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You Break My Heart - Colour by SoleOne You Break My Heart - Colour by SoleOne
"You Break My Heart Into A Thousand Pieces And You Say It's Because I Deserve Better"

Alright, a new record. 27.500 handcut squares ([link]), done in 11 days (+1 for painting). Pretty pleased with the result. Had some challenges here and there though.

First time using paper in over 1,5 years. Though it's easier to cut, I'm moving back to acetate right away. It's much sturdier, can handle a punch and does NOT (and this is the main thing) require spray adhesive. On the other hand, it does completely fuck up your hands and it eats knives. Oh well.

That said, I'm thinking of moving it to the streets, start doing laaaarge halftones. Not sure if it's possible, but it could be cool. Be sure to check out the black & white version as well: [link]


edit: Holy shit guys, second DD, seriously? Awesome! Thanks for all the love, made my day!
edit2: By request, the original picture: [link]
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boot-cheese-3000 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
Now THIS is impressive. I've been getting interested in stencils lately and halftones is something I would also like to tackle (wheatpasting--not so much). I know there are about 3-4 different tutorials on making halftone stencils on Photoshop which is kinda confusing. I want to know what technique you used to make your templates. I also have Rasterbator so I guess I can try and fiddle with that as well.
SoleOne Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cheers! I'm not a big fan of Rasterbator, I never really noticed its advantage over Photoshop, for example.

Halftones are hard to do, discipline wise, but not hard to do creatively. Take a high-res image, take it into PS. Go into image -> mode -> Grayscale. Then go back into image -> mode -> Bitmap. Set output to at least 300 pixel per inch. Press OK and fiddle around with the settings until you get something you like.

That's all there is to it, really.
boot-cheese-3000 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
You forgot to add an important factor in this--changing it to halftone pattern when you set the output in the bitmap. I was trying to find that option until I looked at a tut that reminded me. It's all to the good--what you told me was helpful enuff for me to like this technique over the others. :handshake:

I also assume that it's the white part I cut out this time--right? Halftones are similar to inverted stencils am I correct?
boot-cheese-3000 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
Ok. With the experimenting I've tried on Rasterbator I've gotten masses of dots clinging together, I would like more gaps in between. I've seen people use it as more of printing out the images instead of making templates out of them. If you're familiar with it and are telling me that Ps is much easier and pliable then I'll follow your advice and fiddle around with what I can cook up. Thanks for the response, I really appreciate it.

NOW I'll have to figure out how to separate them into layers, unless that's even simpler than I think...........
sevenxlives Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I like a lot of something. >w<
SojournInNYC Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
hey man, very nice the world of half tones :) how big is it and what do you mean with big one? it can be done, the one I did (the saramago one is about 1.5 x1.5 not that big well 36 A4 pages) done in paper with contact on it (you know the stuff to wrap books into to make it sturdier) good thing is, you can fold it a couple of times and then it fits in a backpack. plus halftones on the street just kick ass! seriously, with a bit of distance it just looks phenomenal! you just have to be careful after spraying that you dont glue everything together because of the adhesive.
SoleOne Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The stencil itself is 60x90cm, the paper I sprayed it on is a bit larger. 70x100cm, I think.

Bringing halftones to the streets is an interesting challenge. I've thought about it a lot and it really is fairly complicated if you want to do it on a larger scale while upholding a level of quality. The main thing is fighting the wind and preventing massive underspray. One would have to use very sturdy card to make it work and that's a true bitch to cut.
SojournInNYC Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
no man you are wrong. Spraying halftones on a wall is amazing, I had exactly the same ideas like you. Went out yesterday again, with paper you have the advantage of the thinness. you have to use adhesive and lots of duct tape. But with the adhesive it really sticks to it for a long time but then you also can take it off without any problems. the thing you have to take care about is to flatten it on the wall while spraying but you have a hand free. you see a bit of underspray in my piece, but I think it adds to the pic and I was not wearing a mask so I got sick of spraying soon which you see in decline of quality. wind yes, you have to take care of that. you should try it on a small piece (something less than 20.000 squares :). Also my squares are rather big.. something about almost 1x1 (the biggest) centimeter so the challenge is mainly to find a wall with a lot of distance to the viewer... keep me updated!
SoleOne Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Best thing I've learned since I started doing stencils: always (ALWAYS) wear your mask while painting. Ofcourse, I don't have to tell you that ;) But it's still the best investment I've made.

I'd like to do a huge halftone one day. Just an edition of one, filling an entire wall. Just made specifically for that wall, so the sizes match etc. We're talking huge. Like the entire side of a house for example. Or a really wide wall. Might begin scouting for a nice location now that I've moved to a new city.
SojournInNYC Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
wow you are talking big indeed. you will have to do a lot of planning, like the distance to the viewer so it looks good, that will be amazing! keep me updated!!

you are absolutely right about the mask, I need to buy one very soon. without a mask it is not fun at all (I used to have one but I switched continents...) good luck with the scout!
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