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Hand-Drawn Reflectology by Caligari-87 Hand-Drawn Reflectology by Caligari-87
This was quite the intensive project, actually. I took several hours just to achieve a convincing "pen-drawn" look on the original photo, to say nothing of the rest.

You'll pardon the huge full-view, but the detail in this is actually amazing, in my humble opinion. The "drawing" look was created with several different screened and multiplied overlays which had been converted to various levels of high-contrast black-and-white. Each layer was "noisified" and motion-blurred twice in opposing directions, with a threshold/levels operation after each blurring. An additional layer was edge-detected to create the idea of solid lines around important elements.

Finally, it was all layered together. After that came the faux "paper", which I ran a "half-tone" filter on to create the impression of printing when viewed at full resolution. The drawing was cropped and overlayed onto the "paper". Then came the most boring part, tracing my hand. I had to do this over several times because some parts of my fingers were not in focus and had to be suitably blended to look convincing. The final drop shadow really brought it all together, plus the last minute addition of the original image as a "background" to enhance the idea of a mirror. All work done in GIMP.

Whew.
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rottingboatman Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2010  Student General Artist
Totally photoshopped
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Caligari-87 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Um, yeah? I said so in the comments ;)
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rottingboatman Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2010  Student General Artist
oh .__. :iconfacepalmplz:
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Caligari-87 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
It's okay, lol.
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rottingboatman Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2010  Student General Artist
Its really really good though, very nice job
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Caligari-87 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much, I appreciate it :D
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Tsurei-Sumifu Featured By Owner May 19, 2010  Student General Artist
that's pretty close to a pencil effect, though it feels more like aluminum powder near your hand... i was reminded of etch-a-sketch, actually.
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Caligari-87 Featured By Owner May 20, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks, it took a lot of work and trial and error to get right. I'm considering doing some more of this theme and perfecting the technique since I'm a perfectionist like that. Thanks for the fave, too! :D
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Tsurei-Sumifu Featured By Owner May 20, 2010  Student General Artist
haha, i understand the perfectionist aspect, i do it too.

and the fav was well deserved =D
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MilitaryPhotos Featured By Owner May 19, 2010
That is awesome
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Caligari-87 Featured By Owner May 19, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Heh, thank you very much :D
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Waxme Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2009
Very nice work and kind good idea !
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Caligari-87 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much! :)
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Rei-Ryoko Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2009   Photographer
Oh wow, you have some real talent there my friend. you amaze me time after time.
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Caligari-87 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! :D
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Rah-ool Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2009
Really nice art. I've tried this before but never got it that right hehe.
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Caligari-87 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! Believe me, it's a chore. I appreciate the :+fav:, too. :D
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ScottieRouge Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
NEAT IDEA!!!!
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Caligari-87 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for the kind words and fave! :D
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ScottieRouge Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Yup. I have done a bunch of reflection pics but I dun know how I never thought of this. Props to you. ^^
This was my recent reflection thingie. [link] :D
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Caligari-87 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Heh, that's cool. Nice work on the manip :thumbsup:
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ScottieRouge Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks. :D
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Caligari-87 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Anytime.
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