You may already know that Marie (Ozstuff), has a challenge group across at Flickr called Digitalmania, where each week we digital artists, take inspiration from the works of a chosen artist.
Last week we explored the work of FINNABAIR and that inspired me to create this.
This week, we've taken a slightly different tac and have been invited to use the face of MAUDE FEALY as our inspiration and to create some work in which she features.
For this one I extracted her from the background, then using a soft airbrush in Photoshop, I began to over paint the original black and white image.
Adding a new layer each time on which to paint, and reducing the opacity as needed I began with the skin tone. Followed up with the lip colour and blue for the eyes. I added deep shade under the upper eyelids and around the eye itself to keep a three dimensional feel and and to define the eyes before adding colour to the lower lashes. Before leaving the face I placed small areas of white on the lips and in the pupils to add light and shine, and then as a final touch to the painted effect I added a light shading of red to Maude's hair.
Finally, to define the light and shade I added the alfresco filter. Then I knew it was done!
Next week at Digitalmania we'll be looking at the work of a very talented young Hungarian artist
called SAROLTA BAN.
So if you are a digital artist and like a challenge why not think about joining us at Flickr.
You already know we are a friendly bunch and you would certainly be welcome.
If you need to know more why not email Marie who I'm sure would be able to help.