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:
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.