Friday, September 25, 2015

Easy-Peasy Value Studies - Off the Wall Friday

Okay, I admit it, I've been lazy and its getting harder and harder to get into my studio.  I could blame a lot of things - domestic tasks. working full time, getting Tessa back into the routine of her senior year.   But honestly, I think its me.

 Sometimes after a big project its hard to get back into the swing of things.  So I thought I would take it easy this time.

That said,  with the mood I'm in, I didn't want to over exert myself looking for something new.  I know I want to play around with simple shapes and keep working on my abstract. . . but after that its kinda of up in the air.  Luckily, I keep a pinterest board of inspiration.  Even when I'm lazy, I still manage to keep adding to my boards.

This time it lead me to some modern architectural pictures which I found very cool.  Using them as foundation of inspiration, I wanted to abstract them out without a lot of fuss.  Now I could go through tracing them and then doing value drawings by hand.  By why expend all that energy?

Instead I used an online site - LunaPic - to help me manipulate the images.  I could use my photoshop but I always find it a little bulky.  This online source was easy and very intuitive to use.  For my purposes today I just grayed out the picture (took the saturation of color down to 0) and pixelated them. Instant abstract value study!!!   Easy-Peasy!!!

This was so fun I think I'll work on them a bit longer finding just the right one.  I have an idea of what I want to do with that but I'll save them for another post!!

So What Have Been Up to Creatively?


Unknown said...

What a great method to use. I am impressed and will have a look at that application. I paint in acrylics and like the idea of abstracting actual images - thank you.

Nina Marie said...

Your welcome. I honestly can't believe how fast it was. Another idea is to crop an interesting section out..then pixeculate. Going to play with that next.

Vivian Helena said...

I looked at the site, but was not sure what the cost is. They never show their samples until you commit a photo or something.. and then never tell what it is going to cost.. Always concerned when I go to my photos, wondering if they can get in there afterwards.. I love the idea and looks like you can do a lot of various ideas, and does look lots easier and quicker than photo shop.
Did you sign up and pay?and how much...

Gwyned Trefethen said...

Just got back from playing on LunaPic. Found the cube effect - what fun! Thanks for letting us know about this, Nina.

Nina Marie said...

Vivian - there was no cost to the site. I didn't use it to "host" my photos. What I did was upload one photo - manipulate it - saved it to my computer and deleted it from their site. Did another. Its free and easy. Hope that helps!