• Shoebox Stories

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    “Ghost of the past”

    Who said that the time travel is impossible?
    An old and yellowed Shoebox, covered with dust and mystery,  broken by ruthless time.
    A very heavy box filled with cracked and faded pictures. They keeping so many true stories, that are waiting to be told. 
    These pictures are fool of sincere feelings and candid emotions, that could easily bring back sweet memories of your childhood days. They even smell of freedom and real life! 
    They touch your heart and make you dream of something bygone. They could keep something elusive forever.
    I am talking about appearance, that constantly changes in order to disappear one day. 
    Perhaps they could bring you back to the deeply days of your great-grandparents, who had died long time before you were born. And now they look at you with their smiling faces.


    “Ghost of the past”


    “Ghost of the past”


    “Ghost of the past”


    “Ghost of the past”


    is everywhere, But you have to see it”


    “Frivolous passion”


    “We shared a moment that will last till the end”


    “We shared a moment that will last till the end”


    “Sleep to Dream”


    “I smoke you so much…”


    “I smoke you so much…”


    “Retrospective”


    “Just one Look”

    Please keep your “shoe box” in your closet, to ensure that you be living in memories forever. 

  • The memory of childhood

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  • 5th Annual Curious Camera Event

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    The Curious Camera Event is a friendly competition calling on artists worldwide to embrace the unpredictability and fascination of using their favorite cameras. Images must be made with one of the following camera categories:

    holga colored
     
    Pinhole - homemade or manufactured

    Plastic Lens - Holga, Diana, Blackbird Fly, etc.Vintage 1950 & older - ex: No. 2 Brownie, Leica II

    Instant Cameras - ex: Polaroid, Fuji Instax

    Cell Phone - ex: , Android, Blackberry

    Judges will select the top 30 images which will be printed and framed by Photographic Works. Artwork will be 8×10 archival pigmented ink prints on smooth watercolor paper, framed with museum quality materials. Artists will have the opportunity to sell their artwork and purchase prints.

    All submission images will be digitally projected in gallery. .

    1st, 2nd & 3rd place winners will receive prizes and a trophy they can proudly display. Winners will be featured in the gallery exhibition.

    My image has been selected as an honorable mention. Will be printed approximately 8×10 inch

    You could join for an evening of excitement at the 5th Annual Curious Camera Event with images from around the world made with pinhole, plastic, vintage, instant and cell phone cameras.

    Saturday, April 27th, 6-9pm

    ArtsEye Gallery
    3550 E. Grant Road
    Tucson, AZ 85716
    Gallery Hours:
    M – F   9am – 6pm
    Sat   10am – 5 pm
  • Tutorial 12. Post-card in RETRO style

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    As you’ve probably figured out, I really love anything graphic design that has that vintage grunge old and retro kind of look.
    In this tutorial you’ll see how to create a stunning Post-card with your .  It’s fairly simple to make and can be used in many different types of projects.
    Retro postcards to really surprise and delight.  Today I would like to bring some clarity to this  fascinating subject with my new tutorial.

    Let’s start from the beginning. How would you define the concept of Retro?

    The truth according to Wikipedia
    Retro is a culturally outdated or aged style, trend, mode, or fashion, from the overall post-modern past, that has since that time become functionally or superficially the norm once again. The use of “retro” style iconography and imagery interjected into post-modern , advertising, mass media, etc. It generally implies a vintage of at least 15 or 20 years.

    The word “retro” derives from the Latin prefix retro, meaning “backwards, or in past times” – particularly as seen in the words retrograde, implying a movement toward the past instead of a progress toward the future, and retrospective, referring to a nostalgic (or critical) eye toward the past.

    Retro
    A 1950s-era poster in pop- style, the style on which retro is based.
    The style now called “retro ” is a genre of pop which was developed in the 1940s and 1950s in response to a need for bold, eye-catching graphics that were easy to reproduce on simple presses available at the time in major centres. Retro advertising has experienced a resurgence in popularity since its style is distinctive from modern computer-generated styling.

    To create any postcard you just need to keep in mind a few important things:

    1. First things first, Start with an Idea.
    You can’t create a beautiful and an effective postcard if you don’t have an idea of what you want it to be about. Why are you creating a postcard?  Figure it out before you start.
    2.  Select an Eye-Catching Image
    An image is funny / striking in some way is never a bad choice.
    3. Write Your Headline
    It should usually be short, interesting, and intriguing in conjunction with the image on the front.
    4. Design Your Card
    Now that you have chosen your image, you’re ready to design your postcard.
    If you keep these important things in mind, it will definitely help you.
    I’ve created a-la retro-looking postcard.
    Well, I’ll take you step by step through my process of creating.

    1. I shot this pic with native iPhone cam.

    2. Using the Face Cam app and Pimple Eraser app I am a bit improve the beautiful face of my model. I mean, I’ve attempted to fix the result of poor lighting.

    3. Further I have played a bit with the adjustment tools of Snapseed app

    the resulting image

    Not bad now!

    4. Using the Space Paint app I have added effect of smoke.

    This app lets you to add a really well rendered light and smoke effects to your pictures. However, I was a bit disappointed that it has a maximum save size just 1000×750.
    Yes, it has the ability to zoom/scale/move/arrange.. And they work good. But the masking/erasing tool has a BIG problems in using.What’s really annoying.

    5. And now I run it through the Alt Photo app to change styling direction.
    It is a pretty good app for a few reasons. The Alt Photo app has a number of filters and you can alter the intensity of the filter applied. The six categories include Color Film, Vintage Color, Toy Camera, B & W Film, B & W Print, and B & W Vintage. The effects are spectacular. The color effects are beautifully saturated with complex textures and light applications.
    Finally, it is quick to edit pictures, even when using high-resolution pictures, and allows you to save images in their original resolution. (what is really important).
    Here is my choice and result

    Finally move onto the main goal of this tutorial. I mean the creation of postcard.
    Well, you can find lots different HalfTone . Some are better than others. But it is very individual. One of my favorite such app is Halftone app by Juicy Bits.
    This app turns your photos into unique, vintage comics, allows to add captions, speech balloons, graphic stamps, and fonts (including built-in comic fonts). Settings screen for lots of additional customization, including halftone dot size, strength, and gain.
    Btw, so often I turn off the slider off halftone dot and now I gone on this way.
    Contrary to many others, Halftone makes it easy to add more than 25 paper styles, from crisp and clean to distressed and aged. This is what I really love and use this app pretty often.
    So run through Halftone app and write the Headline, using Labelbox app.

    I must say that I am happy with the result and I like the mood of my postcard. However, I would like to increase it by adding a little bit naughty and playful “shades” and “tones” ;)

    7. So go to the Blender app and add fun and naughty pencil drawing or any design to your taste. It may add more life and reality to your unique postcard.
    Btw, you can take a snapshot of any pencil drawing and use it as a texture. And then add it by blending.

    and the resulting image

    9. Oh, I really love it! =)
    However, being in this playful mood I would like to complete the design of my postcard by adding some texts… Perhaps a poem or something like that..
    Looking at my postcard I immediately think of a quote by Faina Ranevskaya! Exactly!
    She is one of my most beloved greatest Soviet Russian actors in both tragedy and comedy. She was also famous for her aphorisms.
    Further, go to the Phonto app and add the quote.

    I finished off with this tutorial. Hope it was interesting and useful for you!
    Finally a bit of music for the mood ;)

    All the Apps Used In This Tutorial:
    Face Cam app
    Pimple Eraser app
    Snapseed app 
    Space Paint app 
    Alt Photo app
    Halftone app
    Labelbox app
    Blender app
    Phonto app

  • “Once is an accident, twice is a coincidence, three times is a regularity”

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    As known, regularity is a steady trend! And I definitely like it! ;)
    This is an article to the April issue of the Eclectic , titled “Sun is enough for everyone” , framed with my artworks!