Saturday, March 29, 2008

Paying attention -

"She Was A Dark Haired Beauty"
digital collage by Mick Mather
I can't remember how often, if at all, I've discussed my working method. All of my digital images are comprised of many layers, the initial handful being straight cut & paste in, of all places, MS Paint as a bitmap file. Once these early layers are satisfactory, the final image is then sent to a variety of photo editors, filters and manipulating software plug-ins. The first task is to blend and soften edges, or define a few if necessary, preparing things for the final round of manipulation. At this point it all becomes playtime as I add and layer one effect after another. The editors and plug-ins that I use are way beyond the push-button type and every single one of them has a long list of graphic, pattern and stylistic choices - although, from time to time, one of the old single click, preset filters is just what I might need or want. In addition to the array of effects, every editor also has anywhere from a dozen to scores of other settings - brightness, saturation, direction, line thickness and too many more to mention - each one with a gradation of choices in themselves. So, creating digitally is really no different than drawing or painting, one just needs to use and master a different set of tools. Did I just say master? Well, I'm working on that!

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Blogger SusuPetal said...

She's beautiful. No wonder you're paying attention to her!

12:58 AM  
Blogger Mick said...

LOL - I feel somewhat like a geneticist. There were at least 3 different faces that went into this collage. I suppose one can, but should we fall in love with a painting?

7:43 AM  
Blogger SusuPetal said...

If the painting is true...why not:)

10:09 AM  
Blogger Mick said...

Because... a painting doesn't have warm toes. :D

11:06 AM  

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