Okay so I know I don’t usually post twice in one week, but I’m really excited to share this with you. I finished the guitar for my guitar-jellyfish morph project! This was all done by hand. I looked at a picture for reference but I created ever little thing about this guitar. I made the shapes, the wood texture, the pick guard, the strings. I chose the colors and I made frets and every little detail. I’m so proud of this piece. It’s the most realistic looking thing I’ve ever created in Photoshop. I even added my name where the guitar company’s name would be. I’m really excited to share this with you because it’s one of my more favorite pieces I’ve done. I hope the jellyfish for this project comes out as good as the guitar. While I was working on this piece, I was listening to Brand New, specifically the songs: Jude Law and a Semester Abroad and Seventy Times 7. Those two songs are on the playlist and I hope you give them a listen! I’ll keep updating as this project goes on!
So here’s my latest update on the Guitar Jellyfish morph piece for my Digital Painting class. I created this entire image in Photoshop. I know it’s not done but I’ve made some serious progress since the sketch a few weeks ago. I found an image of a guitar so I could recreate the basic shape of the guitar. Then I made rough outlines of the basic shapes: the body, the neck, the top. I needed a wood texture so I found a tutorial and made my wood texture and overlaid it on the wooden pieces. I still have to add the strings and the finer details of the guitar to make it look as realistic as possible. Once I finish this guitar, I’m going to make the jellyfish.
While I’ve been working on this piece, I’ve been listening to my college radio station WSOU since I do some work there. Right now, I’m helping out with the Punk University Show which you can listen to at 8pm on Tuesdays. It’s a really good mix of punk and ska and I’ve been getting introduced to a lot of good music. After the show, I’ll add a link to our Spinitron playlist and I’ll add it to this Spotify playlists. Enjoy!
This was the second music inspired artwork I did, but it was the first where I actually let the music inspire my brushstrokes. This was an actual assignment to listen to music and make a piece showing what you felt while listening to it. I chose to listen to We the Kings for this piece. For those of you that don’t know, We the Kings are a pop-punk-ish band. I put on two of their albums, We the Kings and Smile Kid, while working on this project to get my inspiration for the piece.
I think I started this piece with blue and green, thick vertical stripes. Then I started adding on top of that. In the bottom left corner, there’s an image transfer of the band. There’s also a cd in the top right corner that my freshman roommate had given me for art purposes since she didn’t want it anymore. I don’t remember the cd itself but I knew this was the perfect piece to use it for. I really like how it reflects and shines depending on the light on the piece. I started layering colors on top of the stripes as I listened to their music. There was a lot of swirls and lot of color intensity because when I listen to We the Kings that’s what I feel. Their music is very layered and the different colored swirls and splotches reflect the energy of the music. To balance the cd in the top corner, I did two electric guitar image transfers on the bottom right. I also layered paint over the image of the band so only their faces could be seen.
This piece is visually representative of the music. It’s what I felt when I was listening as opposed to the last piece which played more on the lyrics. I’m going to add a few of my favorite We the Kings songs to the Inspired By Playlist for this piece. As you can see, I really liked We the Kings when I was 18 or so. I do still listen to them now (even as I’m writing this piece)!