In this project, we will use the photo-manipulation tools in Photoshop to create self-portraits. You are asked to develop an image that communicates your "identity" as a "mythological" character.
The definition of "mythological" character is broadly interpreted. You may use traditonal mythologies or create your own personal mythology. Either way, you should include costume and symbols that best communicate your identity.
Brainstorm & start with a photo
Start by considering what aspect of your identity you want to emphasize. There is no right or wrong. Do a wide range of thumbnail sketches to try out different compositions. Once a composition is settled upon, assume your character in both costume, location, and body language (as is possible). Take many photographs from many angles to have lots of choices.
Adjust color and add elements & symbols
Choose the best photo which has a solid composition as well as a communicates your idea. Begin adding in the needed elements that could not be shot in the original image. Begin to adjust the colors and composition.
Transform & add details/texture and lighting
Lastly, use the transform, brush, and texture map tools to bring your new reality to life.
- 20 pts. - Content - How does your image address your personality?
- 20 pts. - Composition - Is your composition dynamic? Does it have a foreground, mid-ground, and background.
- 20 pts. - Craftsmanship - Is your image seamless? Can you tell it's been "shopped"?
- 20 pts. - Creativity - How original is your overall image? How did you make it unique?
- 20 pts. - Utilizes the following tools:
- 5 points - Transform tool (scale, distort, flip, etc.)
- 5 points - Selection tools (to effectively cut out individual elements)
- 5 points - Image Mode Layers (hue layer, layer opacity, etc)
- 5 points - Rubber stamp or paint tools (to create original elements)