Hello my Creepy Friends! I sat up late last night working on this piece. The original photograph I used for inspiration and template, (see below) was a selfie taken of me goofing around after a substantial snowfall in New Hampshire.
My steps to creating this piece first began by making the photo black and white. Then I opened it with the basic Paint program on my computer. I started playing around with the color black by painting my hoodie to resemble a cloak. Then I took the same black and darkened my eyes. At this point it was pretty creepy. Next I accentuated the wrinkles and lines in my face and did some shading around the eyes to create a gaunt appearance. I decided to reshape the bone structure of my face with the hope of making it appear “skullish.” I did this by creating prominent cheek bones and narrowing the top of my head. As I looked at my transitioning face, it reminded me of the Scream movies, so with that thought in mind I elongated my mouth and painted my tongue black.
I wanted to get rid of the background, so I opened the morphing face with an app called Phototastic Collage. Using the “effects” and “light leaks” tools I came up with the screaming face above. The face of course was still positioned in the middle. At that point it looked good but something wasn’t quite right. It was too centered and too symmetrical and not disturbing enough. To rectify this, I dropped the face lower, wanting it to look as if it were peering at you from over the bottom of the frame. I liked the outcome. Lastly I named it and laid claim to it by signing my name at the bottom.
I hope it creeps you out as much as it does me!
“Stay Creepy My Friends”
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