First day back at college and what are we asked to do? Work with a partner to take photos of each other, manipulate them in Photoshop, print them off and make a book of the best, and then produce a paper based triptych on the theme of ‘Past, Present and Future’ inspired, more or less, by our images.
I’m sure you realise how devastated I was by this.
There were two drawbacks – first, that the college network was working at the speed of a paralytic tortoise, and the other that this implied that I should limit myself to Photoshop - which of course I ignored.
Fortunately I’d treated my self to PS Elements as an early birthday prezzie, so I came home and played with it.
This is the ‘Cut-out’ filter.
And PostworkShop – this is ‘Outlines with Scanned Brush’.
Hope the pictures aren’t meant to be recognizable.
And Befunky – ‘Holgaart’ . I'm in there somewhere.
The book is called ‘How to Survive Modern Art’.
And Sumopaint – the ‘Kaleidoscope’ filter, which does a good job of showing off my Frida Kahlo eyebrows.
I don’t have purple hair, I was wearing a hat with purple flowers on it.
I may get round to GIMP, and some of the other programs I tried out in the great flower extravaganza, [just search for passion flower’ or ‘dahlia’ on my blog], if I decide the current 190 or so images aren’t enough.
Yes, I have spoken to Wensleydale in the interim, and looked after Babybel, been to the gym and done a few chores – although progress was helped by another bout of insomnia last night.
Then there are the other important decisions, like what sort of binding to use – currently thinking of a simple codex, but with flaps and holes and fold outs – and how I can wangle a triptych into a book format.
This was all supposed to be doable in the college time left over from thinking about topics for our research project and having tutorials on it.
Suppose I ught to write a research proposal too. My preferred topic? Artists’ books …