As you may remember, this is a class in Image Manipulation and focuses on the using the free software GIMP. Our third assignment was to take an SL photo and reduce it to a more sketch-like image. The tutorial for this is here: http://www.pixel2life.com/
My first attempt was taken of ladies at the Garden of Evil. There will be a whole story on that place soon. In the mean time, I wasn't really overjoyed with my results and decided to have a go at a self portrait or two.
I tried again and came up with this one. Much better in my opinion, and I turned it in as my homework. I think the program did really well in reducing this to an almost line art image. There is some subtle shading but not nearly so much as in that first. It was a studio shot and I think it turned out great.
But just to show that not every studio shot turns out perfect either, I'm not really happy at all with this one. It may be the pose, or some of the odd shading in the neck, but I just don't like this one as much. If I needed this one I'd be taking it into Photoshop for some serious adjustment myself.
Assignment 4 went onward upward and a little retro. You can read the tutorial here: http://www.pixel2life.com/
viewtutorial/51214/using_gimp_ to_get_a_warhol_like_effect/ Andy Warhol may be best known for saying "Everyone will be famous for 15 minutes," but his print making and pop art left an indelible mark on America. His bold use of color and repetition is almost immediately recognizable.
This assignment isn't so much about stealing Uncle Andy's work as it is some very basic image manipulation. Done correctly you will end up with a complicated project, but one you understand and can still work with. I played with the zoom on the SL camera some to make sure I got a good look at the Stiletto Moody shoes.
The last assignment for Art 101 involved making 3 original works as a final exam (hopefully using what you've learned). But that's for another time.