Today’s Picture of the Day (POD) at RichardArmitageNet.Com is dedicated to Bo:
Here is your Graphic of the Day:
Initially, the serious expression on Lucas’ face made me think of two very silly siggies. I created one and designed another but decided to go more mainstream. For some reason I am reminded of a childhood memory: occasionally my brothers and sisters and I would torture each other by saying, “Don’t laugh!” Try not to laugh when you are 7 years old.
Ultimately I chose to make something spyalicious. Is that a word?
My first task was to give some color to poor Lucas so he looks alive. 😉 To do this, I borrowed some flesh tones from another image and used the Match Color command in Photoshop. I also added some adjustment layers for more tones and contrast.
Then I extracted Lucas from his background, placed him on a textured layer and added the top and bottom borders. The vertical dots were created from scratch. I continued to make additional shapes on separate layers using differing opacity for each. Here’s the map image I added to the background:
I also incorporated Lucas from this promo picture snaffled from RichardArmitageNet.Com and applied the Soft Light blend mode:
I’ll let you in on a little secret. I just kept adding stuff till it looked full. The “:01” and the plus signs were added after re-watching the recent Strike Back trailer! 😉 Because every little thing is separate, I ended up with 42 layers. A very nice number.
For the tiny numbers, I just punched the number pad on my keyboard so they would be completely random, LOL! Then I shrunk the numbers down to 6 points so they’re almost textures because they’re unreadable. The text “spooks” and “Lucas” is written in the Adobe Caslon Pro font. After typing the “:01” with the IrisUPC font, I rasterized it (changed it into an image) and then used the Transform / Perspective command to make it look rotated in 3D space. Finally it looked full enough and I called it done!
By the way, I’m considering posting my silly siggies after A Graphic a Day in May is completed.