Photo Book Project
Over the years as an artist, one grows through education in various methods of artistic expression, and we become more self-conscious of what you actually care about. Finding yourself is a process that takes several years and maturity. As you mature, we become more social and universally aware the world around us, and we begin to develop our perception of reality. Once you find what you care about, it tends to define you as a person, changes your core values and your views of the world. The way we see the world becomes a reflection of your work and the manner in which we decide to express art, convey the message and ideas. Every idea has inspired a life experience or creative process that’s connected to your core values. The core values are often influenced by the environment and the tools we choose to express our creative outlet. Creativity can be express in many artistic forms; the most common in today’s age is digital art. Digital art as a medium uses computer technology in its creation. It has revolutionized more traditional art forms like painting, sculpting, photography and cinema. Digital is the newest medium for an artist to tell a story and express ideas, only being limit by the imagination.
For this project, I have chosen to do a book based on my personal portfolio that will showcase the work I have done as a digital artist. The portfolio will be a collection of work that I created in the last three years in digital paintings, illustration and photographs. The work is done through various computer programs such as Photoshop, Painter, Illustrator and Adobe Lightroom. Each program has a unique function and serves a different purpose. It all depends on the desired outcome and deliverable for which the work is intended.
Plan of Action
My plan is to create a book that will display all the different types’ of digital art that I have done in the last 3 years to present day. I want to have a different section that will display various illustrations and images depending on what program it was created on. The first section of the book will cover work done in Photoshop. These images will be a collection of photo manipulation, as well as photo overlays and line drawing coloring. The next section will focus on Painter, a more a traditional artist tool used for drawing and paint brushing with a digital pen on a tablet. In painter you can create unique images that cannot be reproduced easily in other programs, the illustrations here will have a mosaic feel and texture. The following section will consist of images done in Illustrator. Illustrator is a graphic software used mainly to create vector graphics, cartoons and fonts for photorealistic layouts of Adobe Photoshop. The last section will have various pictures that I have taken and edited in Lightroom. Lightroom is an image management and editing program, which helps organize, import, sort and finally output for processing in print and web.
The idea behind this book is to give the viewer a sense of what can be accomplished with digital art, through various computer programs. The book will allow the viewer to submerge themselves in the digital world and get a sense of the advancements in digital mediums through digital paintings, illustration, and photography. The goal of this book is to also serve as a standalone gallery of my artwork, which showcases my growth and technological knowledge in digital media.
The resources needed for this book will be a computer, an external hard drive, and a digital camera. The computer will help edit the images into a book manageable form and also host the program to layout the book program. The external hard drive is the key component, facilitating the transfer and save data from different computers. The digital camera will be used to photograph a couple of projects that now only exist in print form.
The book project is an opportunity to showcase my work professionally and at the same time serves as an artistic portfolio. The main goal overall is to create something that people can enjoy and take the time to view with attention and analyze its content. I want to create this book not only to display my work but to show my personal growth and diversity as an artist in the digital medium.