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Fractalius Friday: Part Three


This is my third installment of the Fractalius Friday series. In fact, my contact -=Blur=- started a group of the same name. Check it out as it hopefully will grow.


Part One and Part Two are in the past, and although the first was wildly more successful, I am still proud of the second for pushing the creativity up a notch.


I'll be honest, I think I put a little pressure on myself by saying I would do a new image based off Redfield's Fractalius plug-in every Friday for a few weeks. The first two were relatively easy, but then I hit a road block.


I tried many of my images with nothing really grabbing me, nothing to inspire any fist-pumping "oh yeahs". I started with other marine critters: jellies, nudibranchs, anemones, kelp, fish. I moved to abstracts with water which were ok. I played with flowers, too. I'm thinking, "Man, time's running out!".


I wanted to do an eye, maybe both eyes. But then I saw a lot of people in the Fractalius groups with eye shots. Then that little voice popped into my head. No, not an inner subconscious creative force, but my girlfriend, Kendra, saying "you should do that shot of Purly".


Ah, ha! I finally pulled it from the archives, and within minutes, I knew what I wanted to do. Creative roadblock bypassed. Whew!


I know it's not the most original. I've seen tons of black and white conversions with some color elements. I've seen many fractalius-enhanced pets as well. So, maybe it's original because it's both. Or maybe I like it simply because my cat, Purl, has the prettiest green eyes.


The eyes are unfiltered, but I bumped up the saturation a bit and brushed them in with a layer mask. Channel mixer was used for the black and white conversion and a slight curves adjustment was applied using the black and white points.


Now, what do I do for next week???


Part One

Part Two

Part Four

Part Five

Part Six

Part Seven

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Taken on January 16, 2009