Alan Kaplan  

Four Mules by Alan Kaplan

February 2021 - Four Mules

February 2021 - Alan Kaplan


About the Image(s)

There are two aspects to this image - the technical and the creative. On the technical side, I extracted the man on the donkey and tone mapped him using my witch's brew. The landscape is borrowed from another image, and I drew a long wall in Photoshop. After slicing the wall into 3 slabs, I didn't like only 1 wall so I duplicated and flipped the 3-part wall.
Adding the tone mapped man and donkey is the creative aspect. The reason the man and donkey are repeated is that my goal was to create a dream-like image. The line drawing on the wall complements the 3 men and donkeys. I posted how to "draw" an outline in the General Info section of our Group 34 PID page.

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7 comments posted

Lori Lankford   Lori Lankford
Alan, I am so impessed with your creativity and technical skills. This is really interesting and very dream like. I like how you consistently add 3 or more subjects in your image, it is signature for you. :)   Posted: 02/08/2021 12:09:56

Steve Estill   Steve Estill
Well thought out and processed. Anothyer image to make us think.
Thanks for posting the how to in general info.   Posted: 02/08/2021 16:29:16

Candy Childrey   Candy Childrey
Well done, Alan. Excellent use of shadowing, gradients to show depth. Thanks for the outline information. I appreciate all the work that goes into your images.   Posted: 02/10/2021 14:35:31

Jan Handman   Jan Handman
We've had many discussions about shadows in previous months. I like your shadows in this image. They're strong harsh shadows, and since the light on the wall is also strong and coming from the front of the image, the shadows make nice sense to me. Unlike most of your pieces, this one doesn't draw many emotions or questions from me, so I'm at a bit of a loss for words to critique it. Your title doesn't give any clues as to what you wanted to say with this image, but your technical processes were well done here, as always.   Posted: 02/13/2021 15:04:39
Alan Kaplan   Alan Kaplan
In my "About the Image" description, I mentioned that my goal "was to create a dream-like image." My fault for not stating the idea of a dream more clearly in the title.   Posted: 02/13/2021 16:31:13

Georgianne Giese   Georgianne Giese
Once more, you have demonstrated great creativity and implemented it with clever techniques! I do love this image. At first, I was distracted by the action going on behind the wall on the right. You have violated a rule of not drawing the viewer's eye out of the picture. But that "violation" I'm sure was intentional. It adds an air of mystery, which is entirely appropriate for this image! Of course, the lines of the walls draw one's eye to whatever is at the end of the image, which I assume is another donkey and rider. My eyes are not so sharp these days, and your resolution is too small to catch that important detail. The color tones and shadows are perfect, in my opinion. I really do like your image!   Posted: 02/24/2021 11:43:33

Fran McFadzen   Fran McFadzen
It looks a bit Escher to me. Showing impossible perspectives. I like that you have totally created the background sky and ground as the location for your fantasy.   Posted: 02/28/2021 01:14:05