A Candle: Burning Inspiration and Impossiblity

For my first visual assignment this week, I decided to start with the required option, Apophenia. [Find something in your house. Take a picture. Let your imagination churn. Make as many different augmented versions as you can think of. Help others see what’s in your head.] I thought this assignment was a great way to get my feet wet in regards to Visual Assignments, and I’m excited to test my skills on other assignments after this.

So, I decided to take a picture of the candle sitting on my coffee table at home. Fun fact: the scent is pumpkin butter. I brought it out to celebrate the Fall season!! I figured it would be a good start and I could really use my imagination when transforming it. The shape of a circle has so many possibilities! I took the picture on my phone. Here is the original picture:

Apophenia

I transformed the original image 3 different ways, using a free, online photo editor called Pixlr. Because I have a Chromebook, I’m very limited to the kinds of applications I can use, therefore I can’t use Photoshop, but Pixlr has been an adequate substitute. I am still in the search for a stellar program compatible with a Chromebook, so if you know of one, let me know! Anyways, so I used Pixlr and created 3 different images. I will list them below and give the steps to complete the edits/transformations.

THE FLOWER AND THE BEE- Because I’m excited for Fall, but I will greatly miss the warmth and flowers of Spring and Summer.

Apophenia

  1. Go to Pixlr (link above).
  2. Use Pixlr Express.
  3. Upload image from computer, url, etc.
  4. For the flower:
    1. Go to Adjustment feature listed at the bottom of your screen.
    2. Then Doodle.
    3. Adjust brush size and color to desired setting.
    4. Get creative!
  5. For the grass & bee:
    1. Go to the Stickers feature.
    2. Get creative and pick the stickers of your choosing to decorate/create your new image!
  6. When image completed, save and upload to website of your choice. (I uploaded these to my flickr account.

A BLAZING FOURTH OF JULY- The firework effect fit perfectly within the circle of the candle, and the night sky added a great effect. Let’s pretend it’s Fourth of July again and we aren’t slaving away at school!

Apophenia

  1. Go to Pixlr (link above).
  2. Use Pixlr Express.
  3. Upload image from computer, url, etc.
  4. For the galaxy/night sky:
    1. Go to Overlay feature listed at the bottom of your screen.
    2. Pick the overlay of your choice and apply the feature to your image.
  5. For the fireworks:
    1. Go to the Stickers feature.
    2. Get creative and pick the stickers of your choosing to decorate/create your new image!
  6. When image completed, save and upload to website of your choice. (I uploaded these to my flickr account.

AN EXPLOSIVE CAULDRON- This one started as an inspiration of the fire from the candle, and then I thought, why not go all out and make it an intense explosion from some potion/cauldron.

Apophenia

  1. Go to Pixlr (link above).
  2. Use Pixlr Express.
  3. Upload image from computer, url, etc.
  4. For the orange/red flames:
    1. Go to Overlay feature listed at the bottom of your screen.
    2. Pick the overlay of your choice and apply the feature to your image.
  5. For the green explosion:
    1. Go to the Stickers feature.
    2. Get creative and pick the stickers of your choosing to decorate/create your new image!
  6. When image completed, save and upload to website of your choice. (I uploaded these to my flickr account.

Like I said before, I think this assignment was a great way to get comfortable and started with the visual assignments. My creative juices are flowing!

6 thoughts on “A Candle: Burning Inspiration and Impossiblity

  1. Stephanie

    I especially like the cauldron one (I’m a fan of Halloween). Thank you for also including instructions! Pixlr is a much better editor than Paint. These are all creative and interesting; Great job!

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  2. Emma S.

    My favorite out of all the different candle pictures was the cauldron one because it reminded me of Harry Potter. The colors look like a scene form one of the movies but I don’t remember which movie it would be from. Good work!

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  3. Emma S.

    My favorite out of all the different candle pictures was the cauldron one because it reminded me of Harry Potter. The colors look like a scene form one of the movies but I don’t remember which movie it would be from. Good work!#talkingpolack106

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  4. Mitchell Eubank

    These were all very good attempts at turning a candle into something else, but I prefer the “Fourth of July” bit, since you not only went with a firework effect, to say nothing of the night sky in the background, but edited everything together to provide a fitting sequence worthy of the holiday itself. I applaud your festive options for this challenge, to say nothing of your professionalism here. #talkingpolack106

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  5. Tori Lear

    You have an incredible imagination to imagine all these different things from a simple candle! I definitely like the cauldron one the most. Likewise, it’s amazing how you also changed the backgrounds to fit the atmosphere of what you were trying to convey. You’re definitely good at getting people to imagine what you see in your candle. #talkingpolack106

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  6. Ashlyn

    Thanks for sharing the editor you used, anything is probably better than paint at this point so now I’ll know to give it a try next time we do any assignments like this! The fireworks was my favorite, but they’re all really creative 🙂
    #talkingpolack106

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