Everyone changes in The Village: a #prisoner106 design assignment

The Village library is full of some entertaining and suspenseful reads.  It’s important to have hobbies and materials that keep our minds busy.  We recently had several donations of “I Can Read” books all from different Community members.

Cataloging new arrivals in The Village library

Cataloging new arrivals in The Village library

Odd.

I picked up The Schizoid Man and thumbed through it.  I’ll add it to the collection despite the worn and torn book cover.

I Can Read MoviesBeggars can’t be choosers, amirite?

How I did it:

Several Village dwellers created some impressive book covers from scratch.  I took the “creative edit approach” as The Village psychiatrist calls it.

I wanted to capture the essence of Rover as well as the lava lamps that appear throughout The Prisoner.  I found a Creative Commons licensed lava lamp photo (thanks Anderaz) through Photo Pin.  I imported that into GIMP and erased everything but the three bubbles.  I think my next steps involved playing around with greyscale, contrast, the invert tool, and maybe some other things.  I took a few screenshots, but couldn’t really tell you the order I did things:

Tinkering with contrast

Tinkering with contrast

grayscale

Tinkering with grayscale

invert

Tinkering with invert

iteration

Tinkering with brightness and contrast

After the lava lamp/Rover was all set, I downloaded Mitch’s War Games cover and proceeded with my “creative edits,” which I now feel kind of lame about, because the book cover is copyrighted.  I supposed I could argue that it all falls within Fair Use, but still….

My creative edits included:  change the book number from 15 to 2, changing the copyright date from 1964 to 1967 (when The Prisoner) came out, changing the book cover image (obviously) and the text.  It would behoove me create my own book cover, because I could benefit from experimenting with different effects and brushes and other tools available to master image manipulators.

 

 

2 thoughts on “Everyone changes in The Village: a #prisoner106 design assignment

  1. The lava lamp image works really well. It perfectly fits with Rover when Rover comes out of the water, and of course with all the lava lamp images on the screen in Number 2’s office (what’s up with that, anyway?). Nice detail, changing the copyright date! I wouldn’t have noticed if you hadn’t said anything.

    The “scratch” route is good for learning, but takes one heck of a lot of time. I wanted to do it the first time b/c I thought it wouldn’t be that hard (ha!). The second time I wanted to do it b/c I wasn’t going to let this assignment defeat me like I did the first time! It’s fun if you have lots of time and don’t mind getting frustrated by weird stuff that happens unlike what you think should happen and you don’t know why.

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