A formal portrait of Neil Diamond wearing leather fringe posed with my cat Lola.
Yes, this is happening.
Thanks to Neil, Lola, Photoshop, and a fabulous Uprinting canvas print, my latest acquisition will be the envy of all the neighborhood.
Something tells me portraits of celebrities and cats is an untapped trend just waiting to explode!
It's a long story. But it appears, whether I like it not, Neil Diamond is writing the soundtrack to my life. And given this fact, naturally, his image should hang in my dining room portrait collection along with other friends and family members. Also, he has really good eyebrows and they are a welcome presence on my wall. Plus, I saw him in concert last week and I was in the mood.
Again, I know what you are thinking: That picture of Neil Diamond must have been taken 40 years ago, how'd your cat get in there? And how'd you get it blown up so big and fancy looking?
Excellent questions. Let's break it down:
Tip For Photoshop Users: If you are seriously considering doing something similar at home, the secret to making it look real is to choose photos with no shadows or very little shadows at all, then shade a few small ones in with the burn tool. Nothing reads as phony as a 'shop job with shadows from two different light sources. Just avoid them all together if possible.
Also, I added a couple of sketching filters on top to help blend the two photos and make it look real *authentical and hand sketched on the canvas.
*Spellchecker is telling me authetical is not a real word. Seriously, Spellchecker, we need to work on that.
The whole concept for this piece came about when I was approached about trying out Uprint -- an easy to use online printing service. They take your images and print them on everything from postcards to business cards to Tshirts and everything in between.
It took me exactly 106 seconds to open, upload and order a 16x20" rolled canvas print of my image, costing approximately $35.00, including shipping.
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Uprinting so I did not have to pay anything this time, but even if I did, I think $35 is a pretty great price for this quality of piece. Canvas prints start at under $14.00 and the canvas is nice and soft -- not at all like the vinyl/plastic type of image printing I have ordered before or tried at home (several times actually -- I'm dead serious y'all, this is good stuff). In fact, if I wasn't amassing a portrait collection in the dining room, I would be tempted to sew this canvas into a pillow. Or tote bag. Is a Neil Diamond and Cat tote bag crossing the line? Would I be deemed a crazy person? Do I even care?
This project has given me some ideas for custom gifts for friends and family members down the line.
|16x20" is a standard size frame -- it was easy to find something snazzy at the thrift store for under two bucks!|
Many thanks to Uprinting for sponsoring this post, providing a great product, and most important-- prompting me to create something special that will be treasured for years to come. No, seriously: Thank you. This was fun.