Here we are on the 28th of our May graphics.
Today’s image of Richard Armitage at the Chris Ryan’s Strike Back premiere comes to us from Teuchter. If you click and zoom in, this photo is extra large (2293 x 3140 pixels). Thank you very much, Teuchter!
Here is your base image:
Your graphic of the day is animated:
Teuchter’s recommended music was “Adagio” sung by Lara Fabian.
This graphic went through several incarnations. Here’s an early incomplete draft:
I wanted to explore the way Richard Armitage contrasted with John Porter. The word “fade” from the song lyrics kept calling to me and it was then that I had the idea of an animated fade-in of RA into JP.
As you can see, I incorporated this screencap:
After several fits and starts and lots of attempts to create the animation in one file, I found the best solution was to make the following two static siggies:
I next created a new file. I put each siggie in a layer and opened the Animation panel in Adobe Photoshop CS5 with the Window > Animation command and set the view to Frame Animation. Then I added Tween animation frames. Tween is short for “in between” and the software creates frames that will fade from one image to another more seamlessly. Finally, I used the File > Save for Web & Devices command to save as an animated gif.
The captions “Nourish & Nurture” and “Search & Destroy” come from a Sunday Mirror interview from May 2010. When asked about being cast as John Porter, RA said:
“I’m probably more of a new man. I’m not particularly alpha. ‘Nourish and nurture’ are my watchwords as opposed to ‘search and destroy’. I kept asking myself why on on earth have they asked me to play this character, rather than someone who’s really hard. But I suppose it’s because I bring something softer to the character.”
How does Richard Armitage transform himself so completely for his roles?