Nancy Speaker, QPSA  

Holly by Nancy Speaker, QPSA

January 2020 - Holly

January 2020 - Nancy Speaker, QPSA


About the Image(s)

Here is Holly. Holly is a Drama Major student at APU and currently needed headshots for her social media and portfolio with new outfits she recently added to her collection. . For this image, I found the orange colored background contaminated the boa. I made a selection of the boa and turned it into a b&w image and then placed the entire selection on a previously painted gray background , bringing the color back to her face and hair. I painted the entire image using PS mixer brushes.

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8 comments posted

Yes, the tonality is better now than the sharp contrast of the original.
It seems that you did something with her face because it has an extremely smooth appearance to it.   Posted: 01/07/2020 12:08:19
Nancy Speaker   Nancy Speaker
the entire image was hand painted using the mixer brush including the face.   Posted: 01/15/2020 10:22:26

Cindy Gosselin   Cindy Gosselin
This is an absolute WOW!!! I love it! And what a genius solution to the color contamination. Your use of the background break up is excellent. I love that there is little to no detail on the outskirts of the image and then detail is revealed as you move closer to Holly's face. Beautiful image. You and Holly deserve to be proud of it.   Posted: 01/08/2020 13:19:35
Nancy Speaker   Nancy Speaker
Thank you Cindy. I am really enjoying Michelle's class.   Posted: 01/15/2020 10:21:48

This is terrific, Nancy. Your handling of the boa is amazing-- I can almost feel its softness and texture.   Posted: 01/11/2020 19:19:44
Nancy Speaker   Nancy Speaker
Thank you   Posted: 01/15/2020 10:22:50

Cheryl Dubois   Cheryl Dubois
(Groups 61 & 81)
Just visiting from Group 61. I really like your technique!   Posted: 01/18/2020 18:26:03

Pat Centeno   Pat Centeno
Her portrait came out just gorgeous, Nancy! With the original yellowish background, the feathers fit right in, but once you eliminated that color cast, you were definitely right to make the boa in shades of grey and white. The skin on the pretty model's face looks smoother after painting, too. You handle that mixer brush so well.   Posted: 01/25/2020 11:34:06