Gloria Kimmel Final Project

Name: Gloria Kimmel
Size: 18X24 inches
Medium: Acrylic
Final project the Light, is organic concept I will made with flowers and leave and background, I will use color of each element. I love the idea of color relationships because is so nice to see how the pointillism became a define drawing or to do regular paint ways. I will hand draw the sketch; the size will be 18 X 24 inches on water paper. If everything goes the way I am thinking, the plants will hand down from left to right, I want to use purple flowers some of them are close and one open, the color of the leaf will be green the shape of the leaf is very lobed, I want to use borders to make the flower pot out, I am thinking to have the natural color of leave and or flower.
I have problem half way of the drawing I did not like the way was coming out, the mixing of color make it ugly design, the branch I want to do became a couples lines with not purpose, the purple flowers became flat and one tone, I did not like the branch look like lines. I did hard time to work with acrylic paints the way I want it.
When I start again my design I decide to change the borders from one to two, from violet flower to pink flower and the branch that connect the leave I did not use; I love the way is look the leaves are falling and the flowers have more definition, I use blue for the background from light to dark or dark to light is does not matter how is see it.
I really love the final product of Light is really better than I was thinking.

IMG_3995Gloria Kimmel acrylic 18X24 inches

Alica – final project

For my final project I’ve selected a technique of double exposure in Photoshop because I wanted to challenge myself and wanted to see how much work goes into those wonderful pictured one can find online. This technique was not covered in our Ps tutorial but I felt confident that I can follow some tutorials that are available online. I also wanted to create something related to human faces as I liked drawing them in my previous art class. I call my project Four Seasons.

Going through this project I found several challenges. One was to find portraits with white or very light colored background as this is recommended as the best for combining two pictures and overlaying a face over the other background. There is a lot of portraits of women with loose hair which is quite difficult to outline and use for overlay.  The second challenge was to find a tutorial that is easy to follow and gives all commands in clear way. Since most of the tutorials are created by experts who don’t think about every single step in the process, I was ot able to use them because I was not sure how to do what they did.

As one can see, there are three types of pictures in my project. The Fall  was created first and it actually turned our different from my original vision. The tutorial I was following was not completely clear and I ended up posing picture of the rain over the portrait of a woman. As I could not follow the tutorial, I left it that way, and it turned out fine. The Spring was created second, following a different tutorial, which became confusing, and after I put flowers in the shape of a woman, I left it there and added different color butterflies to fill the empty space. Summer and Winter were created last, and I followed a tutorial that was clear to get the picture looking like I wanted them.

The entire project took me much longer than anticipated because I had to learn some new tricks – one of them was  how to add and subtract shape when using Quick Selection tool. Overall, I think that my project is successful. I like the picture representing summer the most because it’s colorful like summer and it has the most interesting shape in it (a surf wave with the sun in it). With more practice, I will be able to create better pictures in the future.

Spring  Spring        Summer  Summer


Fall  Fall-web

Winter  Winter

Joel Sturm – Final Project


Joel Sturm, Final Project, Acrylic on Paper and Photoshop, 11×17

I wanted my final project to be a Piece that included some things I am comfortable with, and some elements that I’m less confident about. I have used a whole lot of photos of myself as references for paintings and sketches this semester. I’ve never really been happy with my mouths on any of them, so that’s one thing I wanted to focus on with this piece.

I really enjoyed doing two tone, expressive, and bright colors on a white backdrop. There’s something about the sharpness that appeals to me. I decided to do two tone colors with a focus on color temperature. I wanted to focus on body language that the mouths were conveying, then try and give them fitting colors for the moods. I feel like with these goals, the themes of the piece would fit well together. Finally, I decided I wanted at least 4 mouths for even spacing, and to be able to easily apply the rule of thirds.

I started by sketching a larger version of the mouths from my proposal sketch. I did a few color tests on my old sketch, then started applying colors to each mouth. I feel like the two tone element didn’t come out uniformly on each mouth. The purple one is my biggest issue. It was originally yellow and purple, but it threw the balance of the colors in the piece way off. The whole left side was lopsidedly yellow. When I brought the piece into photoshop to do some finishing on it, I altered the hue and saturation of the purple mouth to where purple  was the primary color, and the secondary color was now blue. Even though the other bottom mouth has blue, they are both secondary, so it doesn’t throw the balance off.

I was happy with how the red mouth came out, but I had to color correct it in photoshop as well to make it a richer red. The cost was that the purple in the mouth is less evident, making it look closer to monochrome.

I considered not doing the facial hair, but the mouths looked a little naked with their crisp outlines on the white background. The facial hair was able to distinguish itself from the lips and teeth by having less solid outlines. At the same time, I may have been able to tie it in better by adding dark or black whiskers alongside the two-tone strokes.

I think that the yellow mouth works well. Bright yellow with orange does a good job of conveying joy and excitement, matching the mouth. After color correcting the red mouth, I think that it pulls off anger well. I was also happy to have the mustache for this one to give a bit more expression over the snarled lip. The purple one I am least confident about, but hey, maybe that conveys the awkward mood I was going for it. I think that it is maybe less subtle that its color was altered in photoshop. The blue and green mouth I wanted to show as calm at at peace. I think that it worked alright, but I would have liked to get a few more hues of green in there.

I think that despite a few weak points, the piece as a whole accomplishes its goal. The colors and emotions feel in sync to me, and i think the simple composition keeps the focus on the interest points.  My largest concern is that my choice to have a white background may make the piece feel too barren. I considered several backgrounds, or auras for the mouths, but ultimately decided against it.

I really enjoyed sketching and painting something, then moving it to digital editing for large changes. I haven’t really used photoshop for my paintings other than auto color and auto contrasting, so it was really nice to use it for a major change in color.