Funny Money

In this assignment, I digitally edited a one dollar bill to replace George Washington with universally beloved painter Bob Ross. Not only that, I edited a few of the bill’s other features just for fun. Below is the final product.

This week in DS106, we were told to go through a categorized bank of assignments and pick one project from three separate categories to complete. The first category I went through was Visual Assignments. I was a bit intimidated when initially looking through the bank, partially because of the sheer amount of options, but also in part due to the fact that I had to make two of my three assignments in some way relate to the course’s theme, which is the Joy of Painting. There were a lot of potential options, but this project was one that, as soon as I saw it, I knew exactly what I wanted to do.

To complete this project, I downloaded two images. The first was a photograph of a one dollar bill from Wikipedia and the second was an image of Bob Ross from The image editing software I used for this project was Procreate, the same software I used to make my painting last week.

Rather than start by replacing Washington with Ross, I decided to begin by making a few alterations to the text on the bill. I erased the “America” in “The United States of America” and replaced it with Ross, I edited the serial numbers to say “B0B” and I altered a bit of the text to specify that this bill is “Illegal Tender” and “for no debts public or private.”

Before placing Bob Ross in the portrait frame, I first had to remove George Washington. To do this, I copy/pasted a piece of the frame’s background across the entirety of the frame. This way, I could remove Washington without losing the textured pattern on the back of the frame. Next, I inserted my picture of Ross. The image did not quite fit into the frame, so I had to use the paintbrush tools to extend his shirt to the frame’s bottom. Finally, I removed Washington’s name from the bottom of the frame and gave Ross’s picture a once-over with the brush so that the colors of his face would not contrast as badly with the bill’s natural color palette.

6 responses to “Funny Money”

  1. I really liked this idea of “Funny Money”, this definitely caught my attention. I also, think you made good use of digital resources, in order to create this dollar bill. I believe you did a good job, also tying it into the course.

  2. Can we petition to make this a real thing? Forget about it being “funny money.” Bob Ross is a national treasure and should be remembered as such!

    • True. Washington’s got a city named after him, an obelisk, his face carved into a mountain, and even the quarter (the third most powerful coin) I think he would be fine moving over and letting Ross get some national recognition.

    • You’re right! The engraving filter would have been perfect for making Ross’s photo blend in with the dollar bill’s art style. Thank you Paul.

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