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December 2013

I decided to go mutant with this one. So I asked the amazing Kimberly Palmer if I could use some of her awesome kitty pix to borrow some of their body parts for this strange biological experiment.

In fact, no kitties were harmed in the making of this, but it’s a collage of several of Kimmie’s fuzzyface shots as a single one didn’t do the trick. I used one of my own shots…

for the base image… in which I asked the model to flip her head up and triggered the flash at the moment her hair reached mid-flight!

I used the lasso tool to select portions of the various cat photos, and paste them over areas of the original face that corresponded structurally. I used the luminosity blending mode so the basic color and topography of the original face showed through, but I still had the textured fur of the cat segments in tact.

Features like the mouth and the eyes were done with normal blend mode as these had to be unaffected by the original face. Iknew it would be next to impossible to try and import the whiskers, so I drew them with thin white brush strokes, having cloned out areas where bits of the original whiskers were still present.

After lots of final tweaks using adjustment layers for adding shadows and increased light and contrast where necessary, I made several shots of the brass bell in different positions as well as the bowed ribbon, using the same studio flash as for the original portrait… this to make sure the quality and direction of the lighting was compatible. In Photoshop, I `tied’ the bells to the hair with the ribbon, adjusting the angles and scales to suit their positions in the composition. I placed lots of importance in the placement of the bells as this was a major compositional feature within the frame.

All editing done in Photoshop CS2

Special thanks to Kimmie for the pics and all the smiles over many months…
And no, I don’t really hate cats. They just hate me!

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Btw, this is the cover shot for my KATZ Calendar

Thanx for lookin…
BOO !!!

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  • RavenSoul
    RavenSoulabout 6 years ago

    WHOA!!! Bad hair day for this pussy cat! LOVE it!! Wonderful work!

  • Thanks Vonne, but watch out… this baby likes a bit of raven so don’t get too close. I don’t wanna have to put her down!

    – billyboy

  • cdwork
    cdworkabout 6 years ago

    Awesome work- He looks like a pretty happy chappy

  • Interesting you think she’s a chappy… I knew I should have insisted she wear lipstick for the shoot! Cheers for diggin this, and no, I won’t pass your comment on to her. She gets pissed off over the silliest things these days…

    – billyboy

  • shanghaiwu
    shanghaiwuabout 6 years ago

    you are CLEVER

  • Kimberly Palmer
    Kimberly Palmerabout 6 years ago

    I see Maggie in there a lot!!! =) Is that Mia’s mouth?
    Pretty cool BB!

  • Yup, right on both counts. And the shout wouldn’t have worked without Mia’s Gene Simmons tongue!!

    Thanks again for letting me use your kitties for a bit of plastic furgery!

    – billyboy

  • Dmarie Frankulin
    Dmarie Frankulinabout 6 years ago

    LOL…WOW…total coolness…and what hair-do!!! Great job :-D

  • Dawn, thanks for digging the hair-do… I’d SO love to see your squirrel giving it a massage!
    And cheers for the fav!!

    – billyboy

  • Mel Brackstone
    Mel Brackstoneabout 6 years ago

    Magical work, Bill!! What a fantastic image!

  • Mohsen Bayramnejad
    Mohsen Bayramn...about 6 years ago

    yes, clever and cool! very nicely done, BB!

  • Naylor
    Naylorabout 6 years ago

    Very cool !!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Intense depth in this shot to me … love it lol

  • Thanks celena, I was feeling intensely deep when I did it. Hugs to you!!!

    – billyboy

  • Shanina Conway
    Shanina Conwayabout 6 years ago

    Very cool BB, this seems to be contagious lol!

  • Too true Shanina. The bug totally got my goat!

    – billyboy

  • Johanne Brunet
    Johanne Brunetabout 6 years ago

    This is hilarious and so cool!!! Talk about a bad hair day! LOL! Very well done, I love it!

  • Yeah, I have to say the bad hair made this shot… my day was made by your fav! Thanks for getting off on the hilarity and the cool !!

    – billyboy

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