This week’s DigitalArt image came about after watching the TV and seeing all the bad news that modern technology had brought about or enabled. And while we have no illusions about the ‘good old days’ being perfect, it did get us thinking about the type of lifestyle our parents and grandparents enjoyed without TV, the Internet, smartphones, and immediate access to takeaway food, 24 hour services, and ATM’s. So keep reading to find out more about this image and how it was created.
The base image was one we had taken by using some old books around our house (of which we have plenty) and a vintage camera we had lying around (our adult kids lovingly refer to this as ‘Dad’s old crap’ which they plan to toss out when we die!). We put the books on a chair up against a wooden cupboard and placed a sheet of light brown cardboard under the books to resemble a table or bookcase. The camera was then placed on the books and the camera moved around until we had the image we wanted.
We then popped the image into Adobe Photoshop where after initial adjustments we used a series of brushes and blur to create a watercolour-type effect over the image. Several textures were then placed over the image to soften the colour and add a canvas type look. A separate vintage-type image was placed on the upper half of the image to give the effect of old-fashioned wallpaper which was removed off the camera to look like it was on the wall behind the camera.
Further brushwork added specks and scratches to the image and a series of borders were created around the edge. A series of adjustment layers were used to desaturate the image slightly and to bring out the contrast and brighten the shadows. Finally some text was added to the top left of the image to give it some context.
Perhaps D. H. Lawrence is looking down right now and smiling over the good use of one of his classics. We would like to think he approves of our modern image, and might even be softly whispering one of his famous inspiration lines for all artists, travellers and lovers of life: “But better die than live mechanically a life that is a repetition of repetitions.”
We hope you like our image, and would love to know your thoughts on this image if you would be so kind as to leave a comment below for us.
Postnote: David Herbert Lawrence was a novelist, poet, playwright, essayist, literary critic and painter who died in 1930, aged just 44 years of age. He is probably best known for the infamous Lady Chatterley’s Lover for which he was heavily criticised, censored, accused of pornography, and ridiculed. He was also called ‘The greatest imaginative novelist of our generation’. Perhaps we can only encourage readers to discover the truth for themselves.
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Christine and Trevor
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