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Background, or Lack Thereof
sometimes when i paint the background ends up seeming nominal, something to work through so it feels natural, but it isn't natural because it's not what i care about when I choose a picture. I remmeber vern had us do an assignment where we take extra care to use the background, and so did pam, in fact i can see that assignment from where i'm sitting. but instead of keeping the background, i thought it would be better to just get rid of it so i isolated the figure in pixlr and then moved it into google drawings to see what to do with it.


Old-Fashioned Photoshop
i started adding more onto each other, becoming interested in the different ways one image could be connected, based on which features were at the ends of the figure. it ended naturally in a circle and i liked it. i printed it out. it kind of (no, a lot) reminded me of the things my grandmother makes which lisa, mommy, and chris all confirmed. I've always wondered about those pieces she makes and feel sad thinking that the technique which felt like a revelation to her can now be reproduced in minutes (instead of painstakingly over the course of a few weeks) using a free editing program like pixlr. now i've done it.
anyway, i wanted to make more so i started experimenting, even using multiple figures in a picture. the collages got more and more elaborate and eventually they seemed too complicated as people stopped liking them on instagram. that or they became too removed and robotic. chris told me he was trying out a similar thing, likely inspired by me, and that he could produce the same effect with the kaleidascope feature of paint.net.

In pixlr, I also got the idea of making sillhouettes as it now felt less about the original painted image and more about the design that it made

daddy and i had a discussion in which he asked me whether i painted each part of the design. I wondered not why it made it more impressive but how he'd failed to see the difference. either way mommy and daddy both liked it.

I wanted to produce a dropshadow effect in pixlr and painstakingly removed all the excesses, having trouble when i filled it in with black because englarging the image didn't produce the shadow I wanted, however, google drawings had a simple technique called checking the drop shadow box, to produce the same effect. even less people liked this one on my instagram and i got discouraged and called it quits. it was becoming too rote of a process anyway.