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Adobe’s #MunchContest

Adobe have issued a contest! They’ve recently digitized Edvard Munch’s actual brushes (!!!) so that anyone can use them to paint in Photoshop and Sketch! So cool. 

So they’re challenging people to paint something using these brushes, and I’ve made something for it!

I actually started by checking out the other creations that were uploaded under the tag on Behance, which wasn’t a very good idea as I instantly got insecure about what to create myself. But I gathered some courage and decided I wouldn’t be affected by all the Scream-like images that others had created and make it in my own way! I thought I’d talk you through the process today! So I thought we’d start with looking at the finished result! Here it is! I’ve used the brushes to create the stars and some structures, and the main Scream-like thing about this is the general composition.

Here’s what I’ve written in my submission on Behance:

I decided I wanted to interpret “The Scream” in my own way, and convert it into something abstract that still resembled the original and – most importantly – remained as emotional. I’ve kept the general shapes and composition from the original but changed the rest. Where the original is conveying great anxiety and fear, this image is the expression of a scream that might not have come out of fear.

When I wrote this I mainly thought about Ronja’s “vårskrik” in Ronja the Robbers Daughter. But this image isn’t really a vårskrik either, idk what it is. Anyway!

I started by sketching the composition + the colours I wanted using the brushes. This image is so ugly that I don’t want to show it but IT’S PART OF THE PROCESS SO YEAH.

I used the displacement in Photoshop to make it a little bit more interesting.

I used this picture of some swirling acrylic paint as a base. The composition kind of resembles that of “The Scream”, as I see it. With the different coloured shape at the top and the white face in the middle.

I then liquified it and edited it a little bit to make the shapes a little bit different.

After that I added the first sketch on top using “color” as blending mode. I also added stars by using the actual Munch brushes, though I had to use a layer mask to make them a little bit more scattered.

And then I edited it a little bit and added noise. 

And lastly I put it into After Effects to pixel sort it!

Here are a few detail pics!!

And that’s about it!! So let us hope that I win! I want to go to Las Vegas and Oslo :)))


monthly makers, photography & digital art

Monthly Makers Fabric / Midnight

I was going to make something that wasn’t digital this time… I was going to paint, on an actual (fabric) canvas and try something new. And I did try it! It went horribly. Nothing turned out like I wanted it to and I left the paints so frustrated and mad that I actually decided to never paint again. Well, I might actually paint again. That was a bit of a heat of the moment-thing. But still, I needed some time to cool down so I wasn’t really going to pick up the brush again this month.

So I returned to my trusted computer, and started to brainstorm ideas on how to interpret the word “fabric” digitally. It wasn’t really obvious to me, but in a moment of utter hubris I decided I was going to draw flowing fabrics in Illustrator. As if I would’ve been able to do that…….. But I never got that far, because while I was looking for advice on how to draw fabric I came across this tutorial on how to make a satin texture in Photoshop. And it worked! I had to tweak the method a little bit as it didn’t really work on larger files and ended up with these weird lines and slight choppyness that I didn’t like. But I applied a few different kinds of blurs and stuff and it worked. I actually only generated this one piece of “satin” and used different parts of it for the finished images!
I applied some color to it and didn’t really know what to do with it at this point. (I think the image above is before I blurred it too because it looks a bit choppy still!) But I didn’t feel like it was a finished artwork yet! And then I remembered I had been meaning to draw different crystals for a while, and that they would look cool against the satin! So that’s what I did! The crystals are made in Illustrator with the pen tool and then just gradients added to each side! Pretty simple but still cool.

Added them to the satin and edited the images a little bit more (added noise and stuff like that) and then they were done! The Midnight Trio.

Midnight I. Midnight II. 
Midnight III.

And that was it for this time! I’m looking forward to seeing what everyone else has created on the theme “FABRIC”.

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 FABRIC and Wilda is hosting. Comment on her post here with a link to your creation before 28/5 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.

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my recent obsession: mountains

My sister has been obsessed with mountains for as long as I can remember. She’s a skiing enthusiast and loves snowy peaks and snowy slopes and just snowy anything. (When she turned 18 and got a pair of skis she kept them in her bed for a few weeks :)))) Anyway, she’s gonna have to share mountains from now on, because I’m obsessed too!!!
Cosmic by Jessica Andersdotter
My most recent mountain is this one – “Cosmic” (named that because I was listening to Cosmic Love by Florence + The Machine when I named it – my naming process isn’t that complicated haha). I’ve liked the kind of low-poly look for a while, but haven’t really explored it in any 3D-software yet, but you know what, I can make triangles happen in Illustrator too!!
I then added different parts of this image from a while back to every triangle.

It actually all started with this picture for The Crate Challenge on Hitrecord, where I thought the distorted image I used would look cool as a mountain texture, and I just quickly drew up a silhouette. Click here for the resources I used.I then went on to make Comet II.
Light by Jessica Andersdotter
And then I made this diamond and didn’t like how it looked like just all on its own so I made some mountains to go with it. And I liked them so much I made them into their own picture. If you look closely you can see that I’ve reused the mountains from the diamond one hhehehehehe… :)))))))) Don’t tell anyone. (This is Echoes I btw.)I then used an old distorted image that looked like opals or something and used as a sky in this! “Opalescent”.
Later on I decided I wanted something to go with Echoes I (which was just named Echoes then) and made Echoes II & III. :D

And that’s about it. I think I’ll create a lot more mountains in the future, because they’re so prettyyyyyyyy!!!

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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!