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13 July 2009 @ 07:14 pm
1. Torchwood week: well, that happened.


a) Photobucket I tried to make this as if it was a screencap of a 3rd world, instead of an animated still. That's why it looks so freaky.

b) Photobucket My Attempt To Make A Monkey Island Icon - take #2: fail. Too bright bright, not enough contrast.

c) Photobucket My Attempt To Make A Monkey Island Icon - take #3: fail. Too dark, not invested enough in the original image.

d) Photobucket My Attempt To Make A Monkey Island Icon - take #4: win! It's simple, but not too boring and the original cap is beautiful.

e) Photobucket I don't know why I don't like this. It's got strong contrast which usually attracts me, it's got a nice cap, the colours are good. Maybe it just seems a bit too formulaic :/

f) Photobucket I like that it's an obscure cap, I like that her hair is green, I was trying to take my advice from the previous post, but again it's all just too formulaic for me. It lacks that little extra kick of passion :/

g) Photobucket I was trying to juxtapose the blips on the heartmonitor with a very... uh... "intimate" moment and capture the two most prominent elements of Grey's Anatomy (sex and surgery). I think I just tried to squeeze too many pictures and elements in too small of a space

h) Photobucket I dropped the overly dramatic subplot and just tried to make grain look sexy. It's not particularly grainy, but it is particularly sexy. I like that the texture use, the colouring and the fact that the cyan highlights are scaring me off like they usually do.

i) Photobucket I'm completely crazy about this. It took me three days to make (for theskilltester) and I drew it entirely from scratch, isn't that awesome! I mean... well, not entirely. I pretty much just traced Futurama caps using the pen tool to get an outline and then coloured that in, which sounds like something a toddler would do, tracing and colouring-in, but it took AGES and therefore gives me a reason to boast :P
It saddens me that nobody really likes it until they find out how much effort I put into it :(

j)Photobucket It's kind of freaky and I haven't decided if I love or hate the freakyness :P


My Thread

I came up with the idea for it, designed the header and then got bashed because somebody didn't like my concrit. Interesting meme :P

4. I've done a little more investigating and come up with a few more icon tips:

- If you're aiming for a bold high-contrast look make sure that the process of saturation doesn't distort the depth of the image. Sometimes the colours will group together on approximately the same tone and that makes the colours look "uncontrolled" ;)
this and this are the two best examples of that I could find. The saturation is through the roof but because the depth of the image remains in tact, it looks professional.

- Another common thread I noticed amongst high-saturation images was that often they'll have really strong warm colours juxtaposed with really strong cold colours. See here the colours are completely blown out, but it's still kind of awesome because of the way the colour temperatures are interacting. The same applies to this

- Use differently coloured light splodges (other than the usual obvious light tan/orange/yellow/white). Experiment with pink and green and cyan. All of the best people do it; tihana, schmiss. Learn from the best.

- I just thought I'd explain the reasoning behind my tip last post about following a theskilltester challenge whenever you're going to make something. Using it as a guideline will mean that you will have something to strive towards technically. You may have a concept figured out *cough g cough* but having something specific and technical to aim for adds a very comforting structure around making graphics. It gives you something to fight for and against.

5. Okay, I just have to say I am not proud of the majority of these, but it seems like the teachers aren't desperate to see us do something adventurous these days, they just to be shown that we know the basics. I've taken pictures I am proud of recently, but just to keep things in order in my life I'm going to keep them saved up until I've finished with the course or until I submit them for an assignment.











Currently Watching: Grey's Anatomy - 4x13 - Piece Of My Heart
lice on July 13th, 2009 01:55 pm (UTC)
icon G is genius. i love it, too bad i've never watched Grey's.
the picture of the first building is gorgeous. is that a hotel? i would love to see more piks of your city.
Josh: fashion ; pulliamblueymcphluey on July 13th, 2009 01:59 pm (UTC)
:P thankyou! Once you get past the whole chick-flick stigma it's got nailed to it's forehead, it's actually really fantastic :D
Um, it might be :P As far as I'm concerned it's 'misc. tall building with parallel verticals'. There's really not much to see around here except an absurd amount of churches. Seriously. Most of the people in my course who want to do architectural photography have to go to Melbourne to do their final portfolio
Dana: TW > season 3letsey_x on July 13th, 2009 03:12 pm (UTC)
There was Torchwood this week? hmm didn't notice;) and something happened? I guess I missed the reactions to it then. OH WAIT.

h) is amazing. Love the combination of dark & grainy with bright & colourful.
g) is definitely interesting, but indeed a bit packed. I think it would work well as a wallpaper?

these are your "not proud of" pictures? okay, then. :) The only ones I'm not amazed by are the pictures of the buildings, because they don't seem to say anything, if you know what I mean? My absolute favorite is that last one, very sad and I love the texture of the background.

Joshblueymcphluey on July 14th, 2009 02:45 am (UTC)

h) thankyou!
g) I'm thinking of giving this concept another try with some different images.

My absolute favorite is that last one, very sad and I love the texture of the background.
:D thankyou! I am actually incredibly proud of that one, I think it looks like an oil painting.
sparkling_goldsparkling_gold on July 13th, 2009 03:17 pm (UTC)
I love your icons, as always! ♥
And your photos are so damn good. I think my favorite is the one with the soap bar. I don't know, but the lighting and all that really appeal to me. Awesome job, hun!
Joshblueymcphluey on July 14th, 2009 02:48 am (UTC)
:D thankyou so much! The soap bar was actually a "shoot to layout", which means they give us a photo and we have to recreate it exactly. I'm so glad I know my way around Photoshop, because my picture looked nothing like it :P
sparkling_goldsparkling_gold on July 14th, 2009 04:30 pm (UTC)
You're welcome! ♥
And yes, Photoshop does come in handy when working on photos. ;)