Another Frozen inspired self portrait for this week In my last SP, I mentioned that I am currently addicted to that movie and actually saw it twice already. I had to find another cinema to watch it for the second time because they stopped showing it at the one near where I live. Thankfully, Ezra and I saw that it was still showing at Festival Mall in Alabang. Since Raffy is staying with us this week and he hasn’t seen it, we decided that this was a good excuse to drive over there and see the movie again. Brinks hasn’t seen it either so she met up with us there after work. Camille saw it twice aready, but she wanted to see it again so she decided to come with us. They only had it in 2D at the cinema there, which was a shame because the 3D version is AWESOME, but I’ll take what I can get
My dad warned me that traffic would be bad because it’s the holiday season AND it’s the weekend, but we decided to risk it anyway. We made it to Alabang just fine (ran into some traffic at Calamba as usual), but it was the drive home that was the problem. Normally the travel time is only 1 to 1 1/2 hours, but it took us FOUR LOOOOONG HOURS to make it home. We made it to Calamba with no problems, but things went downhill from there. We got stuck in bumper to bumper traffic even before we exited the expressway. It was almost 2am by the time we got home. I’m just thankful that I had good company with me and we managed to keep ourselves entertained.
In my last self portrait I tried to style my hair like Anna’s, so this week I did my best to recreate Elsa’s side braid. The snowflake brush is by redheadstock on deviantArt, and I got my title from one of the songs in the movie. My favorite song is still “Do You want To Build A Snowman”, but this comes as a close second It was sung by the amazing Idina Menzel. If you’re interested, you can watch the clip of Elsa singing the song during the movie in the youTube video below:
Ice princess Ezra. We didn’t really plan for this shot to turn out like this, but I think it looks pretty cool. When this was taken, we wanted to replace her eyes with something that looked reptilian, but as usual I had a hard time executing it in Photoshop. I found some great stock images, but I couldn’t position them properly on her face. I had a really difficult time getting them to point in the right direction. No matter what I did, she ended up looking cross-eyed. After multiple attempts, I decided to scrap that idea and just play around on Photoshop. I guess I was still high on Frozen (I had the soundtrack playing on repeat while I was editing this), so the end result turned out like this. Luckily Ezra liked it.
Ezra and I watched Frozen earlier this week and we thought it was absolutely adorable. I loved how it reminded me of the older Disney films, ones with lots of singing and talk of true love. The songs were all wonderful (I’ve had “Do you want to build a snowman” stuck in my head this entire week) and the movie was very family friendly. The animation was spot on too. I normally hate watching 3D movies (because I have a tiny nose and I wear prescription glasses so there’s not much room for the 3D glasses on my face), but I think this one was worth it. In fact, Ezra and I loved it so much we went to see it again yesterday with our friends. The cinema we went to only had it in 2D, but we still enjoyed ourselves.
I think the main reason Ezra and I both loved the movie so much was because we could totally see ourselves as Anna and Elsa. That scene when they first came out (when Anna woke Elsa up because “the sky’s awake, so I’m awake, so we have to play”) reminds of us when we were younger. Ezra was a night owl and spent most of the evening awake, and she’d always wake me up so we could play together. And, this never really stopped, although it has changed a bit. These days Ezra usually wakes up earlier than me because most of my classes are in the afternoon while she has to work at 8am. She works at home so when she sees me still in bed while she’s working, she’ll jump on me and tell me to get up just because she’s already awake! And no, locking my bedroom door doesn’t work because she knows where my parents hide the house keys so that doesn’t stop her from barging into my room. Although, to be fair, she doesn’t use the key as much. She’s too lazy to go get them from their hiding place so she’d much rather spend her time knocking on my door until I give in and open it for her. Again, this reminds me of the scenes when Anna knocks at Elsa’s door to see if she wants to build a snowman. Elsa even had my signature response down to pat – “go away!”, and she has the same “ninja moves” I do (a little inside joke there). Oh, and we cracked up when Anna met Prince Hans, because his name sounds like “Hahn”, which is Ezra’s pet name for Kurt XD
I’ve had this concept in my head for a little while now, so I’m glad I was finally able to execute it. Initially I was thinking of using butterflies or pixies, but in the end I decided that the birds would make it look like a Disney fairy tale, so I went with that. When I shot this I was planning on using the vector bird brushes I normally use, but then I found these wonderful bird stocks from wolverine041269 on deviantArt. And they’re all pre-cut too, which reduced my editing time by at least half! I’m so lucky to have stumbled upon these.
I’m not completely happy with my facial expression in this shot. I was supposed to be looking at one of the birds, but it just looks like I’m staring out into space. Nevertheless, I’m still quite pleased with how this turned out. And the fact that I managed to squeeze in another photomanipulation makes me really happy
(Quote in the title is by Toni Morrison)
When Ezra first told me her idea for this portrait, my initial thought was “isn’t it a little late for Halloween?” Although, if you think about it, week 43/52 falls around the last week of October (yup, that’s how late we our with our project), and that’s usually the week we post our Halloween portraits. But she explained that she had just recently watched Nightmare Before Christmas, which inspired this shot. We never watched it growing up. I guess our parents thought it was too dark for us, and I guess they were right if this is what Ezra thought of after seeing it.
Puppet Ezra. I did something similar to this back in 2010, but I was sitting down in my shot.
This looks simple, but it took me quite a bit of time to edit since I had to get her body parts from different photos. Her dress bunches up when she raises her hands so we had to work around that – she could only lift one hand at a time. Then in the shot where she liked her facial expression, she didn’t like her feet, so I had to change that too. I even had to get her pigtails from different shots and draw some of her hair on because they looked a bit flat in some of the photos.
On a positive note, I was able to catch a free stream of Brooke Shaden’s “Fine Art Portraits” workshop for creativeLIVE the other day and I applied some of the new techniques I learned editing this photo. I wasn’t able to watch the entire thing because it was getting late here in the Philippines, but I managed to catch about an hour and a half of it. And in that short amount of time I learned a lot! I wanted to stay up to watch the whole thing, but I had to get up early the next day for work. Maybe they’ll show it again for free sometime this year
In my 37th self portrait, I mentioned that Ckloy had some great opportunities ahead of him, but it requires some big changes in his life. His company is sending him to Texas for 6 months, which means we won’t see each other again until sometime around June T__T We’ve been together for 8 years and we’ve never spent that much time away from each other before, so we’re both really torn up about it. But at the same time, we both know that this is a wonderful opportunity for him. I guess we’re just a little down because he got his visa on November 20 (which was only about 2 weeks ago) and he’s leaving for Texas today. Those two weeks just flew by so fast. But, if I’m being completely honest, I don’t think it matters if he’s leaving today or next year, I’d still be sad no matter what. I guess the only thing for me to do is wish him luck and start counting down the days till we’re together again. I’m just thankful that modern technology makes long distance relationships slightly more bearable. It looks like I’ll be spending a lot of time on Skype for the next few months.
The airplane stock image is from ssdema on deviantArt.
You guessed it, another old shot that I had lying around. This was taken this back in July, and it was one of my favorite shoots from that month. Unfortunately, I loved it so much that I couldn’t decide what to do with it. Every time I edited it, I felt like I wasn’t doing the photo justice so I just close it again and edit something else. Our original concept when we shot this was that her dress would look like it was on fire. I was planning on blending the fabric into some flames during processing, but I had a real hard time executing it in Photoshop. I tried numerous times, but the flames looked too fake, so eventually I gave up. In the end, we decided to just keep it simple and this is the result.
The “dress” Ezra is wearing is actually just a long red fabric I bought back in June. She wore a reddish/maroon top and we wrapped the red fabric around her waist to make it look like dress. We used a black sash (which was part of her graduation dress) to tie the two together. I tweaked the colors of the fabric and blouse in Photoshop to make it match a little more, giving us the illusion that it’s a dress. The fabric wasn’t that long either (I think it was only 3 yards), so I took several shots and blended them together to make it look like she has a really long train.
It may not have turned out like how we pictured it, but I still really like the final image. I do see some things I want to change, so maybe I’ll go back and edit this photo again when I get the chance
The background I used came from sylwia from deviantArt. You can check it out HERE.
A photomanip, finally~ I haven’t been able to do one since we’re focusing on catching up. Lately we’ve just been doing simple portraits, so I’m glad I managed to squeeze this in. Granted, it’s not my best work and I didn’t spend that much time on it, but at least it shows something besides a close up of our face. If I had more time to edit this I would probably have fixed the cage a little more and tried to remove the fake birds inside.
The dress she’s wearing here is her graduation dress from last year. And those shoes were a gift from Kurt last summer.
Photoshop brushes are from obsidiandawn.com
Belated Happy Halloween! (I actually posted this on Flickr and Facebook on Halloween, but as usual I’m posting it a little later here on my blog.)
This is a little disturbing, I know, but that’s obviously what I was going for. Even Ezra was a little creeped out by this and she usually likes these kinds of photomanipulations. I think maybe because it’s me in the picture, rather than some random model, which makes it a little more real for her.
I didn’t really put blood on my face of course, it’s all Photoshop. Even my make up was done digitally. We don’t have any costume stores nearby where I can pick up some fake blood, so everything had to be added in during processing. I did consider concocting my own fake blood out of honey, cornstarch and food color (Mike’s recipe), but I figured Photoshop would be easier. Anyway, I love editing these bloody self portraits. I try to limit myself to only making them around this time of the year as to not freak too many people out XD
(Photoshop brushes from http://www.obsidiandawn.com)