Here we are today with another amazing case study by Falcon White, a designer based from Germany and this time he's doing a Case Study about his Desktopography 2012 submission entitled Kitsch Me If You Can. Hope you'll enjoy it! For the Desktopography 2012 Exhibition I wanted to come up with a different kind of ‘80s inspired photo illustration. I wanted to do a really cheesy and kitschy nature scenery but at the same time a really colorful one. Something with a hint of fantasy. Rainbows and unicorns came into my mind. So why don‘t just throw some rainbow bride and my little pony into the ring and see what happens. Also check out the Desktopography website for downloading a great load of beautiful wallpapers, initiated by Pete Harrison Desktopography.net . For more information about Falcon White, you can visit his FalconWhite.de and by also give it a LIKE on Facebook. Step 1 After buying the right photo material, I made a first compositing and started cutting out each horse. All Rights to Falcon White Step 2 I took the background photo, duplicated and scaled it to fill the white space. All Rights to Falcon White Step 3 Some unnecessary elements were erased quick and dirty and I started to add some landscape elements like the waterfalls, the mountains and some stone elements in the foreground area. All Rights to Falcon White Step 4 Different sky photos were blend together and formed the final sky. A picture of a beach with the right perspective helped to create the sandy ground for the horses. All Rights to Falcon White Step 5 Time to fit in a rainbow for the cheesy ‘80s vibe! All Rights to Falcon White Step 6 Some dust for the background area and of course the Desktopography logo combined with a waterfall came into play. All Rights to Falcon White Step 7 Last adjustments for the left horse with scaling and using the Puppet Warp tool to put it into a better position. The horns of the unicorns were done in Cinema 4D and we also used C4D to give them the right perspective. A cut out tree photo plus rotated duplicates placed upon the logo created the perfect nature feeling. Some birds also felt free to fly along the sky. All Rights to Falcon White Step 8 Time for more dust, contrasts, shiny and brighter parts. The unicorns went through a first round of dodge & burn. The horns became shadows and were adjusted to blend right in. All Rights to Falcon White Step 9 First color adjustments - some blue, red, yellow and green spots were thrown on this. All Rights to Falcon White Step 10 A lot of fill and adjustment layers later (hue/saturation, selective colour, channel mixer, colour balance..) the wallpaper became more colourful like a rainbow. All Rights to Falcon White Step 11 It was about time to let the unicorns shine. All three became an outer and inner white glow and some more painted highlights. The right brush set helped a lot to get a surreal starry sky and gave the top of each horn a higher kitsch factor. All Rights to Falcon White Step 12 In the last step, dust and scratches were removed and I added a Reduce Noise filter to get a smooth, nearly painted look. Finally the wallpaper was sharpened via Highpass and the edges were darken a little bit. All Rights to Falcon White
It's always a great thing to see how a designer works, it's a great way to learn and also to progress with your own skills. Now I wanna share a case study from Ralf Krause aka Falcon White, who did this piece for Desktopography 2011. I hope you will enjoy it and free your mind on new knowledge. To know more about Ralf Krause, you can check out his website at FalconWhite.com or check out his Behance. In Ralf's WordsLike all the other elements, I cut out the main image. Antonio Bay by Falcon White For the hair I used a masked picture of a woman. Antonio Bay by Falcon White A cracked texture, some colour corrections and increased contrast came into play. Antonio Bay by Falcon White I opened a second document to build the background with 2-3 ocean pictures that where blended together by masks. Antonio Bay by Falcon White More rocks and a ship where added and on some spots I brushed some „Fog“ and turned the whole background to orange. Antonio Bay by Falcon White Time for a third document. There I placed the skull and the background scenery in front of a green coloured cloud layer and started to add some smoke behind the skull‘s hair. Antonio Bay by Falcon White Cut out pictures of a neck and a knight‘s armour completed the fog walker. Birds appeared in the back and the skull got a green coloured touch. Antonio Bay by Falcon White In this step some shadows where brushed and using Dodge and burn I increased the contrast. The palm leaves where placed and a little bit more fog moves in. Antonio Bay by Falcon White Time to place the parrot... Antonio Bay by Falcon White that went through dodge and burn. The skull also got a little bit more hair..well, actually it‘s feathers. Then I made everything darker and gave the whole wallpaper a more violet colour… Antonio Bay by Falcon White That changed in most spots into blue... Antonio Bay by Falcon White and ended up with a green color mood with flat black tones. Antonio Bay by Falcon White This wallpaper “Antonio Bay” was inspired by the movie “The Fog” – a true ‘80s classic by John Carpenter. By the way you’ll find a lot of great wallpapers on Desktopography.net initiated by Pete Harrison.