Ok. instead of writing a lot of words about how the original is better (it is btw
i thought hey why not show how far i would have taken it. Yes, it meant adjusting your picture but it was done in the hope of maybe someone actually picking up an idea or two. This site is about teaching and learning (well.. sometimes
So first, disclaimer. This is a VERY fast work. Just done this in an slow hour at work so don't expect it to be any higher works of art. Techniques used are basically Dodge&Burn, Reshaping, Recoloring and some cloning when i wanted to be rough
This can all be done more carefully and better given more time.
I enclose the resulting image and the PSD (about 3 megs) can be downloaded through http://www.imaginara.se/befdq0.zip