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13th-Dec-2004 12:15 am
I've been obsessing about art quite a bit lately, and one of the artists whose works I admire is Roy Lichtenstein. You'd all know his work if you saw it, it's hard not to recognize it. He was responsible for some of the most fun American Pop Art from the 60's I've ever seen, using comic art in a highly ironic way. Artchive.com has some samples of his work as well as a small biography, and there's always Google Image Search.

I wanted to learn Photoshop techniques for creating Lichtenstein influenced artwork, using bold comic lines and halftone patterns to make the resulting drawing look like Ben Day dots, an effect Lichtenstein used often which became something of a trademark (not unlike irony) in his work and countless examples of comic art.

I love the whimsical attitude that comes across in this kind of stuff, it's very ordered and sophisticated but maintains it's sense of - I don't know, childlike abandon? Anyway, I wanted to draw something in Photoshop and then manipulate it digitally to give the final composition the look and feel of something reminiscent to a Roy Lichtenstein. It has taken me a couple of hours just to get the color balance right, let alone the rest. All of the lines I had to be careful with - especially the bold ones, to make them look somewhat imperfect. All of the color is random and painted in, based on suitable palettes for this composition. So here it is, my tribute to Roy Lichtenstein, the subject is michaelnolan, based on a picture I took of him last month.

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13th-Dec-2004 05:33 am (UTC)
Why thank you, sir! My hand's all crampy now from drawing it with the mouse, too bad Avery is asleep or I'd get her with "The Claw"...

I could do this to a series of pictures of the BABEH MORGUE!! It could be a comic strip!! You have GOT to get pictures next time you're over there and she does that crazy shit again, I mean it...
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13th-Dec-2004 05:40 am (UTC) - Re: it rubs the lotion on its skin...
See? Irony - using something so wholly wrong and creepy in a comic strip, what could be better subject matter?
13th-Dec-2004 06:25 am (UTC)
that's pretty amazing.
13th-Dec-2004 12:47 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much, I was wondering what you'd think of this when I was doing it!
13th-Dec-2004 06:51 pm (UTC)
I think that you have an amazing amount of patience. To draw that by hand... wow. I think I know how you did the halftone thing, but I can't even begin to conceive of doing something like this. Wow, just wow.

I need to get back into being artistic again.
13th-Dec-2004 06:57 am (UTC)
I'm familiar with Lichtenstein's stuff and if the above is a first attempt on your part, Hot Damn!
(I have a degree in Fine Art so I'm not unfamiliar with what's involved)
Is that the photo that Michael uses as his icon?
13th-Dec-2004 12:48 pm (UTC)
You are teh sweetness! Yes, I believe it is the same icon picture. I took several from that same spot, but this one had a texture and sense of mystery I liked better than the others.
13th-Dec-2004 07:26 am (UTC)
Very very very cool. which reminds me...if you have time (and I mean /only/ if you have time) i've been meaning to hit you up for a desktop background that I think you might have time designing...let me know if you're interested - and feel free to delete this if you aren't.

...I really shouldn't leave comments to people when I've been drinking...I have no sense of...anything.

Hi! Miss you! come chat in #thenec sometime, k?
13th-Dec-2004 12:49 pm (UTC)
I'd be happy to make you a desktop, just give me the dimensions you need and the idea theme or images you want and we'll call it a Mythmas present.

YOU can leave comments here anytime, inebriated or otherwise.

I miss you too, sweetie - I'll pop in sooner or later!
13th-Dec-2004 11:45 am (UTC) - OMG!
13th-Dec-2004 12:50 pm (UTC) - Re: OMG!
13th-Dec-2004 03:39 pm (UTC)
That is SO awesome!
13th-Dec-2004 05:18 pm (UTC)
Thanks, doll!
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