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22 July 2014 @ 09:03 am
7 Days of Self-Promotion - Day 4  
The Days:
1. Something old
2. Something new - talk about a new fanwork of yours
3. Something you made for someone else
4. Something you made just for yourself
5. Something for a large fandom/pairing/character
6. Something for a small fandom/pairing/character
7. Something you're just really proud of

4. Something you made just for yourself

This one is actually easy :D As I've said before, pretty much everything that I create is for someone else. Of course, if I end up doing a wallpaper, it usually becomes my desktop wallpaper, too, but it's still something that I simply want to share with my friends and this is my main driver. However, there is one particular project that I did for myself - it's the avatar!Neal manip :)

Soon after the Avatar movie hit the cinemas, the Interwebs became flooded with various tutorials showing you how to transform someone into a Na'vi. Some of these tuts were very basic and the final outcome wasn't really close to the desired effect, and some were very advanced but offering awesome results. When I started playing with Photoshop, I came across one of those advanced tutorials and I thought it would be so cool to do it - just for the sake of practice. Needless to say, I didn't get very far, I selected my photo of Neal but never did anything more than clumsily removing the scruff and adding the blue color /o\

At the end of last year I came across the very same tutorial again and I decided to give it another try. After all, by then I've been playing with PS for more or less 3 years, so I figured I might be able to understand it better. It took me a few hours to complete but I was just so incredibly happy to have conquered that particular demon. It also gave me a chance to try out the bloat tool and liquify tool in Photoshop, I have never used them before, so that was another great thing that came out of it :D

All in all, it's neither pretty nor something you would use as a wallpaper or anything, but it felt really, really great to do it :D And after that I could go back to the pretty stuff :P

aragarnaaragarna on July 22nd, 2014 08:33 am (UTC)
This is totally awesome!
kanarek13kanarek13 on July 22nd, 2014 12:41 pm (UTC)
Thanks :D
leesa_perrie: Neal Capleesa_perrie on July 22nd, 2014 12:40 pm (UTC)
Great result! The sense of achivement must have been good too! :)
kanarek13kanarek13 on July 22nd, 2014 12:42 pm (UTC)
Yup, I was just so happy to close that chapter. Done \o/ Moving on :P
eldoraheldorah on July 22nd, 2014 07:23 pm (UTC)
What an original idea! That is so neat!!
kanarek13kanarek13 on July 23rd, 2014 03:51 am (UTC)
Thanks :D
elrhiarhodanelrhiarhodan on July 25th, 2014 05:52 pm (UTC)
But, but...where is Avatar!Peter and Avatar!Mozzie and ... and...

(Am I greedy, or what?)
kanarek13kanarek13 on August 10th, 2014 05:24 pm (UTC)
Heeeeeeeeeeeee... (and how did I miss that comment? *glares at LJ*)

I was contemplating doing avatar!Peter but I guess I just don't have it in me, it really is a pain to make it :P But I am leaving that door open :P