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    See below for "Information and Guidelines."

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    PHOTO ART: Mini-challenge# 52 – Chicago Skyline

    Here’s another “mini-challenge” to play with in the Photo-based Art category until the next official challenge is posted here.

    The image can be downloaded by clicking the link near the bottom of this lengthy introduction!

    ”Chicago, Chicago – My kind of town…” Great city. Among my favorite memories are having discovered “deep dish” pizza there, going to a Cubs game one afternoon and taking the El to games at Old (and new) Comisky Park.

    This skyline shot was taken by RetouchPRO member Art Hill. Thanks for the memories, Art, and for letting me use this great shot.


    Art retains the U.S. and international copyright © not only for the original image, but for any photo-art versions of it. Unauthorized distribution or use of this image without permission is prohibited.

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    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 art form 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 and, most importantly, have FUN.
    * Everyone who participates is a winner.
    * There’s no expiration date.

    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) or replace the background
    . * Hand painting? Tracing? Freehand? You bet. Always appreciate entries of this nature.
    . * Apply filters from your favorite application(s) or tweak it with 3rd party plug-ins
    . * Feeling animated? Animated entries are definitely welcome. There have been some really funny ones submitted in the past. Fish jumping, leaves falling, wheels turning. You get the idea.
    . * Any or all of the above

    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.

    A special message to those who are new to Photo-art
    … Who may be feeling a little uncomfortable about posting an entry.

    If you’ve read this far, it means you’re at least curious. That’s a good sign.

    But what if you’re feeling a little squeamish about posting your first image?

    From time to time I hear from those who want to participate, but have considerable anxieties about posting their creations in these mini-challenge. “I’m just a beginner. My pictures don’t belong,” “I see the works of others and I know I’ll never get that good,” “How am I supposed to compete with those wonderful creations?” are typical expressions of concern.

    To which I say: Put your fears to rest. This isn’t a competition. You will not be judged in the traditional “art critique” sense. Your honor isn’t on the line. This isn’t about who’s best.

    Don’t hold back from participating and posting your creation because your initial attempts don’t measure up (in your own mind) to images generated by folks with more experience than you.

    This is a no-fault, all-fun way to jump in the pool. Everyone started the same place: The beginning. Everyone who is more skilled and experienced than you got to that point by practicing, experimenting, asking questions, learning from others, and participating.

    Can one learn without interacting with others? Sure. Can one learn as fast? Absolutely not.

    When you participate, others get to know you. That makes it easier to ask them questions. Asking questions leads to learning from those with more experience than you. It just keeps getting better and better!

    By all means give it a go. You’ll be glad you did.

    The pep talk cheerfully brought to you by:

    Danny Raphael
    Photo-based Art Forum Moderator
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  • #2
    Call me a rebel...

    But I liked the sky on Art Hill's other picture of Chicago, also in his gallery, so I used that one instead. Here is a night scene.

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    • #3
      Half a town is better than none!

      I did a sketch/illustration but couldn't make the file small enough and still keep the outlines visible, so I just cut a sliver out of it to show the effect.

      I like the color of the water on Art's photo...such a bright green. Wonder what makes the water that color anyway? Slimy algae maybe...but from a distance it looks great!

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      • #4
        I like 'em both. Could you email me the whole picture of the one you posted half of? [email protected]. thanks.


        • #5
          It doesn't matter to me but it was the other skyline picture that you said you were going to use for the photo art mini challenge.[I]


          • #6
            The whole toddlin' town!

            Art, I'm flattered that you want to see more. My mail program often messes up large files, so I have put it here for easy downloading:

            Now everyone can see it in all its huge glory...haha.



            • #7
              Phyliss what a great rendition. I love it, and what a gret shoty of the skyline.


              • #8
                I can understand why Art wants some copies. Nice job Phyllis.


                • #9
                  And now for something completely different.
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                  • #10
                    Your night scene is great..but you know I am awed by the illustration just great..

                    Stepping out of character (by accident) while working on a sketch that maintained the detail of this skyline, I came up with this pastel version of the skyline..I thought it looked like a decorator piece.. Sorry it is to weird..

                    Sketch to follow later.


                    EDit..Trimoon you just posted while I was posting..That is really good Steve..Love it..
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                    • #11
                      Stephen, city in a glass is a brilliant idea...and well done too!

                      Jerry, very soft a fairyland, with a strawberry milkshake lake!



                      • #12
                        And here is the sketch..I had to reduce the size and jpeg quality to 1 so it would meet requirements..Hope the detail is not lost..

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                        • #13
                          Sorry about the size of that one..I tried to reload it and failed..
                          See if this is better..

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                          • #14
                            Jerry....All three were great, but the last one is my pick......
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                            • #15
                              Really too easy!

                              Jerry, that's a great sketch...such soft colors...great blending. I love how the buildings repeat the colors of the land and water.

                              Goldcoin, excellent simplification and great outline the moody color and especially the paper texture.

                              These are two different moods, and both are wonderful. You guys are outdoing yourselves!
                              Folks have given me some nice compliments on my colored sketch, so I think I owe it to you to "come clean" and tell you how reallllly easy it was! It's only two steps beyond the blur/dodge outline method.*

                              Keep original picture on bottom layer. *Dupe twice in b/w and outline with blur/dodge method (top b/w layer inverted set to color dodge then blurred very slightly and merged...levels if needed to increase contrast). Then merge these layers.

                              Now for the new steps:

                              1. Set the new b/w outline layer to LUMINOSITY.

                              2. Dupe original layer and place over the b/w layer and set mode to HARD LIGHT.

                              The outline ends up sandwiched between two originals. The hard light mode is what does the trick and puts back the bright colors. Just something I discovered trying different modes.

                              Last edited by Guest; 11-18-2002, 11:47 PM.


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