The Joy Of Painting Episode 5

March 17, 2006

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…with your anxious host, Dennis Jones…

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…the photograph… the manipulated photograph…

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…the finished poster…

To recap yesterdays exciting episode; …I have built a piece of artwork that is to be used as a frame for a photograph of the earth and it doesnt fit.

I am feeling really bad about this entire situation. All my client asked me to do was create a simple border to go around their $800.00 photograph. I convinced them that I could insert characters into the ocean areas and make it a much better poster. Now I am sitting in the middle of a disaster.

I decide my only hope is to manipulate the photograph (top left). Without getting too technical, I scale the image to a size that will show all the continents, erase the white icecaps at the top and the bottom, add a blue background and clone stamp transitional areas to create a workable image (top right). I place this into the window of my illustration and then darken my artwork by 10% so that it will not fight with the photograph for dominance.

I package everything up with a brief note of explanation, put it in the mail, and hold my breath. Will my client go for my solution to this problem? They may have some real issues with the way I manipulated their photograph. I could very easily be working on this project again… from scratch.

Two days later I get an email from the client… Dennis, we received your package… loved it… do you have time to do three more posters for us?

…whew!

The Comments

Bucky Jones

Dennis, you lucky dog! Way to go! And congrats on getting three more posters to do!!!

Dan Lietha

… and LUCKY US! Three more posters, THREE MORE thrilling series of Joy of Painting with Dennis Jones! YES! YES! YES! …or maybe I’m assuming a little too much at this point?

Don Jones

I’m just relieved this came to a close on Friday and I don’t have to be on pins and needles all weekend waiting for the outcome. This post brings more relief than having a gall bladder removed! Good one Den.

Thomas M.

I would have commented earlier, but I’ve just now awoken from the fainting spell that occurred shortly after finishing the story. Excellent job … Although, my squatty, but elegant looking, brothers in arms in Antarctica will not be pleased that they got the boot. Good thing they have the oscar win to soften the blow.

Roballoo

Nice to have a happily ever after to the story. I enjoyed the presentation. it was nice to see an example of your working process.

gary locke

WHO IS THE CLIENT? WHEN CAN I BUY IT? HOW CAN I BE GOOD LIKE YOU? DO I NEED TO TURN 50? THAT COULD HURT.

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