Tuesday, March 14, 2017

RC2017/04 - A new direction... Andy Warhol

So the Retro Challenge 2017/04 is starting up again next month.  I've decided to try a different direction on this, this time.

For many years, I've been interested in the artwork that Andy Warhol had done on the Amiga.  For a long time, only fuzzy versions and NTSC video were available of it.  Fairly recently art historians found his Amiga computer, including all of his floppy disks and transferred the files off to modern devices so that we can all enjoy them again.

Anyway, after that procedure was done, scaled up pixel-perfect images have been released, in modern image formats.  The originals are still locked onto their disks.  I'd like to change that. (I should note here that there was a floppy demo disk circulating with all of the images as IFFs, but they were back-converted from the JPEGs... so.. yeah.  meh.)

So here's my plan:

I'm going to, as faithfully and pixel-perfect as possible, recreate some of the Andy Warhol pieces.

I'm putting all of the reference and work in here: (dropbox link) which currently is only photo references.

As far as I've been able to find, there are 11 works, which are represented here:

These are all captured from images and videos on the internet.  All are copyright the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. and are being used here without direct permission.

My plan for the first items are:
  1. venus
  2. signature
  3. campbells can
  4. self portrait (next to the can above)
And we'll see how it goes from there

I will be using GraphiCraft and Deluxe Paint (II) to reproduce these works.  I had originally thought to use the original pre-release version(s) of GraphiCraft to accomplish this, but I have decided to use production, shipping software to do the work, as they will be functionally the same, and a lot more stable.

I figure that my products will be my own works, much in the same way that Andy's reproduction of existing designs, like the Campbell's soup can, became his own...

I do plan on having minor, obvious intentional differences to differentiate mine from the "originals".