As I mentioned, I finished taking a 4 day beginner and intermediate Photoshop class American Graphics Institute(AGI) in December . If I learned nothing else, I learned certainly how to work in a “Non-Destructive” manner.  Most of my previous attempts in Photoshop were very destructive to the original picture, which left me with very little options to “UN-do” my changes or make alterations without having to start over. I certainly learned many other other aspects to the program, but this was a fundamental aspect that will guide me in future projects.  I truly recommend taking classes through AGI if you want get a grasp on a particular program. They offer many different classes with a variety of software, too many to list here.

As a Scenic Designer, I work to design environments that encompass or enhance actions of a performer. So for fun, I started on a simple project based on the idea of creating a performance space out of a generic picture.

To begin with, I found a “Pixar” style lamp 

Added a beam of light

I found some great photos of dancers online, but this one of Edward Watson, the Principal Dancer from the Royal Ballet caught my eye. It is from a photoshoot that photographer Rick Guest did with Watson. Here is link with a article about the photoshoot between Guest and Watson:

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The final look here.

Next up will be a project I did in Adobe Illustrator for my son. I did a two class in Illustrator through AGI last week and spent some time exploring that program. 

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