Comments

These are some comments that I have done throughout the assignment on other peoples blogs.

Commented on Sophie Gleason:

Hi Sophie,
I have been following your blog throughout this course and think you are making some great progress! The photos look great and it looks like you have taken them for several of your concepts which is wise incase anything goes wrong! I particularly like the ones of the girl sitting on the ground with the bowl of fruit as you can see her expression and the contents of the bowl clearly. When putting the images together try and make them look as contrasting as possible! You want people to be aware that there is a huge difference in attitude between the girl and the businessman.
Can’t wait to see your final product!

Commented on Hannah Bourke:

It is clear that you put a lot of thought in to your concepts and I think they all convey your article in one way or another! I think that the first and second illustrations show a very clear divide between the boys and girls toys and therefore would be more effective! This is because they show the choice in a better way than your other concepts as the contrast between the boy and girl toys is really clear. It also shows the difference in packaging and how different toys are targeted at different genders. I like the other concepts with the boy and girl holding the toys but believe that they don’t convey the message about gender as clearly as the 1 and 2.

Commented on Maddy Bayley:

I really like your photo so far! The eyes are extremely effective and show that you have used several different photoshop techniques that we learnt in class! The different objects show the difference in believes between ISIS and other citizens. I especially like the gun and peace sign, and think they were good choices for the main images within the eyes. I think it is a good idea to add different filters to differentiate the two sides of the image. The eyes look fantastic, but the image probably needs to show a bit more of a divide between the two sides of the story and filtering at least on side of the image would achieve this!

Commented on Jasmin Cullen:

Hi Jazz,
I really enjoyed reading all of your concepts! All of them are really creative and interesting ideas! I think the merging in concept 3 is extremely effective. It shows that we are similar in so many ways but are treated differently and separated because of what sex we are! This will be really affective for your final image. These both seem like they would be doable on photoshop! Just make sure the photo’s or separate photos of the man and woman are taken in similar places so you don’t have to worry about background when it comes to merging!

Commented on Sophie Gleason:

This is a really good idea for our assignment and is definitely one that can be presented visually. Waste is a big problem in New Zealand and in many other countries around the world so there will be tonnes of material on it. Looks like you have done lots of research in to it already so you have a good base to get started 🙂 Can’t wait to see the final image and all your ideas leading up to it!

Summary

I chose concept three as the design for my final image. Over the holidays, I took the photos and began to bring the project together.

The intended communication objective was to show that the teenager who abused the dog in the article may look human on the outside, but was a monster on the inside. I wanted to show the darkness that lied within him through the use of a large, monstrous shadow. On the inside, these people are cruel and lack compassion, and I wanted this message to get across to those that view my photo. I chose to use a shadow as this is something that is connected to a person but is also easy to manipulate.

The dog on the tracks was supposed to look small, and helpless to show what little control this animal had over its fate. Animals are not able to speak for themselves, and cannot change what life they end up in.

So, with that said, I tried to show all of this in my final image. There were some difficulties and elements that I disliked and could not change. But overall, I am happy with my image and believe that it communicates my chosen article.

The shadow ended up being extremely effective in the image, and it looks great towering over the dog. I used layer masks, liquify and vector masks to achieve this; all of which we learned in class. First, I had to cut out, and mask the original photo and then change the brightness/contrast to create a shadow rather than a person. I then used overlay to blend the shadow on to the train tracks. This made the shadow look realistic, and I was really happy with the overall result.

The second part was the dog on the train tracks. This proved to be the most difficult part of my assignment. The green screen changed the colour of the dogs fur, and the chains and blood were both hard to get on a moving animal. This meant that I had to play around with the fur colour, and use the clone stamp on my dog. I spent a lot of time on this and finally felt that she looked bloody enough for her condition to look real.

Unfortunately, I did not think about the colour of her fur, and the stones. I felt that she was too light and didn’t stand out in the image. This was because her fur was a light, creamy colour and several of the stones were extremely similar. After playing with this, I ended up leaving the stones and Piper the colours that they were and placed a small shadow behind her to differentiate between her and the train tracks.

Something I would do differently next time would be with Piper. Although a green screen is usually used, I probably wouldn’t use it again on a model that had so much fur! It made it really hard to mask around the green and caused a lot of stress on my end. Especially since it was too difficult to take new photos and paint her again. Using a dog was also hard, as they do not sit still and listen to you! It took a long time to get a good photo of Piper as she is generally incapable of following instructions.

Overall, I am happy with my final image. I think that it describes my chosen article, and shows the cruelty that lies within some people.  I am most pleased with the shadow in my image, as it turned out to be as effective as I was hoping. My article was about a dog who got shot and tied to train tracks for being kind in a dog fight. I have used many elements from the article to create my image, and believe that it communicates what the article is about.

Shadow

A core part of my image is the monster shadow that is the largest element in my photo. This proved to be rather challenging and I had to look up tutorials, and ask advice on how to get this done.

I found a couple easy tutorials online and spoke to the teacher on how to make it look realistic. At first, the shadow was looking a bit weird but then through brightness/contrast and the use of masks the shadow looked better!

I also had to put a shadow behind Piper, and I used a slightly different effect for this!

Clone Stamp

We learnt about the clone stamp in class a couple of weeks ago, and I felt like I understood the basics of it. In saying that I didn’t think I would be using it in my own image.

It turns out that getting chains and fake blood on my dog was a harder task than I could have imagined. So when I couldn’t get the chains properly around Piper I realised I would need to use the clone stamp to create more wounds and more chains.

So, I clicked on the clone stamp icon on photoshop and realised I didn’t know how to use it properly! And that the wounds on Piper would look too repetitive if I just copied them. I went on the Internet and looked up some basic tutorials on the clone stamp. I managed to copy the chains around Pipers body and found out how to twist the chains and the wounds around to make it look less repetitive.

The Green Screen

I decided to green screen Piper, as I thought this would be the easiest way to bring her in to the photo. In the end, it turned out to be one of the most difficult parts of my photo. I took the photos, and did not realise that the green had gone on to Pipers fur.

When I brought it in to photoshop, I realised that her hair has been badly tinged by my DIY green screen. This meant that I had to mask her out, and then somehow get the green out of her fur.

I did some research, and decided to use one of the vector masks on her particular layer to bring the colour back to normal. I tried the brightness/contrast and a few others that we had learnt about in class but none of them seemed to work!

In the end, I found the colour correction vector and managed to bring Pipers fur colour back to normal by playing with the colour scales. After lots of playing, I managed to bring her fur colour back which meant that she blended in to the photo.