I am moving along in learning some more advanced Photoshop techniques and this is my latest project in it’s final version. I was shooting some images for this very project and one of them was a test shot of my hand that I had made to test out my flash lighting. As It turned out this was one of only a few that I picked out to use in future projects with a few tweaks of course! Without getting into a lengthy Photoshop tutorial I am presenting several images here as this project progressed with the final version showing above.
The hand image itself was cut out and placed in a vertical orientation on the canvas. I tweaked this image with some filters to give it a more painterly, hand drawn feel and away I went with the various layers, textures and brushes! The brushes I used were free ones from the internet however I am moving towards using my own brushes exclusively and a few I have made are visible in this image. In addition to learning brush creation I also learned using the pen tool to create curved lines which are also visible here as well.
This post is not meant to be a tutorial but more of a look into my process for this piece. There are several awesome tuts online which explain this process better and you have to remember that each brush stroke and paint spatter was well thought out in placement. It’s easy to be heavy handed in using the effect which is why this one took me a few weeks to complete. I am trying to marry my passion for photography with my passion for abstract painting and surrealism. Here are several images with this work in various states and I added a bit of commentary under each one….Enjoy and happy new year to you all!