Occasionally when I have a bit of downtime, I like to try and polish the design/art/lettering/software skills. This week has been rather slow on the work front, so yesterday I used the opportunity to flex my Illustrator muscle and create the image below. I know, it’s blatant self promotion but I don’t care. I rarely post any of my own work here, and frankly I think it turned out rather well. Everything but the background was created from scratch in Adobe Illustrator CS6. The background is vintage wallpaper that was color shifted in Photoshop.
I’m not a huge fan of the colorization process that gets applied to black and white films. I know why it’s done (younger audiences apparently don’t like black and white film, or so I am told) but I still don’t like it. Even though the process has gotten better, it still seems fake. The same is true for still images. Most of the time, the colorized version looks wrong, for what ever reason. The images below however, are anything but. Most of these examples show the outstanding Photoshop skills used to colorize them.
Marilyn Monroe 1942: Tom Thounaojam
1927 Solvay Conference
Albert Einstein, 1948: Yousuf Karsh
Dorothea Lange, February 1936
Migrant Mother, 1936: Dorothea Lange
Audrey Hepburn, 1953: Bud Fraker
Ernest Hemingway, 1957: Yousuf Karsh
Harper’s Bazaar, December 1947: Toni Frissell
Grand Central 1941: Tom Thounaojam
Sergeant George Camblair 1942: Jack Delano
HMS Mauretania, 1909
Trailer Queen, 1941: Tom Thounaojam