Hi ho art friends.

The Takashima extractions continue. I have approximately 1/3 of the images I need to start compositing. It’s taken me 4 hours to extract 35 character images, plus a little light editing to mask joints.

In the meantime, I wanted to schedule some posts and revisit some old favorites. I dug through my Gimp files in order to set up my shop. While I was at it, I converted several of my files to Photoshop.

Today, I revisit one of my most favorites that never quite got to the I Love It stage: my Dollshe Ethan as an angel.

For this version, I started with the first step file, did some tweaking, removing some layers, editing, desaturating, rotating.

And got to this stage:

“Angel” by L. Anne Thompson, Tenukihandcrafts

I’m trying various techniques to mask joints. The one that has been working for Takashima is to duplicate the layer and apply a Gaussian blur. The amount of blur depends on the image and light. Sometimes it’s 10%, other times it is 40%.

I apply a black mask to the blurred layer and very lightly paint in the blur over the joint. This method did not work for this image, likely due to the deep shadows in his wrist joints. After some fiddling, I gave up to focus on the background and bringing him to the foreground.

Overall, I’m pretty happy with this version, apart from the joints, his tee shirt, the background landscape has been pushed too far in the background and his eyes need to be smaller.

That doesn’t sound too happy, does it?

When I first created Ethan, I really loved his large green eyes. These are 16 mm. Tennyson (the other Bernard) has 12 mm eyes. Over time, my taste has changed and I find I prefer smaller eyes for the Bernard sculpt.

I plan to reshoot Ethan in a shirt that hides his joints and install smaller eyes. Then revisit this canvas again. This is the third or fourth time I’ve revisited this canvas, so it speaks to me. A well-planned shoot with multiple images will give me exactly what I’m looking for. However, I can’t shoot him right now because this body is currently in use for the Takashima supervisor.

Stay on target!

Happy creating.