Friday, 3 March 2017

Photoshop Painting 002

What does sound Look Like?

A question I've been asking myself a lot over the past few weeks. Visualisation of sound is a curious subject as visuals themselves don't often correlate to music while music can often be interpreted as visuals. My thoughts are due to the strong reliance that people have on their visuals. Perhaps sound from imagery is an aspect that goes unnoticed. If I look at an image, nothing abstract, perhaps a picture of an animal. My thoughts associate the image to the sound of the animal, even without noticing. The same can be said about character design. often times we associate an accent. This concept does however seem much more complex when dealing with abstract forms and colour.

Something I did to test this theory was to watch various videos. Putting some on mute while watching. The experience feels empty, hard to understand with a lack of audio. However. reversing the experiment, listening to the video without visuals, a whole different experience, I am able to visualise. This may only apply to me personally, but I found this interesting. Similar to reading a book, emulating visuals is much easier than sound.

For this experiment I chose a plethora of different songs and genres from my playlist and started messing about with different Photoshop brushes. Gives me a nice natural intuitive interpretation of the piece that I can later look back on and question why I chose those colours and shapes. Which I can then later use consciously to create similar effects. At least, that's the plan anyway.

I've been creating these to show some of my digital painting process. This is not only good for looking back at my own work but works nicely particularly for these pieces as I have been able to overlay the music to their respective parts of the time-lapse.

Links to Music
  1. Vi, the Piltover Enforcer
  2. The Stupid The Proud
  3. Dog of Wisdom
  4. Straight to Video
  5. Courtsey
  6. Warriors
  7. Akbar
  8. Project Earth
  9. Earth Sleeps

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