Circles Theme Planning and Research


  • Idea 1: Using the Cogs/Gears face-paint idea to add some circles onto my/a models face, combining it with the Clock Tower location using the face of the clock as a circle.
  • Idea 2: Using the Cinco de mayo face-paint idea, combining with some sort of flower as a prop with a field  location to interpret circles into the photograph.
  • Idea 3: Taking the turbines location and using photoshop to add a circular shaped word around the blades of the turbine.
  • Idea 4: Using colour splash to highlight a circle within one of my photographs.
  • Idea 5: Using a projector and some decorated acetate to project circles onto my/a models body.
  • Idea 6: Using some round glasses, combining with some sort of flowery environment using the flower heads and glasses lens as circles.
  • Idea 7: Combining lots of circles into one in different colours, then layering that over an image, then changing the blending modes to make the surreal circle visible.
  • Idea 8: Adding in man made circles into a natural environment, for example; A Pokéball next to a tree stump.
  • Idea 9: Taking a photo of me/a model and then using photoshop to manipulate the photo into a pop art setting.
  • Idea 10: Using the Crescent Moon face-paint idea, combining with an urban-like area.

Face Paint Research


  • Alexander Khokhlov

Alexander Khokhlov uses face-paint to create a surreal effect on the models face.


I have chosen to display this image because I find the lightning bolt through one eye intriguing. He could have made it more simple and kept the model with both eyes open, but then this would have destroyed the main subject of the lightning strike piercing through the left eye.


I have chosen to display this photo as it links in with the circles theme, and the Pop Art movement I had brainstormed earlier. I like this photo as the face-paint makes the photo appear to be 2D, however using my photography knowledge I know this is 3D as there is some depth to the photo where the models shoulder is, giving it some form.


I have chosen to display this photo as I am interested in the tiger face-paint. Combining human attributes with animals appearances is called Anthropomorphic. I am interested in this as I have a big interest for animals. In this photo I feel like the image is showing the soldiers fierce tiger-like bravery, shown by the half tiger face-paint.

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  • Jacek Woźniak


I have chosen to include this photo in my research as it links in with one of my ideas including Cinco de mayo. I am also interested in the flower crown prop he has used in this photo to add effect to the small painted flower on the models chin. I like the idea of using flowers as there are loads of different types of flowers I can work with.

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  • Rankin

These photos come from Rankin’s “Beauty” portfolio.


I have included this image in my research because I am interested in the vibrant lights included in the composition. I am also interested in the dark body paint used to bring out the saturation of the lights even further.


I have used this piece in my research because I feel like it connects with my Crescent Moon idea. I like how the composer has taken a photo and cut out a shape on a plain piece of paper and played it over the image. I can use this in my work as a template to lay over my images.


I have chosen to display this image in my research because I am interested in changing the way the eye(s) look in some of my photos to fit the theme. For example if I am doing a demonic themed photo, I would aim to use some sort of black or red eye contacts. I like this photo because I am interested in the theme behind it, which I’m guessing is some sort of robot-like figure.

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Mood Board


Lighting Research

Lighting Styles


I have chosen to include this lighting example because it gives full attention to the model, which will be essential in my piece.

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I have chosen to include this lighting example in my research because the lighting gives a lot of attention to the models face. This is important for my piece as the model with have their face painted, therefore I need to give a lot of the viewers attention to the models face.

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I have chosen this lighting example for my research as the lighting is uneven on the models face, giving the piece some depth, which makes it a lot more interesting. This is important for my piece as I need to add depth to my piece to make it interesting for viewers.

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I have chosen to include this lighting example in my research because I am interested in how the model is looking away from the camera, and how there is some minor  tone by her eyes and cheek bones. However in my piece I’d like to give these areas more tone.

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Practicing using the studio

Style 1: F/8 ~ 1/160 ~ ISO 100 ~ Light Power 4

Style 2: F/8 ~ 1/160 ~ ISO 100 ~ Light power 3

Style 3: F/8 ~ 1/160 ~ ISO 100 ~ Light power 3

I am going to choose style 1 for my studio photoshoot as I feel like it brings out depth within the subject. I like the photo as I feel like it gives more depth to the subject.

Landscape Research


Marco Carmassi

I have chosen to include this photographer in my research because I like how creative they are with camera positioning and the colour pallets they use. This could work well with my face paint idea as I could possibly merge the colours of the paints with another element in the photo.



Developing My Ideas

Which ideas do I like?:

  1. Demonic face-paint with black eye-contact lenses in a field landscape to bring out a creepy style photo.
  2. Cogs and gears face-paint, outside of a clock tower landscape to fit with a theme of “Clockwork”.
  3. Day of the Dead Sugar Skull face-paint using the studio to bring out the detail of the face-paint.

Photoshop Experimentation

Circle Glass Windows Series

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Circle Glass Windows Series evaluation

I have chosen to practice this editing style as I would like to include it in one of my 3 final images to show I have some skill in creative editing. I would most likely use this method in my Demonic Field photo as that doesn’t have many circles involved within the piece. I am very interested in using the technique I used in Image 6 of the series as it develops an inverted colour scheme with each column of circles (20%, 40%, 60%, 80%, 100%). I am interested in using this scheme as I feel it gives a more surreal look to the piece. However, I also like the technique I used in Image 3 of the series as it adds a spice of colour in the image in circular patterns, ranging from white blue to a very solid blue (Left to right). I am pleased with the series as I feel like it interprets the theme of “Circles” very clearly. If I was to do the series again, I would change how I measured the setup of each circle, i.e: How far apart each circle was and how big each circle was.

Image 1 scene setup

Which scene have I decided to shoot in?:

I have chosen to shoot in a nearby field with cloudy conditions to add to the detail of the “Demonic” theme behind the image.

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For the shoot, I would probably shoot the majority of my images using the spacing in Image 2, this is because it focuses a lot on the main subject (in this case, the field. In my final shoot the main subject will be the model). Image 1 focuses too much on the grass and won’t get enough detail to the models face. Image 3 focuses too much on the sky, which is a problem for my final shoot as half of the models body and detail will be cut off.

Experimentation inspired by Anish Kapoor


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I have chosen to experiment on photoshop with this technique as I like the fact it is surreal, with the obvious circle in the middle of the piece making it stand out.

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Experimentation inspired by Anish Kapoor evaluation

I have chosen to practice this editing style as it gives a clear indication of circles in each photo. I particularly like the style I have used in Image 4, 5 and 6 because I feel like they are the most interesting, more technical than the others and most aesthetically pleasing. I would like to try all 3 styles when doing my final 3 images to see which style would suit which picture the most. I have used a variety of different blending modes throughout the series, for example; in image 2 I used “Exclusion”, In Image 3 I used “Colour”, In Image 4 I used “Colour Dodge” and in Image 6 I added a gradient with a “Colour” blending mode. I am pleased with the series as I feel they are unique to me. If I did this series again I would try to mix up the circles a little more and push my limits, also using some of my own images.

Quilling Technique 

Quilling is a technique that consists of rolling thin pieces of paper into tiny circles, which can then be squashed to form other shapes. This technique could be useful in my work as I could create a circle of small circles in a lot of different colours and sizes, then scan this in and lay it over my image on photoshop.

Anant Nanvare

Anant Nanvare uses quilling to create stunning portraits. In order to create these portraits he uses a wide range of different shapes, colours and sizes.



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3D Effect

I have chosen to experiment with this 3D Effect as I feel like it fits in with my interest of “Surrealism” due to the trip colour effects.

Video tutorial

My responses to the 3D style


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In this piece I have added a circle similar to the ones in the Anish Kapoor experimentation as I felt like they were a success.

Using different Photoshop brushes

Smoke brushes:


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Text Portrait

Video tutorial

My responses to the Text Portrait tutorial


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Shoot 1: 8/11/16, 3:30pm

Aim is to take 50-60 photos to choose from, choosing 2 final photos to edit.

Shoot 1 statistics

Total images shot: 121

Time taken: 1h 45m

Contact sheets:


Narrowed down to 5 images:


Which I then selected 2 final photos to edit in photoshop:


Then edited on Photoshop:



I am happy with this piece as I took a long time editing and adjusting the image to make it detailed. I am pleased with the colour scheme I used here as I feel like the teal-blue colour works well with the models hair. I feel like I could have made the tidiness around the models figure better as it is clearly faded, and I wanted it to be a clean cut. I have added depth to my image by adding in the roses and using darker colours, as lighter colours tend to feel closer. I’ve taken the photo at a normal viewpoint as I wanted to get full detail of the models face. I cropped the image halfway down the models chest to give an idea of reflection as the t-shirt is white and reflects the light onto the face. I framed the model with roses as this matches the Candy Skull face-paint. I’ve used lighting to show texture within the roses to make them appear more 3D, and texture can also be seen on the model as there are crinkles on her t-shirt. I researched online to get the form of the roses, also changing the brush settings on Photoshop to get the scattering and opacity effects. The lighting used here to light the model is soft, as I used the soft box while shooting in the studio. The colours I used in this piece create harmony as the roses tone in with the colour of the models hair, and are muted against the models hair too. The models t-shirt has a high contrast to the background, and the base coat of the models face has a normal contrast to the background. I was aiming to make people think about the image, making it look surreal. I gave instructions to the makeup artist as to how I wanted the face to look to match my image. The mood I intended to create was a questioning one, and left the viewer to decide what they thought of it. It connects to the circles brief because the roses have a circular shape, along with the eyes and the moon figure in the corner. The message I take away from this piece is that lighting and colour tones are important, as well as planning shooting times beforehand.

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I am happy with this piece as I feel like it portrays the theme of “circles” well. I think this because of the big moon-like circle in the middle of the image. I have added depth into my image as there are parts which are lighter than others, giving them shadows. I have taken the photo at a normal viewpoint to give viewers the idea that the moon I placed in the image is the same height as the model. I decided to use a black backdrop whilst shooting to enhance the white being used on the model as white tends to float towards the foreground. The focal point of this image is the models face as this is where most of the detail is in the image. I feel like the rule of thirds is somewhat involved in this image as the models face is lined up on the left side of the grid. It’s hard to tell if this image has a shallow or wide depth of field as the backdrop is black. There is a feeling of movement as the models head is tilted to the side. There is very clearly a circle shape in the middle of the photo, representing the circle theme. There are lot of curved lines used in this image used to give the sense of misdirection and illusion. there is a soft texture given off as I used the soft box in the studio, this creates a more calm look to the models face. This contradicts the face-paint used on the models as skulls are used to look more scary. There is a repeated circle pattern used in the middle of the photo as it is firstly a white moon layer, topped by an ink paint circle layer with an X inside, which was then merged together and blended together using blending modes. I have decided to make the circle bigger than the model so that it could fit over the face, giving it a sense of scale. I have framed the model with some splatters of paint to the right side of the moon to give it a sense of depth as I layered the paint on top of the moon layer. I feel like the colours I have used create contrast as I have used bold opposing colours, but not quite opposing as red and green are opposite in the colour wheel. The colours in the image are quite vibrant, giving it a illusive effect. I think this is a high contrast image as there isn’t much detail in the background of the image, whereas there is lots of detail in the foreground, enhancing the detail of the model and the effects added. I aimed to give the piece a surreal effect, and I think I have achieved that as there is an illusionary 3D effect added to the photo, along side a moon in the middle of the photo (normally the moon in a photo would be extra small since it’s in space). The photo was actually taken with just the model wearing the faceprint with her standing behind the black backdrop in the studio. I didn’t intend to give the photo a meaning, I want viewers to be left with questions. I’ve added an illusionary effect because I like how different and cool it looks opposed to normal studio photography.

Final Image:

3dI have chosen to use this image as my final submission as I felt like it showed the theme of circles better than the other one. I also chose it because I feel like it shows surrealism better than the other one, because of the 3D effect and how the moon is in the middle of the page. I cropped the image halfway down the models chest as I wanted to capture the detail of the white shirt which corresponds to the white base paint of the models face.

Final Evaluation

During the course of this project, I realised that I was really interested and motivated about my idea that I didn’t make a backup plan in case my original plan failed. The turnout was that my original plan had failed in some way, so next time I am going to make a backup plan so this doesn’t happen again. I enjoyed completing this project as it has given me time to practice my camera skills and processing skills. I liked the way we were able to plan and create a photo of our choice since the theme was quite broad, meaning I could use my creativity skills to a bigger extent. What I didn’t like about the project was all the writing and evaluation for the pieces I produced as I tend to struggle with this area. I aim to improve this on the next project by practicing my analysing and evaluating skills by taking work from other artists/photographers and using those to analyse. Overall I am happy with my project as I feel like I put in a lot of effort into experimenting with photoshop to create my final image(s). However, I could have spent more time doing more artist/photographer research and making contingency plans to fall back on if my primary plans do not work. This is vital as it could affect my final grade in the long run, so this is a valuable lesson.


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