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Challenge: Other Art Forms (Basic Editing)
Collection: Favorites - Ribbons
Camera: Canon EOS-7D
Lens: Tamron SP AF 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di for Canon
Location: Easton, CT
Date: May 25, 2010
Aperture: f/3.2
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/160
Galleries: Humorous, Children
Date Uploaded: May 25, 2010

Yes, I drew the face on the screen using the knobs. Yes, it was a pain in the neck. No, it's not what I "do," but I thought it would make an interesting photo. I had to buy the Etch a Sketch for the challenge, and this was my first attempt. I drew the face a little too large, but close enough.

To illustrate the face, I took a photo of my daughter (not the same one holding the frame), converted to a very light B&W, and printed it out on transparent inkjet film. Using the film on the screen as a guide, I carefully traced over the imageŚ a tedious process that took several hours. Though the line work is real, I left the film in place because I liked the subtle shading in the open areas. I went to some trouble to coordinate the background color with gels, but B&W provided a closer match to the face and made it look a little more real. Here's a version without the gel. Unfortunately, the super-bright hue of the frame resulted in noise when converted and the abundance of midtones creates a muddy look. Not my best photoŚ this one relies more on concept than photography. :-/

FWIW, this was my second entry in a row to get absolutely clobbered by the early voters. I was at 3.667 after the first few votes and didn't get above 5 until early the next morning. Tough crowd!

Processing: Levels, Curves, Smart Sharpen, B&W conversion with adjustments to yellow, red and magenta channels, and Noise Ninja as a final sharpening step.

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 146
Avg (all users): 6.9929
Avg (commenters): 7.5882
Avg (participants): 6.6047
Avg (non-participants): 7.1649
Views since voting: 5680
Views during voting: 404
Votes: 140
Comments: 54
Favorites: 16 (view)


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05/24/2015 08:22:59 PM
THIS is when I fell in love with you. *grin*

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07/25/2010 10:36:12 AM
Just having a look at some of the previous challenges,and this one caught my eye.
Brilliant idea really well presented,very impressive.
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06/07/2010 11:57:25 AM
Dude, this is sooo cool! Absolutely deserved win but scorewise totally underrated! Congrats!
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06/07/2010 04:56:01 AM
ooh yes, a very well deserved blue, i like this shot very much for his originality and fro your good realization...
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06/06/2010 10:28:05 AM
Kudos to your creativity. Very impressive and well deserved blue!
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06/05/2010 03:29:41 AM
I think this is so clever as well as a great shot. well done!!
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06/04/2010 10:51:56 AM
Awesome, Shannon!! Congrats on another blue!
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06/04/2010 06:39:21 AM
Well done Shannon. I always hated those silly things - I could never remember which direction to twist the knobs
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06/03/2010 10:52:33 PM
Wow! You are an artist of many genres! That is a very cool etch-a-sketch drawing! And a brilliant idea for the challenge :) Glad your hours of work paid off!
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06/03/2010 03:53:01 PM
Huge congrats on the work and the ribbon!!!. It would be great to see how the actual drawing looks (line work only without the film over it).
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06/03/2010 07:35:58 AM
WTG Shannon!!! Superb concept and shot!
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06/02/2010 09:54:36 PM
Well, sir, you DO have my intense RESPECT for both Great Creativity, and Superb Execution!

Your placement on this photo is completely understandable, although the over-all score does seem a bit low for the caliber of photo that this is.

Kudos! Onward & Upward! :)
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06/02/2010 08:51:27 PM
Dang, you are finally showing a bit of talent.
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06/02/2010 07:23:03 PM
WOW that is great image and Sketching work!! You should get two Blue Ribbons on this one! :)
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06/02/2010 02:20:44 PM
I agree that's a really good bit of sketching, but if you haven't already seen it, check out this guy's gallery -- it's almost unbelievable what he does ...

Etched in Time
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06/02/2010 02:16:37 PM
Fantastic Job! Thanks for sharing the process.
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06/02/2010 07:22:37 AM
Congratulations!
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06/02/2010 06:55:49 AM
Wow! Very impressive. I didn't have a chance to vote in this one or go through all the entries. I'm always amazed at the things people will actually do for these challenges. So creative and fun!
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06/02/2010 04:27:33 AM
Congrats on the blue, Shannon. You put a lot of thought and work into this and it certainly paid off. Good work (you talented devil! ;-D
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06/02/2010 04:04:35 AM
looks like the purchase of the Etch a Sketch was an investment here :D Congratulations!! well deserved to win this!
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06/02/2010 01:22:36 AM
Just too cool Shannon! Your ideas make me smile : )
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06/02/2010 01:08:30 AM
Super job, Shannon! That looks a lot harder than mine. ;-) Congrats on the well deserved blue!
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06/02/2010 01:05:07 AM
Congratulation!
It really needs time to produce a good work.
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06/02/2010 12:42:38 AM
Great photograph! Really well done. I like it!
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06/02/2010 12:39:07 AM
Originally posted by Bear_Music:

Have you ever considered being an ad man? :-)

That's exactly where my career started (in high school), and I got as far as Chiat/Day (Apple, the Energizer Bunny, Nynex, Reebok, etc.) in college before straying into other fields of graphic design. I'd go back to that in a heartbeat!
06/02/2010 12:32:55 AM
Your concepts never get old!
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06/02/2010 12:32:21 AM
Congratulations! Great decision to go BW!
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06/02/2010 12:30:58 AM
Big congrats on your Blue, Shannon!
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06/02/2010 12:25:25 AM
I knew this had to be yours as soon as I saw it. It's good to see another one of your elaborate concepts fully realized and ribboning. I have nothing but admiration for your ability to do this. Have you ever considered being an ad man? :-)
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06/02/2010 12:25:21 AM
Good one Shannon--hadn't thought of a paper overlay to help with the drawing. I'm still impressed; i can only draw stair steps and worm holes. Congrats!
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06/02/2010 12:15:54 AM
Brilliant, dang it! *grin*

This is totally deserving of The Blue.
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06/02/2010 12:11:33 AM
Awesome Job! Congrats!!
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06/02/2010 12:06:53 AM
one of my top picks, congrats!
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06/02/2010 12:06:21 AM
I gave this a 9 but thought it would get third.
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06/02/2010 12:05:17 AM
Good gracious, he does it again! Congratulations. Apparently the B/W turned out okay after all!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/01/2010 02:26:19 PM
anyone who has owned or played with this toy knows HOW difficult is to make that sketch...very impressing skill.
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06/01/2010 12:55:36 PM
Amazing!! Such creativity and extremely well planned and articulated!
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06/01/2010 02:29:56 AM
holy shit??!
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05/31/2010 09:28:18 PM
I hope that is really done on the Etch a Sketch. I'm giving a high score with the assumption that this is really your craft !
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05/29/2010 08:52:17 PM
Outstanding!! 10
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05/29/2010 11:32:08 AM
good idea well done
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05/28/2010 09:01:33 PM
Wow, was that really drawn on an etch-a-sketch? That's amazing!
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05/27/2010 02:47:19 PM
that's kinda cool :D - made me smile - thanks
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05/27/2010 05:56:41 AM
A vote gor originality
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05/27/2010 12:27:11 AM
Well if this is yours Sahhanon, you're even more brilliant than I thought - it even looks like your daughter!
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05/26/2010 07:39:54 PM
etch-tastic
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05/26/2010 03:02:01 PM
What a great idea. Well done.
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05/26/2010 02:15:41 PM
That's creative!! How did you get hat pencil drawing in there? I know you can't possibly do those kind of shadows with a real etch a sketch.
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05/26/2010 12:42:49 PM
Wow! Really? That's AWESOME! (not voting)
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05/26/2010 09:59:08 AM
lol
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05/26/2010 08:20:39 AM
The contrast is very flat for a B&W, but the idea behind the picture is good :)
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05/26/2010 04:19:45 AM
hehe,,,,,,,, cool idea,,,,, i like,,,,,,,
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05/26/2010 01:53:41 AM
Seriously Cool! Your art and your photo!!!!!
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05/26/2010 12:31:33 AM
Impressive use of that machine. I am really impressed that you didn't erase it while photographing the shot.
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