At first, it was just some scrap wood from the wood shop room. After I took 4 random pieces and painted it into an outer space atmosphere. It was no longer scrap wood it was art. It represents my grandma’s bond with me. I love her unconditionally and I would do anything to put a smile on her face. The spacemen represent me and her and how much I love her using the expression “I love you to the moon and back”.
“Mother Nature Queen”ft.debora Oresajo
- Medium: Digital Photograpghy
- Year: 2015
The original image of my friend Debora was taken by me using a canon camera provided by my Photography teacher. After taking a few shots I loaded them onto the computer to edit Photoshop. Since she had her hair raped and one piece stuck out I duplicated it and added it to the other side. It looked like the shadow of a basket and that gave me the idea of doing something environment related to the portrait! I started using different tools such as the smudging, blurring tool to take away the blemishes on her face. Afterward, I proceeded to use different brush sizes and paints to paint her face as if I were doing her makeup. I used the sampler tool to take her skin tone color up and made it a paint color and did her “foundation” with paint. Then I picked up a lighter color with the same tool from her face and used the paint tool to highlight underneath her eyes, forehead, bridge of her nose, widows peak and her chin.After, I took the blurring tool to blend it evenly. I also took a darker shade from her neck with the eyedropper tool and used it as paint to contour her cheekbones. For the eye makeup, I made did wing liner on her eye and used orange and purple colors and decrease the intensity to make it look like natural eye shadow. I wanted to add lashes as well but I couldn’t find the right brush to make natural eyelashes. I researched how to add fake lashes in Photoshop on youtube and followed their instructions. I after doing her makeup I added and duplicated flowers to go on her head rape. I made them small and large and rotated them to my liking. Then I took some monarch butterflies and did the same thing I did with the flowers. As for the shirt, I took off the buttons with the eraser tool and painted it the color of the rest of the shirt and then I put leaves that I shot in the camera and put them inside the shirt using the setting multiply. That’s how I made the “Mother Nature Queen”.
That video help me learn how to apply lashes in Photoshop
My friend Debora the person in the image really liked flowers and anything to do with the environment since the image I used was of her, I wanted to incorporate something that she liked when I was editing (ie. leaves, flowers, butterflies, and makeup). Although this was an assignment I wanted her to have the final product to keep afterward. Since she was into nature and everything I added different elements of nature and I titled it“ Mother Nature Queen”
"Branching Off" ft. Selina Barker
- Medium: Digital Photography
- Year: 2015
- Size: 11”x17”inches
I took an image that I shot and uploaded it on to Photoshop. Then I adjusted the size by cropping it and making the lighting brighter and contrast deeper. Afterward, I used the magic want to select Selina without her background. I then took some leaves I shot and put it behind her on another layer. I proceed to make the double exposure more interesting by adding things in her shirt. I liked the texture of her original sweater she had on but it had to go. I took the magic wand and carefully selected her sweater and erased it. Then I added some branches in the outline of her shirt. To make the branches more attractive I adjusted the contrast for some and left some of them darker. Then I use the multiply feature to merge all the images.
I titled the portrait "Branching Off" because Selina and I were friends and within a few more weeks of school we would be separated because we wouldn’t have a reason to see each other every day at school. When we graduated she would also be going to a different university as well. We were both going down two separate paths with different goals. We were “Branching Off”.
- Medium: Plaster and multi-media
- Year: 2014
- Size: 11”x9”inches
This is the mask standing on its own.