art & inspiration

Erica Coburn and her dreamy photographs and soothing light

I keep finding new and amazing artists recently. THERE ARE JUST SO MANY GREAT ONES OUT THERE.

My latest favourite is Irish photographer Erica Coburn. There is just such an intense dreaminess in her images. And the liiiiiiiiight. Ahh. It soothes me. Let’s take a look! There’s something about all of Erica’s work that makes me think of spring. Might just be because it’s spring right now. There’s warmth and safety and the smell of grass.   The colour palette is soft and natural but still out of this world, and it’s just so hard to describe!
Basically it’s all so soft and pretty and I just can’t take it.

Follow Erica Coburn on Facebook here. Other places: Instagram, Hitrecordblog, Flickr.

my creative life

my creative life #8

Ayoooooooooo! Time to creative life it up again!

The most exciting thing I’ve made this past week is probs this self portrait-thingy. I decided I wanted something new as a profile pic on my socials, and I want it to show my face + my art in some way so I experimented a while until I came up with this!

The actual pic of me is kinda old though, but I need a new remote for my camera in order to take new pics of myself. So I just used this picture I had from like a year and a half ago.

Other than that I’ve made a few “basic” pixel sorting images!

Evelyn! Luanna! Runa. Winona. Also took out the old drawing generative in Processing and made Abigail!I made the Halcyon-series for Monthly Makers.
For The Crate Challenge on Hitrecord I made this! Absolutely adored SarahPalisi’s illustration of the house. <3 See all the resources used linked here
Right after I made that self portrait at the top of the post CaptClare issued a challenge for glitching photography on Hitrecord. SO MUCH FUN. I used a simple app and Photoshop to glitchify this picture by MariaJack. See resources linked here.

Other things:

  • THIS TWEET by Belphoebe (@ragsoflove). “Compare Harry Styles’ appreciation of teenage girl fans to 5 Seconds of Summer’s bore-off ‘edgy’ misogyny”. I’M SO TIRED OF YOUNG GIRLS’ OPINIONS BEING SEEN AS THE WORST. And 5SOS are just like “yeah ugh we don’t want to be just for girls” and Styles is just like “They’re our future. /…/ They don’t lie.” Like honestlyyyyyyyyyyyyy. <3 I love Harry. Here’s another tweet about it. 64k retweets like YEAH GO HARRY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Okay I’ll quit now.
  • Olivia Chin Mueller’s illustration of this lil white pupper. Omg.
  • I wore sneakers for the first time this spring. YAY.
  • EASTER! Ate too much candy and made a pretty great lemon cheesecake.

Smell you later peeps!

monthly makers

monthly makers animals / halcyon

Hey!!! So today it’s time to show you what I’ve made for Monthly Makers this month! Here’s the sneak peek I published on Instagram a few days ago: 
If you didn’t know, Monthly Makers is a creative challenge
me and eleven other blogger arrange where we issue a prompt/challenge each month to inspire people to create! This month the prompt was “Animals”, and while I’ve created quite a lot of animals in clay and felt and just anything through my days, it’s pretty far away from what I’m creating currently.

Which is why my first attempt was something that actually is pretty far away from what I spend most of my time creating right now! I tried to create a collage with public domain-resources and make something with a deer and flowers. But the process was boring and the result was messy and I didn’t even finish it.

So I went on to trying to make something using my images from the aquarium in Valencia, specifically the jellyfish. I just love pictures of jellyfish?!?! So pretty.
I tried displacing them a lil bit to create something funky, but meh. Idk.
Oceanogràfic Jessica Andersdotter
Then I remembered that there were also these jellyfishlike creatures in the aquarium! They were bioluminescent and twinkled and whirled around in the water and I remember being really inspired by their colours and shapes when I saw them. This time they made me think of a tutorial for creating this in After Effects that I’d seen, so I tried it. I think the light feeling to it and the flow made me connect the two, so I felt like it’d be a good tribute to my the little creatures. But I mean, I didn’t figure out how to control the colours for this effect and I couldn’t make it as big as I want it because it all crashed then haha so I kind of left it.

But I wasn’t giving up my jellyfish tribute just like that! Nah, I used my extensive Adobe-skills and thought “what the hell, I should be able to do this in Illustrator”. I have like 0.5 experience in Illustrator, but I googled “Illustrator tutorial abstract lines” or something like that and found a tutorial. Turns out it was really easy!!!!!!! (Here’s a link to the tutorial I used, it’s not perfect but it’s was enough to get me started!)

And here’s what I ended up with:

They look like some kind of ethereal underwater veils or something!!! Haha using the word veil just made me think of Sirius’ death and I got sad. :( Anyway, I added some blurry particles in the “background” of these to add some kind of depth and also think I may have added some glow to the first two. Ya know, bioluminescence!!

In general I think I liked them more right after I made them though haha? :( Feel a bit lame now. I might give them another week or so to stew before I decide if I like them or not!


Monthly Makers is a challenge for anyone who wants to be more creative. During 2017 we’ll be launching twelve themes – one for every month – to inspire and challenge you. For February the theme is ANIMALS and Mikaela is hosting. Comment on her post here with a link to your creation before 28/4 to be a part of the compilation. More inspiration can be found over on Pinterest.

The people behind Monthly Makers 2017 are Alicia, Beatrice, Elsa, Emilia, Fredrika, Johanna, Julia, Mikaela, Ruth, StinaWilda and me. Be inspired, create and challenge yourself all through the year.

Follow us on Facebook to keep up with everything and be even more inspired. You can also follow us on Instagram, Pinterest, our website and in the inspirational group We Are Monthly Makers. 

 

photography & digital art

how to: prism photography

Coming at you with a guide for prism photography today! Fun times! I’ve been meaning to do this for ages but I finally got around to it! guide: prism photography by Jessica Andersdotterguide: prism photography by Jessica Andersdotterguide: prism photography by Jessica Andersdotterguide: prism photography by Jessica AndersdotterSo photography was my main creative outlet for years, but I kind of grew tired of it a few years ago. And then I discovered prism photography, and it’s probably the most fun I’ve ever had with a camera! I think I discovered it when I read a post like this about Sam Hurd.

I started out by using a simple plastic prism we had in our Christmas tree, so anything works really, but the quality might not be that great. You can see those pictures here.

guide: prism photography by Jessica AndersdotterThe prism I’ve mainly been using is this one. It’s a glass optical prism, and I have no idea what they’re actually for, but I think mine costed 5-10 dollars on eBay. It’s always filled with fingerprints (note to self: don’t use as a murder weapon) but it works good all the same.

So here’s the big secret: hold the prism in front of your lens! 

I usually hold it with the long side running parallel to the glass of the lens, if you get what I mean? So if you’re looking at your camera from above the prism is running like a parallel line along the camera, not sticking out of it creating a T-shape.

guide: prism photography by Jessica Andersdotter

There are two main effects you can achieve with this technique:

1. Distortion with “rainbows”

Like in the image above, you can get this distorted blurry rainbow party in a part of your picture. You have to experiment, but basically you get this look by holding the prism with one of the pointy ends toward the camera. Still running parallel with the camera though.

guide: prism photography by Jessica Andersdotter2. Reflections

This looks kind of like half of a double exposure. The three smooth sides of this prism can in some angles work as mirrors, and if you hold it in front of the lens you get a reflection of either what is to the side of you, above you or whatever way that part of the prism is facing.

Keep in mind that you can get effects where these two effects are combined. guide: prism photography by Jessica Andersdotter

A few problems you may encounter:

1. You can’t control it.

This problem isn’t actually really solvable with this technique – the uncontrollable character is just a natural part of. And I really like that about it, but I’ve always been a big fan of not fully being in control of the result.

Solution: Use your face as support for the camera, and rest the prism onto the front of the plastic parts of the lens (not the actual glass parts if they’re exposed on your lens?? are they ever?? idk).

2. It looks different in the viewfinder than in the picture.

The distortion transfers differently to the viewfinder than it does straight through to the sensor when the shutter goes off. I don’t know why. It might be something with the mirrors!

Solution: Use live view if you have it. Note that the problem with this solution is a loss of stability, unless you’re using a tripod. I get a lot of stability when taking pictures by resting the camera on my face. (If you’re shooting on film you’re just going to have to guess.)

guide: prism photography by Jessica Andersdotter3. The edges of the reflections are too sharp.

This comes down to focal depth and/or the lens you’re using.

Solution: Try a wider aperture (lower number). I’ve mostly used f1.8 actually! The image above was shot with f7.1, and it’s still cool but I prefer the ones where the edge between the prisms reflection and the regular picture is smoother!

4. The image is “too messy”.

This all comes down to the shape and nature of your prism. If you found some gigantic multifaceted diamond there might simply be too many reflections and distortions. This is a matter of taste though, so it’s up to you.

Solution: Get a prism with fewer facets/sides.

guide: prism photography by Jessica Andersdotterguide: prism photography by Jessica AndersdotterLastly: experiment!

What this technique is mostly about is experimenting. Twist and turn the prism as much as you want, and when it looks good – take a picture. Or just keep taking pictures randomly. I’ve told you the tricks I’ve worked out, but this is mostly about learning by doing.

I hope this helped you and made you excited about trying it! Because I highly recommend trying out prism photography! It can look really cool on portraits as well, I just never take pictures of people because of my crippling social anxiety. :)


Also, there are actually Fractal Filters now (they hadn’t been released yet when I started I think) that are filters made specifically for prism photography, so they have handles and different shapes. They cost like 100 dollars though, so it might be an idea to start with a 10 dollar prism from eBay!