Case Study

Client: Olympics

Project Title: Hyper-Realism, Cubism, Collage

Duration: May 26th – June 23rd

Team: Doug Miller


For This digital imaging course, I chose the theme of the Olympics Games and represented it in a hyper-realism, cubism and collage project. These projects can be described in the following ways:

  •  Hyper-Realism: is a genre of painting and sculpture resembling a high resolution       photography
  • Cubism: is an style of painting and sculpture developed in the early 20th century, characterized chiefly by an emphasis on formal structure, the reduction of natural forms to their geometrical equivalents.
  • Collage: is a technique of an art production, primarily used in the visual arts, where the artwork is made from an assemblage of different forms, thus creating a new whole.

I had to use different pictures for each project. The Olympic rings, the continents, medals and sports were same examples of these. By using these pictures, I am telling a story about different countries coming together for one goal, winning an Olympic medal for their country.

This project is targeting the Olympics games during the summer and the winter. The Olympics promotes peace by allowing different countries to interact with each other on a humanitarian level despite their political difference.


Olympics Medal Map of the Five Continents


To do my project, I used photo’s from google. I had to look at different pictures and evaluated which ones would help me to get my point of view across. These also helped me with ides on how the Olympics could be promoted. By promoting the Olympics games, people would became interested to see the event on TV or go in person to these games.

Also while doing these projects, I read about different artists works to help me with my concepts and designs. An example are Picasso and Hannah Hoch. I looked at both of their work to help me to think of ideas for my projects. By studying them, I came up with my own style of promoting the Olympics.

China's Tan Wangsong and Belgium's Maarten Martens fight for the ball during their men's first round Group C soccer match at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games in Shenyang August 10, 2008.     REUTERS/Alvin Chan (CHINA)


To go with Ski-jump-Oly-2014-JPN-Takanashi,FOCUS by Shigemi SATO (FILES) This file picture taken on February 21, 2013, shows Japan's Sara Takanashi soaring through the air at the Women's Normal Hill Training event of the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships at the Ski Jumping stadium in Predazzo, northern Italy. She's only 17 and barely five feet tall, but schoolgirl ski jumper Sara Takanashi is already eyeing her second world title and could be set to make history at the Sochi Winter Olympics. AFP PHOTO /FILES/ PIERRE TEYSSOT




Before I started working on my projects, I needed to look at my image size to see if they were 150 psi then selected the picture that I chose for my background. My next step was to build on top of that one picture. While I was building my pictures, I had to use different tools to help to shape the picture to a perspective shape. After I shaped them, I placed them in my pictures. for example, in my hyper-realism project, I had to shape my continents to fit into the Olympic rings. I used the margant ants to shape my pictures and deleted the edges away from the pictures. Finally, I placed the pictures into the Olympic rings.

Professor Kribun showed me how to use the tools to delete the rims of the pictures and showed me how to place the pictures in the rings. By watching her, I saw how she edited the picture and placed a picture within another picture. Also, I learned other different tools to use for my additional projects. She continually helped me to progress with my digital imaging.


My challenges throughout this process with my pictures were that I had a hard time shaping them, blending them together and using unfamiliar tools. In my first project, the hyper-realism, I had a hard time shaping the pictures. So, I asked my professor to help me and to show me how to accomplish this. After I saw her shaping one of my pictures, I started to shape another picture on my own. Unfortunately later, I had a little trouble with one picture. So, I asked my professor to help me again.

My second challenge was that I had a difficult time blending my picture together. In my second project, the Cubism, I had to blend three pictures together but when I attempted to do this, I had a hard time with it. So, I again asked my professor for assistance which she did. She showed the techniques to accomplished it. While she was teaching me, I worked with her to learn how to do it myself.

My third challenge was with tools. while I was working on displaying my pictures, I had a hard time with the tools. When I started, I had no idea what tools to use for my projects. It was therefore important so, to pay attention to my professor while she presenting each new tool. After she showed us a new tool, I attempted to use it but sometimes, I still had a hard time with its application.





By showing the Olympic rings as the central point of these athletic games, it shows how continents come together as one and not as different countries. It represents a bond between people and their sports. Also, it allows people to interact and talk to each other rather than fighting all the time. This is an opportunity for peace, not war.





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