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Take a deep breath!

Inspired by a tattoo of a fishbowl helmet, this image is a composite of over ten source images and a fair amount of digital painting. All effects done in Adobe Photoshop, featuring the Topaz labs filter extension. (Topaz is my new favorite sandbox toy.)

The benefit of editing pictures of myself is that I can model for a while to get a really great base image. The interesting part is trying to take the picture on my own, which requires a lot of mirrors and contortion, believe me. Although I could probably mimic the underwater look manually, it’s looks much more natural if you try to get the effect in person. To achieve this, I turned my room fan on full blast and snapped some watery-eyed pictures of my hair floating around. I’ve used this trick before and it always creates a lovely underwater effect!


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