Finally, Mandarin Orange Monday has arrived. At least it is still Monday here in Australia. My apologies for the lateness and for the fact that I was unable to visit everyone last week to comment on your art. I was able, however, to enjoy looking at it and appreciating it. I And thank you again for your comments and discussion – I always look forward to reading what you have to say.
This week I decided to celebrate the joy of being a grandmother – so I have featured my grandson, Matthew – or Matty as he is usually called. This is the first time I have published any pictures of him publicly, on LorikArt – as his parents, understandably, worry about his photo being on the web. But when I asked if I could just show his eyes – his beautiful eyes – they agreed.
I know many of you are also grandparents, as well as parents and aunts and uncles. Perhaps you might like to continue this theme next time.
I found the whole process rather difficult – I don’t usually use people in my photo art. And of course I didn’t want my grandson looking less than perfect, who would? In the future, however, I may start doing some figurative art because I am planning to go to some life drawing classes. Scary! I haven’t drawn people, seriously, for years. And now that I have bought a new scanner to archive the family photographic collection (will I regret this huge commitment???) all sorts of options will be open to me.
So….meet little Matty, who has just turned three!
I edited all the images separately (and actually took notes!) then added them one by one to a Photoshop blank page which I had divided up using guides. I know it is a long-winded way to go about things – I really should get some of those collage-making applications! The processes I used with each image included adjusting Curves and Levels in PS and Dynamic Skin Smoother (as if a 3year old needs that!) in Nik Color Efex.
Finally I flattened the layers and Equalised (PS) (about 50%) the whole collage image.
|Nik Color Efex Filters – Included, Dynamic Skin Softener, High Key,
Glamour Glow, Brilliant Warmth and Reflector Effects, in individual images.
Topaz Filters – Included DeJpeg
|Nik Silver Efex to desaturate – Fine Art – High Key
PS Fill Orange (Overlay, Colour Burn).
|Topaz Clean Filter – Dynamic Skin Smoother|
|Nik Color Efex – Bleach Bypass|
Nik Color Efex – Duplex, Sunshine
Topaz Detail – Fill Light
Nik _ Bleach ByPass
PS Photo Filter (Orange)
|As Above plus – Nik Color Efex – Burnt Siena
Topaz Simplify — Cartooned
New Layer -Topaz Simplify – Sketch Colour
Merge Layers – 50%- Hard Light
|As Above plus – Nik Color Efex – Photo Styliser, Remove Color Cast
Topaz Clean – Stylised Details
|Topaz Simplify – Painting Harsh Color
Topaz Clean – Cartoon
Dulicate Layer – Topaz Detail
Merge layers – Screen