The third initial idea was to show me leaning on my name. Quite simple in retrospect and as I found out hard to make it not look simple.
I firstly started with this image and began by removing any moles, spots, bad patches on skin etc with the Spot Healing Brush Tool. Next I gave the image a surface blur and made it apply to just the large areas of skin. Made it less plastic by Adding Noise and finally brang out the eyes with the Dodge & Burn tools.
I’ve had so much practise with this process that I managed to do a basic retouch of the image in under 10 minutes.
I am quite confident with the Pen Tool as I have used Illustrator a fair bit in the past so when I used it to remove the background, I managed it fairly quickly and to what I feel was a high standard:
I then went looking for a Font that would show creativeness and flare (as this is a profile) but had none on my laptop that seemed to deliver. So I used dafont.com to download some, the one I used was Orial. It’s fancy and shows what I want it to, but more importantly is bold, which means my hands would rest nicely on the word (I discovered a narrow type face made the leaning look unreal).
Removed 4 of my fingers (not the thumb) of my Right hand and pasted them in a seperate layer, above the font. This now made it look like I’m leaning on it. I did the same for the Left hand.
I thought this would when I would be finished (from my initial idea) but it looked extremeley flat and lifeless. So what I did was, I went into MayangTextures.com and looked for a background that would fit. I chose two, neither had specific artists so I’m just referencing the website: http://mayang.com/textures/Architectural/html/Walls/index.html
There they are. I looked at these and they reminded me of a film I saw recently “Beautiful Losers” (a group of artists) and how dingy and dirty their living conditions were before they became famous. So I chose them to almost say the same thing, “I’m not famous yet. See?”
The left was the wall and the right was the floor, I used Skew to drag out the bottom corners, to create the illustion of perspective:
Once they were in position, I added a Drop Shadow ‘fx’ behind myself and played with the levels of the background.
I’m done (for now, until I see something I’d like to change).
I’m not in love with this image but it does what I wanted it to in my initial ideas, so can’t complain about the final presentation of it: my issues with the idea behind it.