Monday, February 23, 2015

Artist: Chuck Anderson

Chuck Anderson describes himself as an artist, designer and photographer. His work primarily falls under graphic design, but he does much more than that. He is best know for surreal art, or creating something that does not appear naturally. To create most of his work, Anderson takes photos and then edits them in Photoshop.

For his personal work, he draws inspiration from his home in the suburbs of Chicago. He believes that inspiration and creativity can come from any place, and that you do not have to live in Ne York or LA to create amazing art. He takes photos of the spaces around him and makes them more complex in Photoshop. He aims to make plain photos into vibrant and stimulating pieces. He often works with architecture and landscape in addition to photographing objects inside.

He has done work for clients such as Microsoft, Nike, Warner Bros, Reebok, Target, Under Armour and ESPN, as well as non-profits such as Invisible Children Charity:Water.

He started working as a freelance artist immediately after high school and encourages people to take their own path and do what is right for them. He encourages people to embrace their creativity and to create art like he does, with an iPhone and a computer.

He has a series of videos on Skillshare and his own company entitled NoPattern.

Chuck Anderson's work is very inspiring and I wish I had seen it before I completed Project 1. I like how he starts off with a basic image and makes something exciting from it. He manipulates objects in a way that retains their structure but also creates something new. Since he primarily uses his iPhone and Photoshop it would be easy to learn some of his techniques and apply them to our projects.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Artist: Larry Carlson

Larry Carlson is best known for multi-media web based art.  He aims to give the viewer a new perspective on the world through photography, film making, web-art, collage painting, digital art, animation, video-art and sound design.

His work is psychedelic, surrealist and mystical. His work challenges the viewer to imagine and to picture alternate realities to the world around them. He uses technology to juxtapose objects that normally would normally not be viewed together. He combines familiar objects with intense colors to create fantastical worlds.

Carlson creates many of his pieces by taking his own photos and then editing them in Photoshop. He also uses 3-D rendering programs to make computer generated objects. He also draws or paints on his digital images or makes handmade collages and digitally alters them.

In addition to visual art, Carlson also creates his own music. He makes soundtracks by mixing together sounds from TV, the web, radio, phone messages, youtube videos and musical instruments, etc. He also made his own interactive website,  SUPREME OM

In the piece above, Carlson started with a handmade collage on paper and then digitally altered it to make this print.

"I strive to have my work describe life as a positive, elusive, and rich with wonder and possibility" 
-Larry Carlson

"I am inspired by the infinite permutation of visual images which parallel the infinite nature of the imagination" -Larry Carlson

Carlson is inspired by the world around him, and is especially influenced by nature.

Editing Photos

Above is a photo of myself and a friend in Morocco. I wanted to edit this photo to see if I would be able to lighten it in a way so that you could see our faces. I was able to do this using the editing features in photoshop. I also tried to decrease the white lighting in the sky, but was unable to find a way to do that without decreasing the brightness throughout the entire image.