I discovered Ben on a packet of pain medicine at Walgreen’s. Him and his mate (also called Ben Gay) could have the most amazing conversations I thought.
Then I discovered Halftone which turns photos into stylised images and let’s you add speech bubbles and captions. There are several apps that do this – let’s see if we can turn supermarket products into Comic Book Heros. I’ll call this series Shelf Life.
I wanted to use the original picture as a product shot for my Harinezumi review but I felt it didn’t look quite right.
However this morning I found an app called Pencil vs Camera which turns your pictures into pencil sketches – and it does a really good job at it.
As an added gimmick it let’s you draw onto the image and takes a portion out which is then rendered as a ripped out piece of paper. It also renders as cartoons and half tone sketches, with and without paper tear effect.
I shot this on Harinezumi in Miami, it was originally a blurred shot of a Palm Tree in macro mode. It works great as a desktop background (see below).
I took it into Sketchbook Express to have a fiddle and I loved playing with it so much that I decided to upgrade to the Pro version. Since then I’ve also found the smudge tool which I didn’t find on this occasion. Border and colour correction were done in Photoshop Express.
Here’s the original Harinezumi shot without post production:
Ever since I tried Art Acedemy for Nintendo DS I thought wouldn’t it be great to have a tool like that with a bigger screen and more drawing controls? Like the professionals have? Like a Wacom Tablet with a built-in screen?
It appears to have arrived as an app for the iPad – and it’s called SketchBook Pro by Autodesk.
Here’s my first attempt at creating something from scratch with this wonderful app, aptly entitled Ever Man, Woman and Child. I created this over coffee at my local Costa with a Griffin Stylus for £7.99 from The Carefree Whorehouse next door while listening to screaming kids who are able to emit frequencies that could bring entire nations down. Sergeant, hand me the 12 gauge for a second…
I can’t wait to doodle more with on puppy, it’ll be great for the creation of 3D textures, backgrounds and elements for WordPress Themes, logos and headers, comic strips and a whole lot more. How extremely exciting!