Selfies in the Jungle

This is my response to the I’m Ready For My Closeup assignment, worth 4 stars. I had to take a closeup of someone and impose it on an inappropriate background. I placed myself in some kind of tropical jungle. This doesn’t look too outlandish until you think about it for a moment. It is super hot and humid in jungles. Who on earth would wear a winter coat like that?

I created this in Gimp. I found the jungle background on SnappyGoat, a large online collection of public domain images. I erased the background from a photo of myself and placed it over the jungle picture. I duplicated the jungle image and made the copy a reddish pink color. I reduced the opacity and set to overlay to warm up the background. I also did this to the photo of myself, but I darkened the photo of myself to make it fit better into the scene. I put a Gaussian blur on the background to make the image look deeper.

A more detailed tutorial of how I did this is available here.

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He Who Makes an Emoji out of Himself

This is my response to the Mashing Friends and Emojis assignment, worth 4 stars. I had to put a picture of a person next to an emoji with a similar expression. I found this picture of my dad that I thought was kind of funny that also reminded me of the toothy grin emoji.

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As I was placing the images in the layout, “Bat Country” by Avenged Sevenfold started playing in my head and it reminded me of a certain quote by Samuel Johnson: “He who makes a beast out of himself gets rid of the pain of being a man.” My adaptation made me giggle so I decided to use it. As usual, I made this in Inkscape.

The Crucible Remix

This is my response to the Alternative Book Covers assignment. The challenge was to create an alternative cover for a book that changes the entire theme. The Crucible was originally a bout the Salem Witch Trials. A crucible is a piece of lab equipment used to hold hot metals, so I made a cover that makes it appear as though the book is about scientists working in a lab. I drew the image in Gimp with my Wacom graphics tablet. I used Inkscape to put the text in because text is easier to work with and more versatile in Inkscape.

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