May 3, 2008

Saturday May 3, 2008


I love using Adobe Photoshop. I use it most of the time to edit the RAW files from my dSLR (or at least when I’m not too lazy). It helps me color correct and brighten up dark photos, etc. Such a wonderful product…..consumes my computers resources like crazy but still a good program nonetheless.

Last semester, I took a computer imaging class that mainly used Adobe Illustrator. Seeing how I only had photoshop for my dell laptop, I decided to buy a copy of Adobe CS3 suite (at student price which is really cheap compared to retail price) for my macbook (on loan from my workplace) that way I can dedicate a machine for Adobe.

I love Illustrator. It’s tools are very similar to Photoshop but also functions differently. I’m not going to go into the technical stuff but I really love using Illustrator. To me, it helps me “draw” with the computer something that I’ve never been able to do in Photoshop because of the lack of control my mouse has over the paintbrush.

Anyway, I just felt like talking about Illustrator because last night, I spent more than 8 hours drawing out meme’s wedding lobsters and it reminded me of how much fun I have working with illustrator to create cute images. Her lobsters are the first non-classwork illustrations I worked on and it felt nice to actually do art outside of school (and on my own, though I guess I do a bit of photography work too….).

Anyway, one of the things I had wanted to do was share some of the stuff I worked on in my classes so far. While I can just post them all in one post, I decided to just put one up each day so I can force myself to blog a little more.

The first one is my first computer imaging project. I guess you can say I was still exploring what Illustrator had to offer and I managed to create this:

alice dream

I got the idea from reading Alice in Wonderland. It’s also a bit influenced by the Chinese philosopher, Zhuangzi, who talked about his dream where he was a butterfly but when he woke up, wasn’t sure if he dreamt he was a butterfly or if he is a butterfly dreaming that he is Zhuangzi. Very interesting stuff.

But yea, in Alice in Wonderland (or was it Through the Looking Glass), there was a part where one of the characters told Alice that they cannot wake up the King of Hearts because he is dreaming and that they are a creation of his dream. That kinda creates a confusion to the readers because all along, we assume that this is all a part of Alice’s dream. So who’s the dreamer and who is the dream?

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  • Reply mr_ekim May 3, 2008 at 4:37 am

    Neat picture!

    I’m also reminded of Echer’s “Drawing Hands” when I look at this. Where do dreams begin and reality end?

    I’m going to have to pick up a copy of CS3 eventually, I’m limping by with and Picassa for RAWs, which is terrrrrrrible.

  • Reply nickole May 3, 2008 at 6:08 am

    oh man! that is pretty neat. one of these days, you really have to show me how you create these things! they look so awesome!

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