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Old 04 April 2006   #1
"Mr. Hell" WIP

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This is a piece I am working on for a DVD title my
company is releasing this month called "Mr. Hell".
it's a low-budget, crappy horror flick that isn't even
slightly scary, and i highly recommend that you don't
waste your money on it if by some slight chance you
come across it at your local Circuit City. Anyway,
here is the progression of the piece...

I started out with this photograph:

As you can see, this dude isn't scary at all. in fact,
he looks kind of ridiculous with that chainsaw. So, my
goal in this instance is to make "Mr. Hell" actually
look frightening. So I decided to make half of his
face melt off, since there is a scene in the film
where he gets dissolved by toxic chemicals before
coming back alive to get his cheesy revenge.

First, I masked our friend out with the polygonal lasso, and then added some contrast, color balancing, and a gradient map:



Next I threw in a quick homemade background and added a couple more contrast layers and a curves layer, along with a few custom adjustment layers in order to stylize the image a bit...



Now the next step is to make this dude look halfway scary. So I decided to use the face from another piece of mine and composite it with Mr. Hell's face to create the effect of his face melting away. This is the piece in question that I took the face from:



I took the face and composited it over Mr. Hell's, and rotated it so that the mouth and eyes and stuff lined up. Made it a color burn layer.



Next I composited a small part of another skull in order to add some fangs.



Then, all I did was mask out half of the face, and, voila!



To be continued...

Last edited by ashtrayhd : 04 April 2006 at 11:23 PM.
 
Old 04 April 2006   #2
OK, now I needed to add some blood and dripping effect to make it look like his face is sort of melting away...This is easily achieved with the use of some blood brushes, strategically placed and cut.

Here is the progressing image with the blood added to the face:



to be continued...

Next: adding an eerie factory to the background...
 
Old 04 April 2006   #3
like it dude, would love to see what the font will be like too
 
Old 04 April 2006   #4
I think you need to bring back the chainsaw blade from the first step of your image processing. At the moment it isn't clear just what Mr Hell is wielding. And how about adding some 'artful' blood splatter comming off the blade going into the left side of the image.
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Old 04 April 2006   #5
Originally Posted by BlackLight: I think you need to bring back the chainsaw blade from the first step of your image processing. At the moment it isn't clear just what Mr Hell is wielding. And how about adding some 'artful' blood splatter comming off the blade going into the left side of the image.


Actually, that was one of the early stages of the project. I was getting ready to explain how I did the background next...Here is the most updated version of the actual piece...I should have put this at the beginning...



I totally agree that it needs more blood...

Last edited by ashtrayhd : 04 April 2006 at 10:43 PM.
 
Old 04 April 2006   #6
On a side note, here, also, is a Mr. Hell ad I did for Fangoria that is in Issue #253...

 
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