10/16/13 Quad Project: Black Cat Proposal

As a starter project for Adobe Photoshop and a smaller scale version of the micro/macrocosms that we will be making later, we are working on a Black Cat project.

[Black Cat is an Agnes Scott College tradition that originated in the 1920s with a prank night between the sophomores and the first years. It evolved into a week of oddball activities and competitions, including decorating the quad in one’s class colors at midnight that Monday, dance, song, party day, field day, trivia, and Scottie fundraising. It culminates at Junior Production with performances from all classes of their songs and dances, and a play that satirizes Agnes life. Then there is our semiformal dance.

Classes are assigned a color: red, blue, yellow, green. Each one chooses their own mascot freshman year. Red and blue (seniors and sophomores this year) are “sisters;” green and yellow (the juniors and 1st years, respectively) are “sisters.”]  

In this scenario, each of us is a part of the Black Cat committee for our class (GO FOXES!!) We are in charge of designing quad decorations and mapping them out, proposing a theme and plan of attack to our class. 

The objects must be realistically executable–shown to scale and capable of being made in a weekend in the basement of Winship, to be exact. The theme doesn’t have to correspond to our actual mascot, but it DOES have to proliferate your class color and make sense.ImageImageImageImageImageImage

We each had to take a photo of the quad to start, as a background, and then find photos of objects we want to use.

My theme is based on video and arcade, called “GAME OVER! (WE are the Champions)” 



10/9/13 Intro To Photoshop: All the Shades

10/9/13 Intro To Photoshop: All the Shades

This was such a silly photo.
As an introduction to Adobe Photoshop, a raster based program, we played with basic tools on a self-portrait photograph we took on iBooth (web camera).
First basic rule of Photoshop: ALWAYS start with a copy of your background as a separate layer!
Second rule of Photoshop: An object must be selected in order to manipulate it.
I used the quick selection tool to select (Command + Shift) and duplicate my eyes (option-click and drag selected object).


10/12/13 Strange World: Preliminary Research

10/12/13 Strange World: Preliminary Research

Amongst the artists I reviewed for the strange world project were Marcel Duchamp and Anne Ryan. Duchamp’s ready mades manipulate space and common idea of what an object is, such as Fountain—which is essentially a urinal with R. Mutt written on the side of it…

Anne Ryan made collages in the late 1960s that layer textures and colors in geometric arrangements, use limited color palettes and are really delicate. Her style appeals to me for my capstone, as well–I work with paper and fabric! I also found that Lee Krasner also made collages of paintings interspersed with textile and various paper types.
I wonder if there is a way to “stack” textures on top of each other on Photoshop.

Meet Matthew Albanese

Prepping for the Photoshop project by doing preliminary research, I found this artist who literally builds miniature worlds himself! title? Strange World Project! really neat

SPECTRUM: Exploring, Expanding, Creating

Meet Matthew Albanese

In searching online for examples of some realistic looking strange worlds, I came across this miniatures artist, Matthew Albanese. He builds microcosms of natural scenes and then photographs them to appear life-size. Michael Zhang reviews his work for PetaPixel, a photography website:

Our jaws dropped when we came across Matthew Albanese’s work. He uses everyday materials to create astonishingly detailed small-scale miniatures of stunning landscapes, and then photographs them using forced perspective techniques.

Here’s his statement and a taste of his work:

“My work involves the construction of small-scale meticulously detailed models using various materials and objects to create emotive landscapes. Every aspect from the construction to the lighting of the final model is painstakingly pre-planned using methods which force the viewers perspective when photographed from a specific angle. Using a mixture of photographic techniques such as scale, depth of field, white balance and lighting I am…

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