For the first picture, I drew Midland beach from the pier. The first thing I did was to darken the picture on Photoshop so the pencil lines would be darker and easier to see.  Seeing how my picture was devoid of life, I added a turtle to it. Because my friend insisted that I add a rainbow to the picture, I made the top part of the sketch invisible. Then, I set the rainbow picture as the sky for the picture. I then added a picture of sand for the beach and an image of ocean water for the water. I decided to leave the rest white because it was the pier and I couldn’t think of a color for pier.

In this picture, I used another sketch of midland beach. However, I wanted a darker tone for this picture. So I found a picture of a skeleton and a human skull. I had to remove the background of each picture in order to layer it on my sketch. Then, I found a picture of a brooding red sky, so I added that as the sky for my image. The sand and the water images were trickier. Because I played with the brightness/contrast as well as the hue/saturation, the water turned green at first. However, after messing around with the settings, I was able to get the water to have a reddish hue (I was going for reddish because the sky was red too). The sand was the same. When I first inserted the sand, it was blue. I played with t he settings again and soon, it was also a reddish color.

Clifton’s waterfront!

First I took my drawing and then I used alpha channel then I went to the tool box and clicked on the paths tool I then selected the part of the image I wanted. Then I went to select and clicked on from path. After that I went to select again and clicked invert and then I went to cut to delete everything else. I then saved the image as a .png. After that I uploaded a picture I took and then I opened my edited picture of the Verrazano bridge as a layer. I then used air brush to color the sky I also tried painting the water but it didn’t come out as well as I hoped so after I finished I hit undo. After that I found a picture of a seagull and cut it using the same method I did for cutting the drawing of the verrazano bridge. I then added it as a layer and then duplicated it. I then selected the layer and then went to transform tools and then hit move I then moved the images to where I wanted them. I then found a picture of ducks and did the same thing to them

Like my previous image I took the first image I drew and cut out the fencing part I drew by using alpha channel and then using the paths tool. I then saved it as a .png and then opened my drawing of the manhattan skyline and then opened the .png file as a layer I then started to color the background using airbrush. I then started playing with the hue’s and saturation when I got this orange color I though it was perfect because it made the picture seem like the sun was setting. I then went to find a picture of a seagull and I found the one with the bag of chips in its mouth and I thought it was perfect because you could see seagulls eating garbage all over the place at the Clifton waterfront. I cut the image just like the previous ways I’ve been doing it and then I opened it as a layer and then instead I selected it and then went to transform tools and hit move and then I moved the image to where I wanted it. I then selected it and went to image and flipped it horizontally.

Erika Herrera- Upper Bay

The pictures I drew were of the Upper Bay area.  For this picture I first opened the picture with the boat.  I then increased the contrast of the picture then, decreased the brightness of the picture to make the pencil line stand out more.  I then used the colorization option.  I fiddled around with the hue and saturation until I found a color I thought suited the picture. Next I opened up a new file and outlined the goose using the free select tool, inserted an alpha channel, and then cropped out the goose.  I saved this file as an .xcf file.  I returned to the picture with the boat and opened a new file as a layer.  Once I had the goose on the boat picture, I placed it the position I wanted it in.  I then decided that the goose was too light and didn’t stand out at all against when next to the boat, so I used the paintbrush to to color in the goose.  I then used the dodge tool to smear the color on the goose.

For this picture I decided to experiment with the Filters on on Gimp.  After fiddling around with different filters for a while I decided to use two of them.  First I used the Whirl and Pinch filter.  I adjusted the different settings until the I got the filter to the size I wanted.  I then used the Supernova filter.  Finally I used the Colorize option to adjust the hue of the picture to blue.

Reshma_Varghese_Arthur Kill Van Kull Channel

For my waterfront project, I chose Arthur Kill Van Kull Channel to be my location. For the first image, I opened up the picture of the Goethals Bridge as my first layer. Then, I opened up my drawing of the Goethals Bridge, as the second layer. After doing so, I edited my drawing by first sharpening the image. Then I used the edge-detect option, so that my drawing would stand out. This automatically gave me the black background of my drawing. After doing this, I cut the right half of my drawing, and pasted it on top of the first layer. I also thought that the dark and light background, and could represent the bridge during the night and the day. In short, the first image is the picture of how the actual Goethals bridge looks during the early hours of the morning, and my imagination of how the bridge would look at night, with all the lights lighted up.

The second image is the look of Manhattan from my waterfront location. My initial drawing was very blurry, and barely distinguishable. I first opened up my image on Gimp, and then used the sharpen option to make the drawing to be better understandable. Then I used the painting tools, which included smudge and paintbrush, I tried to apply an artistic touch to it. Then I also chose the option of colorizing to change the hue, saturation and the contrast of the picture. Although I did not like it at the first glance, when I compared it with my initial drawing, I realized that there was a huge difference between the two.


For my first picture I tried to blend both my first drawing and picture of the same location, which was near the Staten Island ferry. I copied several objects such as the water from the photo and pasted them as new layers into my drawing. From there I used the move, transformation, and scale command to fit the layers together, and I used the transparency slider to blend the images. Finally, I altered the contrast, increased antialiasing, and added lens flare to make the image more dramatic.


I applied many of the same techniques from my first picture to my second. I took images from my photo such as birds and the sky and blended it in with layers, using the eraser tool when needed. I achieved a slightly different look by playing around with filters, such as cartoon. Like the first drawing, I also added lens flare, altered contrast, and raised antialiasing.

Richmond Terrace

For the first picture first I cut out the parts from my three sketches that would be used for the edit and separated them into 3 layers. I added an alpha channel to each one so I could impose them on each other’s backgrounds. Next I scaled down the boat and the background in order to give a better perspective of size. I then positioned the objects. I added waves and finished the picture with some touchups using the airbrush.



For the second picture I began by opening up the sketch. I then added the photograph in another layer. The sketch was given an alpha channel in order to prepare it for merging with the other picture. I cut a large piece that represents the sketch from the photo. Lastly I cropped the picture.


The first thing I did was open the picture of my drawing. I then opened my picture of the Great Kills Waterfront. The picture I drew was based on the picture. Then, on the layers window, I went under mode and chose soft light which blended the two together.

For this I first opened my picture of the waterfront. I then opened my drawing as another layer. I turned on Alpha channel and I had to crop my drawing because it was a little big. Then I used to moving tool to center it. I then went onto the layer window under mode and chose gradient merge and it merged the two pictures nicely so you can see both the bridge and my drawing.

Vincent_Kaykaty_Midland Beach_1

For this first image, I sketched my view from Midland Beach looking out into the ocean from the pier. Once I put my sketch into Gimp, I was able to enhance it and make it look much better than the original. The first thing I did, was go to “colors” in the tool bar, and then to “Brightness-Contrast.” Using the sliders I was able to made the light gray lines from my pencil look much darker and black. It was a much darker image and I loved the new feel to the image. After this was done, I thought it would be cool to add some wildlife and objects into the image. If I were to be realistic, the image would be pretty boring, because no one likes mud brown fish or spider crabs, so I added some things that would turn Midland Beach into a gorgeous beach that you would probably only find in a tropical or southern area. The first thing I did was find an image of a blue whale, and by using Scott’s method, I was able to crop out the whale and get rid of its background. I had to first use the free select tool, and then I had to invert the image, and add an alpha channel. Lastly I had to press delete and get rid of the original background. From that point I was able to use the scale, rotate, flip, and move tool, to position the whale exactly how I wanted. I did this for all of the other objects too. You might think the cruise boat was a little unrealistic, but I actually saw an awesome ocean liner pass by when I was sketching the view. Once all this was added, I felt that I needed more color. So again using the free select tool, I selected which parts of the image I wanted colored separately. Starting with the sand, then the ocean, sky, and pier. By messing around with the color sliders I was able to add a lot of personality to the image. My final step was adding text into the image. This was simple because all I had to do was click the “text” tool, and type in the title. This image is what I wish Midland Beach could be.

For the second image, I sketched my view of the Verrazano Narrows Bridge. By this point it was getting pretty dark so the lights on the bridge had been turned on. I did not want to add so many things like I did for the first picture. I thought it would be cool to make it simple and again, unrealistic. That night, while drawing the view, the sea was almost black, the sky was a dark gray, and the sand was a dirt brown, but since this is art, I thought I would make it look as cool and pretty as possible. I did find an image of the Verrazano Bridge online with a bright red background, and I thought it would be great to make the sky a dark red, instead of a boring gray. Instead of a black ocean, I thought a lighter green would be more effective. The water closer to the bridge with the lights is much brighter than the more distant ocean. Lastly, instead of having mud brown sand, I liked the idea of a maroon. It matches the sky, but is slightly darker. The last thing to do was to add my image of the bridge and ass some text. Repeating the steps that I used to add objects in the first image, I added the bridge and the title. I also like how the final result came out because it seems as if each part was done separately and then glued on. At first I thought it was a little sloppy, but I liked it much more this way.