So while everyone else spent their weekends getting married, engaged, making babies etc (thank you for that, Facebook), I made this thing. And I want to share my love thing with everyone. So go ahead and give it a download (link a bit below) and protea-fy your computer and phone because our national flower is just that beautiful.
Click on the size below to download, then save as…
DESKTOP: 4:3 Fullscreen // 16:9 Widescreen (recommended)
PHONE: 450 x 800 slim (iPhone 6 etc) // 500 x 750 wider
ARTWORK PROCESS // DETAILS
The artwork was all done in Photoshop using a Wacom Intuos Pro and a variety of PS brushes, finished off with a bit of background paper texture.
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Photo/mock up credit: Carlos Martínez
Adele has just recently released her single ‘Hello’, taken from her new album, 25, (release date: 20 November).
The song is great. Like really. Which is why I decided to pull out my (rather dusty) inks and brushes and while listening to this goosebumping song far too many times, I did an Adele-portrait-meets-lyrics piece.
I ended up simplifying the original artwork in Photoshop because there was just too much text… this should explain why not all the lyrics made it on in the end. But that’s just the fine print. Who reads fine print anyway? (I’m joking)
I started the painting as an A3 landscape (I’m not sure why that made sense at the time) which was just a bit too big to fit in my scanner at the end. So the only way to really digitise it (other than photographing, but that’s not accurate enough) was to scan in the image half a side at a time, left then right with enough overlap each time. And yay Photoshop (and Google for showing me the answer) and its highly impressive automatic stitching command: Photomerge (File > Automate > Photomerge).
1. I was originally going to manually try match up and layer the two scans myself – this would’ve taken a lot more time, effort and inaccuracy.
2. This shows the stitching that PS did by itself. Pretty incredible. I pulled the two pieces apart just to show how it merged the two separate images so perfectly together. I initially thought it was already flattened because it looked so natural.
3. How it looked immediately after it finished rendering the Photomerge. SEAMLESS!!
Final artwork ^^
Reminiscent of Billy Joel’s Piano Man actually…
The original artwork scanned in (more text – but it looked too much like a beard so I erased it)
Adele se oogbolletjies. (detail)
In case you STILL haven’t heard it…
There seems to be an increasing number of Buzzfeed posts or Elite Dailies on social media focusing on the trials, confusions, good thangs, bad thangs and general common traits supposedly experienced in your 20’s.
In particular though, my timeline has had a lot about being 23 (because many of my friends have been chugging away at this age for some time already…. #hipsters). Posts like: “23 reasons nobody likes turning 23”, “23 real-life struggles of being 23” and the likes…
So as my 23rd birthday approached, and the 23rd of January drew closer, I decided I’d record my own experiences, thoughts and understandings for the first 23 days of being this young/old/present/absent.
My idea is to document/doodle/illustrate/write/collage the most significant thought or happening of the day – and date it – to capture these initial days of being a 23 year-old, living by myself in Johannesburg, entering my second year post-varsity and with a fresh (but long distance) relationship on my mind.
The intention is to blog and Instagram the image, a tagline and then a brief explanation/ expansion about the day, each day.
The twenty threedom title plays on the word freedom (because we’re in the age of independence) and the Afrikaans word dom (meaning stupid or clueless – because we don’t have it/much/most/anything really figured out right now).