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I recently gave my Digital Art students an assignment to do an illusion
portrait in Photoshop. I have a few beginners in each class and the rest
are continuing on from last semester.
I had them take a good look at those wild portraits by Guiseppi
Arcimboldo (excuse me if I misspell his name) made of flowers, fruit and
many other things.
Then I had them find a portrait of a famous person and use it as a
bottom layer. They then proceeded to recreate the face in a top layer by
cutting, pasting and copying textures and shapes from pictures of fruit,
leaves, gemstones and a lot of other shapes. I have a lot of stock photo
cds and clip art books. The rubber stamp tool got a work out. They
learned a lot about textures and adjusting for values. The photo layer
is then deleted and they can put in another background.
I had no idea they would love this project--never attemped it
myself--until we were ready to do it. The finished ones look amazing. My
collage was of Bob Dylan made of leaves. I will try and post some on our
I have aways wanted to use Arcimboldo as the inspiration for a project
but little did I know where it would end up!!!!
Corona del Mar High School
Newport Beach, CA
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