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Ramon F Herrera
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      04-04-2009, 08:10 PM

Allow me to introduce the topic with two examples.

Example 1:

There is a relic called The Shroud of Turin, which was supposed to
have been used to involve the dead body of Jesus Christ. Some of the
many scientists called to study it declared that if the image was a
fake it must have been drawn by a tiny brush (perhaps with a few
hairs) and the painter would have been extremely close, while
simultaneously drawing images that only made sense from a distance.
You would need a person with a very long arm, such as the guy in "The
Fantastic Four" to draw such Image.

Example 2:

During the filming of the movie "Papillon", Dustin Hoffman played
Louis Dega, a prisoner who had to wear very thick glasses. In order
for Hoffman to see clearly, special contact lenses were designed for
him, which reversed and canceled the magnification provided by the
external glasses.

More on this later...

-Ramon


http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070511/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shroud_of_Turin

 
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      04-04-2009, 09:32 PM
On Apr 4, 5:13*pm, Mike Russell <group...@MOVEcurvemeister.com> wrote:
> On Sat, 4 Apr 2009 13:10:30 -0700 (PDT), Ramon F Herrera wrote:
> > There is a relic called The Shroud of Turin

>
> An icon if ever I saw one, LOL.
> --


The pun was completely unintended. :-)

-RFH

 
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      04-05-2009, 02:22 AM
On Apr 4, 4:10*pm, Ramon F Herrera <ra...@conexus.net> wrote:
> Allow me to introduce the topic with two examples.
>
> Example 1:
>
> There is a relic called The Shroud of Turin, which was supposed to
> have been used to involve the dead body of Jesus Christ. Some of the
> many scientists called to study it declared that if the image was a
> fake it must have been drawn by a tiny brush (perhaps with a few
> hairs) and the painter would have been extremely close, while
> simultaneously drawing images that only made sense from a distance.
> You would need a person with a very long arm, such as the guy in "The
> Fantastic Four" to draw such Image.
>
> Example 2:
>
> During the filming of the movie "Papillon", Dustin Hoffman played
> Louis Dega, a prisoner who had to wear very thick glasses. In order
> for Hoffman to see clearly, special contact lenses were designed for
> him, which reversed and canceled the magnification provided by the
> external glasses.
>
> More on this later...
>
> -Ramon
>
> http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070511/...hroud_of_Turin


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Ramon:
I don't see how your examples help clarify the question you asked in
your subject line. Why don't you just choose an image, then subsample
it to create your icon. If it doesn't look good, then tweak it in
Photoshop until it looks good.

It is possible to draw some amazing things close up that look
completely different from a distance. Just look at this guy's
sidewalk paintings:
http://www.impactlab.com/2006/03/09/...lk-art-photos/
Regards,
ImageAnalyst
 
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      04-05-2009, 07:23 AM
On Apr 4, 10:22*pm, ImageAnalyst <imageanal...@mailinator.com> wrote:
> On Apr 4, 4:10*pm, Ramon F Herrera <ra...@conexus.net> wrote:
>
>
>
> > Allow me to introduce the topic with two examples.

>
> > Example 1:

>
> > There is a relic called The Shroud of Turin, which was supposed to
> > have been used to involve the dead body of Jesus Christ. Some of the
> > many scientists called to study it declared that if the image was a
> > fake it must have been drawn by a tiny brush (perhaps with a few
> > hairs) and the painter would have been extremely close, while
> > simultaneously drawing images that only made sense from a distance.
> > You would need a person with a very long arm, such as the guy in "The
> > Fantastic Four" to draw such Image.

>
> > Example 2:

>
> > During the filming of the movie "Papillon", Dustin Hoffman played
> > Louis Dega, a prisoner who had to wear very thick glasses. In order
> > for Hoffman to see clearly, special contact lenses were designed for
> > him, which reversed and canceled the magnification provided by the
> > external glasses.

>
> > More on this later...

>
> > -Ramon

>
> >http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070511/....org/wiki/Shro...

>
> -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
> Ramon:
> I don't see how your examples help clarify the question you asked in
> your subject line. *Why don't you just choose an image, then subsample
> it to create your icon. *If it doesn't look good, then tweak it in
> Photoshop until it looks good.
>
> It is possible to draw some amazing things close up that look
> completely different from a distance. *Just look at this guy's
> sidewalk paintings:http://www.impactlab.com/2006/03/09/...lk-art-photos/
> Regards,
> ImageAnalyst



Hi IA,

My question has not even been completely delivered, but I figured that
the examples can help bring the readership to the proper mindset. They
certainly did it with you.

Incidentally, thanks for posting a link to those photos.
Unfortunately, it is not possible to anchor the head of a person to
restrict his view to/from a fixed place. People have a habit of moving
their heads around, and changing their point of view (this time, the
pun was intentional).

What should be clear from my examples is something well known by
graphic artists aka graphic designers: their occupation involves both
cerebral hemispheres. Their trade is both an art and a science. The
Turin example is artistic, while the Hoffman lenses come from a
scientific discipline.

-Ramon

 
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      04-05-2009, 07:53 AM

"Ramon F Herrera" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
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On Apr 4, 10:22 pm, ImageAnalyst <imageanal...@mailinator.com> wrote:
> On Apr 4, 4:10 pm, Ramon F Herrera <ra...@conexus.net> wrote:
>
>
>
> > Allow me to introduce the topic with two examples.

>
> > Example 1:

>
> > There is a relic called The Shroud of Turin, which was supposed to
> > have been used to involve the dead body of Jesus Christ. Some of the
> > many scientists called to study it declared that if the image was a
> > fake it must have been drawn by a tiny brush (perhaps with a few
> > hairs) and the painter would have been extremely close, while
> > simultaneously drawing images that only made sense from a distance.
> > You would need a person with a very long arm, such as the guy in "The
> > Fantastic Four" to draw such Image.

>
> > Example 2:

>
> > During the filming of the movie "Papillon", Dustin Hoffman played
> > Louis Dega, a prisoner who had to wear very thick glasses. In order
> > for Hoffman to see clearly, special contact lenses were designed for
> > him, which reversed and canceled the magnification provided by the
> > external glasses.

>
> > More on this later...

>
> > -Ramon

>
> >http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070511/....org/wiki/Shro...

>
> -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
> Ramon:
> I don't see how your examples help clarify the question you asked in
> your subject line. Why don't you just choose an image, then subsample
> it to create your icon. If it doesn't look good, then tweak it in
> Photoshop until it looks good.
>
> It is possible to draw some amazing things close up that look
> completely different from a distance. Just look at this guy's
> sidewalk
> paintings:http://www.impactlab.com/2006/03/09/...lk-art-photos/
> Regards,
> ImageAnalyst



>Hi IA,


>My question has not even been completely delivered, but I figured that
>the examples can help bring the readership to the proper mindset.


Perhaps this will help until such time that you have "completely delivered"
the
question:
http://www.lullabot.com/articles/cre...some_new_icons

Richard


 
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      04-05-2009, 01:01 PM
On Apr 5, 3:53*am, "Richard" <smith...@btinternet.com.invalid> wrote:
> "Ramon F Herrera" <ra...@conexus.net> wrote in messagenews:c018c26f-a56f-4dc9-80e0-(E-Mail Removed)...
> On Apr 4, 10:22 pm, ImageAnalyst <imageanal...@mailinator.com> wrote:
>
>
>
> > On Apr 4, 4:10 pm, Ramon F Herrera <ra...@conexus.net> wrote:

>
> > > Allow me to introduce the topic with two examples.

>
> > > Example 1:

>
> > > There is a relic called The Shroud of Turin, which was supposed to
> > > have been used to involve the dead body of Jesus Christ. Some of the
> > > many scientists called to study it declared that if the image was a
> > > fake it must have been drawn by a tiny brush (perhaps with a few
> > > hairs) and the painter would have been extremely close, while
> > > simultaneously drawing images that only made sense from a distance.
> > > You would need a person with a very long arm, such as the guy in "The
> > > Fantastic Four" to draw such Image.

>
> > > Example 2:

>
> > > During the filming of the movie "Papillon", Dustin Hoffman played
> > > Louis Dega, a prisoner who had to wear very thick glasses. In order
> > > for Hoffman to see clearly, special contact lenses were designed for
> > > him, which reversed and canceled the magnification provided by the
> > > external glasses.

>
> > > More on this later...

>
> > > -Ramon

>
> > >http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070511/....org/wiki/Shro....

>
> > -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
> > Ramon:
> > I don't see how your examples help clarify the question you asked in
> > your subject line. Why don't you just choose an image, then subsample
> > it to create your icon. If it doesn't look good, then tweak it in
> > Photoshop until it looks good.

>
> > It is possible to draw some amazing things close up that look
> > completely different from a distance. Just look at this guy's
> > sidewalk
> > paintings:http://www.impactlab.com/2006/03/09/...lk-art-photos/
> > Regards,
> > ImageAnalyst
> >Hi IA,
> >My question has not even been completely delivered, but I figured that
> >the examples can help bring the readership to the proper mindset.

>
> Perhaps this will help until such time that you have "completely delivered"
> the
> question:http://www.lullabot.com/articles/cre...some_new_icons
>
> Richard



Thanks, Richard. That looks like a terrific resource, from the
distance AND up close. :-)

-Ramon

 
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