Historical Wedding Crashing!

At the historical wedding of actress Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier III of Monaco!

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                                                          On the set of The Godfather for the famous “day of his daughter’s wedding”!

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Here I am for Kate’s big day with Will. Couldn’t be more proud.

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                                                                             Having a drink with the present day wedding crashers!

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An Alien Angle

An Alien Angle
Project #2

25 September 2013

 

The lens that I decided to put on this project mirrors the lens of my view in the fact that we are taking a new object and viewing it in a new light. The artifacts that I decided to use are designed in a way so they are artistically pleasing as well as serving a practical function. I decided to break the common thought that “if there are aliens out there, they must be way more intelligent than us!”

I used the perspective of an alien race that made their way to planet earth, and discovered the human race extinct due to some type of natural disaster. This forced the not-so-bright aliens to come up with their own conclusions on what the artifacts were, and what the use for them was. I took the photographs in the way they would have been if they were in a type of earth artifact museum set up by the aliens, and the didactic texts were written as explanations to be paired with the artifacts in the museum.

When creating my work, I used little outside research but a considerable amount of brainstorming on an interesting, whimsical idea to keep the project fun and appealing. The cloth was extremely wrinkly, so I did enlist the help of a couple YouTube tutorials on how to smooth out a wrinkly background. An obstacle I encountered while working was the fact that the white background I shot on came out a very dirty yellow color, so after getting the wrinkles out I used a slight white color overlay to clean it up and give it more of a museum feel to it. I used only Photoshop to construct the images.

I began by separating the image from the background and played with the lighting and contrast on both the object and the background until it popped. I also decided to crop down the images into perfect square to give it that perfectionist neatness that my alien creations would approve of. Next, I refined the edge of the backgrounds, smoothed out the wrinkles using the clone stamp tool, as well as the eyedropper to get a color I liked, then the brush tool to go over the top and bottom of the work. Finally I added a little more shadow to the bottom of each object with a black paint brush tool and faded it back, then copied the actual object and flipped it vertically and faded it back to give it the reflective bottom appearance – which I was really excited about and felt finished the composition off the right way. I would spend more time next time on making the lines a bit clearer where the floor of the background meets the wall because through my editing it came out too blurry.

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http://www.siliconrepublic.com/fs/img/fireteam_desktop.jpg

 

I got inspiration from looking at this picture made by Bungee and Activision, as well as other digital videogame concept art. I feel like the themes of this picture relate to this project’s lens because we see things like armor and gun weapons that are familiar to us, but we are still looking at them with an outside eye. These things are everyday objects to the aliens, but when we see them with a new eye, and no preconceived notions, we may miss the mark completely on what they are if we had to take our best guess.

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http://tapiture.com/image/optical-illusion-digital-art-by-sven-sauer-2

 

This composition by Sven Sauer is very interesting to me, and I enjoy the optical illusion effect it has. The way that I feel it fits into my lens is that there are different ways you can look at it, just like there are different ways someone can look at an object. This work embodies one of Gestalt’s principles of good figure; you see an object one way until you realize the other form it takes, then you can see that other form clearly without trying – even when it was invisible to you beforehand. For my objects, it was easy for the aliens to see a gameball, when if they had been directed to the fact that it was actually a wine cork, it would have made perfect sense. Same goes with the good luck statue – a piggy bank; the poison hunting spears – animal pens; the transgender fighting tool – a bottle opener; and the tooth holder – an incense burner. This all goes with my idea that people can perceive one object in various different ways. 

Human Artifacts

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This “L” Ball is quite an interesting artifact we found in the human ruins. We formulate that it was used in a dim-witted human game where they take sticks and ram them into sphere-like objects with letters on them. This accounts for the scratches on the sides and near the “L”. The sponge-like material on the underside may have been a teething apparatus for the infantile humanoids to partake in, absent mothering figures. Appears to have seen heavy use.

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We have reasoned that this earth relic is a depiction of a species of land animal due to it being a tetrapod and the presence of eyes along with a food consummation orifice. This statue was most likely a good luck charm carried by a humanoid in the habitat-painting profession. It was most likely a neutral color but the constant painting has stained the object in a non-purposeful manner, which explains the disorganized unfinished outer layer. The hole on the back was most certainly used to carry primitive brush-like painting devices.

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Here we find another statue depicting the proportions of an average humanoid male. However, this male is adorning clothing that we only recovered on the remains of female beings. This leads us to hypothesis that it was carried by an asexual being, who wanted to fuse the two genders together to make himself feel more like a part of society. Most likely these were made by the “third” gender out of various metals and distributed between them as a weapon. This served as a means of defending against the majority of “normal” humanoids that discriminated against them. The device was held in the hand of the humanoid minority with the sharp screw protruding in between the four fingers and was probably used to stab at soft tissue areas like the sight orifices of threatening forces.

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These two objects were recovered from what we postulate was a master hunter’s dwelling. These were unquestionably used by hunters to attack and take down the animals depicted on the handle of the crude carvings on the very tool. The human race used the carvings as a vision board, holding the model of the exact animal they desired to kill in their hand, which allowed them to envision holding the real animal in their hands – thus seeing the positive outcome before it happened; we have seen this in past visits on cave walls. The sharp tip was used to pierce the animal’s skin and a type of black or blue poison then seeps into the animal, paralyzing, then killing the prey. This is actually something quite ingenious from such an unintelligent species.

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Here we find something of great craftsmanship and detail. This was used as a collection appliance for when the humanoids lose their first set of “teeth”. As we have found in our dissections, this species had an original set of teeth that falls out at an early age before reproducing their adult set. The parent generation would collect the teeth of the new generation and place them in such a jar due to a tradition that had to do with some type of fairy being. On the top half of the jar is a depiction of one of the human young, around the one-year-old age. The apparent “toothless” smile signifies that the teeth are inside the jar. Only the top class plebeian owned these jars according to our research.

Conor’s Blog

Conman’s Concepts
Project #1

September 5th, 2013

I enjoy a good laugh. With all the serious issues going on in the world we see, it’s nice to take a mental break – at least for a moment before having to dive back into the chaos of everyday life. In my view, I want to intrigue or bring a little light to someone with whimsical and humorous ideas, photoshoping elements together that wouldn’t normally fit – like jellyfish dancing on a starry sky, or a picture of my girlfriend and my own face on the historical figures of Bonnie and Clyde.

When creating this blog, I searched through various other blogs for inspiration, and I immediately liked the idea of having a picture as the background as opposed to just a color. I feel as though it makes it more visually appealing a fun for the user. One obstacle I ran into with having my jellyfish as the background was the tiling affect; originally I made one picture with some of the jellyfish half-way on the sides. I changed this so it appears more seamless with a seemingly endless sea of jellyfish in the night sky.  So far the only sources used are of my original creation.

It took me a while to figure out and choose what exact lens that I wanted adopt a my own, but once I decided to go the route of humor and the “mental break from the monotony” route I became excited to work on artwork to add. I’m more excited than disappointed because as of date I don’t have many pieces already done, but I do have a new clean media that I will be able to start posting my work.

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http://tiagohoisel.cgsociety.org/gallery/757710/

This is a piece I found by photoshop artist Tiago Hoisel. I really enjoyed looking at the work up close with all the details put in; the artist said he spent over 40 hours making all the details come to life. This works into my lens because of it’s comical, lighthearted nature.

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http://www.behance.net/gallery/Walking/7645707
Here is another piece I found that I really like by Jerico Santander. I like how he incorporated the 3d qualities and worked with the metaphor that planets are alive. This also works its way into my lens because of the whimsical imagery in it.

 

About Me

2The name’s Conor Marsh. I was born in California and moved out to Virginia in middle school. After high school I spent a couple years going to school in DC and spent the last year working and taking classes at Northern Virginia community college.  As a fresh transfer student here at GMU I and am studying psychology with an interest in pursuing a graphic design minor. I have always been involved with art from a young age, with a background in traditional art such as drawing and painting. More recently I have shifted my intentions into using digital technologies such as photoshop and Sketchbook Pro. In addition to art, I enjoy film, acting, mythology and fitness.

Some of my work
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