Wednesday, 4 July 2007

Before and after

Thank god for Photoshop, that's all I can say. Here's a recent editorial job that required some quick fixing. I had to illustrate a rant against cinemas. The writer blasted out at all the various ills of movie-going in a somewhat tongue-in-cheek diatribe, complaining of the noise, the inconveniences etc etc, ending the piece saying how much better to stay at home and watch dvds instead. With no other information other than the essay, I thought the blunt opinionated tone of the writing suggested a loud-mouthed 20-something male, and illustrated it as such.

The editor called me straight back to tell me the writer was in fact a 16 year old girl. Thanks for not telling me! I had to do a quick overnight redraw and paste. Fortunately it all worked out well in the end, thanks to those geniuses at Adobe, and the ability of Photoshop to blend in seemless adjustments. Here's the first version....

.... and the second. Spot the difference!


Nancy Bea said...

Wow, you're photoshop genius!

Ginger*:)* said...

Yes you are a photoshop genius, but wait until you try Painter! You would be a natural. I like the piece you did and can relate totally with the moviegoer in your editorial piece.
But I will add that my husband and I were totally surprised when we attended a recent showing of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, for all the noise before the movie started, you could have heard a pin drop once it began.

John said...

Thanks Nancy, Ginger. Well I certainly wouldn't describe myself as a Photoshop Genius - I barely know my way around the software! Like many people, I think I know the tools I use pretty well, but the rest is unexplored territory. Photoshop can be very useful for re-touching however.

Most of my use of computers for illustration is simple colour fills on scanned-in hand drawn images. One of these days I promise myself I'm going to bring my commercial (non-children's book) style up to date and start to get really digital, but deep down I much prefer to use good old paper, pen and paint given the chance.