Case Study

Diversity in Art


As the semester comes to an end, it’s a saddening fact because I was finally warming up to Photoshop. It’s a very unique image editing program that I’ve never used until becoming a Digital Imaging student. Now, I’m not an art major but being that I do want to have a degree in marketing it is crucial to be able to at the very least comprehend how Photoshop works especially when advertisements are digital nowadays. Working on Hyper-Realism, Cubism, and Collages have taught me a basic understanding of what Photoshop is capable of.


A Comparison and Differentiation of the Trio

Comparing Hyper-Realism, Cubism and Collage is a very tricky topic to come across. All of them have three completely different styles working for them. The  comparison can come from the artist themselves. Let’s say I wanted to make a combination of both Cubism with Hyper-Realism. It can be made. You can give people an illusion of a world that does not exist while making that same world more abstract. The point that I’m trying to give is that an artist can blend elements of all three or simply two styles in order to make a work of art. In the end, they share a similar element which is to take a simple photograph and transform it to something completely different.

 When the semester began, the very first thing that was taught to us was Hyper-Realism. To me, Hyper-Realism is just taking a normal photograph of everyday life and transforming it into an unrealistic occurrence. It can vary from silly to macabre in terms of style. The point is to give people an illusion of a world or situation that never was.

The next assignment given to us was to make a cubism piece. Cubism seemed to be a linear and edgier concept than Hyper-Realism. It has to give off an abstract view of a photograph. ‘Boxy’ was the very first thing that came into my mind when Professor K. spoke about cubism, so that’s what I stuck with.

Collage was the final assignment we were given and boy was that a fun one. It’s style that allows one to assemble their own piece from ‘broken pieces’ reminds me of cubism.

My Pieces & Inspirations


This photograph taken by Steven Meisel for the Louis Vuitton Fall/Winter 2012 collection. Meisel’s photographs are something that captivate me and make me think of Hyper-Realism and was my inspiration for the ‘Hide&Seek’ concept. He’s a very well known Italian photographer that has a reputation like no other photographer in the fashion industry.


Fall 2008 – Alberta Ferretti Ad Campaign ‘Subway’

Models in fashion magazines tend to called clones of one another due to their very similar resemblance of one another when posing for a photo shoot. That’s why Meisel had a knack of using this to his advantage when photographing models for a fashion ad. They all looked alike and each one would be doing something different.

Take a look at his photography ad campaigns.


That’s how my final piece came to be. The only difference was that I did not use more than one girl. I just used one. I used Meisel’s work as an inspiration which led to the discovery of multiplicity photography. M.P. was the style that I used to create the Hyper-Realistic photograph.

Being that it’s my first work, I didn’t go crazy with the tools on Photoshop.
All I really needed was the magnetic lasso tool which cut out the original shots of  my friend. After that, I pasted them on one photo


Pablo Picasso
That’s all the inspiration I needed for the cubism piece I wanted to come out with. Ever since I was a child, I have seen his works through cartoons or even heard of him through references. I was always intrigued by his work. Wondering what the message of his paintings were or what they were to begin with. Everyone by now has probably seen his work or heard of him.

pablo-picasso-las-meninas-1957Pablo Picasso – ‘Las Meninas’, 1957

Pablo Picasso – ‘Weeping Woman’, 1957

His works show one picture in such an abstract manner that makes it almost unidentifiable. The best part of his works are that there’s a significant area that the eye latches onto. It may be due to the coloring or the way the lining is composed, but in doing we slowly realize what the picture is.


As you can tell from my final piece, Picasso majorly influenced it. I wanted people to look at my piece and say, ‘WOW! Look at those tile squares!’ as their first remark. I would then want the piece to lead people to the pavement steps which were altered completely and then finally look at the house. I am proud of this piece especially since it’s the second assignment I worked on Photo Shop with.

The steps involved.


The Collage was the final piece we were assigned to work with and as the final one, was the most pleasant one to work on. The idea I wanted to go on working with was making an homage collage to one of my favorite artist, who of course is my inspiration as well, Keith Haring.
Keith Haring

I’ve seen many of his works being used on clothing and fashion accessories that I had to look it up myself. I couldn’t help but be at awe as how simple yet delightful his pieces were. He focused on topics about love, sex, drugs, war, etc. and applied them to his artwork.

Untitled 1987 Painting

An untitled 1987 painting.

The untitled 1987 painting by Keith Haring is a great example of a collage painted on rather that broken up. I’ve seen many collages that take newspaper clippings and put them together to form a picture, but I wanted something different. I wanted my piece to be abstract, but in a way that takes his popular stick men and has them together as if they were falling apart.


That’s how I ended up with this wonderful piece. The one piece that I am absolutely content with. It was the most tedious one of them all to work with especially when a lot of layers had to be made and so much cut, copy&paste had to be done.


All three styles have so many differences, but applying them to one work can blend them perfectly which could make a masterpiece.


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