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Trapped in a place with no name

By nineteen68  
Its a wile since Ive posted, ive been experimenting on top experimenting (which can never bode well and Im braced to be shot down over this).

Ive seen this fragmented/splattered images about before and never really got it figured out. So ive been on Youtube and checked out various videos on how to do. I always manage to get so far in the process then get lost. This is probably because I don't listen properly or I have a different version of photoshop (currently using CS2 & Elements 10).

I created several layers, used layer masks and the liquify tool (which seemed to give a different result). The brushes Ive used may also not be ideal and I may have gone a bit over board using it.

This is version 3 the others are on the blog including the original and they demonstrate that Im making progress and I guess I just need to keep experimenting and playing with CS2 to get it right but any help/advice/tips would be great. Thank you in advance.

Tags: Specialist and abstract Digitally manipulated Digital art Portraits and people

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mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
17 Sep 2013 4:25PM
A new development, I like the way you are exploring ideas and pushing them further. You've come a long way since the early uploads - the basic image and processing are much improved, the black background looks dense and even, the image projection is clean, it paints the curves and contours of the body and contrasts rather nicely with the overlaid pattern.
This is personal - I'm not so sure about the use of liquify. It works pretty well on the leg/knee area, but definitely not on the hand - well not for me. It's a tool that needs a lot of practice to get it right - I'll admit it's not my area and I haven't had the patience or motivation to practise! To me it needs to work with the contours of the body here, not against them. I shall be interested to see how you develop the idea.

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17 Sep 2013 4:37PM
Hi Moira, thanks. I felt the basic image need something and the thing that came to mind was an eruption of some sort. Like I have said I have seen this type of thing but never got to grips with it, so I played a bit today and I had given up after version 1 but it just looked pants. But I went back to it and clicked and pressed and other things and something started to happen and progress was made. I agree though it needs a lot of work.
banehawi Plus
14 1.8k 3894 Canada
17 Sep 2013 5:12PM
I like this. Its very abstract, and trying to make out a figure in there is not going to be successful.

There is one single thing I would change, and that is not to liquify the hand and fingers, - leave them intact. It will ground the image for me.

With the liquify tool, zoom in on the areas you work on; use the brush settings to decrease the effect of the tool, so you can move the ares very gradually and carefully.

I get the impression you were looking for an effect where part of the image is "blown off" with bits of the image dragged to one side.

Heres one I found:


17 Sep 2013 7:13PM
Thanks Willie and yes I was sort of looking for that. Jordan had created a really great curve with her back and I felt it needed somethinh extra. Its all still one massive learning curve.
paulbroad 10 123 1250 United Kingdom
18 Sep 2013 7:47AM
It is different, but really too far gone for me. Have no idea what to look at or rest my eye on. Sorry,, I'm too old fashioned.

pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2024 United Kingdom
18 Sep 2013 3:43PM
I was never sure how far you could take this technique, Lee, but here I see something that is visually appealing, springing from your ever-developing creativity.
I've had a look at the same picture on your website and have to say that I prefer version 2 to this one. Like Moira, it's the liquifying that doesn't appeal. I like seeing that black area below her knee because it helps me to understand the model's pose. The distortion of the hand and face are also taking away my "understanding" of the pose. The image that you have uploaded here has been taken too far, in my opinion. But it was good to see other stages of your work on it.
18 Sep 2013 5:33PM
Thanks Pamela & Paul. I was happy that I had got somewhere near what I wanted to achieve but I agree I have done far too much to this image. The brush used wasn't ideal either but its a starting point. Version 2 on my blog maybe better as I stopped with the brushes after a bit. So the lesson learnt here is restraint I think.

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