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Environment: Swamps part 1

For this mixed media project I had chosen the environment of wetland swamps. This part one is to show you a selection of sketches I had worked through in order to just give me a general idea of what mediums work brilliantly together and what mediums are better left on their own!

 sketch 1 – this is a venus flytrap using oil pastels. A medium used on it’s own that never fails to please me.

  sketch 2 – this sketch is of the marsh marigold using water based felt pens. Now I am slightly disappointed by this as usually when I used felt pens by themselves they tend to brighten up the image and add a slight Fauvism feel; sadly this has failed and maybe a different subject choice would have been more appropriate.

 now this is what I discovered on the back of the above sketch of the marigold and this is so much better! This has the bright, happy feeling that I normally get from using felt pens. I shall certainly progress this further (without writing on the back).

  sketch 3 – this is the Okovango Delta Swamp using Indian coloured inks. I find this to be quite a hard medium to use on its own – I usually have a tendency to mix some white acrylic and biro with this.

  sketch 4 – this is also the Okovango Delta Swamp created using biro and Indian coloured ink. Now you can never go wrong with biro and ink; the medium also helps to create a dark and dreary atmosphere to pieces. Now the white marks that you can see have been caused by the excessive rubbings of my finger work…all I wanted to do was smudge the biro but instead I took thin layers of paper away from the page!

 sketch 5 – water lily pads using quink ink and bleach. This is one of my Favorite mediums to use especially once used with biro (biro is a savior… if the image looks like it may fail just whip the biro out!).

  sketch 6 – freshwater stingray using oil pastels and quink ink/bleach. Unfortunately the oil pastels (as well as wax crayons) had soaked up the quink ink that by the time I layered on the bleach there really was no point!

  sketch 7 – a jiburu stork using an acrylic base and then quink ink/bleach. I have mixed feelings for this – should I have left it like this or should I have used biro for a speck of detail? It is quite a unique and illustrated piece.

  sketch 8 – now this is the same technique as above but using Indian oil colours as a base instead. I was hoping that once the bleach had been applied on the bushes that they would be a bright green/blue! This is the Lignum swamp of Australia.

  sketch 9 – an ariel view of the Everglades swamp using a collage surface with tissue paper. This technique has worked brilliantly once I had added the oil pastel and white acrylic spotted around the tissue paper.

  sketch 10 – this is the yellow anaconda scale detail created by collage surface and hand paper towel. I used quink ink and bleach on the hand towel to create that crinkled and ribbed snake texture; black and white acrylic were used on the collage surfaces.

 sketch 11 – same idea as above but the collage surface was created with brown paper.

  sketch 12 – the Canadian pond weed using oil pastels on acrylic base. I had created this by using the scrafito technique which always works between oil pastels/wax crayons and acrylics. The colours are vibrant and I could possibly take this technique onto further developments.

  sketch 13 – fiddler crab claw using acrylics, biro and quink ink/bleach on brown paper. A more painted affect rather than a mixed media effect but nevertheless this has worked quite nicely.

  sketch 14 – the Everglades swamp in Florida using coloured inks, quink ink/bleach, white acrylic and biro on tissue paper. Using all of these techniques together would never work with cartridge paper or any other for that matter as the bleach and ink would soak everything up; however, within this experiment it has destroyed the tissue paper (which I was slightly expecting) yet it has somehow worked. It has a collaged feel to the image without even being a collage!

  sketch 15 -  waterlily pad under the swamp of Okavango Delta made by coloured inks, felt pen, quink ink/bleach, oil pastels and marker pen.

I think I have produced enough rough sketches to help me progress to creating more refined developments.

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Posted by on October 4, 2012 in Uncategorized


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the final 6 – digital media

please enjoy the slideshow of the final 6 images i selected from my digital media sketchbook. i hope you have enjoyed following my progress.


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Posted by on May 28, 2012 in Uncategorized


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Digital media development LO2 part 19

here is the final part of the digital media development sketchbook. i hope you have enjoyed looking into my digital sketchbook.


a short slideshow will be used for this post with a selection of small projects for this where i just developed one single image without the use of creating filters.

a whole manner of techniques has been used for these images (too long to list) but they are all taken from the photo filter, gradient mapping, HDR toning, the layers selections and also the filter gallery within Photoshop CS5

here is one last technique i used which is the HDR toning. this can be accessed via image>adjustments>HDR toning. an example is shown below:


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Posted by on May 28, 2012 in Uncategorized


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Digital media development LO2 part 18

part 18 of my digital media sketchbook



for this part of the sketchbook i thought it would be a good idea to mix two portraits together. the background is the doubled over portrait with the focal point being the lady in glasses.

 the first development done with the layers selected ‘difference’ here is really nice and i like how the portraits eye in the background looks as though they are the ‘all seeing eye’ and protecting the lady who has come across as quite african looking because of the long slender neck and large necklace. the colours do mix well but i feel they are too vibrant.

 from the above image i used the ‘cutout’ tool from the filters selection just to add a different affect but unfortunately it was unsuccessful although it has tamed down the colours and are not as powerfully bright.

 i later used the gradient map on top of the ‘difference’ image and the bright colours makes the image look too busy; it shows a level of abstraction as well of which i am not too fond of as the portraits initially used before development were already abstract.


here i used a different shade on the gradient map from the previous ‘difference’ image. the chosen shade for this is the orange and red; now i know i complained about the image ‘being too bright’ a few comments above but for these i actually think the brightness works well. yes it is overpowering and yes it hurts your eyes but the colours are vibrant and summery as well as i just simply cannot stop looking at them.

 i decided to go a completely different way with this and decided to transform the ‘difference’ image to black and white using the filters gallery for the graphic pen effect. out of all the above images this is just simply the most successful. there are no colour tones to clash the portraits and there is also a sophisticated feel to the image as thought the ‘african’ lady is a model for vogue.



Posted by on May 28, 2012 in Uncategorized


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Digital media development LO2 part 13

continuation of my digital media sketchbook


here i chose a still life pencil sketch to use for a background and a male gothic portrait.

 As you can see i have rotated the still life pencil sketch to portrait in order to fit the gothic portrait. I then used the screen effect from the layers options of which has made the portrait look as though it is being warped into vegetable. I also like the opposite effects between warm colours and greyscale background.

  I then went on to use the gradient map on top of the ‘screen’ image. The use of only two colours (orange and purple) has given a very low opacity giving an almost ghostly effect. I also feel that the portrait has become to look like the joker from batman due to the cabbage’s detail around the mouth and the demonism of his eyes.

 I then changed the contrast of the previous image above to very high. It has made the image very bright and i find this brightness too overpowering and painful to the eyes; although the shading around the background and on the vegetables have been made more prominent.

   This one has been made by the original ‘screen’ image using a different tone of colours from the gradient map tool. the portrait no longer looks demonic or like the joker from batman and instead the portrait has been morphed almost completely into the vegetables – of which is a nice effect but the portrait is now no longer identifiable that unfortunately goes against my initial project brief.


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Posted by on April 16, 2012 in Uncategorized


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Digital media LO2 development part 3

Just a continuation of the previous development process for my digital media project.


Here I chose a background image of a ruined interior made using glue and acrylics on an apron surface which then has the portrait layered on top.

 from the layers list i chose the ‘difference’ option and the result came back quite futuristic as the furniture has morphed into the portraits facial features seems almost robotic. The shading is quite dark but are still able to have the number of colours stand out.

 also from the layers list i chose ‘colour burn’. This unfortunately was not so successful; the furniture has morphed into portrait and shaped it well but to another viewers eye they would not be able to make out that there are additional objects surrounding the image.

For the next images to be shown below I decided to only manipulated the furniture. Not part of the original subject matter but there is nothing wrong with a little experimentation I suppose: -

 this has been transformed using the gradient map tool with a blue and yellow tint. It helps make the image more abstract and the yellow is quite overpowering therefore stands to attention.

 taken from the filter gallery ‘graphic pen’ tool taken from the sketch options. I really like the old style red colouring the graphic pen tool created and the detail of the burnt furniture has helped to give a rustic feel to this.

Once all of my developments have been uploaded I shall revisit the works I made and develop them further if i feel i could improve them more.

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Posted by on April 8, 2012 in Uncategorized


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