part 18 of my digital media sketchbook
for this part of the sketchbook i thought it would be a good idea to mix two portraits together. the background is the doubled over portrait with the focal point being the lady in glasses.
the first development done with the layers selected ‘difference’ here is really nice and i like how the portraits eye in the background looks as though they are the ‘all seeing eye’ and protecting the lady who has come across as quite african looking because of the long slender neck and large necklace. the colours do mix well but i feel they are too vibrant.
from the above image i used the ‘cutout’ tool from the filters selection just to add a different affect but unfortunately it was unsuccessful although it has tamed down the colours and are not as powerfully bright.
i later used the gradient map on top of the ‘difference’ image and the bright colours makes the image look too busy; it shows a level of abstraction as well of which i am not too fond of as the portraits initially used before development were already abstract.
here i used a different shade on the gradient map from the previous ‘difference’ image. the chosen shade for this is the orange and red; now i know i complained about the image ‘being too bright’ a few comments above but for these i actually think the brightness works well. yes it is overpowering and yes it hurts your eyes but the colours are vibrant and summery as well as i just simply cannot stop looking at them.
i decided to go a completely different way with this and decided to transform the ‘difference’ image to black and white using the filters gallery for the graphic pen effect. out of all the above images this is just simply the most successful. there are no colour tones to clash the portraits and there is also a sophisticated feel to the image as thought the ‘african’ lady is a model for vogue.