Six Little Bullets, Standing In A Row…
This cheery little piece was inspired by the recent Tucson shooting in which six people were killed and Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords severely wounded. It shows a familiar cycle: a high-profile shooting, death, outrage (coupled in this particular case with a “call for civility”), gradual loss of interest, a return to complacency, then another shooting and the cycle repeats itself. Here’s the final.
Scroll down to see the construction sequence.
Here’s the original line drawing which I scanned into Photoshop:
I decided to try an experiment and color the bullets using a photo of an actual bullet. A 9mm Glock pistol was used in the Tucson shooting. I found a photo with 9mm ammunition, and sharpened it by applying Photoshop’s Unsharp Mask filter several times. I posterized the image to define it more clearly and give it more of an illustrated look. I used the Pen tool to extract the 9mm bullet, and experimented with different color adjustments until I got a bullet that “looked right.”
I used a Splatter Brush to add blood to two of the bullets. I used the Dodge and Burn tools to lighten and darken parts of each figure and help them flow into each other. I also adjusted some of the faces to improve the expressions and give them a better flow. I used the Type tool to add a more formal R.I.P. to the two gravestones.