I was looking for something challenging to try to do the other week, when I stumbled on another book on Advanced Photoshop techniques. Saw this tutorial and had to give it a whirl.
First thing was to purchase this shot of a model from iStockPhoto.com
Next was to adjust the head to give it a more rounded look.
Followed by shaping the jaw line a little :)
I selected her eyes and on a separate layer, enlarged them to start really changing the look. At this point she is starting to remind me more of a Mark Ryden painting. Which might be a cool post down the road when I think on it.
I apply a similar technique to the nose and mouth and desaturate the lips.
With the use of a layer mask, she gets a new doo and some ribbons. The new look is just about achieved. Time for a cool background.
I really had a hard at this point settling. It was too much fun and really wanted the piece to be more than just a run through a tute. Something more original. But due to the amount of projects on my plate, I just went with it. The piece was a little dark and wanted to do something a little different, so I added one of Renata's necklaces to her, adjusted the color some and here is the final result.
I am working on an original piece for a friend, author Sam Kirshaw, taking one of her publicity shots and well, I will save the idea for later :)
Any questions on this, I would be happy to answer, technique-wise.