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.
Meet Jonesie! Jonesie was our sweet rescue cat. The beautiful tabby frequented the medical office where my wife use to work. He would come around every day looking for a yummy bite to eat. After finding out he had no place to call his home, Corinne and I took the little rascal home to live with us. We decided to name him Dr Jones because we love Harrison Ford in Indiana Jones and we found him at a “medical office” …so “Dr” Jones seemed quite fitting. Eventually Dr Jones became Jonesie for short. In the photo above Jonesie was having a good roll after sunning under an autumn sun. He was such a sweet fellow. Unfortunately Jonesie has crossed the rainbow bring but we will never forget this handsome boy!
So this is the transformation of Dr Jones into “Vampire Kitty.” I thought the original photo was quite interesting since his canine teeth were so prominent. So using the photo as a template I created my Macabre Art piece number two. I like to call it Vampire Kitty. Dr Jones lives on!