Here are the latest 2 additions to my Selfies From Alternate Universes series. Now there are 6 of these apparitions. If you didn’t read my prior post, they are all based on recent pics of me, use FaceApp, editing in Photoshop, and digital painting mostly in Corel Painter.
I think I’m going to share these in sets of 2, which allows some comparison and contrast. So far I’m alternating doing one male and one female.
With the guy above I tried to incorporate more background, and this one has a more dynamic composition [There’s some editing such as widening the column behind my head, and I eliminated people on the right side]. I’ve never even considered having just a mustache as a possible style choice for me, so this may not be an older guy I will age into. At first I was thinking he reminded me of Richard Dreyfuss, but then I realized, looking at his right eye, that it’s Donald Sutherland. Also, my dad and my uncles and grandfather had mustaches. The blue cast to the lighting is deliberate. I think it goes with the airport atmosphere.
I like that it feels a bit like a still from a movie. I didn’t admit this in the first post, but among the several other ideas I’m dealing with here, there is an attempt to immortalize myself in a way.
I like this woman. She seems more trustworthy than the mustachioed man. And, yeah, that’s a pretty believable older woman version of me.
The fan came out rather nicely.
Above you can see how I’m able to just suggest hair without trying to delineate individual strands. Around the mouth you can also see how I’m trying to achieve different kinds of strokes . Some are more blended and some more bristly.
Anyone who says “digital painting isn’t painting” (Hi Charles) hasn’t experimented much with Painter. The arsenal of brushes and the myriad menus to fine-tune them are daunting. I see these images as hybrids more than strictly paintings. They retain the feel of photos but also have painterly details.
Stay tuned for more in this series.
Here’s all 6 so far:
Stay tuned for more in the series.