Andy Warhol(a) & My Interpretation

My Warhol

Andy Warhol’s big idea was making art out of “every day” items. Things that anyone can have access to, Campbell soup cans were his more iconic subjects of art. I chose to use my first place ribbon from the Equestrian team because this is a symbol that represents me as a member of the Ohio State team and it means a whole lot to me as a whole. It’s the culmination of a lot of hard work throughout the semester. I also believe that the other girls on the team would be able to connect with this design, as well.

My use of Photoshop as a tool to create this image is similar to what Warhol did because he liked to use machinery to create art, and Photoshop could be considered a type of machine.

I enjoyed creating this. 🙂

Blend Modes


Causes a disintegrating effect between the blend modes.

See “Cat Corrupting Dog” above.


In the following families of Blend Modes, Black or White is considered to be the “neutral” color. The far left is the blend mode that highlights the black/white the least, furthest to the right seems to highlight each the “most”.

The center image creates a “50% gray” effect where the white/black becomes “invisible”.

Top images (from left to right): Lighten, Screen, Color Dodge, Linear Dodge, Lighter Color.

Bottom Images: Darken, Multiply, Color Burn, Linear Burn, Darker Color.

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In the following family of blend modes, the top layer seems to adapt to the bottom layer by steadily blending the colors together. The deeper you get into the family, the more the outline of the bottom layer comes out, since there is a black background to the blue smoke.

Top images (from left to right): Overlay, Soft Light, Hard Light

Bottom images (from left to right): Vivid Light, Linear Light, Pin Light, Hard Mix

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The following family of blend modes has to do with color and luminosity. Hue applies the color of the top layer to the bottom layer. Saturation and Color do nearly the same, but with varying degrees of applied saturation. Luminosity applies the colors from the bottom layer to the top layer.

Top images: Hue and Saturation

Bottom images: Color and Luminosity

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The final family has to do with where each color lies on the color wheel. I’m not seeing much of a difference between Difference and exclusion, unless exclusion is “excluding” specific shades that I cannot see. Subtract and Divide seem to do something similar to previous blend modes as far as applying things between top/bottom layers.

Top images: Difference and Exclusion

Bottom images: Subtract and Divide

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FINAL PROJECT – Russia Postcard

We had choice of a medium for our final project. I chose to create a postcard of a place. I had initially chosen to do a fictional place from Doctor Who, but struggled finding images that would work. I decided, for the sake of time management, to go with a common place that images would be easy to find. Here is my Russia postcard. I really enjoyed finding the images for this one and putting it all together.




Workspace Screenshots:




Images Used:

Nesting Dolls Eurasian Brown Bear Kremlin 1 Statue Kremlin 2 Vodka Beach

Geometric Collage

Finished Product

During Week 5, we explored creating geometric collages, as seen in posters on walls usually. Once I finished the cutouts and aligned them, I wanted to play with some blend modes, as well. I added a smoky, pixely texture over the whole thing to make it seem a bit starry. I also added a white-based paint ripple and used the linear burn blend mode to burn the colors of the paint into the sky, creating a neat effect. Afterwards, I masked the ripples off of the grass and bushes make it look a bit more clean. I hope you like it!



My Little World

For week 3 of our digital art class, we created what are called “tiny worlds”. You take a panoramic image and essentially fold it onto itself with the help of our lovely Adobe program. Once you do that and recreate the pieces of the sky that doesn’t stretch to the corners, your superimpose yourself into that image in a dimension where it seems like you’re standing on top of your world.

A part of our project is to describe what our world entails with some questions:


How do you relate to your space? Are you connected/disconnected to your space?

I relate to my space as follows — Home: I am mother, significant other and friend. Work: I am employee, manager and, also, friend. School: I am a student, classmate, teammate and, you guessed it, Friend!

I don’t feel I am ever really disconnected from my spaces. With technology as prevalent as it is, it is always possible to stay connected to the people that are in your “world”.

Is location limited to geography?

I mostly answered this in my previous response. Technology allows us to always be mobile. We can be there for a friends thousands of miles away. I can connect with my eldest daughter even though she is hundreds of miles away. I can fix an issue at work without having to drive back at 10:30pm when I had just left.


For my tiny world, I took a panorama of the yard at my work: UPS. I also superimposed my youngest daughter and I into that world. I was unable to insert anything from the Equestrian team (I could have worn a shirt, but didn’t think about that at the time). When I’m not at work or school, I am with my daughter — That is my world.


Screenshot of Workspace

My Completed Tiny World

Tattoo Lady with new Hair and Eyes

New Version

In order to change the color of her eyes I found a video online after a Google search. I selected her eyes using the elliptical marquee, feathered the selection, then added a black and white adjustment layer, then selected the green filter preset. Once that was finished, I adjusted the layer mask to touch up the edges around the eyes. I then added a solid color adjustment layer, then created a clipping mask, blend mode changed to “Color” in order to only change the color of the eyes versus the entire selection. Finally, I added a curves adjustment layer to “increase the contrast on the eyes”.

For the hair, I followed along (mostly) with a video by Photoshopcafe on Youtube where I created a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer. This wasn’t working super well because of how sketchy my edges were in the hair trim-around and her drastically multicolored hair. Once I changed most of her hair to a blue hue, I used a low opacity brush on the mask in order to clean up the harsh lines.


Tutorial for eyes:

Tutorial for hair:

Principles of Design & Elements of Art

During Week 6 in Digital Art we explored the Principles of Design and Elements of Art. This is my interpretation of what they mean:


The Principles of Design


The placement of what you see within the frame.

Evenly balanced? Counter balanced?



The difference between aspects of a piece of art.

Light/Dark. Male/Female. Many/Few.

There are no limits to what can be contrasted.



Stark contrast that causes the “subject” to be almost too obvious.

Modeled by Harley Q.



The path your eyes are encouraged/forced to take within the art.



Shapes, forms, or designs set in a way that a pattern is formed.



The difference in size/amount of two or more objects.


Alignment (Repetition)

How items/subjects are aligned within the piece.



How subjects come together to form a unit.


The Elements of Art


The literal or visual lines found in the piece of art.



The way that 2-D shapes are used within the frame.



The use of minimal (one color?) within a piece.



The various shades of a “color”.



A 3-dimensional shape. It has volume.



The “feel” of the subject.



The way in which subjects take up (or don’t take up) the space within the piece.

The Curs-ed Tattoo Lady & the Fantastical Lava Field

Let’s start with the Fantastical Lava Field. For this project, we were given an image of a lava field and asked to replace two aspects of the photograph with two things that do not belong. I chose to remove the horizon and replace it with a sunset from another image. I also took out the patch of moss on the field and insert a small puddle with a ripple and flower.

What I found to be most difficult about this assignment was perfecting my feathering technique. As you can see, that technique is not yet too great.

After that was completed, we created three more versions of the finished product using other methods in Photoshop. I chose:

PosterizeHue & Saturation Grayscale

Now, on to the curs-ed Tattoo Lady. I think finishing this project actually took me two months. I struggled with covering up her tattoos. The freckles were fairly simple and disappeared using the Spot Healing Brush. However, her tattoos required painting, texturing, spot healing, deleting, redoing..and a couple of headaches.

Here is the completed product on a new layer of a black and white ballroom. I chose this layer simply because I thought it looked pretty neat and would be a drastic change from the colorful, eye-catching background she initially called Home.

The Tattoo Lady in her new Realm