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PHOTO ART: Mini-challenge #91 – Vietnamese Lady

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Old 02-22-2003, 04:21 PM
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Once again, stellar entries.

Phyllis--I love the strenght of the black lines juxtaposed against the coolness and softness of the pastels. Probably a lot like the woman herself...she has so much character.

TwinB--this has fabulous texture to it without being distracting from the subject's face. love it!

Pam--I really like how soft this feels without being washed out. You've got a wonderful light touch and it plays well with this portrait. very good!

CJ--great! i love how the texture of the palette knife plays against the glowing edges. terrific!

Jerry--I really love this. You've presented her perfectly. your attention to detail is great, too, all the way down to matting and framing. she's ready for somebody's wall!
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Old 02-22-2003, 04:25 PM
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I used my newest favorite technique--The Smudge Tool as introduced to me by Phyllis.

I wanted her to look a little more worn and sad, so before I went in with my tool I played with her features a bit in liquify. Made her eyes droop a little more, made them slightly smaller, gave her more defined jowls, dropped the edges of her mouth. Then I upped the contrast a bit to bring out all of the fine lines, which I then pulled out a bit more with the burn tool.

Using a small brush, I smudge painted her face. I used larger brushes for her hair, wrap, and clothes. PE'd a background and painted it in with a layer mask. Then I used many different layers of blend modes topped off with a crossed light render lighting effect to add some more depth.

I'm very happy with her!

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Old 02-22-2003, 04:30 PM
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Then and Now

Jill Craquelure hmmm wonder who told you about that filter? Very nice use of the filter.

Pam you pastel background brings out the face. Lighting and blending on the face is very natural.

CJ I love the glowing edge effect and have not figured out how to use it yet. Never thought to use the palette knife. I will have to play with this. Needless to say I love the effect on your submission.

Jerry The border is a nice touch. Sandstone texture works well with the subject.

Took the orig. layer and made a copy used the lasso tool to cut the face in half. Used the brush strokes accented edge on multiple layers to smooth out half the face. Added a little more red to the lips added eye shadow. Used lighting effect on multiple layers and worked the opacity for the background and shading.

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Old 02-22-2003, 04:33 PM
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Amanda

I'm REALLY likin' everything about that one.. Your turning into a smudge teckie like me..

Jean..The young/old concept..Very interesting...

Jerry
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Old 02-22-2003, 04:46 PM
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Here's my attempt. First converted to a sketch with heavy outlines, copied this sketch onto a new layer of the original. I then created a new layer , filled with while and used the history brush to paint some color back in. Gave a little texture and saved.

Ken
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Old 02-22-2003, 04:47 PM
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Thanks, Jerry! I love that technique!!! It's too much fun, and I love how your image sort of flows like paint under your brush. Instant gratification with none of the nasty side effects.

Jean--LOVE IT! What an inventive approach!!! Great application of your idea.
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Old 02-22-2003, 05:12 PM
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Amanda...You and I posted about the same time so I missed yours. Dial up! takes forever to upload. I like the overall flavor of your work. The face is so full of expression.

KenB very soft younger version. What is the filter you used on the overall picture?

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Old 02-22-2003, 05:25 PM
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The plugin used to texturize was Alien Skin Splat.....I think that's what you were asking TwinANJ.

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Old 02-22-2003, 05:32 PM
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Ken yes that is what I was asking. Jill had alian skin at one time I will have to check and see if she still has it. Thank you for the quick response!

Jean
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Old 02-22-2003, 05:35 PM
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Amanda -- truly wonderful rendition! Your subtle use of Liquify changed her expression without changing her features, and your lighting (plus all your painting strokes) created a true portrait. Your eye matches your skill!

Jerry - I love your matting and frame - unusual and fits the subject.

Phyllis, Jill, Pam, Ken -- it's so much fun to see her look so many different ways, and yet retain her expressiveness and character!
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