My Artwork



Glossary of terms:

Stock photo = In this context, a photo I took so it could be used as a piece of another piece of photographic art.

Photographic painting = When I use a photo of mine as a palette with which to use the warp brush and the clone brush to make a painting of sorts.

JASC Paint Shop Pro 9 = The program I used to make these pieces of art.

Palette = The original photo used for its colors, to make a photographic painting.



© 2006 Tristan A. Arts
© 2006 Tristan A. Arts - "Petite Mort"
I created this piece by mixing together elements from several previous photographs. In this piece, the image of me pointing was a stock photo I made, as is the picture of trees at night. The art piece I used in the creation of this piece was the piece called "Nameless" for the background.

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© 2006 Tristan A. Arts - "Lucifer"
This is another juxtaposition piece. I took a stock photo of me in a black robe, cut it away from the background, inverted the colors, warped it with the warp brush a bit, and then pasted it in the foreground of one of my cemetary photos. Then messed around with the brightness.

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© 2006 Tristan A. Arts - "Color of Curiosity"


This is what I call a "photographic painting." What I mean is that I took a photograph I had taken - for this one, it was a photo of me - and used the warp brush and the clone brush to turn it into an abstract painting. I LOVE this picture VERY much!

© 2006 Tristan A. Arts
© 2006 Tristan A. Arts - "Wraith Portrait"
Simplicity is the name of the game for this piece. I took a photo of myself wearing a black robe and modified it with the clone brush and the warp brush.

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© 2006 Tristan A. Arts - "Ghost Sky"
This piece is comprised of three different images. First, I took a photo of the corner of my ceiling by itself, then of the same corner with my hand there, and combined the two images using the clone brush on 50% opacity. It wasn't enough, though, so I used the same trick to add part of one of my cemetary photos to it.


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© 2006 Tristan A. Arts - "The Body Aetheric"
Oh yes, this is one of my favorite pieces. I took a photo of my shadow out at a local lake, modified the colors, and then used the warp brush to play around with the inside of the shadow. My original goal was to get rid of all the colors and shapes inside the shadow (I had not yet learned, at that point, how to use the Magic Wand), and ended up making what looked to me like blue flames inside of it. One of my absolute favorites.

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© 2006 Tristan A. Arts - "Monster House One"
Back when I took the photos that later became the Monster House series, I was going for a walk on the street behind our house when I saw two houses about to be torn down. I thought of how much history those old houses must have had, especially since later inspections of the photos revealed one of the houses had been some sort of apartment building...

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© 2006 Tristan A. Arts - "Monster House Two"
...(The one in the two "Monster House" pictures on this page.) So I took photos of the houses before they could be demolished. Later, I was getting a creepy vibe from the images (which had, I think, more to do with my own state of mind at the time than the photos themselves or the houses), so I used the warp brush, color modifications, and the clone brush to make the Monster House pieces.

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© 2006 Tristan A. Arts - "...And Yea, Did The Reality 'Round It Warp"
There's this old court house across the highway from the county landfill that caught my attention, and I have done several pieces that feature it, as well as the dozens and dozens of stock photos I took of it.

© 2006 Tristan A. Arts
© 2006 Tristan A. Arts - "Eye Shadow"
For this piece, I cut out the shadow from one of my stock photos and inserted into the emptiness part of the piece called "Eye Wall," which had been made by using the clone brush and the warp brush.

© 2006 Tristan A. Arts
© 2006 Tristan A. Arts - one in the "Visitor" series
The experiments that gave rise to the "Visitor" series also gave rise to the "Mecha" series. What I did was I simply took a photo of myself and hit "Effects - Edge effects - Dilate" on the menu, then CTRL+Y to repeat over and over again until my hairline receded and I looked like an alien. Then I modified the colors. One of the other favorites in the "Visitor" series is one where the alien's head is fused to another like conjoined twins joined at the top of the head.

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© 2006 Tristan A. Arts - "Bird Of Innocence"
Yet another photographic painting, but for this one I used an old photo of my younger sister when she was a baby as the palette. She had several of her toys with her, hence all the bright colors.



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© 2006 Tristan A. Arts - first in the "Mecha" series
For this series, I did the same starting thing to these as I did to those in the "Visitor" series - dilated the edges. Then I went to "Effects - Artistic Effects - Chrome" and CTRL+Y to repeat until it looked good. For this particular Mecha piece, I also increased the brightness and distorted the image.


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© 2006 Tristan A. Arts - "Squirrel Parliment"
My most recent piece, I was in a humorous mood at the time. I happened to have the digital camera with me when I looked outside and saw a squirrel sitting like an important politician on this ledge. In JASC, I used the clone brush to repeat him a few times, created a new image and flipped it around to create the other side. Called it "Squirrel Parliment" because they looked like they were having a session of parliment. Probably trying to decide what to do with this year's nut surplus.







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Disclaimer: Yes, I am a mid-continuum multiple. I do not have a full-blown case of Disassociative Identity Disorder... I'm just one person with many Faces that each feel almost completely like other people.
If you can't see past this fact, then please go away.