Retouching and photography on Nike Airmax 720 creative.

This animation video shows the process of retouching and photography on the Nike Airmax 720 “just go bigger” creative – changing model/colourway. The elements of the original creative where textures allowed for just manipulating colour and density were kept and re-coloured. For the majority of the shoe I had to photograph the new model matching the angle and integrate this by compositing this into the existing creative. I also had to recolour and do some changes to the original background to keep it all in line with the new colourway.

The project was done for the European branch of Nike and withe the London based design agency Village Green Studio. In the end we did four different new models – three of which had to have separate photography due to different textures and materials of parts of the shoe. Village Green Studio also created a new creative which I was involved with the retouching of. Some of these will be added to my DigiSurgeon website soon.

Step-by-step production animation of retouch process on Nike NFL campaign.

Post production/Retouching on Nike American Football NFL - Allen Bernard Hurns Jacksonville Jaguars

Soon to be available at my retouching website – www.digisurgeon.co.uk

Step-by-step animation showing post production/retouching on project with Village Green for Nike Brand Design with 3D elements by Ben Koppel – campaign showcasing the jersey designs for American Football NFL (National Football League) – Allen Bernard Hurns – then playing for Jacksonville Jaguars.

An artistic eye: Tom Hanslien of DigiSurgeon talks about why an intrinsic design flair is essential in post-production for the arts.

Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum - Opera: Passion, Power and Politics - exhibition hero poster.

In the last couple of years, I’ve been drawn into some exciting publicity work for several of London’s leading museums and galleries. I love all things to do with photography, creative expression and art, so it’s a treat to be part of the team creating campaigns for the latest exhibitions. When it comes to attracting art lovers and visitors, these venues look for eye-catching and compelling visuals for posters, websites and advertising.

Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum - Opera: Passion, Power and Politics - exhibition hero poster.
Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum – Opera: Passion, Power and Politics – exhibition hero poster.

Working with Village Green Studio and their fantastic 3D visualisers, who collaborated with the Victoria & Albert Museum to create this theatrical, sumptuous and classy image that featured in their publicity for a new exhibition about Opera in collaboration with the Royal Opera House. From early conversations with the art director, I understood the desire to enhance the 3D imagery to create a rich and appealing canvas of activity but simultaneously draw the eye into certain elements of an otherwise busy picture. It was a nod to the showy costumes of traditional opera with a daring, contemporary twist to attract the attention of a younger audience.  I enhanced key elements of the 3D-rendered image and used colour and contrast adjustments to balance the palette of colours ensuring the finished visual created the correct impression flamboyance with style.

The Barbican's Film In Focus: discover the power of the moving image - hero poster.
The Barbican’s Film In Focus: discover the power of the moving image – hero poster.

I finessed the image for the Barbican’s Film in Focus event. The client’s brief was for a publicity poster, created from the some of the same assets as the promotional video and animation. Sometimes the hardest projects are those that seemingly seek a simplistic look. My challenge was to make it look good with very limited assets. Together with the art director, I was instrumental in selecting the most suitable iris – the core image within the poster. Using my eye for design, I shared my thoughts on the best files to work from and then worked up and finessed the composite image to achieve the right look.

Tate Modern presents The Radical Eye: Modernist photography from the Sir Elton John Collection.
Tate Modern presents The Radical Eye: Modernist photography from the Sir Elton John Collection.

 

The much-anticipated modernist photography exhibition at the Tate Modern – The Radical Eye – was a similarly a challenging project as the imagery we worked with was so iconic. A hero image was selected for the collection (owned by Elton John) that we all agreed was famous in its own right, but lent itself to some subtle enhancements for the publicity campaign. Balancing the need to remain truthful to the original image and the need to create a fresh feel to engage potential visitors, working with the Art Director we experimented very subtly with colour tints and treatments, and also bringing out a tiny hint of shadow detail on elements you don’t normally see until we were satisfied I had created the desired impression.

Post Production – Cristiano Ronaldo – Nike CR7 -Forged for Greatness.

Cristiano Ronaldo - Nike CR7 Magista Superfly - Forged for Greatness.

Post production / creative retouching on project for Nike Brand Design. Cristiano Ronaldo – Nike Mercurial Superfly CR7 – Forged For Greatness.

The creation of this complex image – see on website here – for Nike Brand Design with the creative design agency Village Green, was completed in early 2017.
With great art direction by the designers at Village Green and the brilliant 3D modelling and texturing by Ben Koppel and Barney Morgan this turned out to be a really good challenge and experience. The animation of the production doesn’t quite do the process justice – we tested many routes with countless combinations of environments and smoke before getting to the final and desired look.

Cristiano Ronaldo - Nike CR7 Magista Superfly - Forged for Greatness.
Cristiano Ronaldo – Nike CR7 Magista Superfly – Forged for Greatness.

The product version creative of this campaign was also picked up by Sports Direct who created an animation of it for a TV commercial.

Cristiano Ronaldo - Nike CR7 Magista Superfly - Forged for Greatness. Product Image Creative.
Cristiano Ronaldo – Nike CR7 Magista Superfly – Forged for Greatness. Product Image Creative.

I’m LIVE!

I am very happy to announce that the DigiSurgeon website is now live at last. A complete new look which is much easier to navigate and include additional information about the case studies which I hope will be helpful.

Below is an animation showing a simplified build-up of one of the featured showcases you will find on the new website. This specific project was the Nike Aeroswift  Football NTK (National Team Kit) launch campaign created by Village Green Studio for Nike Brand Design.

More info about this project can be found here.

I hope you will enjoy my new online portfolio for retouching / post production, and stay tuned for more updates both on this blog and on the DigiSurgeon website.

The new DigiSurgeon website is under production.

Telemark skiing in Kaltenbach, Zillertal, Austria.

One of the featured projects on the newly designed DigiSurgeon website.

The new website is still under construction but a beta-testing site is now live. And here is a preview of one of the case-studies production videos that will be on the finished website. It’s a composite of images from Zillertal in Austria creating a dynamic image of Telemark skiing on the slopes of Kaltenbach.

 

More can be seen on the test-site http://beta.digisurgeon.co.uk