You probably already know I use Photoshop to manipulate photographs, etc. Also, you are probably already familiar with Puerto Rico's famous children's book author, Vanessa Seijo, who also posts on Open Salon. Vanessa was using a snapshot taken at some dinner party for a user image. She'd cropped it, but the shoulder and arm of her escort was still showing in the image. That is the kind of thing that inspires me to make something out of it.
How it Was Done:
1) Remove the background, the shoulder and arm of her escort.
2) Lighten where shadows no longer make sense.
3) Smooth out the pixelation that comes with enlarging a small photo, and turn it into something approaching a brush stroke painting.
4) A quick search for some medieval tapestry to use as a frame, and here you have it:
image © diana ani stokely 2011
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