With my next piece I've decided to do something different here. I'm going to document my whole process from start to finish. Beginning with an old photo, concepting, experimenting, trial and error, and hopefully finishing with a piece I'm happy with.
It all starts with an old photograph. I get most of them at antique stores or on Ebay. Lately, people have been giving me photographs which is pretty amazing. I usually stick to purchasing and working with photos taken between 1850s-1900. Everything from Daguerreotypes, tintypes, cabinet cards, and CVDs.
This one here - a cabinet card - was given to me by a friend. I had an idea for her as soon as I saw her and she's in pretty good shape. I find some that are scratched and severely damaged but I'll buy them anyway if I think they're unique.
I scanned this and retouched it in Photoshop. Only took about 15 minutes to retouch. Some take hours to fix. Especially if I have to recreate a limb or other body part. I just retouched one recently and had to recreate an eye. That was fun. 😒
After I retouch I meticulously cut around them, pixel by pixel, so the background is completely cut out. That's by far my least favorite part of this whole process. The pic on the left is the un-retouched scan. The one one the right is retouched and cut out.
So as of now she's retouched and cut. Stay tuned for more.