Picture a Day #104, 5-10-13
Here is another composite art piece that I just finished. The photograph of the model, Shannon, was taken in February. All of the other elements in this image, the rope, the lights, the floor, etc., were drawn in using Photoshop. I call this type of work "creative portraiture art." Producing these types of pieces is time consuming because of the nature of the creative process. Sometimes the creativity drive is in high gear, and at other times: not so much.
Another factor that increases the time involved in composite pieces is Photoshop skill. While I am quite competent at beauty retouching and such, composite portrait artwork requires skills far beyond that so producing an image might take even longer because of the learning curve required to produce a desired effect.
My first approach to producing this image was to search for a background similar to what is here. After several searches that consumed over an hour of time, in aggregate, I decided to simply draw the background myself. The ropes were made from Photoshop brushes. All the other elements were produced using the basic Photoshop tools such as the paint brush, rectangle, selection tools, blur filter, etc. I added a texture overlay to the floor to make it a bit more interesting.