Manet Sullied

Manet Sullied is a different than most of the digital composites that I feature. It was created for purely aesthetic reasons and has no political or social justice motives. Also the piece uses very few elements. Continue reading Manet Sullied

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Typesetting

Typesetting is a fairly involved digital composite that incorporates several mediums and a lot of repetition. The series of photographs is probably the most noticeable of the mediums due to the white border highlighting the main part of the image. Continue reading Typesetting

Textured Electric Saxophone, alternately titled TexElec

Textured Electric Saxophone is not, by my definition, a digital composite. But it is digital art. This piece was created from a 17 x 11 inch misprint of a saxophone wood block I carved. The image with the two saxophones flipped and overlapping was very interesting to me so I brought it home and scanned it into my computer. My scanner can’t handle images that large so I scanned it twice and pieced it back together in Photoshop. On the left side of the image under the reed of the aqua colored saxophone the bell of the upside down and reversed lime colored sax is still visible and just a trace of the reed below the bell of the aqua sax.  Continue reading Textured Electric Saxophone, alternately titled TexElec

Under Watchful Eyes

This digital composite combines a wallpaper design created by Claude Bragdon accessed through the New York Public Library’s Digital Collection, a photograph taken by me of a small machine at work with my phone, a photograph from Lewis Hine taken in 1924, and effects from Photoshop were applied to the different elements of the image multiple times. The original photograph from Hine, as well as the small original design from Bragdon, can be viewed here. Continue reading Under Watchful Eyes

Two Women

This digital composite is a bit more “artsy” than is typical and only includes 1 photographic element – an old photograph by Alfred Stieglitz a photographer and gallery owner who is currently at least as well known for being Georgia O’Keeffe’s husband.  The other element is a crayon life drawing which, like the photograph, has been heavily manipulated with Photoshop effects.  Continue reading Two Women

Life is a Beach

The Life is a Beach digital composite is another piece I created for Target Resistance and which uses a lot of different elements from a variety of sources. The background is composed of different sections of an abstract painting on paper and divided digitally. The sun, moon, planes, and compass (far bottom left corner) are all graphic elements from Photoshop as are the targets inside those elements. Continue reading Life is a Beach

Paired Digital Composites: Girl and Boy

These two digital composites are titled simply Girl and Boy because this type of composite is unlikely to be repeated with other boys and girls in the future but I do like the idea of doing commissioned portraiture in this manner. The girl, Evelyn Casey, and the boy, Phillip Sowa, both sat for photographer and sociologist Lewis Hine. Hine is best known for his photographic documentation … Continue reading Paired Digital Composites: Girl and Boy

Target Fear

Target Fear is a digital composite I created to share in the group Target Resistance and includes a black and white photograph from Dorothea Lange and one I arranged and photographed with a digital camera. From Lange’s photograph I took only the two women and applied photography software effects to really simplify their presence. I wanted the protective, or supportive, huddle and for them to … Continue reading Target Fear

Dividing Green

The background is photograph taken with my phone of pieces of painted paper bisected by a strip of masking tape running across each one. The paper rectangles were arranged, more or less haphazardly, on top of the over painted surface of a work table. I used Photoshop to soften and blur the background and picked up a green shade from the paint on the table to use for the 3 lines of color that run behind the human figures. Continue reading Dividing Green

Dead End

Dead End is another new Digital Composite which only uses two images but several photography software effects. The original photograph by Eli Reed, which can be seen here, contains a whole spectrum of gray tones. I wanted far fewer mid-values and the resulting higher contrast between the white and black was accomplished with software. I then printed that image and cut out the window panes … Continue reading Dead End