As mentioned previously, I have been photographing my art from drawing classes 1,2 &3 to update and use in my portfolio. One piece I always kind of liked was an oil pastel entitled “Not 2 Bee”. It was an assignment on texture that utilized a real, dead yellowjacket in the upper left corner (hence the pun in the title, not 2 Bees, one yellowjacket). As I took these classes in 2001, the insect is long disintegrated, so I decided to adapt this piece using my “Pento” technique in Photoshop.
As you can see from this screenshot, the process involves a lot of trial and error, experimenting with layers and blend modes until you get what you want. I attempted to make the drawing seem almost photographic, while adding a bit of a photograph of trees in the background that I tried to make look drawn. I further reversed reality by making the ground layer of the earth seem like magma, and the “core” layer seem like earth. I’m real pleased with the results. I hope you like it too.