If you have stopped by my blog lately you know that I am working on a new Photoshop project. I recently wrote about a tree bloom that I am hoping to include in the project. The instructions for the project are to pick a master painting and recreate it in some way. A way to express yourself using another person’s art as the jumping off point. It’s a pretty broad assignment. The painting I have picked is Cow’s Skull with Calico Roses by Georgia O’Keeffe. I picked Georgia O’Keeffe because I admire her work. I picked this particular painting because I have actually seen it in person.
My hope for this project is for my work to be a tribute but not an identical copy. I will be using a cow’s skull though. I borrowed one and took some photographs. The rest of this post is about the shooting and editing of the skull. Here is the original photo:
Because the tree bloom that I shot a few days before was shot in natural light, I also shot this using natural light and at about the same time of day. The first thing I did with this unedited photo was to get rid of the cloth seam. I used content aware fill to do that and it worked nicely. I then sharpened the image a bit. Next, I used the Oil Paint filter to create a painted look. Here is a screen shot of the settings that I used:
And here is the final skull:
The next step will be to add the tree bloom and then to consider adding a background element.
Feel free to leave a comment below if you have any thoughts or questions about this project.