Overhead Shot of Downtown Area (5x7)

Overhead Shot of Downtown Area (5x7) - student project

Overhead Shot of Downtown Area (5x7) - image 1 - student projectOverhead Shot of Downtown Area (5x7) - image 2 - student project

This is one of the last photos I've captured that is of an open space. After tinkering around with it in Photoshop, I agreed to make the color of the street a vivid purple. I really wanted the emphasize the intersection and so the actual color of the road would have been too dark. Also, I've kept some of the automobiles in the shot to help the viewer move towards the main interesting area. I do admit that there's not much happening in that area other than all three cars will eventually have to meet/cross it (all roads lead to one point). With the sky, I definitely had to make it darker because it's such a prominent space, I didn't want to take away from my focal point (rule of thirds). As a painting, I can see the potential, specially with natural brush strokes/marks left implemented.


Let me just say, I genuinely enjoyed this exercise. It makes me think more of what's just in front of me and has challenged me to consider light and color, as well as shapes instead of fine detail. That, to me, makes painting more enjoyable because I can focus on the creative side of art instead of the technical side. A great combination of thought-provoking decision making and artistic balance.



 I used the Polygonal Lasso tool in Adobe Photoshop CS6 and the Paint Bucket tool for my color fill on a single layer to create each shape. Although, I'm a seasoned Adobe Illustrator user and vector objects are a great way to fine tune my concept with easier manipulation, I thought using a single layer in Photoshop with a simple tool like the Polygonal Lasso tool would push me to think a little more critically with color, shapes, object placement and the overall composition.

Juan Ayala Jr.

Illustrator for Hire