May 2011

>Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones

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Tonight I have a photo-manipulated caricature of Mick Jagger from The Rolling Stones. The Stones are one of the most important bands in the history of music and some of the most well known faces. Mick Jagger and Keith Richards especially have great character in their faces, perfect for caricatures. I want to do Keith Richards in the near future. These guys have been around for a long time and are still making music. I’ve posted the source picture below as well as a great video of one of their classics, “Angie”. So, here’s to one of the greatest bands in the history of music.
Mick Jagger Singing “Angie” from 1973
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>Ozzy Osbourne II ~ "Life Won’t Wait"

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I seldom revisit a manipulation but I was looking to change my Facebook profile image and I like Ozzy, so I decided to tweak him a bit and add glasses. My version of Ozzy seems to be pretty popular on Facebook so a slight makeover was in order. There’s also a little something below for your entertainment.

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>Sarah Palin ~ Not So Conservative…

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Tonight I’m posting the finished caricatured manipulation of Sarah Palin that I started earlier today. This one was by request from a good Facebook friend. I ended up putting a lot more time into it that I had intended to but it just seemed plain so I decided to spice it up a bit. I had this old caricatures study of Obama looking like he was asleep, so I put it to use and did another super quick caricature of Palin. It’s late…actually it’s so late it’s early. I’m off to bed. Goodnight!

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>Sarah Palin WIP ~ Sneak Peek at My Work Process

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I started this caricature of Sarah Palin this afternoon and I’m about at the halfway point. I just wanted to make a quick post and give you an idea of my work process. This is a flattened image of the PSD I’m working on right now which is in a very rough state. I always start right on top of my source image and work up from there. The three images are there for a reason. I first do a very quick 2 minute liquify sketch just to get an idea of the direction I want to head in and I put a small version on the left of my canvas for reference. I also place a small image of the source picture on the right side of the canvas and of course the working caricature is in the middle. I do this so I can see my sketch so I know what I’m exaggerating and at the same time I can see the source image so I don’t lose likeness. This is about 40-50% complete. I have not even done anything in Liquify at this point. Everything has been manipulated with the warp tool. I’m just getting features in the correct place right now. I will take it into liquify from here to tweak some things and do some reshaping. After that I will do the detail work, textures, hair, levels, saturation, background, repairs, over-painting, etc. Well, that the main process I use to do my work. I will have this finished and posted this evening.
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>Clean Compact New Web Site at "about.me"

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Click here to check out my new site!
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Tonight I launched a new web site at about.me. It’s a great little site and provides everything you need to introduce yourself to the reader on just one page. First impressions are everything so this is a neat little package. Mine didn’t quite all fit without scrolling, but that’s because I have a ridiculous number of links. I tried to narrow it down to the important ones. The site is free to join with no strings attached and it only takes a few minutes to fill out the profile and fully customize your site. Here is a Site.Gallery to get an idea of how diverse yet simplistic it is. The horizontal buttons display a box, which shows your feeds from the sites all on the same page, unless you choose to visit the site and it will open in a new window. The vertical links are direct links and also open in a new window, so it looks like they thought of everything. I’m using it for my email tag now. It’s great for that first impression and gives a good general overview of what you do and where you can be found. Lots of other cool features. Check it out!
I’m still working on my movie. It’s taking an enormous amount of time but I hope it’s worth it. I will put it aside for a while to get some caricatures done this week though.
 
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>General Funkwood ~ The Real Story

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This is a manipulated caricature created for a Freak Show Photoshop contest entry at FreakingNews featuring a friend and fine artist who goes by the name “Funkwood”. He also has a Facebook page but I’m not sure if he wants his name released. This has kind of become a tradition at FN, “chopping” other “choppers”. Funkwood was a big inspiration to me in my early days at FN and a good friend, often critiquing my work and helping me when I was just getting started. He is one of many friends I’ve made along the way and contributors to getting me jumpstarted. He helped me turn many average manipulations into gold winners in FN Photoshop contests. Funkwood is ranked number 3 at FN along with the king of FN, AZRainman who is ranked number 1 and will never be caught…NEVER! This one is dedicated to FreakingNews.com, “Newsy”, “Funkwood”, “AZRainman” and all the other great artists who make up FN and whose beginnings came from that great organization, thanks to Vlad, AKA Newsy. Long live the Clan of FN Choppers!
My chop, “General Funkwood” was payback for Funkwood’s own chop of me posted below:

rwpike by Funkwood

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