I was once fairly active on a competition art site called worth1000.com. This month, the owner of the site announced he would be shutting it down and turning into a “museum”. I thought it a good kick in the butt to get the work I submitted to that site downloaded and hosted at TheBoredZombie.com before worth1000 locks down for good.
The site was broken up into Photoshop work, Photography, Illustration, Multimedia, and Writing. You’ve seen many of my multimedia projects already, but none of the Photoshop, photography, or writing. Over the course of entering contest there I had a total of 107 entries. I’m going to catalog several of them here, but I won’t kill with all of them at once. This week, I’m taking on Photoshop. Over 2008 – 2010 I entered 16 contests. Each contest would have an image to start with or some sort of theme to create an image. I was a total newb with this type of work. I didnt know the first thing about Photoshop, lighting, or how to compose an image. While these are not the most stellar images ever, they are part of my artist journey and have certainly helped form my eye and taste. Here we go – the good, the bad, and the WAY UGLY.
Very nearly my first attempt and editing an image with Photoshop. I still love this. Technically, its a mess, but that isn’t what I see. I had to remove a ton of flamingos (and poop) from the image. Move a few to the front and individually select and color each remaining bird. It was quite a challenge for my skill level and something I was happy with in the end.
My very first chop! I still love it. I dont care that the voters gave me 3 out of 10. A lot of work went into cleaning up the cow and moving around his body parts. He makes me smile, even with his stupid shadows and bad proportion.
On this one, I really just wanted to stretch my ability and see if I *COULD* change a real image to still look real. I cloned out all the art. At the time, I thought I nailed it! I can now see a few places the lighting is a bit off, but I wont tell you where!
I really like this one because it tells a story! It was my idea of what a carousel would look like just before the morning crew arrived to open up for the day.
My favorite in the bunch! This image was part of a multidisciplinary challenge based on the word Strike. I was the photoshop leg for writers, makers, and photographers. The writer started us off with a Film Noir type story and the rest of us followed. This is exactly what I wanted it be when I was thinking about it. I love it and wouldnt change a thing.
Giraffe Kisses is special because it was my first moderately successful attempt at creating custom brushes (fireworks) and hey, it is always fun to put lipstick on a giraffe!
Another carousel project. I’m pretty sure this one started as a normal carousel that I pulled apart and wrapped around a moon. I might want to revisit this one sometime in the future. I think it could be something interesting….
Breakfast at Bonzos
I still love this next one! My second ever Photoshop project. The worth folks hated it, but that is sometimes par for the course.
Almost there! The next few are my attempt at scary…
Bird House of the Dead
Dreadful Day Jack
Here’s some examples of terrible work -but important none the less. While technically poor they are evidence of changes in my skill level and gave me a new perspective when they were finished.
A few more flamingo funnines …
Fancy a Feather?
Vacation from the Yard
Here’s one I still love! I searched the world over for a usable image of a meerkat, and settled on this one. I feel like that while not technically perfect, I paid close attention to the details and managed to sneak in a few surprises.
Finally – one of my favorites that one day will be revisited (yeah, I know, there’s a TYPO! lol)
While I quit participating at worth1000 some time ago for reasons that just don’t matter anymore, part of me is really sad to see it go. For better or worse, it was a part of my artist journey and still a part of my daily life. Even looking at these images now bring back fond memories of some of the community users and their point of view. My favorite part of being a member was watching artists find their way and really develop a style right there before your eyes. I’ll certainly miss some of my favorites.
How about you all? Anybody out there that does this type of Photoshop work? I haven’t tried it in quite some time, but would certainly be up to giving it a go if someone wanted to try a challenge. Just pick a theme and a date and we’ll do it!