Here is my submission for the CT101 Propaganda poster! Very much like our vaporwave assignment I used the same resources and tools. First I picked transparent image of an older looking computer which I then edited in Photoshop using the posturize tool to give it a simplified pixilated look, then I used rasterize to break it down to its tonal value and adjusted the color to a red and grey scheme. From there I messed with opacity and different layers until I was satisfied with my outcome! The text, which I thought would be most difficult, ended up being the easiest! I picked a bold, san-serif font and slightly altered the horizontal curvature.
I always found propaganda posters to be interesting, this is my first attempt at creating one myself!
This is Otto! He is an oni, which is a supernatural demon in Japanese folklore. Otto behaves like a vulgar, selfish child. He is irrational, crude, and shows absolutely no remorse for his words/actions. He is my own original character which I hope to create into my own comic someday… I will be using my new website to document my process in developing him and beginning my comic process! I will be posing works in process of my comic alongside more information about him.
Here is my first attempt at creating vaporwave art! I loved working with the neon colors as well as combining geometric shapes along with organic feel of the flowers and sculptures. I pulled an array of vaporware aesthetic transparent photos online and pieced them together in Photoshop in a manner I thought looked appealing. I took one of my favorite anime characters Giorno Giovanna from the anime JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure and placed him in the middle, since as I was creating this it reminded me of him. Unfortunately that image, along with the images of the flowers were not transparent. I used to Magic Wand Tool in Photoshop to solve that problem and delete the existing background the images were in. I also adjusted the hue and saturation of all the images I compiled to follow the magenta/cyan color scheme.
I’m pretty happy with the result, I’d like to try making one of these again.
One aspect of this class I found incredibly exciting is that we would soon make our own website! I am an artist and I’ve wanted to make my own space for a while now to share my work. One problem I’ve struggled with for sometime is deciding on a name for myself. This blogpost is especially challenging because I just can’t decide on a name.
I plan to revisit this post once I’ve had a bit more time to properly think of a name.
November 20th, 2018 – Website Update!
Deciding my name was excruciating, my indecisive self took forever to pick.. but I choose the name Drowsy Demon for myself.
I spent A LOT of time understanding WordPress, (I have never used before his course) which was a rollercoster in itself. Lots of trial and error in the process, I somehow managed to mess-up my entire website and broke the link! I was truly freaking out, but I ended up contacting Reclaim Hosting directly and submitting a ticket, they solved the issue immediately. Their customer support was excellent and so reassuring. What I thought was a disaster they reverted in a matter of minutes. Its reassuring knowing that they’re so helpful especially since this is something I am so unfamiliar with using. Once I got the issue resolved I spent most of the time trying to editing my page. It took some time to get the hang of.. which I can confidently say I feel I have the basics down. Luckily I have fiends who took the same course as me and I had their knowledge to refer to when I ran into specific questions! Also the youtube video posted by professor Ryan Seslow was helpful in going over the basics of WordPress.
I want to use this site alongside my art, and as a method to enhance the way I display my art… as I thought about how I wanted to do this, I decided I would use this site and an opportunity to document my process developing my original character Otto. Click here If you’re interested in learning more about him! I will be moving the information to my website and I begin making more posts about him alongside new art.
Frida Kahlo is a surrealist Mexican artist that has inspired me since I was young. She had such an iconic and unique look, which I felt would make an interesting portrait to GIF.
In Photoshop I used the clone stamp tool to paint in the third eye. I then used the blur tool to blend in the sharp edges so it fused seamlessly into her forehead. I pulled a photo online of a bouquet of flowers, cropped and blended them into the images. I used a mixture of the blue tool, eraser tool, and selection tool to achieve this. The most difficult aspect of this edit was changing the color of the flowers. The flowers were a reddish pink color, in-order to match the inserted flowers to the ones in her hair I adjusted the hue/saturation of each new inserted layer.
Here is my final image edited image of Frida Kahlo.