Amazing exposure and response to “All the Wild Horses’ Andrew McGibbon Photography

This Tuesday I opened my first solo photographic exhibition – ‘All the Wild Horses’
There was a great turn out and two big peices sold! The show is open for another 3 weeks at the ‘Fat Tuesday’ art gallery in Kloof.

Here are some pics of the opening (Credit – Tyler Dolan) as well as some samples of the images themselves.

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By:Andrew McGibbon

Two week wrap up! By Andrew McGibbon

It’s been an awesome two weeks of shooting and we even got to squeeze in a weekend at the berg over the freakishly cold weather spell. It was a well-needed rest with friends. Not to many swim shorts were worn and one too many bottles of whisky got consumed – Could’ve been worse. Besides the time away we have been shooting a bunch of interesting stuff, including a promo series for a local strongman / power lifter – Rory. I thought about showing him how much I could bench press but figured I didn’t want to show off.

 

RORY CHAIN

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My Dreamscape series has also been progressing slowly. When I have a gap, I like trying to get another one done. All the kids have been photographed with the trampoline, but each one needs a specific location and re-touching… that takes time!

 

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Another really cool thing we did which is not usual for us is a family portrait! My good friends, Cati and Ash have recently adopted a little boy – Jackson… He is awesome and I’m pretty sure I am his favourite.
They wanted to do a portrait to mark his one year birthday… We got one shot of him co-operating and then did another one when we let him set the mood. I really love these shots.

 

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Some big stuff has been on the go with me behind the scenes in the Durban advertising agency world. I can’t reveal much until the campaign has been launched but here’s two test shots of one of Durban’s freshest and coolest Art director/copywriter teams – Dylon and Tyron.

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And lastly… In my younger days I used to do a lot of oil paintings (one every two years or so) and I have recently got a chance to do one for a client.
Again, I won’t say much about it besides it’s for an album cover and I am painting in the impressionist style. It’s been REALLY great to pull out the old oils and brushes again.

 

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Super Colour Photography by Andrew McGibbon

About Andrew

Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 1981 Andrew is fine art commercial photographer, now based in Durban. With over a decade of experience, he is well equiped for any situation and has a great team around him. His imagery is bright, clean and possibly even happy, all of which lend to his distinctive style and treatment. He is at heart a romantic and values imagination and emotion over rationality when creating. He believes that if If you over-plan a photograph or try achieve an exact image you have in your mind, you remove the the space for magic and mystery.

Recently married, Andrew loves his life and draws inspiration from love, mystery, fairy-tale and 1980’s action films.
Along with shooting for top brands Andrew spends a lot of his time doing pro-bono work for local NGOs and churches addressing issues of social justice.

Source site: http://www.andrewmcgibbon.co.za

  
  
  
  
  
  
  

Create Rockstar Poster in Photoshop

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1.step

Create a new document 620×860, 300 resolution and 8 bits, rgb color.

rockstar poster in photoshop

2.Step

Create a new layer, fill with black color, add gradient – overlay; colors #afafaf and #ffffff.

rockstar poster in photoshop

3.Step

Now we will drag our main image. We will use girl image from Isostock gallery on Deviantart. Download image and place it in the document.

rockstar poster in photoshop

4.Step

Duplicate the original layer and desaturated it (Image > Adjustments > Desaturate) and change layer blending mode to: Soft light.

rockstar poster in photoshop

5.Step

Apply Image (Image > Apply image).

rockstar poster in photoshop

6.Step

Pay close attention to these steps: this is the technique how to create the robot effect. We will use a 2 px brush 100% hardness and modify its values: take a look picture below: amend the variation of Fujo to 2 and change the pen precious.

rockstar poster in photoshop

7.Step

For now, do not use Brush tool. At first take Pen tool and draw some lines on girls foot. Now right mouse click and select Stoke path and select brush. With this step our contours will be drawing with brush.

rockstar poster in photoshop

rockstar poster in photoshop

rockstar poster in photoshop

8.Step

Ctrl + left mouse click on previously applied layer (model). With this we will load selection over the girl contour. Now invert selection: (Select > Invert) and apply the layer mask to this layer.

rockstar poster in photoshop

rockstar poster in photoshop

rockstar poster in photoshop

9.Step

Repeat this technique to the rest of the leg. Result will be pretty good.

rockstar poster in photoshop

10.Step

For now we will need protect shadows and shades tones. To do that, we will use the Dodge tool. Select a soft brush, use brush size 7px.

rockstar poster in photoshop

11.Step

For the same reason we will use Burn tool. Select soft brush with size 4px and protect light tones.

rockstar poster in photoshop

12.Step

Apply the burn tool and dodge tools to the leg. Also I suggest to add white lines in Soft light mode, to add some highlights..

rockstar poster in photoshop

rockstar poster in photoshop

13.Step

Our girls leg is ready. Now apply all these techniques to girls hand. Here is result what you need to have.

rockstar poster in photoshop

14.Step

Girls robot elements are ready, for now hide layers with girl. Next we need create colorful background. With Elliptical Marquee tool, create 3 circles as in the image, no matter what colors you use.

rockstar poster in photoshop

15.Step

To layer with circles add layers mask and with a soft brush little bit erase circles contours.

rockstar poster in photoshop

16.Step

Now load this layer selection: Ctrl + left mouse click. Now on layer click right mouse click and select Fill and than use this Pattern.

rockstar poster in photoshop

rockstar poster in photoshop

17.Step

Apply a second selection of the second circle (blue). Hold Ctrl + click the pattern layer with ctrl + j (can play with patern size).

rockstar poster in photoshop

18.Step

Now take the Wand tool (W) to patern draw. Change layer blending mode to multiply and go to layer style color options.

rockstar poster in photoshop

rockstar poster in photoshop

19.Step

We apply the same color to the red circle, the blue circle is changed to black.

rockstar poster in photoshop

rockstar poster in photoshop

20.Step

Put a soft brush the color layer below the patern. We already create our circle.

rockstar poster in photoshop

21.Step

Central shape aora going to convert the group to a normal coating for this we will double the group and create a new layer, combine.

rockstar poster in photoshop

rockstar poster in photoshop

rockstar poster in photoshop

22.Step

Duplicate this layer 5 times (Ctrl + J).

rockstar poster in photoshop

23.Step

Repeat step 21 but with this group we use the perspective to shape our shapes.

rockstar poster in photoshop

24.Step

Now we will colorful our bubbles. We use Hue and saturation (Ctrl + u) to set the desired color. Duplicate this layer and put it on the other side and use again to give tone and color saturation. Now make visible girls layer.

rockstar poster in photoshop

rockstar poster in photoshop

25.Step

We use the original form of the circle using the same parameters of Hue and saturation.

rockstar poster in photoshop

26.Step

We use the gradient to create a shadow layer. Change layer blending mode to : Soft light, opacity 74%.

rockstar  poster in photoshop

rockstar  poster in photoshop

27.Step

Now download stars texture: Stock of stars. Place it in our document and change layer blending mode to Soft light.

rockstar poster in photoshop

28.Step

Again we use our original circle. Change color, use Hue and saturation (ctrl + u) and use the perspective.

rockstar poster in photoshop

29.Step

Applying shadows and reflections.

rockstar poster in photoshop

30.Step

Applying again our patern asemos a circle and add a light brush, so we use the same tool we use a soft brush finger 72px and intensity of 32%.

rockstar poster in photoshop

rockstar poster in photoshop

31.Step

Duplicate this layer again and use perspectives.

rockstar poster in photoshop

32.Step

Use the same brush of light, but this time change layer blending mode to Color dodge.

rockstar  poster in photoshop

33.Step

In next step we will create colorful lines. This is pretty complex technique, so pay great attention:

33.1.Step.

Take Pen tool and draw abstract rough line. Configure brush hardness, size 6px and modify brush values (other dynamics). Right click, Stroke path and select Brush.

rockstar  poster in photoshop

33.2.Step.

Create the second path in the same way.

rockstar  poster in photoshop

33.3.Step.

Create a middle way of the two roads.

rockstar poster in photoshop

33.4.Step.

Duplicate circles, put them on creamy road and delete unnecessarily circles.

rockstar poster in photoshop

33.5.Step.

Cliping mask (Ctrl + alt + g).

rockstar poster in photoshop

33.6.Step.

Use a pink brush, similarly as we used the mask clipping.

33.7.Step. (optional)

Add a new path and add a wrap to form a low opacity White.

rockstar poster in photoshop

34.Step

Create more lines with the same technique and put them in to different places, like this.

rockstar poster in photoshop

35.Step

Create new layer, with custom shape tool create Star, use overlapping radial gradient. Use colors: #f217ef and #73f00ev.

rockstar poster in photoshop

rockstar poster in photoshop

36.Step

Now use the perspective and add a white light.

rockstar poster in photoshop

Result:

rockstar poster in photoshop

37.Step

And few final steps. To create this effect more effective, we will add smoke above girls head and write text under girl – ( Are You a Rockstar?).

rockstar poster in photoshop

rockstar poster in photoshop

38.Step

In this tutorial last step, we will use little bit Adobe Illustrator to create elliptical background.

38.1.Step

Take Ellipse tool (l) and create a small circle.

rockstar poster in photoshop

38.2.Step

Create a larger circle.

rockstar poster in photoshop

38.3.Step

Select our paths with the Direct selecciion tool (A) object, fuzion, create.

rockstar poster in photoshop

rockstar poster in photoshop

38.4.Step

Object, fuzion, fusion options.

rockstar poster in photoshop

38.5.Step

Adjusted values.

rockstar poster in photoshop

38.6.Step

And simply put it in photoshop. You can download circles AI file here. Thats it. As you can see, this tutorial is pretty complex with lot of photoshop techniques, but the result is worth it – we create awesome Rockstar poster. If you need help to create this effect, more details of techniques that we use in this tutorial, you will see in Psd file, so grba it or if you have some questions, please ask it here. We will try to help you.

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Cool Effects for Your Text Designs [PhotoShop]

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In this small Photoshop tutorial I’m going to show you some interesting effect which I have got by experimenting. You can apply it on your designs.

Create a new document about 1000×700 pixels. Select some appropriate colors, for example colors of #6b4c00, #190900 and drag a linear gradient.

Cool Effect for Your Designs 01

After that I would like to add more colors to the background. For this create a new layer, use the Brush Tool and select a soft brush with the diameter 400 pixels and add some colors to your layout. I have used next colors: #fff000, #e7340a, #20f00a and #0a7dcd.

Cool Effect for Your Designs 02

Then apply Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur with similar settings to these:

Cool Effect for Your Designs 03

Then change layer mode to Overlay for this layer.

Cool Effect for Your Designs 04

Ok, now I would like to add some elements to the background. Select the Brush Tool and select one of the standard Photoshop brushes:

Cool Effect for Your Designs 05

And add a few prints with white color on the new layer.

Cool Effect for Your Designs 06
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After that apply Filter > Pixelate > Mosaic with similar settings to these:

Cool Effect for Your Designs 07

To receive the next effect:

Cool Effect for Your Designs 08

Move to the next step. Now I would like to add the text. But I’m going to add it without using Type Tool. I will add it in different way. Select the Brush Tool and download these brushes. Then create a new layer and put every letter on it with color of #ffc088.

Cool Effect for Your Designs 09

Duplicate the layer with Ctrl+J and apply Outer Glow for current layer.

Cool Effect for Your Designs 10

Cool Effect for Your Designs 11

Then go to the layer under and press Сtrl+F to apply Filter > Pixelate > Mosaic with similar presets again. After that mess with the layer mode & opacity/fill. I tried Hard Light with opacity of 60%.

Cool Effect for Your Designs 12

Well, we’re done for this tutorial! Enjoy your own cool effect!

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How to Create a Fun, Red-Haired Boy Character Cartoon[PhotoShop]

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In this tutorial, we will learn how to make a funny boy character in Adobe Photoshop. After drawing the sketch, we’ll use shapes, layer styles, the brush tool, and other effects to add some dimension to and life to our character.

Step 1

First create a new 2000 pixel by 2000 pixel document with a white background.

Step 2

Then lets make a quick sketch. Use the Brush tool and turn on the Shape Dynamics feature in the Brushes window.

Step 3

After that we are going to make a color sketch, so turn off Shape Dynamics for a harder Brush, and color the boy in the new “Colors” Layer.

Step 4

Now, let’s begin to add some details to our character, starting from the head. Make a circle with the Ellipse Tool, be sure to choose the Shape Layer feature. Then Command-click on the shape’s contour to make the object editable.

Choose the Pen Tool. Now you can add a new vertex by clicking anywhere on the contour. Command-click on a vertex if you want to move it or Alt-click on it if you want to change the sharpness of the angle. So let’s add the ears.

Step 5

Double-click on the right side of the Layer in the Layers window to open the Layer Styles window and add the following Layer Styles.

Step 6

Create a new layer and draw the blush areas using the Brush Tool. Then blur it with Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur.

Step 7

Now we need to turn off layer visibility for a while, so we can draw the eyes. In order to do that just Click on the eye-icon near the layer shown below. Draw a circle and transform it with Edit > Free Transform (Command + T).

Step 8

Add the following Layer Styles.

Step 9

Draw the pupil and the shadow above the eye.

Step 10

Now select the three layers related to the eye in the Layer window and group them (Command + G). Then drag the group to the New Layer icon to copy the group and thus create a second eye. Use the Edit > Transform > Flip Horizontal and move the second eye to the right position.

Step 11

To draw the glasses, start with a circle using the Ellipse Tool. Then select the Subtract from Shape Area (-) feature and draw another circle inside the first one. To change circle position Command-click on the contour and use Free Transform (Command + T).

Step 12

Copy this layer and place it above the second eye. Draw all the other elements with the Pen Tool.

Step 13

Merge all layers related to the glasses by selecting them and then pressing Command + E. Add the following Layer Styles.

Step 14

Draw the mouth with a Pen Tool and add an Inner Shadow to the layer.

Step 15

Now we are going to draw the teeth and add the Inner Shadow to them. To copy the Layer Style from one tooth to another drag the icon of the Layer Style while holding Alt + Command. Then clip the unwanted part of the teeth by selecting them in the Layers Window and pressing Alt + Command + G. This will create a Clipping Mask.

Step 16

Now draw the nose and add the following Layer Styles. Be sure to turn off the Use Global Light.

Step 17

Now add some freckles onto the face using the Ellipse Tool.

Step 18

Let’s start drawing the hair. Use the Pen Tool to create separate locks and add the following Layer styles to them.

Step 19

When we draw small locks and copy the Layer Styles to them, we will see they are not as bright as we want. Adjust the Size of the following Layer Styles to make them brighter.

Step 20

A part of the locks we’ll draw under the “head” layer, so they won’t overlap the face.

Step 21

Add more details to the ears. You can create these shapes with the Pen Tool.

Step 22

Then using Pen Tool draw the clothes and the hands.

Step 23

Draw the neck in the t-shirt collar. Then add the following layer Styles to the neck and to the hands.

Step 24

Add the following Layer Styles to the t-shirt…

Step 25

…And to the shorts.

Step 26

Add some shadows to the hands and to the shorts. Blur them a little with Gaussian Blur (3-5px).

Step 27

Now use the Pen Tool to add a print design to the t-shirt. Then use the Brush Tool to add the seams.

Step 28

Draw the pockets and make the Clipping Masks for them. Add the following Layer Styles.

Step 29

Draw the seams on the shorts too.

Step 30

Now we can start drawing the leg. Copy the Layer Style from the hand to the leg. Then add a sock and a sneaker using the Pen Tool. After that draw the laces with the Brush Tool.

Step 31

Add the Inner Shadow to the socks and to the laces. Then add decorative streaks and a sole to the sneaker. Make a Clipping Mask for them.

Step 32

Add the following Layer Styles to the sole.

Step 33

Draw the shadow on the sneaker using a gray color. Change the Blending Mode for the layer to Multiply and blur it a little with Gaussian Blur.

Step 34

Add the seams and the holes for the laces using the Brush Tool.

Step 35

Group the layers related to the leg, copy the group and apply Flip Horizontal to it. Use the Move Tool to change the position of the copied group.

Step 36

The boy is finished. Now we need to add the shadow cast by him. So group all the layers except the “background” layer (Command + G), copy the created group and merge it (Command + E).

Open the Image > Adjustments > Hue/Saturation (Command + U) window and move the Lightness slider to the leftmost position. This will make the layer black. Drag this layer under the “boy” group and distort it with the Free Transform + Command.

Step 37

Blur the shadow twice: the first time with Gaussian Blur and the second time with Radial Blur.

Step 38

Add the Layer Mask by clicking on the Add Layer Mask icon in the Layers Window. Use the Gradient Tool to change the visibility of the shadow. Then set the Fill option of the layer to 25%.

Step 39

Shadows from colored objects can’t be gray, so let’s colorize our shadow a little with the Hue/Saturation (Command + U).

Step 40

The shadow must be harder in the place where the sneakers meet with the ground. So, draw it in the new layer. Then blur and colorize it too.

Conclusion

We are done! That is the final result!
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