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Posted by Marius Oberholster on Saturday, August 15, 2015 Under: Tutorials
Hey all!

Today I would like to share a little educational fan artwork of Jules Verne (Sci-Fi writer from the 1800's).
This is a public domain portrait of Jules Verne that I found on wikipedia. See here. Felix Nadar took it in 1878. The one I specifically used, was cleaned up a little (thanx to Quibik, Centpacrr and Jbcollins13 for all the enhancements!!)

First, the original, enhanced black and white photo:


And my colored version:


By no means perfect, as I don't know his actual skin tone or his eye color or even his hair color at this age. I looked online to see if I could find some form of physical description, but I came up empty handed on that front. BUT, since I know the kind of suits they wore in France around this time were mostly in a dark brown and he looked to be grey, I could make his eye color pretty much anything I wanted, haha. In this case, I chose a blue, but I can't say for sure, just guessing.

Education Time:
This was not the first picture I had colored. I also colored my grandad's brother, which felt like it took forever, since he was in an office and that had to be colored to. You can't just have a colored person at a grey desk, hahaha.

Anyway, in that image, I used the color blend type in gimp and simply painted and cut, but in this one, I was lead to take it in a different direction - color balance. Gimp is a phenomenal image editor and it's color balance comes with three areas to adjust:
- Highlights
- Mid tones
- Shadows

Adjusting these, you can pull them between RGB (Red, Green, Blue) and CMY (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow). K (blacK) is irrelevant as it has to preserve luminosity (an uncheckable option).

So how do I go about editing? Well, you have to isolate the areas that are a specific color. For example, let's say you wanted to color his skin. You need to use something like the lasso selection tool to cut out those sections, merge them into a single layer and then color balance that layer. Then you need to pick the next item, like the beard for example, since it will be layered over the skin and then you color that.

Alternatively, you can color balance every area's color on the whole image, before cutting or simply mix the two, which you'll have to do anyway, as very very very few people cut everything right the first time.

To finalize the image, you now need to add a few more color blend layers, to adjust whatever seems out off place. For example, the facial skin and the beard are not high contrast - they blend gradually. So, now you go onto the beard layer, and you use the eraser to blend it, or you use a reddish tone to paint (in color blend) over that border.

It is a very very time consuming thing, but I really enjoyed making this and teaching you a little about how it's done!!

The reason for doing this piece is because I really felt lead to make this, despite not really feeling like doing it. Obedience is key when you are a disciple, so I always fight not to argue with the HOLY SPIRIT, I follow!
Know JESUS yet?

Have a great one and GOD bless!! :D

In : Tutorials 


Tags: god  jesus  holy spirit  gimp  photo coloring 

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