Part 3 - Still-Life Collage and Painting
The studio part of the still-life problem consists in making an optical-value collage and a five-value painting from your still life photo. These will stress interpretation of value.
Open your PSD file <sec-lastname-still-life.psd>(with layers). Make just the original photo visible.
original photo image
Apply Image/Adjustment/Posterize for 5 values.
posterized five values
Use the eyedropper (to select various values to be the foreground color, as you need them) and then use the paintbrush tool to smooth out value areas in preparation for making an optical-value collage. With just this layer visible, Save As <lastname-07-posterized-simplified.jpg>.
simplified five-value version
(reference for collaging)
Now, use your object-selection, wall, and table layers to create a simplified version of the still life where the objects are white, middle gray and black, the table is dark gray and the wall is light gray. ith just this layer visible, Save As <lastname-08-silhouettes.jpg>. This is the version that you will paint.
five-value silhoutted version (reference for painting)
Close your <sec-lastname-still-life.psd> file without saving changes so it will be unmodified.
Convert your image files 01, 07 and 08 to PDF format. Print one copy of 01 and 07, and three copies of 08 (five total prints) at a copy shop - FedEx Office or Campus Copy - or other. Be sure that the actual printed images come out at the right size (10x15 inches) and not enlarged to fill the paper. Print on heavy paper so that you can cut out stencils.
One copy of 08 will be kept intact for reference; the other two copies will be used to cut up as stencils during the collage and painting processes.
Do your paint mixing to get white, light gray (6 white dots to one black), middle gray (4 white dots to one black), dark gray (2 white dots to one black), and black. Be sure to mix in matte medium.
On a piece of Bristol Paper, draw a centered rectangle 10X15 inches. Tape outside the frame with blue tape so you will get a clean edges.
Lightly draw your "horizon" line. Paint your wall going just a bit beyond the line. Let it dry. (You can speed up the process with a hair dryer.)
Now tape the line and paint the table top (going slightly over the tape). Let it dry and then remove the tape. Before proceeding, make sure that it is fully dry!
From your two extra copies of the 08 photo, you should be able to cut one each of the three objects (using a scissors or the X-acto knife). Carefully re-create any portion of the object that you can't actually see.
Place these three objects down on the painting in their correct positions. Use a small pieces of blue tape to hinge them in place. Lift up the "rearmost" photo silhouette slightly and place blue tape - approximately centered - under the all of the edges. Now trace the edges of the object onto the blue tape.
Using the X-acto knife, cut along the tracings and then remove the blue tape from the area to be painted. Paint it with the correct value paint, going slightly over the tape. Let it dry and then remove the tape.
Do the same for the mid-depth object and then do it for the frontmost object.
Whichever is your white object, give it two coats of white paint.
Remove the blue-tape frame.
Put you name on the back of the painting.
On another piece of Bristol Paper, draw a centered rectangle 10X15 inches. In it, make a collage that approximates the 07 five-value photo.
Use two of your grayscale papers for values. The other three values must be created using "optical value" papers - either found or created by you.
Use the glue stick for temporary positioning and the rubber cement for final adhesion.
Put you name on the back of the collage.
Painting, Collage and Still-Life Photo Print are due at class 9b on 3/8