Sunday, August 16, 2009

Same picture? No, wait...

About a week ago, I watched a video demo from an artist named Bao Pham. The demo was on a dvd-rom that came with a British magazine, ImagineFX, which I bought a couple of years ago but never got around to looking at the disc. My mistake, because Bao is an amazing digital painter. I spent nearly eight hours watching his computer monitor. If I looked quickly, I could see which brush he used and what lighting effect, but there was no sound in the files, no explanation for why he made the choices he made nor what he was doing with different colors. Still, I learned a great deal from the experience and wanted to show the latest look of my Jack and the Beanstalk to all of you. Despite appearances, I did not use the Dodge or Burn tool for any of this image, a statement that will not be understood by many visitors, but fellow Ringling students and alumni may remember teachers frowning on such Photoshop tools. Anyway, I hope it meets everyone's approval.

1 comment:

robyn hyzy said...

Glad to see you got your computer up and running again.

I have one suggestion/critique for you on this piece. To me, it looks as though Jack is standing in front of a screen of the Giant, not actually in the same space. Jack's gesture suggests that he is creeping as not to attract the attention of the Giant, but the Giant looks really really far away. So far away that it makes me ask- why is he creeping?

There are no elements of environment which therefore makes your attempt for using atmospheric perspective confusing. At the slightest, you could put them both in a field, or forest, to show that they are in fact in the same space.

It's hard to show distance without a foreground, middleground, and background.

And something that George taught me at Ringling is that if you're going to have something really big compared to something really small, you should really push the exaggeration. Make that giant HUGE or make Jack really really small. It will push the other and make for a stronger piece.

Just a suggestion. You can take it or leave it! :)