Crossroads

•February 27, 2011 • Leave a Comment

So this week, the sun came out! Only for a bit, but long enough that I could actually get out into the forest and take some pics. I have taken a few recently, which you can see on my flickr, but the one I’m most pleased with is my panorama of the crossroads:

Crossroads (click to enlarge)

Crossroads (click to enlarge)

I think the thing I love most about it is the light leaking over the horizon, which is a result of it being sightly misty in the distance im guessing. I love how the colours have come out, although I had to work quite hard to get end result, especially from the sky.

This is HRD’d from a single exposure, which didn’t really bring out much in the way colours in the sky. If you’ve ever tried HDR you’ll be familiar why the GREY SKY OF DEATH, which is just devoid of colour, becoming an overbearing grey mass over you’re actual shot.

Trey Ratcliff has a good technique for getting over this, which I¬†recommend¬†you go and read. Just Google “Stuck In Customs” and look for his HDR tutorial.

There is a little bit of texture in this shot, but not much, a little bit of high pass overlay to bring out the detail and a tweaking of the colours. All in all I think this was about 2 hours from start to finish, which is quite a long time tbh, but those colours are worth it ;)

Grrr, moody Shed

•February 23, 2011 • Leave a Comment

It’s been a long while since I’ve done any kind of self portrait. I tend not to do them, mainly cus I don’t really know what sort of picture I want to take. I’m not a moody person, but I can’t seem to get a good shot of me trying to smile. I just look like I need a shit, or want to be somewhere else, itching to leave and wipe the smile from my obvious face. So, I end up looking at the camera straight, and seeing what it looks like.

As it turns out, I look pretty miserable. Although, in this case I look kinda raggy as I was having a lazy day, so looking a bit moody seemed to fit.

me (click to view on black)

me (click to view on black)

It’s pretty clear that I need a haircut, but Josephine insists she likes my hair longer, so I’m going to keep it for a bit longer.

Tried some new textures out on this one too (there are 2 on there), and also a new grunge set I found the other day. I quite like the washed out colours, reminds me very much of Skeletal Mess. Google for him if you don’t know who I mean, he goes some very cool / dark stuff.

Grrr moody Shed.

Mountains

•February 16, 2011 • Leave a Comment

This picture is amazing. I didn’t take it, but what I have done is tweak the colours slightly using some actions and some easy methods that help bring out colours in images and, in my opinion, make them a bit more interesting. The contrast between the blue and the green post colour tweaking is just amazing.

But, photography is subjective, and you may drastically prefer the original! However, I find the colours to be much more interesting in the post colour tweaked version. It does however depend on your goal. If you want to make it look realistic, then potentially colour tweaking like I have will not help you achieve that. However if you simply trying to give the image an edge, or make a stunning desktop just that bit deeper in colour, then its a good thing to have a play and see what you can come up with.

See what you think:

Mountains Post Process (click to enlarge)

Mountains Post Process (click to enlarge)

Mountains Pre Process (click to enlarge)

Mountains Pre Process (click to enlarge)

Apologies if you read this and it’s your photo, I cannot seem to find where I got this from! It’s an amazing shot though, so kudos :D

Russians in Shirts

•February 7, 2011 • Leave a Comment

So, after doing the artwork for Pixel I then put together some t-shirts based on the design for his 18th birthday, et voila!

Pixel's t-shirt design (click to enlarge)

Pixel's t-shirt design (click to enlarge)

And then here we are with Pixel (on the left) and other Russian dude in the shirts! Please note the cleanliness of the shirts in this picture. I’ve seen what happened to them later on…. holy crap.

Russians in shirts (click to enlarge)

Russians in shirts (click to enlarge)

Awesome! Always cool to see work when it’s made into something tangible :D

Crysis 2 Artwork

•January 31, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Just a quick update this week with some artwork from Crysis 2 that I have been working as part of an upcoming promotion with Multiplay. Crytek sent me through some utterly awesome media pack graphics, so I pieced together some artwork. The last two were essentially put together straight from the assets, but with the first one I spent quite a lot of time tweaking the colours and the lighting.

If nothing else, this game is gonna be pretty ;D

Crysis Desktop 1 (click to enlarge)

Crysis Desktop 1 (click to enlarge)

Crysis desktop 2 (click to enlarge)

Crysis Desktop 2 (click to enlarge)

Crysis Desktop 3 (click to enlarge)

Crysis Desktop 3 (click to enlarge)

Pixel Style Concept Art #1

•January 14, 2011 • Leave a Comment

So, I’ve been working away on a new style for a chap I know called PiXel from the Multiplay community, who does various club promotions and music in Moscow. He wanted a style from which he could get posters and t-shirts created, so I started working on something that would reflect music / club style posters, that could easily be translated into similar designs for other things, like t-shirts.

Anyway this is my first fully produced poster, and luckily he loves it!

Pixel Style Concept Art #1 (click to enlarge)

Pixel Style Concept Art #1 (click to enlarge)

I think I might have to get this printed up myself on A2, I think it would look great in a frame on the wall of my study!

Whoop, featured on Abduzeedo in Daily Inspiration 719! *\o/* Awesome, thanks guys!

Just a little experiment…

•January 13, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Had a play with some new techniques for creating cross processed effects.
Threw some pink in there to how it came out.

field in 1972 (click to enlarge)

field in 1972 (click to enlarge)

No real goal here or anything, but then there doesn’t always have to be, right?

FYI, im looking to put a tutorial together for road through the forest, so check back!

 
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