It’s official now. I am a cheater. Haha! Well… not exactly.
My son, who was eager to learn about photography, took a trip to South America several months ago. He has a friend who was living on a boat in Chile, and they ended up sailing around and visiting Argentina and Uruguay. I’m pretty sure his friend moved his floating residence to Argentina while they were there, but don’t quote me.
Anyway, my son has been sending me some of the photographs that he took (on an iPhone, no less) and they are amazing! They don’t need editing at all, but I wanted to continue on my journey with experimental images so I’m going to use some of them (with his permission of course).
It feels a bit like cheating since I didn’t actually take the photos myself – but the fun here is in the editing, not the shooting (although I would love to have been there!).
I couldn’t do much to this particular image because it was so beautiful as-is, but I added an oil paint effect in Photoshop to smooth out the lines and make it a little less detailed. It looks like a sailors dream (in my own opinion).
Well… that’s about all for now. Nothing new to talk about, but I’ll be back soon with some more images of the open sea.
Until then… Peace & Love!
Thought is the wind, knowledge the sail, and mankind the vessel.
I went off track today. I had a few ocean photographs that I was working on but I was distracted by my desire to illustrate / paint this woman from the past. Her name was Louise Brooks and apparently she was a young starlet in the 1920s.
I had never heard of her… and still know very little about her other than how she was depicted in the movie I watched last night on PBS called The Chaperone. It was a pretty entertaining story!
I always get curious about characters when I watch movies that are based on true stories, or inspired by true stories, so I looked her up after it was over and pulled a few photographs of her.
The 1920s attire is what made me want to illustrate her. I’ve got a few more that I’m holding onto, for when I’m in the mood to add more images to my female project. Anyway, she was only 15 years old when she went off to a dance school in New York – and she had to have a chaperone travel with her – so the story follows the adventures of both of the women.
I didn’t get too technical with the illustration, and I took it into Photoshop when I was finished and added an oil paint effect. I was going to blur her nose shadow and highlight and the shadows on the hat but I had issues with that tool and decided to leave them as is. I thought it actually looked kind of interesting that way so I’m sticking with it.
So… that’s all for now! I’m off to watch something else tonight. I never used to watch TV in my room until I finally got a TV in my room (HAHA!). Now I’m hooked.
I’ll be back again in the next few days with more images.
Until then, thanks for reading / viewing. I hope you enjoyed!!
Walking on the sidewalk, hotter than a match head…”
-The Lovin’ Spoonful
So… I got carried away with effects again! But this time I’m really happy about it because it got my wheels spinning.
This image started out as a photograph that my son took some time ago. He borrowed my camera when he went hiking because he was trying to learn a little about photography.
He is now out of state, but I found the images he shot when I reclaimed my camera from his storage space. It was so funny to look at them because the things that he photographed were the same exact things that I would’ve shot if I had been there. Maybe the things that our eyes favor runs in our genes or something.
Anyway, the bench in the photo is an actual bench that you would come upon if you hiked to the top of a particular trail around Burbank or L.A. here. Don’t ask me where because I don’t think I’ve been there and if I have I’ve certainly never made it to the top. Ha-ha! Here’s a copy of the original just for kicks…
I did a little blurring to the background of the photograph and then created the sun worshipper in Illustrator. It was still pretty boring, so I ran it through a Photoshop app on my iPhone and found an urban-like overlay.
What’s funny is that once it was finished it reminded me of how it used to feel when my friends and I would lounge in the sun in our backyards (or sometimes front yards or even a back alley or two when we were desperate).
When you grow up in the city (even if it was a little more like suburbia back in the day), you never really know what you’re missing until you experience raw nature. And once you do that – come to understand what the “natural” world is really like – it’s pretty damn hard to go back to things like backyard sun bathing.
So this artwork actually takes me back. Put a cocktail in her hand, and a Cosmopolitan magazine on her lap, and that woman is me in the 70s or 80s. Ha! Worshipping the sun gods in my luxurious lounge chair with a spectacular view that overlooks… well… more concrete.
Anyway, it was fun to be reminded of those days… a little nostalgia, you know? It wasn’t really that bad, and – at the time – it was all I really knew. I like that the bench looks the same because hikers who are familiar with the spot could actually recognize it.
I appreciate that the girl was actually illustrated too, because it gives her that “fake” look… like she’s had a few too many plastic surgeries. It’s “summer in the city” for sure. Maybe even Hollywood.
So… that’s about all for now. I’m going to work on something dreamy next… something a little more natural. Maybe another beach scene.
In the meantime… thanks for reading / viewing. I hope you enjoyed!