I'm quite excited about this piece. It is the first time I have ever created a manipulation only using resources created by myself. It's a very rewarding feeling - I own all copyrights to this image! All photographs, textures and brushes used were created/taken by me (or were default photoshop ones
I chose the medium of photo-manipulation as it is essentially about improving photographs and resources; it involves changing and combining a bunch of images that aren't that compelling on their own to form amazing pieces of art. The style of this piece was somewhat inspired by `MarcelaBolivar
The theme that I intended to convey with this was the possibility of life from death. Our worlds are filled with waste and seemingly useless items that have passed their useful life. However, using our creativity, we may bring new life to these things by thinking up innovative ways to recycle or reuse them. This cycle was inspired by that of the natural world where the things that die provide nutrients for life to grow. The dead branches/leaves represent the old and the green shoots represent the new. The human head is reminiscent of a planting pot suggesting that, using our knowledge and creativity, we can play a role in helping this regeneration to occur. This is just one interpretation relevant to the contest, but there are many others too. Feel free to share yours!
It has always saddened me to see things grow old or fade into obscurity (indeed, I tend to get oddly sentimental about inanimate objects) so this challenge enabled me to make a change about that. I tried to reflect the idea in the process of creation by creating resources from old and seemingly useless things. Figuratively, I would improve and bring new life to these by incorporating them into a meaningful artwork. Thus, I believe that I have made a positive change not only to the original resource photos, but also to the materials by giving them new purpose through this art piece.
Below is a list of the equipment and materials used and some descriptions about how they were improved upon/changed:Equipment:
Samsung ST60 Digital Camera
Old music sheet stand - This had been lying in storage for many years unused. I don't have a tripod so I used this. It didn't serve its
intended purpose, but I guess it was still 'improved' as it became useful.
Lots of blu-tack (to stop the camera from falling)
Laptop/mouse - These are always in use Materials:
Watercolour paints - These had been lying around unused for nearly a decade. In addition to being old, they weren't very good quality ones (so no painting). Creating photoshop brushes seemed the best way to make a use of them.
Old paper from school scrapbook (remember those?) - I didn't want to waste printing paper to paint on (and I don't have watercolour paper) so I decided to make use of these which had otherwise been gathering dust.
Peeling paint on walls
Old baking tray
Dead rose leaves/branches/weeds
^These materials are in use (well...not really the weeds) however, I think incorporating them into an artwork was a nice change from their usual purpose.
Those who are interested can take a look at some of the original resources including my other stock entry that was used (the following are NOT a part of the single .jpg entry.):