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There’s a Ghost in My Forest

As much as I love the idea of drawing my final image, I’ve really come to enjoy seeing what kind of image effects I can do with the computer. I’ve enjoyed making my latest spectre, and I’m pretty sure I could turn it into a series. We’ll have to see what Nell and the class says tomorrow!

So how did I get from these images to there?



The first thing that I did was open the background scene in photoshop. I duplicated the original layer and set it to color burn, 30%, and outlined my details with high pass at a low opacity. I then added my woman after cutting her out of her original picture. I layered her with blur masks and overlays, and adjusted her to the ghostliness of my content, frequently using the burn and soft brush eraser tool to erase extra hard lines. I then reduced her opacity group to 80%, duplicated the background layer again, stacked that layer on the top, and set its overlay to 26%. After lots of tweaking and an hour of flustering with photoshop, my image was complete!


Pictures for Fantasy

I went into the woods today and got the pictures that I needed for my project. Unfortunately, I couldn’t secure I high-quality camera before I went, so I did my best to change my camera settings before I went outside. I used a Canon Powershot SD1200 IS (or, in other words, a tiny digital camera). To change my settings, I clicked “FUNCTION SET” then, as scrolling downwards, changed the ISO to 1600, the AWB to CLOUDY, and the picture size to 3648 x2736px. That’s HUGE! These are the pictures that I am most contented with, though they haven’t been photoshopped yet:


Scratching the video project… again

So I decided to go in another direction with Auggie and MJ. I like this movie better, but I still don’t feel like it’s “done.” As of now I don’t know what else to do with it… I’m letting it rest for a day. All said, I think it’s significantly better than the first video.

To Draw with Bamboo

Two weeks ago, I turned 21. Instead of begging for liquor, martini shakers, and wine, I bombarded my friends and family with requests for Adobe CS5 and a bamboo pen. I got the pen.

Bamboo is Wacom’s tablet that is compatible for Macs (yay!) and PCs. I was disappointed to find out that Mac doesn’t support tablet software  much, though ink does work pretty well. Though I can’t mark up my documents, I’ve found it quite enjoyable to play with.

Just like a normal pen, the color changes with pressure

What makes this pen particularly nice is that it mimics line quality and emphasis similar to a real pen. With Corel Painter , the software that comes with the pen, the more pressure on the pen makes the strokes darker and thicker. In other words, the pen allows for greater customization and easier strokes than the highest quality mouse would allow.

It is also great for warm up sketches

Overall I’m very pleased with my pen, and looking forward to  how it can help me in digital design!

Final design for the night. Frankly, I'm addicted!

Love Letters from Letters in Love

“g.” “o.” Two letters of the 26 available in the western phonetic alphabet. Unbeknown to the casual flapping lips of the hundreds of languages that use their melodies, “g” and “o” are special. Why? Because they are in love; I have pictures to prove it.

Today, I drew “g” and “o” going through the motions of being in a relationship. The initial bliss, the fights, the need for space, and, since in my lifetime they will, their years aging together have all come together in these sketches.

Sometimes the font sets the mood. Soulstalker, for example, creates an intense sexual connection, whereas Champagne and Limousines allows for the letters to coddle one another.

More than anything, the proximity that the letters were to each other showed the closeness of their bond. Script fonts easily lean into each other, so that the viewer can see o and g holding hands and reaching for one another. g tended to curl around o, and give guidance and protection, whereas O was happy to let g cuddle up and fall asleep.

Not all times are happy with o and g, though.

Sometimes o has enough of g’s complaining and sucks the air right out of their space. g can’t stand it when o embarrasses it and yells defiantly at its partner. o sometimes gets so mad that g plays dead.

Like children, they will sometimes separate to the point that one misses another, and begs the other to come back to them. g clings, and o walks away. Luckily, they tend to stay together.

Yeah. G can be really nasty.

Luckily, both letters tend to realize that hey just need their space.

G can be a bit stifling. It knows that and tries to control it. Luckily, o doesn’t mind too much.

Sometimes o and g are off doing their own thing. That’s okay, because it doesn’t change the fact that they still mean something to each other. Just because they are in their own space doesn’t mean that they won’t still reach for each other a bit. And they certainly aren’t fighting the whole time.

Growing old together doesn’t necessarily mean that one dies, but we have explored the sadness of what would happen to g or o if they were lost in the world without one another.

Yeah, they do grow old. Luckily neither of them are actually dead, and they do still love each other. What a healthy relationship!

Overall, the mood was determined by the line quality, shape, and intensity in the letters, which was complimented by the use of negative space. Different fonts made  a big difference, but placement, in my opinion were more important. Their relationship could be described with the following restrictive guidelines :

  • Every panel has two distinguishable letterforms
    (but does not have to contain the entire letterform)
  • Black and white only
  • No other elements besides the letterforms (no, color, design or image)
  • Do NOT manipulate (stretch or distort) a letterform. If you want a certain aspect, select a font that contains the characteristic in its form

While drawing, I played with space, font, and size. Though I did jump from idea to idea, the themes remained the same.

Next time: what will I use for my actual project?

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