Visual Assignment 3: The Fat Cat

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Martyr Cat

I thought I’d have a go at the fat cat challenge for my third visual assignment.  It was a pretty simple 2-star project.  The hardest part for me was selecting the image to modify.  I wanted something dramatic.  After a Google image search for dramatic renaissance art left me wanting, I fast-forwarded a few years.  I decided I couldn’t go wrong with the French Revolution.  So I chose to modify Liberty Leading the People by Eugene Delacroix.  I loved this painting to begin with, but a little fat cat fun could only stand to improve it.  In the end I didn’t have to modify the original image at all.  I just added the fat cat as a layer on top of it.  To do this, I simply pasted a fat cat into a new layer in Paint.NET:

Step 1: Add Fat Cat

Once the layer was added, I erased everything around the cat using the same techniques as when I isolated the heads for the parent-child headswap assignment.  This was slightly time consuming, but I’m definitely getting better at it.  The final step was moving the cat to the optimal spot.  There were a number of options, but I chose to make him a martyr.  Disclaimer: I think he’s sleeping, but I can’t confirm that.

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