Peter Elliston  

Artistic License or ‘Another Warhol Masterpiece' by Peter Elliston

June 2021 - Artistic License or ‘Another Warhol Masterpiece'

June 2021 - Peter Elliston


About the Image(s)

This is a shot from a visit to Edinburgh in 2017 so well before anyone thought they’d be stuck inside sheltering from a pandemic and with time on their hands to play with messing up images with various techniques. I had always liked the look in this girl’s eye as she was watching this street artist sketch her image. But it wasn’t that interesting an image. But lockdown provided the stimulus to try out some occasionally whacky experiments and this is one of them. I had been following a section in a book called ‘Drop Dead Photography Techniques’ and in it there was a section on how to alter a portrait by applying an Andy Warhol effect. Once I had learned how to do that I started to look around for some images to use it on and this is one of the ones I chose. Also attached is the original image. As you will see I have also flipped it horizontally as I thought the lead in from artist to the girl was better. Other changes have been made to the background and the whole image has been significantly cropped to remove awkward objects such as the pole coming out of the artist’s head. Whether my interpretation of the finished image is an improvement on the one of the artist, is probably questionable but it was fun to try out!
The original image was taken on a Fuji XT1 1/80 @f11 ISO 200

5 comments posted

John Hackett   John Hackett
An interesting idea. Without your original we would not be aware of your work on the artists drawing.I like that you have chosen a Warhol style for your alteration. Also I think flipping the image has worked as well. Your work on the background is not obvious until one compare it to the original and then a few bits become apparent. Overall well done.   Posted: 06/12/2021 07:39:45

Joe Kennedy   Joe Kennedy
I'm with John on this review - great ideas with the flipping of the original as well as the technique in post-processing. I like the focus on the eyes - hers and what's been painted! The tighter crop draws me into the real story. Well done!   Posted: 06/14/2021 05:59:41

Sheldon Wecker   Sheldon Wecker
I like how the photo tells a story, and your editing is very effective. If I could make a change, it would be to reduce the saturation of the colors in the caricature a bit. I think that would help make it look less like it had been "photoshopped".
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Glenn Rudd   Glenn Rudd
Great creative work Peter. I like the dramatic difference between the actual face and your "Andy Warhol" interpretation. An interesting photo that is fun to look at.   Posted: 06/17/2021 19:26:49

Joe Norcott   Joe Norcott
Really a good idea to flip around the photo. I like her look of "Al I crazy I hope this comes out ok"   Posted: 06/18/2021 06:41:58


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