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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

"Multi-Expose" by XP2007

"Seven Kinds" by xp07 Kevin Winaldy (04)

"Evalagus" by xp07 Yohan Ariel (04)

Untitled by xp07 Heru Wibowo (04)

"Makan Besar" / "Big Meal" by xp07 Vicky Tanzil (04)

Cartoons Untooned

I got this from trendhunter recently..

Human cartoons are realistic interpretations of famous cartoon characters. In this case, we have Homer Simpson, Mario, and Jessica Rabbit in the flesh.

The artist, who goes under the name Pixeloo, writes on his website, “There isn’t really a strong reason I’m keeping this anonymous, I just kinda decided before I started that that’s how I wanted to do things. I work with Photoshop almost daily in my profession. I don’t feel like I get to have much fun with it lately though and this is my outlet.”

The artist used various textures of human skin and pieces of various faces to compose the image. The result is frightening impressive. Take a look at the making process of Jessica Rabbit below.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

How Will You Look in Four Years (When You're President)

I got this interesting "exercise" from popphoto.com where each candidate took about four hours of retouching. To mimic the ravages of time, they did the following:
- Used the Burn and Dodge tools to deepen wrinkles and paint in age spots.
- Cloned the eyebrows and moved them lower.
- Used the Liquify filter to hollow out cheeks, make jowls, thin out lips, and enlarge ears and noses.
- For Clinton and Obama, brought in forehead wrinkles from separate photos and used the Match Color tool to blend them in.
- For Obama, painted in gray hair on top of his current hair; for Clinton, desaturated with the Sponge tool to make her grayer.

Then another usage of these public figures' faces with digital imaging I found in this really smart ad, coming out on perfect timing, utilizing the moment.

This reminded me of another DI exercise of blending faces to create virtual models or faces or beings, which creates something that also has surreal qualities to it. One of the samples of this process can be seen with the works of LA photographer Caesar Lima seen below. You should check out his blog, too, which shows lots of ads utilizing the powers of photography & digital imaging.

Photography: Caesar Lima, Digital Imaging: Felipe Silva, Client: Sebastian International, Durso Design

Monday, April 14, 2008

Works of Tetsuya Tamano

Here are some samples of the work of Tetsuya Tamano.
Tamano Tetsuya developed this body of work during his residency at Fábrica, Benetton’s communication research and development centre. When asked to develop a visual project to depict his view of contemporary society, Tetsuya came up with these strong and often disturbing images; he worked using digital technology, so as to better express his world views, and in keeping with Fábrica’s philosophy, in its role as an applied creativity laboratory (its name comes from the Latin word meaning workshop), of experimenting with new forms of communication.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008


The first Digital Imaging Project is to create a surrealist image that has to do with the human condition. It's HUMANITY as the big theme and it must contain elements of a human being and his/her surrounding, environment, nature, civilization, social/cultural condition. Find ideas from your dreams, fantasy, songs, poetry, literature, art. A good surreal-photographic image should give one or more of these feelings:
- dreamlike (melancholic, horror,...)
- illogical (proportions, placement,...)
- unexpected (juxtapositions, combinations,...)
- absurdity
- element of surprise
- liberate imagination
At the top of this post are a couple of books for reference.
Other references you could find with the works of Salvador Dali (paintings), Rene Magritte (paintings), Alessandro Bavari, Maggie Taylor, and Domen Lombergar among others.

To see how DI has helped many ads visualize what they really want to communicate photographically, surf on to:
- Top 50 Shockvertisements - Controversial Ads (SUPER GALLERY)
- The Arab Aquarius blog

Digital Creative Jeffrey Sebastian Lecture

Visiting Lecturer Jeffrey Sebastian (2003 graduate of Petra's Visual Communication Design major /DKV'99), who's currently a digital creative freelancer, gave a showcase of his works yesterday in class, and revealed a recent project and case study from client Star Mild's ad agency. You can see his resume and some of his works on his site at creativetrees.com.

This will be followed later this semester by a three-day Digital Imaging seminar and workshop scheduled in the end of May. The event will bring in some of the top photographers and digital creatives from Jakarta to explain and demonstrate to us about the DI industry and also the whole process from planning to execution. The seminar will be open to the whole Visual Communication Design department. The 2-day-workshop, however, will be limited to the XP Class.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Fake InfraRed Photography: If you can't afford to Make one, Fake one

Not exactly a true IR, but it gives you a similar feel. Give it a try.

Alignment in Photomatix

I've found that Photomatix’s alignment wont work properly in itself. This means that the option below it, which is “Attempt to reduce ghosting artifacts” must always be checked also to get the best result. Like so...

Here is an example of alignment WITHOUT the Attempt to reduce ghosting artifacts:

You can see above at the HDR viewer window that the alignment isn't perfect.

Here the alignment is much better.

Here are just a couple examples of HDR results. The first one is merged into HDR & Tonemapped in Photomatix, Photomerged/Stitched & finalized in Photoshop. The second is fully done in Photoshop.