The Renaissance Portrait assignment had been a challenging assignment for me. To create this realistic renaissance portrait, I replaced the face from the original portrait with my own face using Photoshop. I took many approaches to making this portrait realistic. I first used the quick selection tool to select the contour of my face and then I applied layer mask on to my face. With this separate layer I adjusted the hue/ saturation, the white balance and applied the sandstone filter on the face and on significant objects I've included. As for the background, I liked the pre-exisiting smudged effect. So I worked with the previous background by applying the layer mask and adjusting the colour along with the opacity .
Two objects which is significant to me is my pet, turtle and Haagen-Dazs ice cream. I photoshopped my pet turtle in the image as if it is resting on my hand. I also included the Haagen-Dazs brand logo on the woman's left sleeves as it is my favourite brand of ice cream of all times. Lastly, England is where I would call "home" in the future. An image of a street on England is set as the background for this renaissance portrait.
Surreal Landscape Project
For this simple surreal Landscape Project, I decided to have hamster and people holding umbrella's in the piece. The image is surreal since the hamster is much bigger in size than the people walking on the train track. My inspiration came from my own observations when I take the subway to school each day. I sometimes see the presence of mice on the track and thought it would be interesting if mice to appear to be bigger than humans. To create this effect, I used the quick-selection tool, the blur and erase tool, the hue/saturation and white balance , the sandstone filter. I also applied dropped shadows to the people walking on the train-track and a gaussian blur at pixel 3-4.
Traditional Photo Portraits
The Steve Carty workshop was an amazing experience. I learned about the technical part of photograph; the different types of lighting when taking a photo for various effects. For example, front lighting would always make the model look attractive while back lighting would create a much different effect; like the person is emerging out the background. His workshop had also made me realize the connection between photoshop and photograph. I was inspired by how the two can be worked together to create more pronounced and original art works. In additional to the technical aspect, his talk about his career had also been inspirational and encouraging. I am astonished by his courage to take risk and aiming for his goals. In the future I would apply the skills learned during the workshop into my daily life.
References for Surreal Portrait