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Heartfelt Guitarist

Heartfelt Guitarist
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I fear I'm slouching ever closer to "digital artist" as I manipulate my photos is fairly dramatic fashion. I've not gotten to the point of gross alteration - except in one photo of cunningminx where I removed a clear-plastic drink and straw from the foreground, which required re-building her arm - but I'm starting to paint directly on photos in Photoshop.

Take this one for example. See that upper left corner? Yeah. It was white when I started. I was all, "I think that white corner distracts from his face and guitar. IMA Remove It!" So I did. Would anyone really have noticed? not really... it's just there taunting me, saying "You're not a photographer anymore." And I'm thinking, "does it really matter?" I've got it in my head that not everyone can be a photographer but everyone can be a digital artist. I have NO IDEA where this belief came from.

Probably because I still really want to be an actual hand-to-paper artists. But, you know, no skill. No fine motor control.

THE BEST FLOWERE EVER DRAWN
Sure, it's all rather ridiculous. Still. I'm CRAZY strange.

Bah, I say. The photo looks dramatically better without that white, yo.

Post script. ralinad: That sharpening technique you recommended is the bee's knee's. Hard to get just right though, fo sho'.

Post-post script. No house for now. We're gonna sit on it for a few months. I stand to earn a substantial amount of money in the next six months with certification bonuses and re-allocated savings structures. We would have had to settle just past "too much" for me to be OK with the house we'd build. We'll see in six months? that's still enough time to build and move by the end of our lease.

Post Post-script script.

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rianwyn From: rianwyn Date: May 7th, 2008 01:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Your hand-drawn art isn't bad! Even *I* can see that you drew a rotating fan!
*wink*
abmann From: abmann Date: May 7th, 2008 01:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
rianwyn From: rianwyn Date: May 7th, 2008 01:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
Honestly, though... is there any reason you can't be both a photographer *and* a graphic artist?
I mean, fuck, you might get a gallery show.
abmann From: abmann Date: May 7th, 2008 02:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
No. In my brain, being a graphic artist is just a lesser form of art. Cuz everyone can do it, yo. Obviously.
rianwyn From: rianwyn Date: May 7th, 2008 02:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
Your brain is so funny.

(Not funny ha-ha.)
abmann From: abmann Date: May 7th, 2008 02:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
No, my brain is funny "ha ha" too.
rianwyn From: rianwyn Date: May 7th, 2008 02:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
A ha!
I finally *get* one of your pop culture/TV icons!

*does a dance*
abmann From: abmann Date: May 7th, 2008 02:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
I watch WAY too much TV.
rianwyn From: rianwyn Date: May 7th, 2008 04:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't watch *enough*!!
tyskkvinna From: tyskkvinna Date: May 7th, 2008 02:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
I will admit that I have that drilled in my head as well. Which is why I avoid doing any particular manipulations to my images. The things you can do, though! And suddenly you realise it's nowhere near being a photograph anymore. But it LOOKS like a photo..... labels, labels, stupid labels.
abmann From: abmann Date: May 7th, 2008 02:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
Agreed! Labels suck.

Are they really photographs when they are digital to start?
tyskkvinna From: tyskkvinna Date: May 7th, 2008 03:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have had this conversation as well -- a lot in my head, and some with my students when I was teaching a photography class at the Art Institute.

I guess... I'm not a purist. I don't care if you use photoshop or a DIY pinhole or hell, wet plates. To me a photographer is somebody who sees... and who has the ability to share that image. Unfortunately some people can study photography for their entire life and not "get" it, no matter the technical skill.

.... my students never really liked that answer.
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abmann From: abmann Date: May 7th, 2008 06:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
Fair enough. I just see everyone dickering with photoshop and spin out magnificent work that I can't figure out how to do. I hate them. All of them. And will eat their brains. o_
From: natural_path Date: May 7th, 2008 02:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
This is what lead me to drop out of the digital design program I was in 5 years ago.
And now Im going to be a doctor, a doctor who arts.

abmann From: abmann Date: May 7th, 2008 02:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
What lead to it? The labels or the contention between "photographer" and "digital artist"?

Ohh. Doctor of art means you get to charge way more for your artwork that no one will buy. Keen!
From: natural_path Date: May 7th, 2008 02:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
well, i was more into the digital aspect of it, photoshop, illustrator, flash. but I couldn't do well in the required drawing/"real" art classes, and I felt there was too much of a transition-less divide between the two.

and im not going to be a doctor of art, im going to be a physician, who arts. =p
abmann From: abmann Date: May 7th, 2008 03:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ohhh... well then. You'll be too rich to BOTHER selling art.
seventyeleventy From: seventyeleventy Date: May 7th, 2008 04:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks.

Now my entire morning has been consumed with reading webcomics about talking mushrooms and chickens.

Damn you for giving me such good entertainment!
abmann From: abmann Date: May 7th, 2008 04:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
So funny!
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abmann From: abmann Date: May 7th, 2008 06:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
You are, of course, entirely right. Yet me brain demolishes your argument as follows: he's wrong.

Oh Noes!

I used to be WAY more hung up on this than I am currently. Ultimately, I don't care waht anyone else calls it. I think they're still photos. Buh?
medeine From: medeine Date: May 7th, 2008 06:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
I *like* it.
It's art.
I don't care what you call it - photography, digital artistry, mixed media. (Then again, I'm not big on definitions - they have a tendency to limit things!)
You used tools available to you along with your artistic gifts and studies and skills to *create* something that evokes a particular sentiment, or mood, or makes a statement.

And, for the record, my 11-year-old daughter just said (spontaneously) your drawing of a flower is "cool". :D
abmann From: abmann Date: May 7th, 2008 07:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Your daughter has good taste!

I think you may have defined the art-making process perfectly there. And, sure, labels are entirely unnecessary what art is art and I gave up trying to define what art is many moons ago.
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