An Interview with Thomas Dodd - People & Portraiture Group

Our Artist of the Month for April 2008 is Thomas Dodd
I chose Thomas because he struck me as a skilled and multi-faceted artist. We have lots of great portraitists in the group, don’t get me wrong… It’s just that not many of them are as well-versed in two such demanding crafts as manipulation and photography. Not everyone can pull off the emotional response from viewers that his art elicits and I definitely felt that his philosophies and viewpoints on art would be of interest to the group! (Cadence Gamache)

Which were you first – a photographer or a digital artist?

When I first began taking photographs there wasn’t even such a thing as the home computer let alone Digital Art ( that should probably give you a pretty good idea of how old I am! ) so I was definitely a photographer first.

My Entry in the Photoshop Masters group - Thomas Dodd

1: Tell me something about the image ..
“Beyond "is a portrait of Halley Mallison who is definitely my favorite model to work with . In addition to having a flair for the dramatic, she is also a costume designer who always shows up for shoots with multiple period dresses that she has designed . This picture was shot late at night on an abandoned bandstand in downtown Decatur Georgia . Halley was “working” the spotlight and this image was the result..

2: How did you create it?
The manipulation process involved in “Beyond” was actually quite simple. I began (as I always do) by converting the PPI of the file from 72 to 300, then I adjusted the contrast and saturation through using the curves pallette (as an adjustment layer) …I then cropped the photo to bring the focus more upon the subjec

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