Originally Posted by slyfox75
Originally Posted by sketch1946
Haha, this is the method that people use to find moving celestial objects like planets and comets... a photo of the sky, then another picture a certain time later.. anything different from one picture to the next appears to 'move'....
Omg! How did you do that?! Thatís soooo cool.
I worked on it a little more but got frustrated again. I guess thereís no shortcuts to learning. Iím not going to become a portrait artist after 6 hours I guess. Lol
Iím going to use your example and see if I can get this painting back on track.
Haha, it's moderately simple really if you're reasonably familiar with graphics and software; you could use any good (advanced) image editing program like Photoshop or GIMP... Not sure how to do it in Photoshop, but I used GIMP
With GIMP, there is an addon called GIMP GAP
The whole subject of gimp and gifs is pretty vast, but there's a gezillion tutorials and help available on the internet... here's one with a pretty good overview:
Very briefly, make a path around the head and face in both the painting and the reference photo, then make 'selection from path', copy, paste as new layer, scale and position the new 'face' layers to fit over the painting...
then do a bit of clone editing to remove any of the painting's face profile from the 'background'.. so the background has no 'face' or 'head' visible.
so you end up with two isolated images as separate 'deep etched' layers sitting over the painting as a 'background'.. so from the top down, you have:
1. a reference photo face with no background, then
2. the painting face with no background, then
3. the 'background' with no face....
These exist as 'layers' in the one gimp file.
4. Then you use a menu option to 'optimise for gif'
5. Then File->export as gif
A dialog will pop up with a checkbox 'as animation'
6. Then there's some options, one of which is how long to display each 'frame' of your animated gif.. I chose 500 milliseconds so each frame will show for half a second...
You could have even longer time intervals by repeating frames, ie duplicate each layer a few times to get the painting face to show for say two seconds and then the reference face to show for two seconds... so the gimp file would have say four frames at 500 ms each, then the reference face would have four frames at 500 ms each.. the full file would then have nine layers, the background plus eight layers/frames starting with the bottom layer the background, then four layers of painting face, then four layers of reference face...
Then in most software, like email readers or browsers, the animated gif handles as if it was just an image, in this example animated gif I made, the browser shows the 'background' always, and then the painting 'face' for half a second, and then the reference photo 'face' for half a second.
In your painting, you have an incorrect slight indentation just between the cheek and the chin on the very profile edge of the face, which should be adjusted carefully, also the shading under the bottom edge of the chin, and then the 'makeup' effect of the darkness and position of the dark shapes around the eyes need adjusting, and also the darkness and shape and position of the eyebrows, then the size and position of your daughter's right eye needs careful adjusting, as Gigalot points out, the face is slightly distorted by a short focal length lens, so that the near eye is bigger than the far away eye..
However, the distortion is not the main issue, it's accurately mapping the visible features... careful balancing of all features with relative shapes and sizes and values..
Coloring is not as important as relative values.. the same face will look fine all the way from grayscale to full colour, and can appear fine in completely different lighting.. but the values, ie how light and dark each tiny shape is, affect whether the face looks 'right'.. we all have advanced facial recognition built in... isn't it amazing how we can 'recognise' someone's face even after maybe forty or fifty years?
We can just 'see' that an image is say, Elvis or Frank Sinatra.. without even thinking too much about 'how' or 'why' can I tell them apart?