History of Collage & Photomontage: Christian Solovey

Come Back (single) - Coverart

Garrett Hilliker created this covert art for the Skizzy Mars single “Come Back” in 2014. (creategarett.xyz)

This artists name is Garett Hilliker, he is 19 years old and creates art for musical artists such as Halsey, Travis Scott, Skizzy Mars, Marc E Bassy and plenty more. I have been following him for a few years and with some conversing with him over social media, I have learned that he only uses a scanner for physical images as you can see with the one here; he took a polaroid and burned a hole in the center where a face was (both choices bringing a lot of texture to the image), scanned the image then added text (title of the song) in the space where the hole was burned. The orientation of the title and artist’s names being in the center shows Garrett thought of balance in this piece. Garrett’s work is a huge inspiration to me and I find it incredibly creative, using the the more old fashioned style of collaging and mixing it with today’s technology (adobe photoshop) to create album artwork. His choice in material and creative direction in this piece show a lot of emotion and a lot of personal connection to the piece. I personally stem from a artistic background of painting, specifically of individuals faces and making them look much different than one would normally appear, so I appreciate this piece very much.

Jiyen Lee

Jiyen Lee from “Collage Art: The History of Collage Art and Collage Practice.

Jiyen Lee is a Korean artists that created the image to the left. It is not stated what type of technology that she uses to create this image but what she does incredible. This image and her other creations create a scene in which people seem to be walking for eternity, as if each layer is a different dimension and there is no beginning or end to where the individuals in her images are walking. The use of line in this image creates layers and the contrast between the closer layers being lighter and the further ones being darker creates a ominous feeling. Almost like a tunnel that you cannot see the end of.

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Texture- Emily Deichmann

This is a photo of a drain I saw on campus. I was walking back to my house and took this photo. The texture of the drain is great I can tell what the crisscross lines feel like just from looking at the photo. There are many parallels on the drain. The leaves and dirt in between the holes give the photo even more texture. I like how the crisscross lines and the words are engraved into the metal rather than sticking out. This adds a more 3d effect which will be fun the work with. There are many different shapes and pieces in this photo.

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Texture: Grey Kumar


This photo was taken of my kitchen counter, and I have decided to use it for my texture project. Although this photo may look very simple, there are many small details within the photo that make up a variety of textures. First off, the counter top has a very smooth texture, yet it is decorated with many different size dots and lines. These little dots and random lines make the texture look like it could be rough and uneven, however the surface is very smooth and almost glossy. For my textual representation of this smooth counter top, I plan to use strings of words to create the lightly colored lines that appear in multiple places within this photo, and individual words that are much darker to represent the different size dots that are integrated with the lines.

The second texture in my photo is a napkin that was on top of the counter. The red color of the napkin contrasts well with the off-white color of the counter top, and the woven detail contrasts well with dots and lines placed randomly across this counter. I also found that the off-white piece of fabric that is attached to the napkin almost matched the color of the counter top, yet the woven pattern in so unlike the randomness of the counter, also creating a beautiful contrast. The napkin itself has many different patterns woven into it, which also help create the illusion of different shades of red. If one was to brush their hand gently across the napkin, it would feel much more rough than the counter top it sits on, due to the many different patterns and the use it has gone through.

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Texture – Juan Nolazco

The first photo is a close-up photo of a tree. I think this is a texture you could go to extensive lengths analyzing if you really took the time to because there are is so much going on that makes up this texture. You can tell that all the combination of cracks and bumps in this wood make for a rough and jagged feel. Since the texture of wood is familiar to most people, just by looking at this photo it is easy to imagine what it would feel like to run your hands over this texture. The way the sunlight hits the wood makes the crevices look dry, crumbly, and almost delicate. If you look closely enough between the cracks you also observe collections of dirt sticks and leaves that add to the wood’s dry and crusty texture.

The next texture I found while walking on campus. It was a large piece of diamond plate steel that seemed to be covering a hole or crack. It appeared to have been there for quite some time as it has built up a lot of dirt not only over it but in every one of the lines welded in the steel. The dirt and small indents in the steel make it seem grainy and rugged, but not rough in the same way the wood is in the previous photo. If you were to run your hands over the steel, it would not be likely to cause pain like the wood texture could, yet they are both rough. The main reason that the texture isn’t a painful type of rough is because the steel itself would be smooth without the layer of dirt there is over it, which causes its grainy texture.  The only bumps in the steel would be the pattern of lines that are intentionally put on it. The steel still has indents and imperfections in it that stop it from being perfectly smooth, but there are far less of these instances in the steel than in the wood texture.



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Texture:Rumnik Cheema


Cinque Terre

May 18, 2018 Shot by myself


The first picture I have chosen was one I took in my study abroad trip to Italy of the Ocen towns Cinque Terre. I really love this picture for it portrays the colors and vibrancy of the area. In addition the photo is filed will many different textures. These incluse the leaves right in the front of the image showing detail as fair as even flower buds and as far as the waves that are drifting in to the ocean. In addition, the colors of the different building really provides a individual texture to the building. And last you have the cliff it self providing the most abstract texture from the natural rock formations.


Top of the Buddah

Shot by Myself India December, 2017

The second photo I have is of a top of a Buddha statue that I . It really caught  my attention when I saw the gold color gradient and the statue itself connect in a rugged way I had to snap it. This is the same reason I chose it has my second photo. The entire photo provides individual textures that all play with the lighting and color differently. The blurred flowered at he bottom have a vague but abruptness that add complements the simple texture of the statue.

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Texture: Miranda Frasier

Created baby Deavon Prichard

The first photo I have chosen to use is a mosaic picture made out of green, ocean blue, and navy blue broken up plates to create an image. The green is vibrant and has a glossy texture. The ocean blue has two different shades of light blue within the plate and is also glossy. Lastly, the darker blue plate is the glossiest with only one solid shade. The image created with all of the plates is a peace sign designed to look like an aliens hand using only four fingers. Around the peace sign is a blue and ocean blue swirl as the background since the colors are two very different blues it creates a nice dark and light contrast. Since the plates are broken they do not fit together perfectly with little space in-between them. To separate the plates there is fine black ground up sand to fill in the cracks.


The second photo that I chose was a sunset landscape photo that I took last year while I was driving back to Pullman. The picture is on the Palouse in a wheat field. Although, it’s in the wheat field the lighting makes the field look black. This sunset is almost similar to an ombre of multiple colors. At the very top of the picture there is a darker blue that transitions into a lighter blue, to a green-ish blue, to yellow, to orange and red. Within the whole sky there are various colors of clouds that have a very soft looking texture. Some of the clouds look a bit wispy whereas some are a bit fuller. There is huge contrast in this photo due to the brighter oranges and the darker blues as well as the bright colors and the wheat fields looking black.

Photo by Miranda Frasier

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Texture: Peyton Taffe


River in Yakima. Taken by Peyton Taffe.

Two weekends ago, my friends and I took a trip to my roomate’s cabin in Yakima. Her cabin is on the side of the river and this image displays some of the rapids in that river. There is a lot of contrast in the image between the different shades of blues that are present. The textures shown in this image are mostly smooth and patchy throughout the image



Seahorse at Shedd Aquarium. Taken by Peyton Taffe.

The next photo that I chose to use was from a trip I took over the summer to the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago. Its a close up images of one of their seahorses. This seahorse is yellow and is high in contrast from the dark background. It also has a lot of rough textures on it in comparison to all of the smooth blobby textures in the background of the image.


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Texture Jan Conrad Rac

This Summer I went to Canada on vacation to visit my family and go sightseeing. This photo is located in Banff National Park. Banff National Park is Canada first national park to be open its like the United States Yellowstone. This photo is taking outside my car window while we were driving. I had to edit this photo like change the resolutions too make the photo look nicer.  A bunch of mountain goats standing in formations and how their bodies are so still. The mountain goats have brown and tan bodies with 4 legs and have black eyes. The difference sizes of the mountain goats determine the size of the horns.  In this image you can see on this tan brown road that there is texture from the car tire marks driving along this road. Also the texture of the green trees because they all have different shapes and sizes.20180816_125426_720x1000

Photo Taken By Janni Rac August 16, 2018

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Texture: Mikaela Thomas

Cracks in a wood log texture (Zela, RGBstock)

This is my first texture. This texture is a a cut wooden log showing the rings of the center and the cracks in the wood. It’s texture is rough and prickly where pieces of the cracked wood come up. It would also feel very dense and very hard. The coarse texture is very uniform on the photo, besides the cracks in the wood. These cracks would feel very hard and creates lines through the rest of the wood that contrasts with the texture of the rings. The wood would feel very prickly but also solid. If you rubbed your hand across it you could feel parts where the wood pieces are coming up and are prickly against your hand.

Up close photo of the structures in a leaf (Neven Krcmarek, free stock textures)

My second texture is a close up photo of the structure of a leaf. I like this photo because it shows in detail the structures of the leaf. The texture of the leaf would be soft and slightly waxy. It would also feel almost moist or wet, when you touch a leaf and can feel the water inside it. It would also feel very flexible but delicate. You could easily rip it but you can also bend it in a lot of directions without harming it. It would also feel slightly bumpy. All the different sections of the leaf would feel like small bumps. The white lines that run through the leaf would feel a little tougher and smoother although they would still feel soft.

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History of Collage and Photomontage: Rachel Lentz

Adolf the Superman: Swallows Gold and Spouts Junk, published in Arbeiter-illustrierte-Zeitung in 1932. Grove Art: Photomontage

The world today is a far cry from the world of the 19th or even 20th century. The pace of life has quickened and with it art styles. The advent of photography allowed for a new form of art to be displayed, photomontage. Photomontage is not to be confused with Collage art which appeared around the same time in the early 20th century. Photomontage is the layering of purely photographic sources, generally into more realistic photo art. Collages expressed the same creative layering effect but used the more characteristically chaotic and medium blending method of layering different substances to create art. These developing art styles are a response to changing times at the end of the 19th century and beginning of the 20th. With an increased pace of life so did art change to represent this. Photomontage art was able to comment on the first world war and the chaos it inspired. It was later adopted as a means of propaganda and advertising as it assimilated into the art world. As such there are several artists who used it to criticize the political climate of the time. One such artist was John Heartfield. He pioneered photomontage as a satirical device in Germany and used it to criticize the Nazi regime such in his piece, Aldolf the Superman: Swallows Gold and Spouts Junk. 

Whoever reads bourgeois newspapers becomes blind and deaf: away with the stultifying bandages! (1930) Collage art by John Heartfield. Information and translation found at The Art Story.

John Heartfield also had other pieces that commented on the political climate of the day, like his piece of the young man with his head wrapped in newspaper, “Whoever reads bourgeois newspapers becomes blind and deaf: away with the stultifying bandages!” This comments on the complacency that Heartfield saw in how people formed their opinions from the media they read. He also comments on photomontage itself in a way, as it was easily massed produced like newspapers, so he strove to show how it was used in propaganda and other bias works.

John Heartfield’s style uses unity to match strong lines and strong subjects together and harmonious elements to recreate the realism of traditional art. This is then contrasted as the reader analyzes the work more carefully, noticing the distinct turn and satirical meaning the pictures truly hold. Heartfield’s work is mean to invoke thought and inspire people to be critical of their world. This was needed and still in needed in times of mass information, propaganda, and the more modern day issues of “Fake News”.


1.) The Art Story

2.) Grove Art Online: Photomontage

3.) Grove Art Online: Collage

4.) John Lovett: Design





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