I started a new thread, because I really wanted people to take a look. So, let me tell you a bit about it:
I started with this pic here:
I put it against a Te Awamutu sunset, same one as I used here:
As sunsets go, it wasn't so spectacular. No clouds to illuminate, only stars that my crappy phone cam couldn't see. I came up with something, but SO didn't like it. He's never been my biggest fan, but when somebody says, "What you trying do do/say?", you know it's a duff. I liked the trippy colours, so I used them when I started again the next morning. I had wanted to name this pic after a song, or a line there from. "Heaven That I'm Making" is one of my fave Neil compositions and at some stage, the 2 came together in my mind. I thought Heaven.....
"And God called the firmament (sky) Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day." (Genisis 1:8)
"To create is to catch
a glimpse of one's divinity,
albeit only in the moment." (ME, so you'd better believe it!)
So, there's plenty of sky in there. The song was inspired by a member of CH talking about surfing in NZ, I'm thinking Nick, was it Nick? So there are some breaking waves in there too.
I wanted the eyes to really stand out, so I did an eye transplant. That is, I copied the eyes from a hi-res pic of Tim. They have the same eyes, so it's pretty straight forward. I used the same technique for this one, 3 years ago:
Eyes tend to get lost when you blow a lo-res image RIGHT up. (Good God, I was so stuck for decent images, I used a phone snap I'd taken of the TV screen. I got rid of the ABC logo, but you can still see the f___ing LG logo down the bottom! SO should be proud, he loves that telly.) I think the true beauty of a hi-res photo is in the skin texture, all those skin pores and tiny beads of sweat, I love them!
This new one is the 1st piece I have produced since November last year and I'm reasonably happy with it. I'll be promoting the hell out of it on Deviant Art in the next few days/weeks and hopefully it's even more popular than the lyrics to my song, "Jealous Bitch".
SO gave me a mouthful when I asked for his opinion on the new pic. Tim said he gets silence when Marie doesn't care for one of his songs. I remember composition class at uni, there was nothing worse than presenting a new piece (particularly a song) to a room full of closed mouths and blank expressions! Would I take silence over borderline verbal abuse? I don't know...
Well, I blasted it to every group I could and so far it's got.....2 favourites, that's not much! What can you do? (Sigh!)
I love it
Edited to say that image I started with, I have an idea that it's not a photo, but a very photo-realistic painting of Neil that was in a NZ exhibition years ago. The same artist painted one of Tim, but that was never posted online.
Editing again, I did a quick google and I was right. It is a painting by Martin Ball, who is known for his ultra-photo-realism. It won him the packing room prize at the 2011 Archibald. Oh well, you guys won't dob on me, right?
Martin Ball did two of Tim and you can see them here. I actually think he did a better job of Neil than Tim.
I agree. The front on facial looks stiff and in this one here, Tim looks stoned (or he would if his eyes had the tell-tale red roadmap)
But that detail, the skin texture, OMG, beautiful work! I stand in awe of a truly great traditional artist, I'm envious! Sure, digital art takes work. I can work like a slave once I get going and there are times when moving a mouse can be as fiddly as holding a pencil or paintbrush. I call myself a "computer cheat" because software can do amazing things and half the battle is knowing how to use it.
Bugger, SO just woke up and I was about to get busy again (sigh!)