Uwf has a
lot of flowers around campus. I’m planning to focus on that aspect of the
landscape and explore gardens around campus. I plan to visit the
Camellia Garden on campus, the nature trails, and any other spots I can find
around campus with nature. Research: I'm planning to draw some inspiration from artist Andy Goldsworthy. Instead, I would use flowers and I found most of his artwork to not include flowers. He used more rigid rough things like sticks, leaves, or rocks. http://visualmelt.com/Andy-Goldsworthy https://www.americancamellias.com/about-american-camellia-society/american-camellia-trail-gardens/gulf-coast-camellia-trail-gardens/university-of-west-florida-camellia-garden
Places I'll go: Camellia gardens, nature trails around campus, and other various gardens I can find on campus. Flowers I pass walking to class.
Planning: I plan to gather together images of the flowers and create a digital artwork. I will then make my own web page from it and have it accessible thru my blog to see the artwork. After going out and getting my first set of photos I was displeased with the quality of the camellia garden on campus and I also went to another garden by the uwf radio station. This one was very un-taken care of and seemed to be a hangout spot rather then an actual garden. Lots of cabbage was ate up and things were dead. I explored the nature trails and instead have created two artworks that I hope to visually stimulating and focusing on textures in nature and Photoshop's ability to manipulate this.
Project One: Chimeras, Hybrids, and Monsters, oh my!
For this project, I wanted to incorporate scenery backgrounds with a hybrid mixed
creature. I mostly just picked whatever animals that came to mind, or ones I hadn’t seen done
before. The background images are all taken by me, in Italy and Austria this summer. I don’t like
taking peoples images online and would rather make use of my own images. I focus towards
photography, so this is also why. Getting back into Photoshop has been great, I used a few
different tools for this project. I used the brush tool to make all my shadows. I tried my best to
blend the animals together as I could, and am overall happy with the turnout.
I found using my own backgrounds to be easier, because then I just had to get images of
the animals and selected those one by one to bring to the specific background. I wanted a range
of animals to be apart of the project. I involved some land, sea, and even one mythological, the
dragon. I didn’t want it to look to busy and didn’t want to overwhelm myself with too many
Photoshop techniques. I’m excited to learn more about this massive program!