I am a fan of pop art and I like the effect of bright colors up against stark, dark black. Think about Andy Warhol and the first thing about him that comes to your mind… Do you think about that weird hairdo he rocked or do you think of the pop art pieces of Marilyn Monroe in all sorts of fun colors? If you thought of the soup cans, that’s cool, but you’re wrong. :) That image of Ms. Monroe inspired me to turn the boys into works of pop art!
Here’s the basics – you’re going to turn your image into a high contrast black and white image. You’re going to use that image with a projector and beam it up onto your canvas. You’ll trace the image onto the canvas and then paint it! So let’s get going!!!
STEP 1: First and foremost, you need to find pics that really say something about the person or people you are recreating as pop. In my family, we’re all a bunch of weirdos. Truly. But the thing is, we are aware that we’re weirdos and we go with it. The boys are the same. We have all let our freak flags fly around them, so they’re little freaky freaksters, too. So, I went through my years of family pictures to find two that were similar, both being action stars, and of the both at the same age…
This is probably the most important thing here – so please, PLEASE make sure it is a decent image quality-wise. Don’t even bother working with an image that’s really dark or really light or fuzzy. It won’t produce good results. Save yourself some time and heartache and if it’s not a good photo skip it!
STEP 2: Next, you need to get online and go to Be Funky. Haven’t heard of it before? It is an online tool that is easy to use and gives you similar results to having Adobe Photoshop. Without actually having to have Photoshop, of course. If you don’t have an account, sign up for one. It’s free!
STEP 3: First things first… Upload your image. It is the fourth button on the right in the bar at the top with an arrow pointing up in a circle. It will have you locate the file on your computer. Follow along with the pop ups.
STEP 4: This is the first step in actually modifying your image. See the buttons over on the left of the blue bar? You’re going to click on “Artsy” – it’s the one with the palette and paint brush. Below that there is a menu on the left side of different effects. You’re going to click on Cartoonizer and then the ‘Cartoonizer 4’ button. A pop up with be there with ‘Sketch Detail’ and ‘Color Detail’.
Move the ‘Color Detail’ button all the way over to the right. We’re inevitably going for a black and white image and we want as few shades as possible on our final product. Take the ‘Sketch Detail’ slider and move it around until you have few areas of gray but can still easily make out what your image is. Try out putting the slider about where mine is in the image above if you need a starting point.
STEP 5: In the blue bar go to “Edit” – the image with the equalizer symbol. You’re going to bring up both the brightness and contrast by moving the sliders to the right. You want the blank expanses to be pretty light and the black lines to be nice and dark. 42 and 42 worked well for me, but you may need to play with the slider a bit to get a similar result with a different image.
STEP 6: Here we turn the image into black and white. Go to the “Effects” tab – the one that looks like Polaroids. In the menu select B&W. Click on the options until you get the result most like mine above.
STEP 7: Save the image out by going to the button in the blue bar that says Save&Share – it is the circle with the arrow pointing down. Have it save to your computer in a place that you can easily locate. Print the image and then bust out your projector and start getting artsy with it! Need help with the projector bit? Go to the tutorial about how to do just that here!