Irrational Me

Irrational-Me

Couldn’t remember if I posted this one before.  This was my final project in my Drawing I class in 2012.  Graphite on a 18″ x 24″ paper.

-Jesse

PATIENCE YOU MUST HAVE my young padawan.”  –Yoda

Done is Done

JVanWagner_Full_Colorization

Ended up adding “God Rays” to the clouds in order to heighten the dramatic effect of the scene.  Placed a layer underneath everything else I’d done so far and filled it with white.  Placed a layer mask on the original image and using a soft edged Brush started erasing the original image away in small contained strokes.

-Jesse

“A picture is worth a thousand words.”  Napoleon Bonaparte

A Different Art History

Art_History_Concept_v0.0

Something I started several months ago and hope to restart soon.

-Jesse

“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.”  -Confucius

Sooner than Later

WIP_2

Just finished the portfolio gallery, now to complete the About and Contact sections.  So, close, so close.

-Jesse

“The best proof of love is trust.”  Joyce Brothers

A Storm is Brewing

Clouds_v0.5

Grey scale to color (Total Colorization)
Computer Art Project

eastern-colorado-skyraw

Beginning photograph, courtesy of Google search.

Clouds_v0.0

Using Photoshop

First thing I did was select the solid black color at the bottom with the Quick Selection tool, reversed the selection with Select>Inverse, and then added a Curves Adjustment layer.  This gave me a nice mask to work with.

I then began manipulating the colors until I got this warm reddish color.

Clouds_v0.1

The next thing I did was choose the Quick Selection tool again and made a second selection, this time choosing the sky behind the clouds.  I wasn’t overly concerned about getting a perfect selection in this step because I knew with the mask it creates, I could go in with a brush and fine tune the edges of the mask.  Which I began doing.

Clouds_v0.2

Here you can see the result of the fine tuning.  I was basically erasing the sky Curves Adjustment layer with the bright red.  This brought back the bright white from the original image, giving the clouds a nifty highlight to them.

Clouds_v0.3

I wanted the scene to be a warm red color, but I was unable to get the two Curve Adjustment layers to cool natural and still contrast.  So, I ended up going for a warm orangish color that I thought still looked natural.  Basically going back into both Curves Adjustment layers and tweaking the curves to get the right color.

I’m not too keen on which direction to move the curves to get the color I want, so it was more exploratory than anything.

I also added a Hue and Saturation Adjustment layer on top of everything to get a more even color across the whole image.  Trying to unify it more.

Clouds_v0.4

I added a Levels Adjustment layer under the Hue and Saturation layer to brighten the image up a bit, it was looking a bit dark and I wanted those holes in the clouds to really pour in bright light.  My teacher suggested using another image and introducing rays of light slipping through the holes in the clouds, that’ll be my next step.

-Jesse

“The secret of your future is hidden in your daily routine. ”  -Mike Murdock

Sunset with Minimal

TreeMan_v0.6

Not 100% happy with how it turned out.  I think I should have kept it all photographs or the painterly effect.  Either that or find a better way to blend the two together more seamlessly/naturally.  Regardless a learning experience it was.

-Jesse

“Once we accept our limits, we go beyond them.”  -Albert Einstein

Around the Majestic

Around-the-Majestic

Virtual College Center
Fayetteville Technical Community College

A photograph from my Photography I class (Fall 2013).  Been going through all my artwork over the last couple years while getting my portfolio ready and came across this one.  Don’t think I’ve ever posted it on my blog and I really liked the circular flowing lines in the foreground, mixed with the over-exposed lights.

-Jesse

“Never live in the past but always learn from it.”  -Unknown

Portfolio in Progress

WIP_1

Working on my website www.jessevanwagner.com using webflow.  Just spent two hours making thumbnails for all my images.  Good times.

-Jesse

“If you can’t make something better, just smile and laugh.”  Unknown

Reflection in Progress

TreeMan_v0.4

Retaking Computer Art class seeing as I didn’t finish last semester.  Our first assignment is just to use the either Photoshop or Gimp to create computer art, no specifications other than to do our best and try to impress the teacher.  I decided to go with my photo-manipulation style I enjoy so much, this time though, I’m using the mixer brush to blend the elements together to give it a more painterly feel.

TreeMan_v0.1

I had this idea of a forest growing out of someones hair (original inspiration is from one of mom’s charcoal pieces), searched through my reference images and found this guy.  I found a picture of silhouetted trees online and used a Quick Mask (and an odd shaped brush at 100% opacity) to get rid of the background (also selected the layer afterward and went over everything with a black).

Rotating and enlarging/shrinking the trees using the Transform Tool (ensuring to duplicate the masked tree image using the “Ctrl + J” shortcut to preserve the original).

Created the layer behind him and roughly painted in the background using the Eyedropper Tool to select the colors from the image.

TreeMan_v0.2

Getting the feel of the balance of the trees (more the weight of the color against the rest of the canvas than anything).  I also started using the Perspective option of the Transform Tool to align the trees just so.

You can see my use of the Mixer Brush to start blending the hard edges of the colors I painted in the background together.

TreeMan_v0.4

The grey color extending up to the top of the image was the last thing I did.  I noticed after I saved it that the black was weighing the image too heavily on the top half so I brought that little grey strip from the original image up using the Eyedropper to select the color and brush to paint it in.

I noticed too that the grey line also pushes all the dark trees into the mid/background with his hat and pulls the focal point (his face) back into the foreground.

Win win.

-Jesse

“Life is a mirror and will reflect back to the thinker what he thinks into it.”  -Ernest Holmes

Old thefro3po Banner

TheFro-banner_v3PO

Banner I made for my old blogspot account.
#TBT

-Jesse

“Believe deep down in your heart that you’re destined to do great things.”  -Joe Paterno