No | December – Surrealisme

Noscope December is an attempt to step back in history to the surrealists. Surrealism was a movement, and the surrealists tried to penetrate the crust of the existing reality in search of the true reality – the super reality. Hence the name, “sur – realisme”, french for “over-realism”.

About “Surrealisme”

It all really started with an illustration I saw in a Danish magazine called “Ud & Se”. It was an illustration accompanying an article about “mind medication”, and showed a blissfully smiling man, with his head being poetically dragged apart as though it was goo. It was a lovely inspiration, and reminded me that Photoshop has just such a tool, called “Liquify”. I cut out the illustration, and hung it in my kitchen. It was enough for me to decide to explore the “liquify” tool this December.

I did the images chronologically this month, so picture #5 was the last one I did over a period of two days. I do think I went overboard with the liquification of the clouds in some of the images, but all in all, I’m satisfied with the final result.

As for the composition of the images, since the very purpose was to explore the liquify tool under the cover of “Surrealism”, I wanted a big canvas to liquify. As such, I have purposefully let the clouds be the major player in the images.

The tiled ground/forests in the bottom of the images, that too, is on purpose. On one hand it adds to sense that “something’s not quite right here”, and on the other hand it clearly communicates “this is just decoration, look at the interesting part above”.

The huge tree limb, or tree tops in the right of the images are there for a couple of reasons. First of all, it looks eerie, and adds some dynamic to an image that would otherwise just be a vista. Secondly, it adds distance from the background to the individual tree.

Music

The beautiful musical track is, as always, composed by Kate. This specific track, is one of my absolute favourites – let it play for a few minutes to get the full experience.

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14 thoughts on “No | December – Surrealisme”

  1. Chris says:

    Wow. Utterly fantastic. The final image is really just… goodness. It’s just good. Somehow they manage to be both cold and warm at the same time. Clever trick that.

    I have to say I’m quite envious that you live in a part of the world with such wonderful vistas. Personally, I have some nice pics of ship cranes if you like. 🙂

  2. Nik says:

    You ever make bad stuff!? 😀 Very nice, love the aspect!

    Am I the only person thinking Aurora Borealis?

  3. Joen says:

    Wow, thanks, what a great thing to wake up to!

    I’m rather proud of how it turned out, although I would’ve gone over image #1, #2 and #3 had I had the time. Suffice to say, this is not the last time I’ll be using Photoshop Liquify.

    Chris,

    Appreciate your comments on the last picture, I was unsure of that myself. When I put down the pen I thought I might’ve gone over the top on that one. It’s also important to know when to stop. The “trick”, by the way (if any), is that the wooden branch is wet from rain, but I colored the highlights red as though from background saturation.

    I have to say I?m quite envious that you live in a part of the world with such wonderful vistas. Personally, I have some nice pics of ship cranes if you like.

    First of all, I love pictures of cranes! Great graphics and shapes there. Secondly, most of the assets used in these pictures are from Sweden (of course), and archives from most of last year – so it’s not fresh imagery.

    Nik,

    You ever make bad stuff!?

    Hell yeah, just take a gander at April 2004 for one!

    I really appreciate the comment though.

  4. Michael says:

    I love these! Fantasy landscape of some weird persuasion. Very cool!

    If I had to bitch about something, I’d bitch about the repetition on the stamped trees. But the cloud work makes up for it 🙂

  5. Joen says:

    Thanks Michael, I appreciate it.

    If I had to bitch about something, I?d bitch about the repetition on the stamped trees.

    I was going to answer this, but knew I’d write it in the post body. It was a conscious decision that it was clearly distinguishably repeating, to say “hey, look above”. Whether that succeeded or just looks lame, I don’t know 🙂

  6. Michael says:

    I suppose it’s merely my instinct as a texture artist, to instantly spot repetitious patterns and eradicate them 🙂

  7. Somehow I nearly missed this installment. I’m glad I didn’t – Joen, these images are stunning. I love that Photoshop work and the colours. There’s a surreal, fantasy-world feel to this installment which, combined with the haunting soundtrack, is extremely evocative.

    I think this is your best work yet.

  8. Joen says:

    Michael,

    I suppose it?s merely my instinct as a texture artist, to instantly spot repetitious patterns and eradicate them 🙂

    I know exactly what you mean, and while I’m crap at eliminating such repeating patterns myself, I generally do try and avoid them.

    Jonathan,

    Wow, thanks so much! I really appreciate those profusely kind words.

    I think this is your best work yet.

    Thanks, how very kind of you. It’s a strange thing to be doing this kind of monthly thing, it is so much controlled by coincidences and random emotions. Had I made the images any other day, they would’ve turned out differently. I guess, sometimes a specific constellation of coincidences just works out well!

  9. Bj?rn says:

    Joen, this installment is absolutely fan-fucking-tastic. I’ve always enjoyed your work, usually under “quiet lurker”-mode, but this time I just have to speak up.

    Gorgeous work.

  10. Bj?rn says:

    Oh, and I wish Kate had somewhere to leave feedback. I’ve always been a big fan of the music for these installments, but figured you had taken some artistic liberties from various ambient CDs. Had no idea they were custom composed.

  11. Joen says:

    Bj?rn,

    For the years I’ve been doing it, I’ve only gotten sporadic feedback. It made it rather special, and it more-so underlined the fact that I’m mainly doing this for myself (learning, etc.).

    Now suddenly getting this spur of positive feedback, I must say that’s amazing. Thanks once again, I do very much appreciate this.

    Oh, and I wish Kate had somewhere to leave feedback. I?ve always been a big fan of the music for these installments, but figured you had taken some artistic liberties from various ambient CDs. Had no idea they were custom composed.

    I wish I could do more for Kate. I’ve always let her know how much I appreciate the music she’s allowed me to use, and more often than not, exclusively. It truly is a fantastic thing, especially the fact that back in 2001-2002 when we cooperated the most, our work was clearly visually and audibly improving. Having this creative past with someone I’ve never met, is quite an extraordinary thing.

    In other words, she’s always welcome to comment, here, heck I’d give her co-authorship if she wanted.

    It is, however, my impression that she wants to do music, and work related to that. She seems very focused on this, so I respect that.

    It should be mentioned, however, that in the last some 6 months or so, she’s not composed new music exclusively for Noscope – she’s simply been too busy with other music-related stuff, so I’m “simply” using music from the archives.

  12. jon says:

    this is the best issue as of yet.. and that’s saying alot since they’re all amazing.

    great work.

  13. Joen says:

    this is the best issue as of yet.. and that?s saying alot since they?re all amazing.

    Thanks Jon, I really appreciate that. I hope you’ll like my january, although I can say myself it’s something I’ve spent less time on.

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