Mini Art School- Blog 5

So for the first part of this next mini art school assignment I am working on a Cropping exercise.  Now normally when a person hears the word cropping in terms of imaging, he or she would assume that it means to cut out part of a photograph to focus on certain points or areas in the media. However, cropping can be a way to enlarging a picture, especially in Photoshop when you select the crop option, you can re-size the canvas area (or design space that you want to use) for your project or image. I have six pictures that I will show you that I have used cropping on. Picture A- This will actually be a combination cropping of three photos that I have taken during a trip to china. DSC01110 DSC01111 DSC01112 Being that this was taking back in 2008 and on my blessed cellphone that had fantastic photo quality at that time, there was so option for panorama shot or basically an extra widescreen shot that can (for example) capture all the detail and objects in an entire room or setting. What I did was combine the images to make a panorama image which looks likes this.  (of course this is not the best panorama because you can see the differences in the color of the pictures, if you look closely at water. Just for your information, you can explore this website that I use for some of my art. This website is also a great website for various images and information on art and more.)

By combining these three pictures together, what I have produced is a reflection of what I had seen in China. This was a large circular pond that was build in the center of a town in Anhui. The layout of the town and the pond was amazing. I was so sad that I could not take a picture of the entire pond in one shot, but thanks to photoshop, I was able to reproduce the full wonder of this pond and town structure.


The rest of the pictures I have selected are from artist and related companies. I do not own these pictures and I have credited them and/or have provided links to the related content.


Now let me warn you, the rest of these pictures are either very nerdy or too cute. If you cannot handle the pictures, please walk away from the the screen. (I’m kidding, but seriously I overload on the cuteness.)


the second picture:  (C) HPQ (music video if you would like to see it

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What we have here is a wide angled close of  of Gackt’s (a Japanese music artist) face. If we ignore the text and logo, you can tell that this shot was taking in an enclosed space (his maclauren…. so jealous!). If  I did an aggressive cropping of the image like this..


You would think that the cameraman took a close-up shot instead. Amazing how cropping can change the way we can see perspective in a picture.


Nice fruity cutie pictures picture number three is: (C) aiwa-9

When looking at this digital drawing, you can see how equal the spacing is of the base color background around the central design of the ice Hawthorne candy (a traditional Chinese sweet). Blissfully with the power of Photoshop  I have discovered that cropping can not be just made horizontally and vertically as the the “Design Basic Index” points out, but it can be angled cropping like this!


No long is the picture vertical, but it is angled to give the illusion that the sweet on a stick is falling. Part of the image is cut off to give that illusion and what helps is that the cute will Hawthorne play the falling roll by raising their arms (well some of them).


We have the stubby picture number five: (C) silverdeni


Here we see a corgi who is a little sensitive about his size (we all know they have those cute stubby legs). Now I have created two cropped versions of this picture, which can also invoke some humor (for other pictures, it can also produce other feelings).


The first one is a hind (hinny, get it?…. nevermind) crop. If a person were to see this cropped version, he or she would assume that the dog or whatever animal is a bit sensitive on having his butt photographed


However, with this picture, I cropped it so that the kind of has that powerful message and image balance. This sort of cropping kind of reminds you of those funny t-shirts right?


This is another cute one and the fifth picture  (C) pocketowl maine_coon_and_ragdoll_by_pocketowl-d5cym9i

Are they so cuddly and cute? They are cat best friends. Now you can do so many things with this image, you can crop it to have to look at different areas, the tails, faces, and more. I went more on a banner approach to this picture.


This way of cropping kind of reminds me the way an advertisement would be. The Maine coon seems to be holding a “cat doll” that purrs! Ha ha ha, well that’s my interpretation.


Last but not least: (C) Lunarieen neinahtee_by_lunarieen-d5e7f7h

Here is a picture of beautifully made jewelry. The white space contrasts nicely with the grays and the purple colors.  If we do a close up shot for the details…


the focus is now on the larger necklace pendant. The details are not as sharp as the original picture because I also enlarged it. I tried to enlarge it with the options that was good for enlarging photographs, but the sharpness was lost. However that does not detract from the picture. You get to see the details up close and personal. At the same time, you can’t help but feel that the pieces have mystical aura (well that’s stretching it a bit, I’ve always wanted to say that)


Part two of this blog is going to be on border variation. Now here you can see the different borders and effects on the picture that I have selected. I am evil aren’t I, using a picture with delicious food, for those of you who like spicy food? The picture I have selected is my home made Korean Kimchi soondubu jjigae (nice and spicy with egg (raw) in the middle). Each image has a filter effect along with border as you can see I have compiled. food pic

1. All I have done was given this image a patterned border. The border color match the colors within the dish.  It’s pattern is circular, matches the food dish  that I used (it’s a ceramic bowl that is traditionally used for these types of  Korean foods, I love using it even though I’m Chinese)

2. I custom made this border through Photoshop by just using the eraser tool. The border looks like clouds or puffs of steam, which allows a person to imagine that this dish is either piping hot or extremely spicy (which it was both at the time I took this snapshot). The filter I used also gave the picture a sketch like look.

3. I used a filter effect to give the image a kind of plaster textured look as if it were painted on a rough surface area of (ironically) plaster. The faded border, I think attempts to create visual contrast between the soft and hard textures that can be seen here

4. Another wonderful filter used on Photoshop to give this image that look of those hand-embroidered pictures. The back frame kind of resembling those frames that stretch the fabric out so that the picture does not become distorted from the improper stretching and tightening of the material.

5. Here, this image has a border around it literately frames the image. I realized my mistake here in that this border kind of draws a person’s eyes away from the main focus of the picture, which is food (gasp! how can you look away at food!), and to the frame (which is probably a good example of what not to do with borders.

6. Here all I did was crop the white space I had in the image and replaced it with a single color! There was a of yellow in the picture, so I went with yellow for the background. Now, the yellow definitely intensifies the yellow tones in the image.


Last but not least, part three!


This exercise is related to Conveyance.  For me, conveyance is how a person interprets an item through his or her senses. The large majority of conveyance is naturally shown through the objects or “everyday” images and words that we see every day. I will take this picture that I took last year of my sunflowers. The are multiple interpretations that a person can make as well as different focal points that influence such conveyance.

Being that this is a natural design created by nature, all I did was capture it on camera.

1. towering- from the angle I shot this image, it makes me feel small. It makes me feel as if I were in the story “Alice in Wonderland” The “giant” sunflower literately towers overhead.

2. Adventurous- if you see the bug on the lower left corner (I just realized it had photo-bombed my picture today), one can assume that it is trying to reach the top. To reach the top of the sunflower, it is like the equivalent of a mountain climb. It we go along with the first point of conveyance, it may seem as if we too are the ones trying to make the climb to the top

3. sweltering- If a plant bends over like this, there are many reasons for this position. A plant can bend from factors such as human action, lack of water, or heat. Since I took this picture during the summer, I can say that the heat affected the sunflower. I’m sure everyone knows the phrase, “I feel like melting in this heat”.  Extreme heat can cause plans to wilt. I would be too if I were in such intense heat. Just thinking about  the summer heat makes me want winter to stay around a bit longer.

4. sneezy-  If you pay attention to the leaves of the sunflowers, you can see the yellow pollen that is speckled on them. I have terrible allergies to pollen. The spattering pattern of the pollen reminds me of a sneeze, as the sunflower too had allergies and is using its other bud as a hand to cover its mouth (note the bending of the petals). Just looking at the pollen makes my nose feel itchy.


3 responses to “Mini Art School- Blog 5

  1. Mae-Lin, Thank you for your creative, unique approach within this week’s mini art school projects. I always enjoy reading your posts because you make me see things in a different perspective than I initially do. I really like that about your posts. You have a keen eye.

    First, your panorama picture from China is amazing! I was looking at the individual shots before I clicked on the full view and I was no where close to what I was envisioning. I would have never known that it wasn’t a panoramic shot if you hadn’t pointed out the difference in the water. (I still didn’t see it after you did mention it. It just looked like there was some algae in the water.)

    Aesthetically speaking, my favor cropping picture you did was of the Japanese artist’s face. I think your rendition was far for interesting and intriguing than the original. Artistically speaking, I think the candy crop was most interesting. I don’t think I would have seen that cropping option within the original picture. I like how you applied the concept of angled cropping from our reading. (That goes back to my comment initially that I enjoy your posts because you make me see things differently; which expands my scope and perspective.)

    My favorite borders you created are #1 and #6. I could see image #1 being on a menu in a restaurant! The border looks like tiles. Image #6 is intriguing to my eye because of the color and simplicity. The yellow color pairs nicely with the egg in the center and it keeps the focus on the dish itself.

    Thank you for sharing your ideas and for expanding my view, too. Ali

  2. Mae-Lin,
    I really liked your blog post for this week! Thank you for sharing your abundance of technological knowledge with us. I liked how your definition of cropping was not merely cutting the photo but you used photos from different angles. I never knew that this could be considered cropping as well (your China photos). I learned something new! I also enjoyed your other crops – especially the corgi!! I love corgis! That crop made me laugh. Your various photos really conveyed the message that photos can change when you change their perspective and message, such as the photo with the cat holding the other cat’s head. I also liked how you demonstrated the border variation and how the border can make or break the photo.
    Excellent work, like always! 🙂

  3. Mae-Lin,
    This blog is awesome! I really liked the pictures from China, since I’ve never been to China I thought the pictures were great. Especially of that pond, it really brings out the beauty of the place. The focus shifts from specific point to the overall point of the image. Also, I liked the different effects of the food and by the way it looks very delicious! I also did the same activity of the variations of borders and every single one has it’s unique effect on the picture. Great job!

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