To begin with for the second image, I first had to merge the two backgrounds to give the overall image some depth.
this looked quite natural and flowed through seamlessly. Now was the time to add in the ninja. The perfect place to set him down was on the bench. At this time I also added the moon which would house the clock. This was done because I thought it was a fitting place to be and that ninjas are one with time and are capable of manipulating it.
I have added snow splatters up from the ninjas feet hand and knee to show him landing on the bench from jumping onto it. The grindstone was next to enter the picture. I could not just add this alone, and decided to add a sword. This was to show that the ninja had more than the sword in his hand.
All that was left to do now was to tie them together and get a natural feel. This was achieved by brightness/contrast editing. This enabled me to add shadows and light flecks on the ninja, swore, grindstone, tree and bench. After this was added i thought it might be cool to add a dead bird to the ninjas knife to give the image some meaning. So the whole picture is capturing the moment when the ninja has just killed the bird. The bird had to be duplicated and separated to give the effect that the knife was going through it. As well as this blood was added to create realism.
This is the final image i produced. I was fairly pleased with the outcome. Not as nice a composition as the first i feel but still decent enough.
The deviantart links for the images used are:
http://browse.deviantart.com/resources/?q=swords#/d1jcm22 – swords
http://browse.deviantart.com/resources/?q=snow%20tree&order=9&offset=48#/d19pj7p – Background trees
http://browse.deviantart.com/resources/?qh=§ion=&q=banco#/d2lv7n6 – bench + tree
http://browse.deviantart.com/resources/?qh=§ion=&q=dead+bird#/d1iz5h4 – dead bird
So now was the time to bring all the elements together and create a new image.
First i started with the dunce and her cell. The dunce was cut out of the background and placed in the cell. There was already a dull light in the cell but i decided to bring the brightness down and create even more emphasis on the light.
The shadow under the dunce was darkened to stand out more as well. The next step was to put the gramophone into the corner. This was slightly more difficult as the angle was all wrong from the original image. the shadow on the wall allowed me to manipulate it more. Adding highlights with the brightness/contrast gave the image depth and as a result didn’t look too out of place.
The hardest part of the whole process was the book. At first i tried to rotate it so it was facing the dunce but I could not distort it to make it look natural. In the end I left it facing the same way, in a way it gave the picture more realism as it showed that tyne dunce was crazy.
The shadow and the highlights on the book make it fit into the picture and not stand out as if it has been placed there. Again it was created using the brightness/contrast tool. A photo filter was added to give slightly more colour and a warmer colour.
Now to bring them all together.
The final outcome looks like this. I added a layer of curves on the whole image to give it more warmth. It added to the outcome I think. At the end i looked at the image and it looked like it needed something else, so I added some text above the dunces’ head.
Here is the link from deviant art for the cell:
I am quite happy with the final outcome. Now on to the next one.
For my second picture i needed a setting for a ninja. My mind raced immediately to a japanese garden and a pagoda. This is the image i first decided on.
This seemed perfect with a large spec to work with. But as i started to edit it I could not find a suitable place for the clock or the grindstone. More thinking was needed. I wanted an outside setting for sure but where else do ninjas reside? the forrest was my next thought.
I came across this image and the snow seemed to add another level to the image. The soft snow is almost a likeness of a ninja, soft and quiet. But again this picture was not the right one. I tried to use both the japanese and snow together and found this image.
This looked perfect but something did not sit right with me. It would remain as a backup if nothing else was found. But find something I did and it was this gem.
this was almost perfect but needed another image to give some depth.
This would give me the depth i needed.
Now was the time to create.
To manipulate these images, I am first going to need a setting/background.
At fist i was thinking the dunce could sit on the edge of a tall skyscraper, looking out over a city listening to music. Something like this.
As i looked it was so hard to find the right sort of picture from the right angle. I ended up leaving this idea behind and thinking more sadistic and dark. These thoughts lead me to prison and cells. So I began to search for a suitable prison cell. Nothing too big but not too small. Although with the dunce hat on it looked almost as if she should be in a restraining room. A sort of mental patient listening to music. Here is the image i found.
I think i fits perfectly. With a little editing it could become the dark setting i require.
Will be posting my updates.
One of my projects involves using a multiple of photographs and compiling them into one image. The image has to make sense and look natural in its composition. Here is my first idea of pictures to use.
I feel that these could work well together. The songbook automatically connects to the gramophone because of the musical connection. I feel the dunce can be manipulated in a way to fit with these two well.
The other image will include the ninja, the grindstone, and the clock. Ninjas use swords and the grindstone would be fitting. The clock to show time.
I will be posting updates on how the pieces are coming along.
Here are a few designs from complex magazine which i have grabbed. I like the large bold white text against the light pastel colours. It gives the whole piece a welcoming feel.
This could be something i would be interested in using in some of my own work to create a welcoming feel to the magazine. This would make people want to read on and discover more about the articles, as well as some nice designing.
Here are a few covers from Little White Lies Magazine. LWL is a magazine company who produce film based magazines. Each issue has a cover depicting the main character from the film which they are reviewing. The whole magazine has really nice style, which comes from the style of the front cover art. They are all really artistic in style and complementary to the film, with set colours to run throughout the magazine.
I love the flow of their magazines in general and would be really nice to do something similar with my own magazine. The large borders around text and rounded image borders. Plus I would like to write in feature pieces on new young artists.