I then placed them with my hands in front of my ipad camera, turned on
the Photobooth app, turned on mirror mode, and moved the dinosaurs
around until I got an
interesting picture. Frequently my fingers or face got into the
picture, but that was ok since I was just using these as a basis for a
The beauty is that the mirror function makes whatever you're
photographing kinda look like a face, since our brains are hard wired
to expect symmetry in faces.
Now I brought the photos into photoshop and painted on top to create
my alien faces...
Some step by steps...
And I thought it was neat how you could take the same picture and go in
two very different directions with it.
Two things I really loved about this technique:
- The experimenting portion taking the photos allowed me to get
interesting shapes that I probably wouldn't have come up with on my
own. Instead of spending my energy coming up with new shapes, I sorta
become the editor of
shapes I find.
- I also loved that the photo really helped me get going. You may
have heard of or experienced blank canvas syndrome, which means you see
a blank canvas
in front of you and so you have trouble starting your painting because
that you have to fill up all that blank. By having something there to
start with, whether it's a simple color, a gradient, some paint mushed
around, or in this case a photo, I found it really got me going into
the painting process, even if the final painting itself contains none
of the pixels of the original photo (in my case, I'd say I kept maybe
10-20% of the original pixels from the original photo). No more fear of
Hope you find this technique interesting, and if you have access to
photobooth, give it a try!