UMDST Minimalist Poster
This is my second creation for our group project: Minimalist Posters!
I am considering adding this picture to my final photo essay. I just think the moment that is captured in it (this was in NYC last weekend) is very powerful. You see a street artist posing for an old man who kept taking pictures. Of course, this is done with humor.
I decided to replicate an iconic moment of this class as part of my final project! Brian imitating Anchorman, trying out the tongue twister and all! I even replicated his glasses using a screen shot of one of his videos and paint!
Here is the video that shows the moment portrayed in this minimalist poster: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-FbyNdSw6kA
Today I decided to explore contrast and brightness. I used a picture I already like- it’s me on St. Peter’s Square in Rome. I like the positioning of the shot and almost everything about it, except the fact that the bottom half of the picture seems very dark compared to the top half, divided by the really bright almost white buildings. So I used Gimp to open up the brightness and contrast controls. After trying out a few extremes, maxing them out both ways, I decided to go with a lot of extra brightness and a bit of extra contrast. By adding a lot of brightness, the whole picture becomes nice and bright, but the previously lighter parts get too bright and washed out. That’s where I increased the contrast a bit, which does make the too bright parts a little darker and I found that it sharpened the whole image somehow. Check it out! I find that I successfully managed to increase the overall brightness, especially of the bottom part which I perviously found to be too dark. Adding a little extra contrast kept the balance of the picture and doesn’t let it look too washed out. The differences are slight, but I believe that they still are significant, because after the changes, the eye of the viewer is guided towards the center much more!
This is the creation of my choice. I decided to take an already existing character (this is Roronoa Zoro from One Piece), and improve whatever I don’t like about the character. The character normally has green hair, very ugly green clothes and a dark sword. I decided to play with coloring. I changed the color of his hair to something more normal (black), and I also made his clothes red and changed the color of his sword. This was all done in Photoshop, using the bucket tool and the paint brush. It was not easy, because I had to keep in mind to use darker shades of a color I wanted to keep the shadowing in tact, and also use light shades of the same color to keep it realistic. This is the final product!