My piece is based off of Rembrandt's Young Woman at and Open Half Door. I had taken a photo of my face and later taken it and replaced the Young Woman's face with my own. The location that I had chosen to represent home is the ocean. It has a special meaning to me, but it was a pity I couldn't find an image of a grey beach instead since that was what I was originally looking for. The two items I found that were of value to me were a scarf, since wintertime was a particularly good time for me last year, and a paintbrush that represented both my skill and passion as an artist and designer.
My main design issues involved matching the skin tone of my face with the skin tone of the original subject of the painting. The lighting of the painting appeared to be natural window light; when I took my portrait, the room was illuminated by hard classroom lights and an intense orange light. My skin tone immediately went very bright and very orange, as opposed to the subject's light, neutral skin. I then had to replicate her light skin by making two copies of my face, lowering the saturation on both, and adding a visual effect of making the layer appear as if it were a painting.
I suppose the coolest part of working on this piece was making all the separate images blend in with each other to form a coherent piece. It was difficult for me and I am slightly disappointed with the result, however the process was fun for me and I felt I successfully merged my face and the rest of the painting together. What I would like to do next with this skill would be to practice taking different images and merge them together more successfully. I want to make more images like this one where the image looks like one complete piece, without strange, jarring contrasts that look like I blatantly took pictures of scarves from Google. I'm hoping with the skills I learnt from this piece I'd be able to do more like this image, and be able to create many pieces in which the images blend seamlessly.
My portraits consist of Jovana and Allison. Both are bright and cheerful people so I did not feel as though a dark lighting choice would suit them, so I instead opted for a more natural light.
An example of something I had learned from Steve would be the concept of putting tape on the ground to notify the photographer of when lighting becomes extreme. Using this new information, it makes it easier to recognize the best type of lighting for an image to convey different messages and to avoid unappealing lighting.