What is Surrealism?

Surrealism is an art movement characterized by artists who painted unnerving, illogical scenes with photographic precision, created strange creatures from everyday objects and developed painting techniques that allowed the unconscious to express itself. These were paintings that look like dreams.

The main features of Surrealism are:

  1. Photo realistic painting
  2. Weird and strange landscapes
  3. Partial bodies
  4. Scenes that look like dreams
  5. Images from the the subconscious
  6. Often has sexually suggestive themes but not explicitly
  7. Might seem nightmarish
  8. Things are floating
  9. Use of juxtaposition, meaning things that usually don’t together are placed together
  10. Symbols like birds, apples, hats, clocks, ruins

Project Requirements:

  • Begin by looking at examples of surrealist digital art
  • 11x17 in @ 300dpi in Adobe Photoshop
  • Start with a regular setting, like a desert, a beach, an ocean, a barren street.
  • Create an unrealistic dreamlike scene by adding realistic elements that would not usually go there.
  • All elements should be photo realistic, including the background, masked elements and png elements
  • No cartoons
  • Dream-like scene with objects that don't usually go together
  • Floating or distorted objects
  • Clocks, birds, ruins, trees, clouds, stairs, etc.
  • There should be no artifacts around your layers. That's why you should try to use pngs or pictures with white backgrounds you can easily cut out.
  • All your images should be high resolution, above 1000+ pixels in size.
  • Avoid comedy. Move towards mystery
  • At least 10 layers, including 3 masked elements, png's and large HD backgrounds.