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Jack Youngblood
08-22-2004, 09:49 PM
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Title: Exhausted Spaceman
Name: Jack Youngblood
Country: England
Software: Photoshop

A self portrait as an Exhausted Spaceman. Manipulated from an original photo of me wearing a spacesuite (replica) which I borrowed from a local Science Museum. Fianl file was a composite of 8 different photos. Resolution high enough to make a life size print. 170 layers.

08-23-2004, 04:06 PM
170 layers! you nutter!

Very nice piece. Congrats!

08-23-2004, 05:00 PM
:eek: I'd be exhausted after using 170 layers. The result is well worth it, stunning realism on that space suit!

08-23-2004, 10:20 PM
It looks excellent, but exactly how much is it based on the photo? The fact that its not drawn from scracth kinda puts me off :shrug:
Saying that though, it looks great - too bad there isnt a higher res pic so we can see the detail.

170 layers at print res??? You must have one serious machine!

Jack Youngblood
08-23-2004, 10:48 PM
Here is a link to another forum where the original photo has been posted.


Also included is a detail.

I haven't found a way to post an image here other than starting a new thread. Is there a way? Im a bit new to this forum thing.

The finished image is a composite of about five different images: the body, the head, the hair, the glove (in leg pocket), the bandage on the hand. The bandage on the leg, the pencil in the pocket and the badges on the chest are all generated in situ. All the dirt (as you will see from the original photo) and my aged face has also been 'painted'.

It was done using a replica of Gene Cernan's spacesuit. He was the last man on the moon.

At a certain point, however powerful your computer, it will slow to a crawl on a really big file. At one point the thing was taking an entire half hour just to open. Grrrr. Now have G% and am a little happier.

08-23-2004, 10:59 PM
Really cool. I also wish I could see a larger version. Also, maybe it would stand out a bit more on a different color background, even a beige would be better....just my personal preference though. You could also add a shadow at the feet to suggest ground. No crits on the figure or suit. Cool stuff!

Jack Youngblood
08-23-2004, 11:53 PM
Wildsheepchase... you might have a point. I am always at a loss with backgrounds. Not really interested in them... which doesn't stop them giving me problems. Am trying to tackle this in my recent stuff.

Jack Youngblood
08-25-2004, 09:45 PM
Before shot:


08-26-2004, 12:22 AM
After overlapping the original photo and the manipulated one, and switching back and forth, i must admit that this is a realy skillfull photo manipulation you did there. Appart from the dirt that blends very nice with the suit, the bandages on the hand, and left leg, and the whole head painting are very well done. :thumbsup:

08-26-2004, 09:24 AM
Very nice and totally insane. More, more more

08-26-2004, 10:33 AM
It realy was nice Photoshop training to complete that;-)

09-08-2004, 12:26 AM
Ha Ha, just saw the ref pics. Amazing work and rendering! Beautifully done!

How long did you work on this?


Jack Youngblood
09-09-2004, 10:37 PM
hard to say how long it took but prob about four weeks. Getting the photos taken was a bit stressful (had to hire a photographer). Also actually printing it was veeeeery difficult. Musta have done about six proofs.

I think that I use Photoshop in a rather unusual way, having been mostly self taught. I am sure it could have been done quicker.

For anyone in the area: it will be shown on Monday 13th (next Monday) at Wimbledon College, Merton Hall Rd, London GB as part of their inaugural new building show. I occasionally teach photoshop there.

Working on a new piece now. Will post soon. Thanks for all the feedback.

Jack Youngblood
09-12-2004, 04:00 PM
I have posted my latest piece. It is called "Loss, Pain and Regret. But Mostly Loss". Would dearly appreciate some feedback.

09-28-2004, 04:33 PM
I love the image, but i gotta say that im disappointed that its a photo manip. But as the saying goes, the route doesn't matter, just the destination.

11-24-2004, 09:44 PM
i really like the picture, you mentioned that its resolution was thougt for printing is there a way where we can order a poster or so ?

11-25-2004, 10:05 AM
Nicely done... The explanation certainly helps in understanding certain concepts...

Jack Youngblood
11-28-2004, 06:00 PM
i really like the picture, you mentioned that its resolution was thougt for printing is there a way where we can order a poster or so ?

Sorry. The actual print is a limited edition of only 4 of which I possess only 2. A larg ish image can be found here:


Later I might upload a larger version.

many apologies.

12-08-2004, 12:18 PM
:bounce: I like it,It's really cool

12-30-2004, 05:45 PM
Is that only photoshop?!??!? Fantastic! I wish i could master photoshop like that! :love:

03-02-2005, 06:53 AM
Seems everyone was suprised by ur 170 layers, same here!

Jack Youngblood
03-04-2005, 08:04 PM
For my piece Spate (http://www.jackyoungblood.co.uk/pic02.htm) I used around 300 (to be honest I lost count). To prove it I link a composite snapshot of the entire layer pallet for that file. I made it for a talk I gave (I put together a small animation of all the layers).

Perhaps there are simpler ways of working. In fact, I'm sure there are but I have a neurotic desire to be able to go back to any source material I have used knowing that my editing hasn't destroyed it.


05-16-2005, 10:04 AM
it's cool... but using photo takes a lot out of it

07-13-2005, 07:27 PM
Very nice work, reminds me of a Norman Rockwell painting.:)

Jack Youngblood
07-19-2005, 08:49 PM
Yeh. Norman Rockwell. I'd go along with that.

LonTree: This issue has come up several times on this forum. My position is as follows: I use Photoshop as a Photo-compositing application. It is in this that I think that its strengths are truly situated. If I wanted something more in the natural media I would use painter. Just my opinion ;)

07-20-2005, 08:22 AM
Very very nice :eek:

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