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Okay, first of all... I AM SO STOKED THAT THIS IS HERE!!!
I'm gonna post some of my work for now, but I also will be posting tutorials on how I did some of this stuff too.. but for now, briefly, I combine and layer the main photo plus photos of textures that I've taken plus digital painting, tweaking color, saturation, curves, levels, contrast, etc..
First up, my grandma's freaky dolls (well, I kinda made them freakiER):
Next, my kitty, Sadie:
...and the following are a few shots from Austin:
and one of the Watts Atelier crew in Austin (they tell me that dumpster was pretty rancid, but it made for a nice shot):
Okay, that's it for now.. I will be posting here more, and I intend to post tutorials on the digital stuff, if anyone's interested.. and I'd love feedback.
Last edited by bfly; April 25th, 2006 at 03:51 AM.
These are some great photos! Some of those Austin shots are amazing! Were they shot digitally or with a regular camera? I will be waiting for tutorials on those first few (doll face) photos.
Great work, let's see more!!
Oh, wow, you're Vanessa Lemen. No wonder these are so damn good.
Again, can't wait to see more.
The clown doll is awesome.
those dolls are amazing!! i also like the group pic a lot.
yeah....cool work on the dolls....scary...
cool work all round actually......
Awesome! I wish I new how to do photo manips like that. :clapping1
thanks all! ..for visiting, posting, commenting... It's so cool to see all of your work too. Awesome stuff.. and all the websites rock too.. I could get very carried away and get lost just checkin out all the kick ass art that everyone does here - blows me away.. anyway, I hope more people will come to see the photography thread! We gotta get the word out.
I also will be posting a tutorial in a couple minutes.. of the clown pic.. in a different thread - tutorials.. I'll try to keep them broken down like that so it's easier to explain with the visuals.. go check it out when you get a chance and let me know if it's not too vague, or doesn't make sense, or whatever..
Hey Vanessa could you do me a favor and post a full rez pic of the one of us in the alley? (you could just email it to me if you want, or if you have the time, no hurry) That shot is freakin awesome, and would make a rad desktop background. Dude, too bad you aren't in it. You didn't get to experience the stinkiness. It was invigorating.
I love all your Austin shots, expecially Fran's hamburgers. It looks like such a cold day...if only it really was. And post those a little higer rez too. They're great small like that as a collage, but i'd love to see bigger versions of them.
go shoot some more, show everyone our beautiful city!
here are some images..
these were with a manual camera..
and here are a couple more digital ones..
and larger images to boot! yikes.. maybe a bit too big..
Ryan..er, I mean, pandawhipped.. I will get that image up here bigger too..
Gawd I hate dolls like that... *twitchspasm* Even without all the creepyness you added. NEways, the cathedral shots you took are really interesting. Was that an existing installation, or was that your handiwork, too? Loved the shot of the crew.
-Your friendly, neighborhood Smasher of the white, racist, homophobic, patriarchal bullshit paradigm.
mateem - you mean the little clay guys? those were there.. it looked so crazy.. and made for a nice photo op, eh?
ryan (PW) - here's the watts crew image bigger..
...and a few more...
Love the third one with all of the pupits. The more I look at all of the shots of 'em, the more I see them as people lined up, or in a crowd. Very eerie and effective use of black and white photography.
Wow, I dunno if I'd be takin pictures of those lil guys or backing away, slowly. XD LOL
-Your friendly, neighborhood Smasher of the white, racist, homophobic, patriarchal bullshit paradigm.
hey, nice bw`s there......i like the shot of those guys under the street lighting as well...got an even bigger version up your sleeve?...make a great painting....
and i love the high ceiling shots.....
I've got more creepy dolls... bwahahahahaaaaa... :eek:
Krispee - did you mean you want a bigger version of the guys in the alley for you to paint? I can do that.. let me know if I got that right and I'll post it again if you want.
Mateem - yeah, that church was pretty eerie..so I had to go in. Everything was all askew in there, and dark. I've got some great shots of the outside too - a graveyard in front of the church. So cool.. eerie and cool.
Well, anyway, here are a few more dolls that I just did this week.
yeah, if it`s not too much trouble, a bigger version would be very cool....i`d love to have a go at that......thankyouKrispee - did you mean you want a bigger version of the guys in the alley for you to paint? I can do that.. let me know if I got that right and I'll post it again if you want.
love the last doll, those big eyes....
woa, your shots have so much atmosphere and mood in them! Really great work! REALLY!
i love the interior church shots and those dolls have great texture and emotions!
really really really fantastic shots! you really know your photography and how to manipulate it...thats definetly inspiring! these would be great as paintings...i need more money....really want to get a digicam so badly, its hurting insideOriginally Posted by Denart
Denart and brkofdon: cool, glad you like this stuff.. thanks for the nice words!! Oh and to brkofdon: if you've got an SLR and a good scanner, then you're good to go for now.. don't worry too much about the digi cam vs. the manual camera.. just mess around with stuff and you'll find a method that works while you're saving up for that digital camera. I always take my camera with me wherever I go - it's just more convenient now with my digital.
krispee: here's a bigger version of that alley shot... I know it's jittery a bit, so I hope this works for you. oh, and can you send me an image when you finish your painting?.. that would be cool. I'd love to see it.
...and here are a few more that I did this week...
thanks for that, vanessa, really appreciate your time on this, and of course i`ll post an image for ya.....don`t worry about the pixelation, and i`m looking forward to the challenge
and those others are just great.....fantastic work
not that that`s unusual
we are so lucky to be honoured with the presence of geniuses at the kiddie table
so,you;re a proff...no one will answer,maybe you will....did cheap digi cams work for you as a jumping off point?
hey krispee, I look forward to seeing your painting. very cool.
and red-rook too - do one too and we'll have another interpretation to admire. that would be cool to see what you would do with it as well. I look forward to that too.
and to amateurateverything - well, I suggest reading through the "What digital camera should I get?" thread.. there's a lot of great info there, and different photographers' opinions on cameras etc. The first and only digital camera I've owned is the Nikon coolpix 4500. I really like it. I literally take it with me wherever I go, and I shoot everything. Some key features about this camera are: 4.0 megapixels with a maximum resolution of 2,272 x 1,704 pixels for really great photo quality prints. A 4x optical zoom lens for a focal length range of 38-155mm and sharp, clear images. Also has audio/video of up to 30 seconds at a time (I'm pretty sure). I also still take pics with my manual 35mm camera (Canon) as well. With my digi cam, I miss the immediacy of the shutter speed that you get from the SLRs. My next purchase will probably be a digital SLR, but I'd need to save up, and I'm not sure exactly what to get, still need to shop around. I don't know what your price range is, but look for 3.0 megapixel or higher, especially if you plan on combining your pics with your digital work. The Nikon coolpix 995 is the model just below this one, and it's a good one as well, but truthfully I can really see the difference in the two as far as quality (3.0 vs. 4.0 megapixels), color, and it doesn't have audio with the video mode, but it's a great camera as well, and you can interchange the lenses between the two. As far as my being a professional.. I'm not really - I mean not a professional photographer, but I wouldn't pass up the opportunity if it was presented to me. I've had my photography in gallery shows once in a while, but I work as an illustrator and art instructor professionally. Either way, it's all just a constant learning process, where the love for it all FAR exceeds the pay or whatever else it takes to make a living with it. Anyway, I hope that answered your question. But do check out that other thread too.
I aint gonna sleep well after seeing them dolls
red rook: it would be cool to see another version.....go for it, i`m working on mine right now in oils so will post in the not-to-distant future.......he sais, lying optimistically...lol
i was going to start a WIP thread for it but not sure there`s any point, so many others are doing it......
anyway, happy painting
You have an eye for the right angle, the right space in your photo's. I wish to know how you manipulated those dolls faces, that tree and that person so well. I have done a few myself, and have no skill in keeping the detail of the original image as you have done with the dolls, or changing the color scheme without it looking outlandish, unlike your tree.
Are those textures on the first set of dolls dolls made by you?
hey, vanessa! i ran across your post when i was searching for anyone from watts so i'd know someone on these forums. i am so blown away by the work you posted to the thread -- i haven't seen any of your work apart from that postcard for the show you had back in dec. i like the layers in photoshop in the dolls; they're subtle and have a lot of depth. very intricate, and a great use of color, too. dude! you rock!
can i please see more of your work when i come by this week?
"If you want to create, you have to sacrifice superficiality, some security, and often your desire to be liked, to draw up your most intense insights, your most far-reaching visions." —Clarissa Pinkola Estes
tHese are very nice.
I like the tree pic the most
There is nothing wrong with using a photo to help you see things.
No one complains about life drawing,
so take a photo.
its easy, and will improve your piece greatly."