Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Week 4

Yesterday we learnt a handful of very useful skills on photoshop. Check out my "crazy fish" to see the overlay and type mask tool in action.

Then by using the magic wand tool I moved this guys desk from a boring city office to a beautiful mountain landscape. I also threw in some hot air balloons for good measure.

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Week 3

Using some of the skills learnt from last week, we attempted to create a picture in the style of the hugely successful American pop artist Andy Warhol. To manipulate I chose an original piece of artwork from the artist and illustrator Jeremy Fish. To differentiate the four identical pics I played with some colour overlay and a small amount of basic filter.

We also had a quick look at Adobe Illustrator and the advantages of using vector images rather than jpegs. Vector images can be scaled indefinitely without degrading the quality, whereas bitmap images such as jpegs are based on pixels and can lose clarity. Below is an example of a landscape picture I used to get familiar with the new program. As you can see I am completely alien to Illustrator!

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Week 2

This week I partnered up with my classmate Sean and we played around with some video narrative ideas. Initial concepts such as water wastage and binge drinking sprung to mind, but we finally settled on the world of CCTV and how much people are actually watched. London is the world’s CCTV capital so this is a local, relevant and contemporary issue. It’s a vague concept at the moment so needs some honing!

Second half of the lesson consisted of taking some pics from around the campus. We then uploaded them into Photoshop and with the help of it’s auto aligning tool we created a panoramic view. Mine is of the Surrey County Hall.

Sunday, 3 October 2010

First week!

Our teacher Maria explained the general aims and work programme of the module. We also took a look at some previous video narrative concepts from past students. Take a look at this impressive and quite profound example.