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Issue # 15 | January 2015
PARADISE FOUND: A
PICSARTISTS SHARE THEIR
SHRINKS HIMSELF TO THE SIZE
OF A MOUSE
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
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20 | PicsArtists Share Their Winter Photographs
56 | The Mad Dystopia of Daniel Vieira
PICSART IN ACTION
26 | Get Instant Bokeh with PicsArt Masks
28 | Finding the Beauty in Winter
36 | Combine Photos to Create Your Own Universe
44 | How to Draw a Geisha with PicsArt
50 | Create Your Own Winter Postcard with PicsArt
64 | PicsArt 5.0 Brings Discovery and Collaboration to Your Fingertips
70 | Duotone’s Comeback
76 | Photographer Achraf Baznani Shrinks Himself to the Size of a Mouse
96 | Michael Schlenker Sends a Picsie on a Jarring Ride
98 | Paradise Found: A Photo Story
108 | Creative DIY Art for Your Kitchen
112 | Navid Kootahi’s Pristine Self-Portraits
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Editor-in-Chief | Arusiak Kanetsyan
Art Editor | Cristina Gevorg
Art Director | Vahan Balasanyan
Designer | Ina Sarko
Copy Editor | Madlene Minassian
Editorial Contributors | Arto Vaun,
Ani Mouradian, Mark Gargarian
Special Contributors | Chris Corradino,
Lou Jones, Gariné Tcholakian
In-House Photographer | ma_lina
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Cover photo by Achraf Baznani
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The new year brings with it many feelings
of anticipation and possibility. We gather
with friends and family to celebrate and
look forward. It is a time of reflection,
gratitude, and excitement for the future. So
it only makes sense that this issue of PicsArt
Monthly is full of unique content to help you
welcome 2015 with plenty of inspiration.
January is the heart of winter, so in this
issue we bring you a vibrant gallery of
winter photography. It’s an assortment of
different views of winter’s beauty that will
remind you of how unique and lovely the
season can be.
Along the same lines, Chris Corradino
provides an entertaining and insightful take
on winter photography. It’s a special season,
with storms, ice, snow, and changing light.
Chris gives useful examples and explains the
best ways to capture winter’s magic with
your camera and imagination.
Ever wonder how to draw a geisha or
combine photos? We have some fun,
informative tutorials in this issue that will
show you how to use the PicsArt app to do
just that! They take you through an easy
to follow step-by-step process to create
dynamic images. These tutorials are a great
way to enhance your photo taking and
Achraf Baznani is the subject of our
featured interview this month. His mind-
bending use of miniaturization is fascinating
and eye-catching. He talks about his
background, what inspires him, and offers
some useful advice for other photographers.
The January 2015 issue of PicsArt Monthly
is bursting with lots of other goodies as well,
so sit back and enjoy.
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Excuse me. Sorry. Pardon me. %#@&$.
No one is infallible. We all make mistakes.
Pundits tell us successful people are all too
familiar with failure. They learn from it. For
me the jury is still out.
During the 1976 Winter Olympics, a
sportscaster interviewing Franz Klammer, the
Austrian downhill skier, after his spectacular
gold medal victory suggested that to be so
good in this event, one has to fall and get back
up many times. In his thick German accent
Franz retorted, “You don’t fall in downhill. You
fall, you die.”
In Major League Baseball, hitting .300 is a
great batting average. In other words being
successful less than one third of the time. In
photography that success rate would curtail
your career before it got off the ground.
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Professional photographers have to “come home with the bacon”. Fortunately you only need one
good picture to fulfill a complicated assignment.
I photographed ten brand new Peugeot automobiles all over New England for the company’s
upcoming catalogue. Only the cover remained. We scouted dozens of locations and found the
perfect undulating road. We obtained permits to shoot in a state park at dawn. The morning of
the shoot, my assistant and I got lost. We arrived late. Art director and accountant supervisor
were already on site. Sun was above the horizon. Oops. I was screwed.
In addition, the fog was pea soup. But that proved to be my savior. I screeched to a halt at the
top of the crest. Yelled at everybody to clean and prep the car and get the telephoto lens ready.
The haze was a perfect setting for the shot. I turned on the car’s headlights and started shooting,
ignoring the extremely angry client. I got the shot.
Note: Never let them see you sweat
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SHOOTING ANNUAL REPORTS
Finishing up an annual report assignment, I promised a different client I could meet him at
another destination early the next morning. Going directly from one job to another, I flew
all night. Seat 17C was my bed.
The plane landed and I got off, half asleep. It was not until I noticed the luggage tags on the
baggage belt that I realized I was in the wrong city. Oops. No announcement by the pilot, no
signs in the terminal. Rushing through security, I barely made it back onto the plane.
Note: Don’t take back-to-back assignments
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In days before digital, my crew and I would often carry 100 rolls of film on a long trip. We were
“cannon fodder” for incompetent TSA security. One agent insisted we open every package even
though the film was still in the original cellophane. He ripped roll after roll out of the sealed
boxes and threw them into bins, dropping many on the floor. Oops.
It wasn’t until that night I noticed he had put several rolls back into the wrong boxes. My
assistant and I spent quite a while sorting it all out. All the opened packages made us even more
suspicious every time we went through security.
Note: I fought the law and the law won
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Working for a medical client, I scrubbed in and sterilized my equipment so I could photograph
a sister-to-brother kidney transplant in two separate operating rooms. I set up huge studio
strobes for lighting and shot several rolls of film in an once-in-a-lifetime, sensitive procedure.
Oops. Everything came back from the lab underexposed, despite extensive testing, except the
last roll that I shot on a tripod just with available light. Those few images saved me.
Note: Bracket, bracket, bracket
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For years I tried to photograph the Preservation
Hall Jazz Band in New Orleans, Louisiana. On
each attempt I was thrown out of the dingy
little club. Finally I figured out a strategy and
surreptitiously shot two or three rolls of
“pushed” film. I had the lab carefully process
the precious rolls in two different batches to be
safe. The technician accidentally cut every frame
in half from the first batch and ruined it. Oops.
The next day, I was so anxious as I opened the
last box of slides. Fortunately several frames in
the second batch were usable.
Note: If at first you don’t succeed try and try
Periodically you have to try out new assistants,
but I made the mistake of giving an untested
neophyte a chance on an ad agency job. I had
been trying to get work from this agency for a
long time. I told him exactly what equipment to
pack and where to find the film. When we got to
the job I asked for 2-¼” black/white. Of course
that was the one type he had not brought. O0ps.
I spent all weekend tracking down a lab that
would process the color film and reverse it to
make it look like black/white contact sheets. (It’s
a lot more complicated than it sounds and it cost
a fortune to save face and make the art director
think I knew what I was doing). Ever since we
have vetted anyone new as a second or third
Note: Never trust green assistants
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I had eight weeks to cover a city for a tourist guidebook. I called in every favor I had built up over
the years, but one music club proved elusive. After extensive negotiations, I got permission to
photograph during one of their late night concerts. I arrived early, talked to each of the bands,
and obtained their permission.
Halfway through the second set, I realized I had only a single media card in the camera and it was
almost full. For the rest of the night I would gingerly take a couple of pictures, review, and then
commit the cardinal sin of deleting perfectly good images that were less likely to make the final
cut. Oops. To this day I dream of what I lost.
Note: Double check and never delete in camera
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Fulfilling a lifelong dream, I arranged for a tuk tuk to meet me before dawn and transport me to
the Ganges River. My driver parked on a back street and led me through shortcuts and narrow
alleys. It had rained the night before and the ancient cobblestones were still slick.
Did I mention, in India cows are sacred?
Trying to keep pace with him, while simultaneously assembling my equipment: lenses, cameras,
memory cards, etc., I noticed a “gift” that one of the holy cows had left in the middle of the street.
Oops. You never want to hear the sound of cameras and lenses hitting pavement. Never mind
The only thing that saved me from certain, excruciating disease and death was my pocket full of
disposable, foil-packaged, antiseptic towelettes. They sterilized my head wound, my lenses, my
clothes, my glasses, and my ego.
Note: Every culture worships in its own way
These episodes seem funny, poignant, and thought provoking now, but they were scary,
embarrassing and dangerous at the time. The secret is to take what would normally fall through
the cracks, and learn from it. So you won’t let it happen again.
Note: Make mistake. Learn. Repeat.
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INSPIRATION : Gallery
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One of the coolest things in the PicsArt
community is how artists around the world can
share the same experience in a thousand unique
ways, and at no time is this more apparent than
during the changing of seasons.
In this gallery, you will find stunning shots that
capture winter weather. From close-ups of a leaf
frosted over with snow and snowflakes on a log,
to wider shots of backyards and forests blanketed
with white powder, every shot is both emblematic
of the season, as well as of the immediate world of
the PicsArtist who captured it.
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Bokeh lighting is
something a lot of
people love, but
don’t always know
how to capture.
It happens when
a bright light is
shot out of focus,
creating a bunch
of floating colorful
bubbles that look
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The technique behind
this, however, can be
tough to master.
has a special mask
entirely to bokeh,
featuring a series of
different bokeh light
mask is unique and can
be customized to fit
the picture, letting you
control the color and
opacity, as well
as flip and rotate it
Here you can see four
different bokeh masks
applied to the same
image. All four of them
change the photo in
a different way, with
each one lending the
shot a unique glow.
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FINDING THE BEAUTY
by Chris Corradino
With the deep chill of winter comes frozen
fingers, wet feet, and the desire to stay
indoors. As temperatures linger in the single
digits, no one could blame you for bunkering
down until spring. Yet, by hibernating
through the season, you’d miss the
enchanting photo opportunities that arrive
with snow and ice. Of course, you’ll want to
take some extra precautions for yourself and
your camera. In this tutorial, I’ll show you
how to safely capture the beauty of the next
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Properly exposing snow is not technically
difficult, but you’ll have to make a small
adjustment to do so. On the automatic mode,
a camera will attempt to make the snow grey.
Simply add one or two stops of exposure
compensation to render it as truly white.
This can also be
done in manual
by adjusting your
settings to let in
more light. For
those looking for
you can use your
histogram as a
TUTORIAL : Shooting
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Think of the
histogram as a
cheat sheet for
photographing bright tones. To render a subject as true white,
you want the data on the right hand side to be as close to the
edge as possible. This will indicate a crisp exposure rather
than a muddy, grey
As you change the
exposure to let
in more light, the
histogram will inch
towards the right.
your settings until
it’s literally just a
hair from the outer
wall. You are now
maximizing all of the
range your camera
is capable of.
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In winter, your camera batteries will run
down much faster than usual. If possible, keep
a spare in your warm pocket. It’s also helpful
to leave the camera in the case when you first
get out of a warm car. Let it slowly come to
temperature and you’ll avoid any issues with
condensation forming. The same is true when
you eventually head back indoors. The trick
is to gradually bring it to temperature rather
than quickly shifting from cold to warm.
When you get home, don’t take the camera
out of the bag for about thirty minutes. After
that, it’s safe to proceed as normal.
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Perhaps the best time to photograph a winter
landscape is in the morning or evening right
after a storm. The snow is no longer falling,
and the view has yet to be spoiled with tracks
from cars and people. Perhaps I’ve watched
one too many holiday specials, but there’s no
denying a certain
about Central Park
in winter. For this
particular photo, I
arrived at sunset
and waited until
dusk for the lights
to twinkle in the
distance. A very
slow shutter speed
of thirty seconds
and a tripod were
necessary to create
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In addition to taking care of your
gear, it’s essential that you pro-
tect yourself from the elements.
The key to your comfort and
safety is to stay dry. Start with
your feet, and consider insulated
boots and/or two pairs of socks.
From there, I recommend a thin
layer beneath your pants. Then to
avoid sweating, layer up top with
wicking athletic gear. These are
available at most clothing stores
and can make all the difference in
your enjoyment of the outdoors.
Try thin gloves that allow you to
operate the camera dials, and a
hat that also covers the ears.
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The PicsArt app is great for combining
photos, allowing you to seamlessly blend
them together. This is a really fun and exciting
power to have in your pocket at all times, and
once you get started, you’ll just want to see
how far you can take it.
This tutorial will teach you everything you
need to know to create any world you like
with PicsArt. You’ll see how to choose a
setting, character, and prop, then bring them
all together into a spectacular scene.
Add an extra planet into Earth’s orbit, send
your friends back in time, or set sail in the
clouds on a pirate ship. The technique is the
same, the results are limitless.
TUTORIAL : Editing
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Upload a background
shot that has both
ground and sky, but
preferably more sky
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Press the Add Photo
icon, and choose a
photo with an object
that would look
impressive blown up
big in the sky. It could
be a UFO, planet,
moon, or whatever
else you like.
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Size and position your
image, then press
the brush icon in the
bottom menu bar.
Select the Eraser to
erase the background
of your imported
photo, leaving only the
object in the photo.
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Press the Effects icon,
and find the Blur effect
in the Blur menu. Press
the Invert box, and
select the brush to
apply the effect around
the outer edges of
your object. Confirm.
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Press the Add Photo
icon again, but this
time, choose a photo
with a person or
character in it. Set the
Opacity at 100%, and
use the Eraser to get
rid of any parts of the
image you do not need.
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In the main Editor,
select the Effects icon
again, and select an
effect that will not
only give your image
the right look, but
give all the different
elements you’ve added
similar color tones.
Cinerama Effect, for
example, is perfect for
an old film kind of look.
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TUTORIAL : Drawing
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Use PicsArt’s easy and precise drawing tools
to draw a graceful Japanese geisha. This
drawing tutorial will not only walk you from
white canvas to fully fleshed out geisha in six
steps, but it will also acquaint you with the
tools and tricks of the PicsArt app.
PicsArt is full of useful little tricks that allow
anyone to create extraordinary images.
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Draw the Outline
Draw a very rough outline of
your geisha, delineating her
proportions and basic shape.
Reduce the Opacity, then add
a new layer. In your new layer,
trace a refined final outline
with clean strokes, then delete
the layer containing your
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Add a new layer under your
outline. In this new layer, color
in your geisha, putting down
the base colors of her face, hair,
clothes, and accessories.
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Lighting & Shading
Add new layers for your lighting
and shading. For broad shading,
use a grey brush and shade at
will, then reduce the opacity to
integrate it. Do the same for the
lighting with a white brush. Add
streaks of bright tones
Add new layers again for
advanced coloring. Here, you can
add makeup and increase your
range of color tones by adding
new shades of different colors
throughout your drawing.
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Color the Background
Add a layer for your background
at the very bottom. Choose a
background color and tap the
Paint Bucket icon in your layers
menu to fill it with a single color.
Go over your geisha drawing one
final time to add the finishing
details. Add Japanese lanterns
to your background, strings to
her guitar, and whatever else you
want to complete your drawing.
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With frost-covered pine, frozen lakes, and
delicate snowflakes, we all know how beautiful
winter can be. Whether you prefer to enjoy
the season by watching the snow fall from the
warmth of your own home, or to strap on your
skis and go outside, you know that there’s a
lot to love about winter. In this tutorial, we’ll
show you how to celebrate the season by using
PicsArt to create a winter postcard that’s sure
to brighten anyone’s day.
Once you’ve learned these techniques, you can
use the same process to design postcards for
any occasion. With PicsArt, you’ll never need to
buy another greeting card, so grab your device
and get ready to get creative!
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TUTORIAL : Design
Select the image
you’d like to use in
your postcard and
open it in the Editor.
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Add your winter
greeting, and adjust
the text size and
location. You can get
creative here and
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Set the blending
option to Lighten
and use the slider to
reduce the opacity.
Tap the check mark
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Effects & Masks
Apply the Vignette
Effect to add a
frosty border. Next,
use the Artistic 16
Mask to add some
winter snow. You can
adjust the opacity
to make the snow
as prominent or as
subtle as you like.
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Finally, finish off your
frosty border with
the Blur Effect. Once
you have selected
the effect, tap on the
Brush icon and use
your finger to erase
the effect, leaving
only the edges
Once you’ve designed your postcard, have it printed and deliver it to someone you care about--
it’s a sure way to brighten both their day and yours!
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THE MAD DYSTOPIA
OF DANIEL VIEIRA
A tidal wave of robots, grinning maniacally as their metal insides tear through their poorly
stitched cloth exteriors -- welcome to the world of PicsArtist Daniel Vieira (
Daniel has created a twisted universe of drawings using the PicsArt app, with each image
taking us through a portal to another crumbling corner of his planet. Here, skyscrapers collapse
into each other and people aren’t really people. Call them androids, bots, or hybrids; Daniel’s
drawings feature a wild assortment of characters, ranging from absurdly wacky types to edgy
riders and cool commandos, ready to take on this strange, dystopian wilderness.
His imagination is endless, but what’s great about Daniel’s art is the detail that he uses to
immerse us in his scenes. These are not just achievements of patient talent, but labors of love by
someone who obviously enjoys tinkering away at the minutia of each image, getting in close to
the nuts and bolts that make his drawings so complex.
His attention to detail really pays off too, as the sprawl of far-off smoking ruins seems only
that much more unpredictable and enticing. What madness lurks in the far off cities of building
carcasses? They beckon for exploration. Who knows what you’ll find there, or perhaps more
thrillingly, what will find you?
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PICSART 5.0 BRINGS
AVAILABLE FOR IOS, ANDROID 4.0 &
ABOVE, AND AMAZON DEVICES
The new PicsArt 5.0 update for iOS and Android is here, with a revamped social experience,
making discovery of images and artists a whole lot easier.
With this update, we are introducing some major changes that will make creating and sharing
easier and more fun and will give you more opportunities to go viral or promote your friends.
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PicsArt 5.0 Rolls out Repost
To start, the much-
feature has arrived,
ready to take your
best shots viral while
crediting your work
and collecting new
followers on the way.
While users from
other networks rely
on the number of
followers they have,
PicsArtists only need
their creativity to go
viral. PicsArt is the
first among the image
sharing communities to
offer repost, increasing
your chances of
TUTORIAL : Design
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Categorized and Targeted Content
The new interface has been
created with discovery in
mind. It groups artists, tags,
images, and more to present
bouquets of inspiration. Your
“Explore” stream provides many
categories such as “Seasonal
Tags,” “Popular Photos,” and
“Daily Tags” to fuel your
inspiration, as well as “Hints and
Tips” to help you create. You
can now find various groups
of artists in our Artist stream.
Check out our “Drawing Artists”
if you love drawing, or look
through our “Up and Coming
Artists” to find new PicsArtists
to follow. The new interface has
also been designed to provide
countless opportunities to get
featured in the community.
Do shots of nature move you? Simply
follow the tag #nature to see more
nature shots in your Explore stream.
When you collect your Favorite
Tags, you can easily explore images
that inspire you and find like-minded
The app has also gotten a lot smarter
and easier to navigate. For example, our
#freetoedit community will appreciate
the new shortcut to the Editor straight
from the image in “My Network.”
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The Shop has a new “Themes” tab,
which means searching has gotten
a lot faster. This way, the next time
you’re thinking of getting some new
Christmas clipart or seasonal frames,
you’ll know how to find them.
These are some of the big gifts under
the tree, but we also have a new and
improved Color Chooser as a stocking
stuffer. Our new color wheel and
sliders were designed to help you find
and save the exact color you need.
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Now iOS and Android users share the same PicsArt
experience of dynamic social content. The new interface has been streamlined across both
platforms with only slight differences shown below.
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Ever notice how cool certain jazz album covers are from the 1950s and 60s? Miles Davis, John
Coltrane, Thelonius Monk, Charles Mingus-- their record covers have taken on an iconic place in
pop culture. Part of the reason they look so great is because they are using duotone, a style that
has been making a comeback in recent years across the board in photography.
What is duotone? It’s the generic name for printing in multitone, using two, three, or four inks.
Special inks are used instead of standard CMYK ones in order to process the colors properly.
Usually a darker base color is used, followed by a lighter color that is printed over it to fill in and
give a specific tone to the photo or illustration.
Dutone is now being used in everything from fashion shoots to wedding photography. It is used
in band posters, advertising, and in movies. Part of the reason for its appeal is the modern, sleek
atmosphere that it creates. It gives
a sense of cool detachment and
a cutting edge vibe. The dutone
itself becomes part of the subject
of the photo or graphic, so the
whole image becomes more
interesting and unique.
Many PicsArtists are making the
most of duotone and using it in
various creative, eye-catching
ways. It seems like a trend that’s
here to stay.
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THE SIZE OF
Photographer Achraf Baznani is a talented
photo manipulator who has carved out a very
small niche for himself within the genre of
surreal photography. We’re talking tiny small.
Achraf shrinks himself down to mouse-size to
create some pretty comical and creative little
vignettes. Whether he’s stirring a cup of a tea
with a giant spoon, standing guard between
black and white chess pieces towering over him
on either side; each photo is a small adventure
all its own.
We contacted Achraf to ask him about his work.
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What images inspired you early on?
I’m a big fan of Hungarian
photographer Robert Capa,
particularly his immortal piece “The
Falling Soldier”. This shot is one of
the most valuable images of war in
the twentieth century. That’s exactly
what made me experiment with
surreal and fantasy art and to create
images that the human mind doesn’t
You love to miniaturize
yourself. Where did this
When I was young I was always very
obsessed with movie miniatures
and movie magic and things of small
scale. I used tiltshift to create small
worlds with Photoshop and then
I thought to myself, why not put
myself in a small world?
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A lot of artists are fascinated by surrealism. What fascinates you about
surrealism in particular?
I believe that surrealism can help us deal with life. Reality often tends to be harsh or problematic.
Thanks to surrealism we can soften up reality a bit. We can recreate our dreams, hopes, and
plans, and share them with others thanks to surrealist photography.
What is the process that you go through to create an image once you have it
in your head?
It tends to start off by something that inspired me
or influenced me in some way or another. It could
be a person I saw, or a story I heard. Then, I try to
think of ways that could enable me deliver that
inspiration visually, through a shot.
Once I shoot photos, I then use Photoshop CS4
in many cases. Sometimes I also use Lightroom
4 to correct the picture, or change its color
composition. Finally it is all about retouching. I
tend to spend quite a lot of time in this stage. I use
Photoshop for retouching too. I do my best to learn
as much as I can about these tools to make the best
use out of them.
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What do you do when you hit a creative wall? Do you have any tricks for
I like to remain as open
minded as possible. I like to
follow what others are doing,
and that is why the use of
social media platforms comes
in quite handy. I meet many
people too, and try to learn
from them. This is the best
form of inspiration in my
opinion – studying people
from all walks of life, and
letting their experiences be
the inspiration of my shots.
I use my own portrait because
after all, these ideas or
messages affected me, and so
I feel better if I use my image
in the conceptual photos I
create. I manage to feel more
a part of them in such a way.
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What is the most
important thing you’ve
learned since you
It’s never easy to succeed and
sustain going pro and freelance
in the beginning. I know that
the knowledge and skills I have
will not be taken away from me
by anyone. It is a treasure that I
will forever have.
This will be a tool towards my
success in the graphic design
and photography fields. So, I
learn and improve each day. I
know people take anywhere
between half a year to even
a few, it will take dedication
and luck, but hard work and
perseverance is the key. I never
give up, no matter how hard it
is. Nothing is impossible.
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AV PICSIE ON
A JARRING RIDE
Michael Schlenker (
) was the humorous artist
behind our Photo of the Month, which is pushing around one
of our Picsies in a baby carriage.
This piece of fun, disjointed art was odd in the best of ways,
throwing our colorful, spectacled Picsie in a white baby
carriage being pushed by a high-heeled skeleton over a grey
and white striped background. The dazed look in the Picsie’s
eyes gives the impression that he has just woken up to the
jarring reality of his situation.
The Picsies are PicsArt’s little helpers, here to aid us all in our
artwork, so we’re sure this little fella didn’t mind becoming
enshrined in Michael’s pop art piece. At least it got him in
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ART AND ENIGMA OF
STAYING AT A FRANCIS
FORD COPPOLA RESORT
FEATURE : Destination
In the early 1980s, while filming one of the most remarkable odysseys in American cinema,
Apocalypse Now, Francis Ford Coppola fell in love with the Caribbean coastal paradise of
Belize. A few years later, the Academy Award-winning director decided to open his family
retreat to the public, with the now-famous Turtle Inn – the second resort of two he opened in
the country; three in the Central American region – where Coppola and his family are often
rumored to spend their Christmas holidays.
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Nestled at the tip of a sandy, narrow, 26-mile-long peninsula between the Garifuna settlement
of Seine Bight and the Creole fishing village town of Placencia (known for its friendly
guesthouses, cafés, and of course, the “world’s smallest main street” according to the Guinness
Book of World Records!) guests usually arrive at the remote 25-room seafront hideaway on
small ten-seater planes running out of Belize City, and recently started running out of
At turns enigmatic, haunting, intimate, and exotic, the Turtle Inn’s art, architecture, décor,
and furnishings are, in many ways, a nod to the owner’s personal travelogue, with many of the
materials bought in Bali by the film director and his wife, revealing Coppola’s penchant for
Southeast Asian aesthetics as featured throughout each of the villas, from hand-carved
wooden doors —many of them antiques—, to Indonesian sculptures and textiles, to Japanese
bath accents and fixtures.
Boasting three restaurants (one of which – The Mare – serves one of the best Dutch-Indonesian
Rijsttafels I’ve ever had), a pavilion home, eight villas, and 17 cottages, all steps away from the
unspoiled coral cay-studded beach, the Turtle Inn has all you need to help you unplug, exhale,
and escape into a story all your own.
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YOUR OWN PRIVATE HIDEAWAY
Lounge out in your very own seafront villa, where you can hazily languish beneath its soaring
vaulted thatch roof and towering helicopter ceiling fans, the sounds of which blend all too
seamlessly into the dreamlike space. Each of these expansive dwellings, 25 in all plotted along
the grounds of the resort, are only steps away from the Belize Barrier Reef-studded white-sand
beach. Inspired by the indigenous designs Coppola had seen in the Philippines while filming
Apocalypse Now, each of these two-bedroom/two-bathroom cabañas come with their very
own living room (pictured here), private walled garden, al fresco shower and broad screened
deck that usher in the ocean’s soft tropical breezes, naturally cooling the space. If that weren’t
enough to transport you to Coppola’s film set, the room also includes conch-style shellphones
for communicating with reception, instantly evoking radio transmission playback scenes to
Kurtz (Marlon Brando) or those 1938 radio broadcasts by Orson Welles (Heart of Darkness) to
Willard (Martin Sheen).
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While you’re hanging out by one of the resort’s two luxurious infinity pools, be sure to grab a
copy of Coppola’s art and short fiction quarterly, Zoetrope: All-Story, (pictured here), to deepen
the story-like enigma of your experience at the Inn. Found in every room, the award-winning
literary magazine features writers like Margaret Atwood, Salman Rushdie, Woody Allen, Haruki
Murakami and guest designers like Lou Reed, Tom Waits and John Baldessari. It’s the perfect
companion to your seaside hammock hideaway.
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Antique microscopes used by the
original owner of Turtle Inn, Skip
White, can still be found at the
open-air bar named after him. It’s
where guests often congregate to
share the day’s adventures over
a Belize-brewed beer or to grab
a cocktail before dining along the
ocean’s shore at one of the resort’s
three incredible restaurants serving
both fresh seafood and Italian
classics. Note to self: The bar is also
where Coppola’s secret rum stash
is rumored to be found, a glass of
which just might get dug up for you
if you ask discreetly.
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For all its mystery and exoticism, the Turtle Inn experience is, in many ways, part of a larger
“WINE - FOOD - TRAVEL - STORYELLING” lifestyle brand experience created by the academy-
award winning director himself, known as Francis Ford Coppola Presents, and the many goodies
found in your villa are endless delightful reminders. From delicious chocolate chip cookies in
your room’s cookie jar (refilled nightly and hand-baked on the premises), to organic, locally
sourced, handmade toiletries, to your fully stocked mini-fridge filled with local Belikin beer,
snacks, and some of the best selections from his California Vineyards winery in Geyserville,
Sonoma, from his Diamond Collection (from left to right): Gold Label, Monterey County,
Chardonnay; his Blue Label, Merlot and Rosso & Blanc, Pino Grigio. Cin Cin!
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FEATURE : Tips & Tricks
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You will need
Adhesive printer paper
Print your text on the
adhesive paper and stick it onto the plate.
Use an x-acto knife to cut along the border of
Remove the adhesive
paper, leaving only the shapes of the letters
attached to the plate.
Cover the edges of the plate
with masking tape, and spray paint your plate.
Once the paint has dried, peel
off the letters and remove the masking tape.
Repeat for each plate.
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The art of self-portraiture can
be powerful when done well.
People are more complex under
the surface than they let on,
and with self-portraiture, each
image is a chance to capture
another side of yourself.
Meet Navid Kootahi (
), our PicsArtist of the
Month. He’s got a huge beard,
and a real talent for expressing
his artistic voice through artistic
His images are diverse, using
different visual concepts that
employ different techniques,
but when you look at the whole,
there is an undeniable common
all photos b
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Whether he’s standing behind a wall of rain, facing
a split screen with a blazing fire, replacing his head
with the empire state building, or wearing a cloud like
Napoleonic hat, there is a persistent feeling of calm
in his work.
He rarely juggles too many elements at once, often
just taking two or three at a time and bringing them
together as seamlessly as he can. He also strives for
simplicity with his color palette, keeping many parts
of his images monotone or black and white, and
ensuring that the overall variety is kept to a minimum
Navid goes for simplicity in his individual images, and
diversity in his overall body of work, making sure he
nails each visual idea perfectly, and letting his work
stand together and speak as a whole, without ever
being overwhelming. Self-portraiture is an art, and
Navid is a master.
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