The top of a wine barrel

The top of a wine barrel

red tile patio

red tile patio

Bottom of Wheel barrel

Bottom of Wheel barrel

concrete tile

concrete tile

Wooden garage door

Wooden garage door

Cloudy Sky Straight Up

Cloudy Sky Straight Up 

As a Graphic Artist I frequently need to manipulate photographs.  To aid me in my creative endeavors I take photographs of textures and patterns.  Frequently people will ask me what I am taking photos of because I seem to be pointing my camera the wrong way.  Here’s some recent photos I took at a winery.  Definitely not your normal fare.

 

 

 

 

How do they serve me?   Recently  I was designing a book cover for a series of stories about Texas.  The author wanted a Texas flag of sorts and I created Texas Flag on a board with photoshop and my textured wood photo of a garage door.  I selected the part of the photo I liked I like the best, elongated it and painted the Texas Flag!

A Different Take On A Texas Flag ©2013 Suzanne Birrell

You Never Get Bored In Texas © 2013 Suzanne Birrell

 

A Hawk Soaring Low © 2009 by Suzanne Birrell

A Hawk Soaring Low © 2009 by Suzanne Birrell

Hawk in Cloudy Sky © 2013 by Suzanne Birrell

Hawk in Cloudy Sky © 2013 by Suzanne Birrell

Another time, I took a great photograph of a hawk but the background didn’t show off the bird at all. I removed the background and added the cloudy sky photo with a little added gradient.  The bird shows up better and there is ample empty space for text.

 

 

 

Tree along a San Francisco Sidewalk © 2012 by Suzanne Birrell

Tree along a San Francisco Sidewalk © 2012 by Suzanne Birrell

Saturday in the Park with Vic

A photo taken in San Francisco with a Pocket sized Fuji Point and Shoot Camera  provided the textures and inspiration for this Theatre Poster.

Textures and Patterns ad to your creative portfolio.  Look up.  Look down.  Look all around.  When you see them, shoot them!

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