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PHOTO ART: Mini-Challenge #07: The Birthday Present

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    PHOTO ART: Mini-Challenge #07

    Here’s another “mini-challenge” to play with in the Photo-based Art category.

    Unlike “official challenges” for this forum which can be found here, this one will be self-contained within this thread. It is intended as an opportunity to engage in this artform until the next official challenge is posted.

    The rules are more-or-less the same:
    * It’s a challenge, not a contest -- intended to provide opportunities to experiment, share methods and/or techniques.
    * Everyone who participates is a winner.
    * There’s no expiration date.

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    #7 – The birthday present

    A good friend of mine, whom I've known since high school, will be turning 50 soon. I thought it might be fun to have some of you artsy-crafty folks convert this relatively recent photo of him into "something arty." I'll take whatever entries are submitted and turn them into a special, one of a kind collage. Talk about a unique gift, huh? (Tentative title: "Here's Lookin' at You, Kid"!)

    I'll need some "funny ones" as well as some "serious ones," so let your creativity flow.

    Tom: If you want to do one where his eyeballs pop in and out or steam comes out his ears or whatever, I'll be sure to e-mail him the animated version. He'd NEVER get anything like that from!

    His birthday is August 8.

    Entries submitted after August 3 (of any year) will be preserved and sent for his NEXT birthday.

    Wow. Talk about the gift that keeps on giving! (and the mini-challenge that keeps on going)

    1. Use any method, application(s), style(s) you like:
    . * Convert to sketch, grayscale, abstract, watercolor, oil painting, pen-and-ink, Conte crayon, impasto, van Gogh or any style of your choosing
    . * Add elements from other images (collage)
    . * Wanna add animation? Go for it. (rolling eyeballs? disappearing/reappearing Graucho glasses?)
    . * Hand painting? Tracing? Freehand? You bet. Always appreciate entries of this nature.
    . * Apply filters from your favorite application(s)
    . * Tweek it with 3rd party plug-ins

    Bottom line:
    How you create this masterpiece makes no difference. Whatever floats your boat as long as you follow guideline #4 in the process.

    2. When done, reply to this thread and attach your work (don’t forget the 100kb size limit).

    Note: Multiple entries OK if you’re so inspired.

    3. By all means include some verbiage on how you achieved your masterpiece so others will benefit from your skills and experience. Make it as descriptive as you like. Grammar and spelling will not be graded. Priority given to content, not how it is written.

    4. Have fun.

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    The checkered flag has dropped...

    Permission to have FUN! has been granted.

    It's up to you.

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  • #2
    Saved it as a GIF because it changed it in what I thought was a nice way. Happy Birthday!
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    • #3
      On our birthdays, we think of the years past, so I took him back a few years -- usual History Brush after a severe Dust/Scratches softening, cloned away his long hair (his parent's wouldn't let him wear it long when he was a kid), added some hair (he went thru a "permed" phase -- I do lousy hair... ). Then I ran it thru the Ink Outlines filter and backed it off a bit.

      Happy Birthday!
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      • #4
        What a WONDERFUL wakeup surprise!

        Your handiwork will fit right in with his "Haight-Ashbury" phase. He probably still has his 'original' lava lamp. Perfect.

        You're so right. His parents did object to the longer hair. A few years later he in fact tried the "perm thing" when Disco was the rage. I can still picture him wearing that tan polyesther leisure suit jabbing into the sky, John Travolta style, to the beat of a Donna Summers tune. I think he was even dancing with a girl at the time! (Dare I admit I even know about these things?)

        Great work. Great gifts. He's gonna bust up when he sees these. Keep 'em coming.



        • #5
          I can still picture him wearing that tan polyesther leisure suit jabbing into the sky, John Travolta style
          Okay, Danny -- Now what were YOU wearing? Just in case one of us tries to give your buddy a composite photo of him and you...


          • #6

            Here's my best shot of him in oils
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            • #7
              Here's My Serious One

              Ok - well this one was pretty easy. I used an action called Paint on Canvas and that was that. I can't wait to work on the funny one!

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              • #8
                What every little boy wants for his birthday.
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                Learn by teaching
                Take responsibility for learning


                • #9

                  Throw back from the 60's.

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                  • #10
                    Happy Birthday!!

                    Dunno what it is exactly. And I fiddled around with it so much I lost track of how I did it. But here it is...

                    I know it involved Paint Engine a couple of times, smart blur, difference blending mode, gaussian blur, and a whole slew of layers...

                    I hope your friend has a GREAT birthday, Danny!
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                    Last edited by Jakaleena; 07-24-2002, 04:23 PM.


                    • #11
                      Here's my attempt. His birthday is the day before mine so I had to do something.
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                      • #12
                        Jak, nice job on the mini-challenge "birthday boy.'' Looks very macho...he will LOVE it!



                        • #13
                          Ooooo-eeeeee, way to go Sanda! Good job! I love it....

                          (And thanks, Phyllis. I had an awful lot of fun with this one...!)
                          Last edited by Jakaleena; 07-24-2002, 09:27 PM.


                          • #14
                            Sanda! What a great job. I love it. Tell us how you did it!!!



                            • #15
                              How did I do it? Well the first step was to find a leather jacket and resize it to fit and with a little skewing and distorting I was able to get it to look ok. Next was the bandanna, I found a site selling bandannas and "bowwowed" a bandanna to use a base. I resized it to fit the shape of our birthday boy's head. Then I thought it needed more so I "borrowed" the eagle, resized and distored him to fit.I found some sunglasses that looked a bit "biker" so I resized and distored them but there wasn't a visible left arm on the glasses I found so I had to build that from scratch. SO with a little drawing and playing I got something which looks a bit like the arm of the glasses. He needed an earring to complete the job so I found a picture of a gold cross pendant in my family photos and with a little skewing, distorting and playing around I got it to fit on his ear. And that's about all I did. It took about and hour and a bit including looking for all of the elements. I was going to give him a mohawke haircut but the biker look won out.


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