Gimp is still not my friend, but I am definitely making progress. This assignment, entitled Professor Groom Poster was worth a WHOPPING 4.5 stars. I can attest to it being worth that much, because I put a lot of time and effort into my piece. I struggled with what I wanted to do for this because there were so many options. How could I pick one movie for Groom to be a part of? But then I thought about what would make him the most famous, and OBVIOUSLY (after going to see it last night, and no comment on what I thought) I thought of 50 Shades of Grey.
First of all, I started out with this poster, from 50 Shades of Grey
The next thing I did was take this picture of Groom (whose face SCREAMS 50 shades), and cropped his head. This was extremely difficult because I hate GIMP and GIMP hates me, so I had a lot of trouble getting his head to be by itself. I ended up doing some witchcraft and wizardry in order to crop it the way I wanted to. But hey, if the shoe fits, right?
I then had to manipulate Groom’s head in order to make it fit into the poster. I did a lot of twisting and stretching, but I am pleased with how well his head fit into the picture. It is a little big, but yolo. It is like he was MADE for this part!
The next thing I did was cover up the “ey” in Grey. I did this by using a black marker and dotting it over the letters. Since the background was black, this worked phenomenally. I then used the text feature and wrote “oom.” I changed the font and manipulated the size until I got what I wanted. I also blacked/blued out the names of the actors in the movie, and changed the names to Jim Groom and Blair Morgan. Blair is my character, and I thought she and Groom would make excellent stars in this movie. Hopefully I can count this towards my character stars, but if not, I will find another way. Lastly, I changed everything to black in white, not only to focus on the Noir aspects of this class, but also because it looked way more bad-ass.
Here is the final product
This assignment really tested my limits, and definitely helped me become more familiar with GIMP. It also really tested my patience. I get frustrated when I can’t make something work right away, and I really wanted to throw my computer at the wall. However, I pushed through and was able to complete the assignment. I hope Groom enjoys this, as well as everyone else who looks at this post! I was trying to push myself a little bit, and I really did. I’m hoping that my editing becomes cleaner. I plan to go to the DKC sometime next week to figure out some more GIMP tricks that will hopefully make my life easier.
11.5 stars down!