterson, from Lewisham, said he “loved getting naked” and the experience made him realise he only wore clothes “for comfort”.
But the 28-year-old said he found his placement, at the very front of the pack, confronting.
Much of Tunick’s job during the hour-and-a-half shoot centred on crowd control.
The artist asked his subjects to pose with their hands by their sides, up high above their heads, and even asked all couples in the crowd to embrace, before moving everyone inside to pose in the theatre.
This is Tunick’s second shoot in Australia after staging an installation in Melbourne’s Alexandra Gardens in 2001.
He has also photographed groups in New Mexico in the US, as well in Brazil, France, England and Austria.
The artist said the title of today’s installation, Mardi Gras: The Base, referred to the sameness of individuals, regardless of their sexual preferences.
“Gay men and women lay naked next to their straight neighbours and this delivered a very strong message to the world that Australians embrace a free and equal society,” Tunick said.
Tunick said he was delighted to be able to assemble the installation at the base of “one of the most beautiful architectural structures in the world”.
He said the crowd warmed up as the shoot progressed.
“It was difficult to get the straight people to embrace the gay participants … I was happy we got it in the second set-up,” Tunick said.
The work was commissioned by the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.
Here are some photos, all of them are from the internet.
And here are the videos:
See through the dear deep blue
Gonna go, broken dream, such a rush
Bad things make you see through the box that you within
Cardboad thick isn’t it?
Cloud comes then you cover the big face, waitting them starting to drop
Good new finally blow alway, 1, 2, 3
Let’s keep mumble just like no more tomorrow a happy life ever
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Take a time off, like one of the weekend
Empty the mind, let’s have a walk
Walk to the beach, walk to the sea
Get some art done, and some color of red
So here are some photo from the Sculpture by the Sea
The world’s largest annual free-to-the-public outdoor sculpture exhibition, Sculpture by the Sea, will transform the magnificent 2km Bondi to Bronte Coastal Walk from 29th October to 15th November this year.
Location: Bondi to Bronte Coastal Walk
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