The Cheshire Effect

Ginny Schmidt

St. Petersburg, United States

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My mother had a cat from the time he was born to when he died in her arms at the age of eighteen. He was a silver tabby with white chest and arms. I took a photo of him, oh, probably fifteen years ago, lying on my mother’s bed, and the white parts of him almost disappeared into the white bedspread.

Years ago, I scanned this photograph to make a portrait of her little boy for my mom, and I erased all the white parts of the picture so you could see only the cat;s dark parts, his green eyes, and pink nose. Then I treated the fur with a crayonish effect, to make it look more like a drawing and put the picture in a frame for my mom.

The cat died eleven years ago, and my mother has been gone for seven. A few hours ago, I went browsing thru my photo archives to see if I could find a picture to play with, since I am trying my hardest not to address a great deal of housework, and I found my old portrait of Bro.

I was able to amuse myself greatly by adding a few more treatments to this picture. Using several different layers, I smudged the cat’s fur quite a bit, made his nose a little bit rosier, and enhanced his eyes, making them larger and greener. There was some shading on the right, which I blurred and lightened and, still not done, on a final layer I selected the black area and applied a wave filter.

Satisfied with the final product, I flattened the image so I could save it as a jpeg, and decided to post it to my RB portfolio.

If this works (I’ve had a hard time with it), here is the framed original image.

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