I feel like I’ve been working on this for a long time and it’s still not done. The hair bothers me. But I love the expression. I was having the kids pose for their passport photos and we were trying to stick with the tips from the US passport photo wesite: “Subject is directly facing camera with a neutral expression; eyes are clearly visible. Neutral expression is preferred.” The kids were having a hard time keeping a straight face but for Peter it seemed to come naturally.
I like that it kind of captures an essence of Peter. In the future I’d like to work on abstracting it a little more (in some ways it looks too photographic). The challenge for me is to see how much I can abstract it while still retaining the essence of the original subject.
It’s been a long time since I’ve worked on an image that I’m excited about. This was from a photo I took a year ago. Six months later I started doodling over it with the Procreate app. But yesterday I finally came back to it and felt like it was close to being finished. Read more
Ever since I discovered the Strobist’sDIY light tent for product photography, I’ve been playing around with table top photography. A friend pointed out a softbox lighting app that might be useful for my creative endeavors. A soft box is a lighting device used by photographers. It usually has a light source, enclosed in a box which diffuses the light when directed at the subject. The (free) Soft Box Color app is simply an app that generates different color screens, so you can use the iPad as a softbox lighting source. Read more
Sometimes you own an art or photography app for one specific filter. In this case it’s picfx and the filter is the “dots” texture. I especially love this filter because you can take any image and give it a pop art feel. I think I also used the Camera Plus app for the cross process filter, and also did a little smearing with the procreate app. Read more
This is a work in progress. I started with some shell fragments that I found in the Bahamas. They were sitting in a vase for a long time, and it occurred to me that there might be something visually interesting about the shells, individually. Read more
Waterlogue is an iOS app that turns photos into images that look like watercolors. It has a very simple interface, and is easy to use. It can turn an otherwise drab photo into something a little more interesting: Read more
During my undergrad art education I spent a lot of time with large, cumbersome objects. I lugged a big leather portfolio to class (also once used to smuggle stacked cans of beer into the dorm.) I carried a big tackle box full of paints and brushes. When I did my senior thesis in printmaking, my constant companion was a big industrial printer that you cranked by hand. Read more
This was created using both the Procreate and the iDraw apps. I love painting in procreate; the range of brushes and the ability to blend things very easy makes it one those relaxing zen kind of activities. The only thing I ever found missing from the app is the ability to make hard-edged shapes. No surprise there, as it is a pixel based app. iDraw, on the other hand is vector based, so you can create whatever shape you want, copy it to the clipboard and import it as a layer in procreate. You then set the layer to “alpha,” which locks in all of your pixels, and the nice smooth lines are preserved.