Whether trained or self-taught, every artist is different. The same can be said about artwork – some is created through a very deliberative process using specific techniques and styles, or, on the other hand, by accident as a matter of chance. As for what constitutes a work as being art, any such definition undoubtedly includes a component of subjectivity. That said, here is one example of the process of creating art…
The following digital art was created using Adobe Photoshop…
To begin, I selected a photograph of interest – here’s one I took of a building on the campus of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor:
Next, I cropped and desaturated the image, rotated the canvas (not the photograph) from a landscape to portrait orientation, and then performed the following transformations:
- the image was scaled to move off canvas those areas in the photograph which contained wide gaps between structures;
- the image was cropped;
- a horizontal selection was copied, flipped vertically and merged;
- I repeated this copy-flip-merge process a few more times, reducing the height of each subsequent selection.
Here’s the new image:
Next, the image was duplicated and rotated 90 degrees, scaled to fit the page and cropped, and the blend mode was set to Color Dodge, yielding the following:
The final steps of the process:
- I created a new layer by merging all layers together (shift+alt+command+E), reversed the colors (Select > Inverse) and set the blend mode to Pin Light;
- another new layer was created by merging all layers together, and two filters (Filter > Artistic > Poster Edges, Filter > Artistic > Cut Out) were applied;
- two different texture layers (scratched metal, colorful linen) were added, with blend modes for each set to Overlay;
- a levels adjustment layer was added to brighten the image.
Here’s the finished image…
Thanks for stopping by ~ have fun creating art!