With this effect I had a lot of trouble coming up with a concept. I started multiple ones but was never happy with either how they looked or they didn’t make sense. The only thing that was constant through all the movie effects that I started was that I had this mountain in the background. I really like this image and I wanted to use it somehow, I just did not know how. Finally I decided that I would have a road leading to the mountains. Then I added a car, and thought that this was finally going in the direction I wanted it to. I added more layers, copied the mountains, and erased parts of some images. I did not want any person to be in the picture, because I thought that it would take away from the overall feeling and mood that I was trying to create. Unlike my other movie effect I wanted this to be more real, and not fantasy.
I decided that I would create a picture using different images of skylines and add an element of adventure and fantasy. First I found two pictures of city skylines. Then I found a picture of balloons and that’s when I came up with the idea of having a hot air balloon as the main focus in the picture. Finally, I inserted the person into the hot air balloon. I wanted it to capture happiness, fantasy, and adventure. However I did not want it to look like a cartoon, instead I wanted it to look like a dream. I ended up playing with effects and changing opacity levels till I was happy with the look of the picture. I loved how the end result came out and I think it captures the mood I was going for.
I had a lot of trouble picking a picture for this. I started two vector drawings before I finally decided on this one. I kept starting over the first time because I was not happy with the quality of the picture. It was too pixelated which prevented me from showing the highlights in the skin and hair and also showing small details. I started over the second time because I was just not happy with how the vector was turning out and thought that it would be best to start over. Third time was finally the charm because I finally was happy with the product I created. It was difficult trying to show depth in the face, however I was able to by using different shades of skin tone. I picked this picture because there was good lighting on the face and also I liked the color of the eyes. The first thing I did when I started the project was decide on the base color for the skin and hair. I wanted the skin and hair to look as close to the colors in the original picture. I also wanted to make sure that the face did not look flat. Showing depth was hard for me but I believe that I accomplished it by having different highlights in the face.
This is my geometric design. At first I wanted to make a tribal pattern. So I began making shapes and picking the colors. By the time the second class came around to work I hated my design. It ended up looking like a multicolored checkered board. So I started all over again. I decided that I would only use one or two shapes throughout the entire piece. I picked the diamond and the triangle. The next step I had to do was pick the colors I wanted. At first I thought it wouldn’t matter what colors were used in the piece, however I realized that this wasn’t the case. I picked three colors to work with: purple, black, and turquoise. I chose these colors not only because they worked well together but also they created a mood through the geometric design. I thought that I could leave my negative space a plain color however I thought that this wouldn’t add to the piece. So I decided to have a city’s skyline as the background/negative space. I picked New York because I spent most of my life living there and I consider that home. It was challenging trying to come up with a new idea when I thought that I already had one. However I feel that I made a good design.