3566 views, 74 faves – November, 2013

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All digital collage work, blending and other processing done in Photoshop CS2

Unbelievably, the inspiration for this came from Rhoufi and his awesome image The Lady and the Sleeping Giant

I just hope he’s not too disappointed that this inspiration ultimately led me to something as far removed from museum art as my own take on one of my fave films of all time…

When I first saw Rhoufi’s image I was blown away by the woman scrutinizing the life-like sculpture on the pedestal and thought jeeze, wouldn’t it be cool to have BB’s head on the block with the spikes and everything?! So next thing I knew I was in the bathroom resting my noggin on a piece of laminated chipboard on top of the toilet seat (proved to be a perfect height!) with the self-timer ticking down…

It was a total nightmare separating my hair spikes from the background, but I got steadfastly anal with the task and the cut-out mask looked good.
But that’s where I got creatively stuck. What next? A shoot in a local art museum and ask some passing student if I could take a picture of her back while she’s standing in front of a Campbell’s Soup can? Belgians think yer weird when you do stuff like that so the museum idea was scrapped…

Fortunately we had to take Scratch to the vet last Saturday and it occurred to me that a shot of his operating table could be even cooler than a marble pedestal… just the way my brain works… So I brought the camera along and while Scratch got his shot, I got mine…

It was while I was checking out the shots from the vet’s practice that the Hollow Man thing came to me… like this invisible man needed a mask, and fortunately I had just the thing!!
So all I needed was a guy in a hooded jacket without a face (back to the bathroom with the self timer ticking down)…

… and I started to put everything together in Photoshop.
It was tough because the layout of the vet’s practice totally didn’t fit my idea of the frame layout, so I had to clone out the window and completely change the layout, and even move that cool X-ray thing over to the other side of the room… which was actually at the same side of the room before I swapped the room around… whew!

And even when I’d taken my face out of the hood and it looked like the image was done, I knew it needed something more… so I slept on it…
and came up with the newspaper article, the pieces of ID, and of course the sunglasses…

It took a while to get everything positioned and blended and there was a shitload of image layers and adjustment layers to keep track of…
But it was fun. Like I hadn’t had in yonks.

Sorry this is so long winded, but when the adrenalin kicks in ya just gotta go with it, yeah?

Thanks for lookin’ :-)

ps: The big view is actually cool…


  • Dawn M. Becker
    Dawn M. Beckerover 3 years ago

    LOL…LOVE this Billy!!! Excellent :o)

  • Hiya Dawn!
    Cheers for the love & the fave :-))

    – billyboy

  • Raymond Kerr
    Raymond Kerrover 3 years ago

    LOL.. don’t loose your head Bill .. ; )) nice work … !!

  • Fraid it`s too late Ray… lost that puppy ages ago :-]
    Thanx for the support mate, and for the fave!!

    – billyboy

  • LauraBroussard
    LauraBroussardover 3 years ago

    You are brilliant !!
    And, thank you for the steps in showing how you produced this !

  • Cheers Laura!
    Somehow I don`t think it would be nearly as fun without showing the process, and there`s certainly no secrets to my methods I wouldn`t want to share. I`m just happy when it`s appreciated, so thanks for the appreciation and for faving!!

    – billyboy

  • linaji
    linajiover 3 years ago

    This is the brilliance I so admire about you… You are a technician with a wild and wooly sense of humor… X a gazillon favs… for the info, a joy to read, and the final result.

    heheheheh… lololo and a teehehe too.. damn your good.

  • Lina, all this comes from being raised on Zacherly and Monster Magazine as a kid…:-=
    Cool you dug the story… gonna see if I can dig out our vet`s email address to send him a link. Maybe it will inspire him to start doing face-offs between dogs… Wow that would be cool. A Jack Russel mask on a Rotweiler? HA! Might have to stretch it a bit …
    Jeeze I need coffee…
    Cheers for the fave and the heheheheh… lololo and a teehehe too.. and the damn :-)

    – billyboy

  • Joseph T. Meirose IV
    Joseph T. Meir...over 3 years ago

    Fantastic imagination and skill you have, Billy! Always a pleasure seeing your mind play out an idea. Bravo!

  • Hiya Joe!
    It`s actually always a pleasure seeing your comments!
    Thanks for digging the play out, and cheers for the bravo and the fave !!

    – billyboy

  • Michael  Gunterman
    Michael Gunte...over 3 years ago

    Wow ! Awesome work Bill and what a great trade, shot for shot, sorry Scratch……

  • No need to feel any sympathy towards Scratch Michael…
    A trip to the vet is the only way we get payback for his arrogance.
    Thank God for vaccines :-)
    Cheers for the appreciation dude, and thanx for faving!!

    – billyboy

  • Mel Brackstone
    Mel Brackstoneover 3 years ago

    Wow, what an amazing peek into the mind of billyboy! Far out, Bill, what a great result! Love all the details you’ve shared on putting it all together too! I feel your pain re getting the spikes into a mask! :D

  • Hiya Mel!
    I don`t know that maybe now there are more effective plug-ins for masking stuff like hair that I`m not aware of… but for me the only way to get it right is by zooming in to 200% magnification and using a fine eraser with the right hardness. I`ve never had a problem with the pain, only with the eyesight 8-]
    Cheers for the fave on this, and for fearlessly taking the peek!

    – billyboy

  • Hans Kawitzki
    Hans Kawitzkiover 3 years ago

    Great amagination and brilliant work

  • Thanks Hans! Cool of you to say that mate, and cheers for stopping by :-)

    – billyboy

  • Aimee Stewart
    Aimee Stewartover 3 years ago

    Such a trip!!!!!!!!! You lovely ghoul!!!

  • Hey Aimee!
    Figured you might dig this as I happen to know yer into masks and stuff…
    and I`ll take the lovely ghoul thing as a compliment…:-)
    Smokin’ !!

    – billyboy

  • Lissywitch
    Lissywitchover 3 years ago

    holy cow LOL fabulous creation Billy

  • Thanks so much for that Lissy, and cheers for the fave!!

    – billyboy

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