Good Morning,

A few days ago I had so much fun discussing an artwork that I think I will do it again today. Question is, which one?

I think I will tell you about Bugly!


Now I know this guy looks kinda weird.

This was a photo manipulation challenge at Eratosphere in 2007. The challenges worked this way:

A source photo or photos were provided. The entries had to contain recognizable elements from the source photo. Then the Eratosphereans voted. I wanted to link that thread but much of the content is missing now, 5 years later. Well hell, I can still link it, even though there’s not much to see anymore. I don’t even remember who won.

The source photo for this was my fellow Eratospherean, Jerry Hartwig’s car engine.The car is/was named Bugly so this guy is named Bugly.

I decided that, for my entry I would use ONLY the clone tool. It was kind of fun. (Maybe I should start another challenge like that.)

Sometimes, when I look at this, I think I should clean him up. Maybe I should render the face more perfectly, but if I did that it would no longer be done purely with a clone tool. It was not easy to get the face shading that way. So I leave Bugly alone and just enjoy him for the quirky motor head guy he is.

P.S. Yeah I just started a new Photo Manipulation Challenge at Erato. I think you need to be a member to get in but *I* think it’s worth it. There’s no better place for poets on the web.

About sharonpassmore

Hi. I am an artist living in Greenville, South Carolina. I am the Art moderator at Eratosphere, a forum of Ablemuse Review. I play with all sorts of art-forms, including digital design and fabric design, but nearest to my heart, at the moment, is collage. I like it best if the collage materials are not recognized from a distance and reveal themselves at close up, the way a painting can look realistic from a distance but on closer inspection, the freedom of brushstrokes becomes apparent. My materials are my brushstrokes. ​ I use anything I find in my collage that suits the purpose, beads, broken jewelry, wallpaper scraps etc... I always try to incorporate recycled packaging too. This is important to me, partly because of the environment, and partly because I get a little thrill out of recognizing the value of materials most people would discard as trash. Think of this next time you peel that wonderful foil seal off a new can of coffee. ​ I am inspired by many kinds of traditional arts and crafts. The cultural history of the world is just loaded with fabulous treasure, isn't it? I view the world of art and art history as a giant buffet and I want to sample a taste of everything. "Mmmmm that Wabi Sabi looks delicious! Gimme a little of that Horror Vacui! Check out those fantastic Molas!" I completely reject the idea that one artform is superior to another due to what is in fashion at the moment. Art is timeless. ​ If there's something I don't like too much, I try to keep in mind that I probably don't understand it, and that's a signal to me that I have something more to learn. There is always something more to learn. Thanks for visitng <3 Sharon Passmore
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2 Responses to Bugly

  1. I like things that are weird, ugly, beautiful . Good job 🙂


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