My friend Rachel recently set a new personal record for weightlifting – and her husband asked me to commemorate it by Warhol-ing up this photo of her from the competition:
I looked into some tutorials online, but I wasn’t really impressed by any of them. Mainly, the problem was that they were trying to replicate the iconic Marilyn Monroe print with the 2×2 grid of garishly colored portraits. This picture is asking to be Elvis. Beyond that, a lot of the tutorial images just didn’t look that great. They seemed to lack subtlety.
Another obstacle I had to face is that my friend is wearing a black t-shirt and leggings with a high contrast pattern. After isolating the image, and adding some contrast filters, I made masked layers to specifically lighten the t-shirt and the leggings. I did one for her hair as well. To get the rough lithograph look, I added a Vintage Halftone texture from Creative Market. I selected the colors from the Warhol original and painted them on a multiply layer. This came out darker and more muted than the original, so I added a second, low-opacity version of the colors in Normal mode. In retrospect, adjusting the levels on the existing paint layer would have made more sense, but I was sort of making things up as I went.
Because my levels adjustment had to contend with Rachel’s contrast clothes, the shadows didn’t really pop as much as I’d have liked. I added another layer of Halftone texture and masked it out, painting the shadows back in.
All in all, I’m very happy with how it turned out:
I keep applying for Motion Graphics jobs that expect a decent graphic design portfolio. So, it’s about time I put one together. What better place to start then with this retro-style Boolean Knife poster that I’ve been wanting to make anyway?
This is based on an old boxing style poster that I saw at at a venue in the suburbs. (And, yes, I had to do some searching to find out that this type of poster is called “boxing style.” I love to learn new things.)
Clicking on the image will show you a larger version of the poster. If you’re looking for a link to the show, here it is. (If you’re in Chicago, I’d love to see you at the show.)
If you have any feedback, or suggestions on what I should design next, let me know in the comments! Thanks!
A story board is just a comic strip that you tell yourself you’re going to animate some day.
I drew this on a cocktail napkin, then animated it in After Effects:
I really should be sketching every day and I have not been. Today, though, I was inspired to draw my friend Christina so that I could make a cute post about her. I tried not to over think it and just draw. I’m really pleased with how it turned out. It’s not a perfect likeness, but – to me at least – it’s clearly the person it’s meant to be.
I brought it into Photoshop and traced it to a line drawing. That part was harder than I thought it would be. I definitely need more practice drawing with my Wacom tablet. The traced drawing lost a bit of the energy of the original, but I was able to get something I could work with.
And here’s the final product: