Jon-Erik Hexum photo manipulation

My first subject is Jon-Erik Hexum of course. It took me a little over an hour following along with a video tutorial but it was fun. I want to do one similar with Bogg and Jeff together. But I think I went too 'dark' for my first attempt.

I was inspired after seeing this Deviant Art gallery and the artist gave me the tutorial link. I LOVE what they did with the classic actors.


  1. Wow, that's really gorgeous!! I love the effect it has on his eyes!:)

    [For some reason none of my subscriptions are showing up new posts on my dashboard anymore so I don't see your posts unless I post to my own blog and decide to check your's. *frowns*]

  2. Thanks Kathy! I went a bit overboard with the shadows and contrast, but I'm learning. :) I'm not sure why that happens. I'll check it out. I think Blogger is making some changes and it's affecting everything. I've seen an announcement when I log in that they are gonna have a new design and stuff.

  3. I'm all caught up to your blog now Kathy! LOL. I couldn't stop reading all the posts, sorry if you get a huge influx of messages! LOL. It was a busy month, but I always think of your blog and how much I enjoy everything you write.

  4. Got them all! I've replied to a few so far.:D
    Btw, I asked a question on the Holocaust one (don't mind to pry but I'm curious about other faiths. Comparative religions wasn't a choice in my school and unfortunately the only faith I'm familiar with outside of my own is Christianity. I feel bad about that so I try to ask whenever I meet someone since I find a lot of people don't seem to know about other faiths. A lot of people still think my religion is nothing but Hanukkah. :P)

  5. Oh and thank you!:) I tend to ramble and rant, lol.

  6. Love what you did with his picture ,very elegant ! I checked out the pictures they did and I love the Gregory Peck picture! EmilyW

  7. [So sorry to comment here but it's refusing to let me reply again to my post O_o]

    Thanks so very much for all the information, the link, and taking the time to explain; I really appreciate it!:)

    I'm certainly intrigued by your beliefs and I like your view of God as a loving father is beautiful. My religion takes the more harsh, justice sort of view so I've never heard God viewed that way before. It's lovely.:)

  8. Hope you don't mind my butting into this.

    That's the sort of thing that makes God's ways such a mystery to man: He's a perfect balance of justice and mercy/love. Since mankind is imperfect, all of us tend to view Him a little too much one way or the other: Some of us talk all "hellfire and brimstone" - the "total justice" view - while others are all about the "feel-good" stuff - i.e., all mercy; some even go so far as to say there can't be a Hell, because a loving, merciful God wouldn't send anybody there. They've completely lost sight of His justice. I suppose the closest equivalent is sort of like a good earthly father, who loves his children, disciplines them when they need it, and is ready to forgive them when they're sorry.

    Again, I hope you don't mind my butting in, but I read your comment and just couldn't help myself.

  9. Hi Jake, you're not butting in. :) I agree with how you put it exactly. A perfect balance of justice and love. His name means 'I cause to become.' So he can become whatever he has to be to get his will accomplished. Loving father, caretaker, judge, lawgiver, etc. etc. Just like a human father as you said.

    Thanks Emily! I love Gregory Peck. I love how the artist did all the designs on their page. So nice. Once you get into the habit of making the portraits, it probably becomes easier. It takes a lot of photoshop layers and stuff. whew!

  10. Oh, sorry, just to address a point and explain a bit more, the scriptural backing for our belief in there being no literal Hell, is one that says “The wages sin pays is death, but the gift God gives is everlasting life by Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23) and Ecclesiastes makes no mention of going to heaven or hell in regards to death-Ecclesiastes 9:5 “As for the dead, they are conscious of nothing at all.” I would think a person burning in hell would be very conscious of that. If you think about it-everlasting life is a gift, so how is it a gift to be living forever burning in hellfire? But also too, that is not a proper justice. Man only lives so long, and is burning forever really a just punishment? Our imperfect minds might think so. I think that death is adequate. And I can get hardened when I read the atrocities that go on, or even someone willfully killing their child. To me them dying for that crime is real justice.
    Sometimes it's hard to fathom not ever existing, that is like a true punishment right there. And if you go by what those scriptures say than at death we cease to exist.

    But that's not to say there is nobody going to Heaven, because the bible speaks of the 144,000 brought from the earth too. Or Jesus' little flock compared to the rest-a great crowd in revelation, and the other sheep he mentioned that are 'not of this fold.' Their prize or reward would be living forever on paradise earth.
    The bible says,“Death, where is your victory? Death, where is your sting?”—1 Corinthians 15:55. But I know I can only speak for myself personally. Having this understanding of death helps me to come to terms with it. It truly is an enemy of mankind. But there is nothing mysterious about it for me. The bible does put it in simple terms. It is also likened to a deep sleep. So while it causes grief, there's also a calm that I can have, a strong hope for a resurrection. And to be able to carry on. It's so sad that many people just lose it completely when someone they love dies.


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