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Samm Dove Colorization

All colorized images © Samm Dove 2013

sammdove:

The beginning of my newest photoseries: Pornsaics!

I’m photographing women who are defiant of both the objectification of women inherent in most pornography and society’s shame towards female sexuality. By posing my models in a direct and almost confrontational manner, as well as overlaying the photographs with photomosaics comprised of pornography, I’m trying to convey the message that women can (and should) be comfortable as sexual beings.

Another page from Theo Nicole Lorenz’s “Dinosaurs With Jobs”

Another page from Theo Nicole Lorenz’s “Dinosaurs With Jobs”

Got the “Dinosaurs With Jobs” coloring book by Theo Nicole Lorenz and have been spending Christmas coloring things by hand for a change.

Colorization of Frida Kahlo, the famous Mexican painter. Original Photographer unknown (please share it if you know), colorization by me.

sammdove:

I made my first set of books! #bookmaking #diy #books #whowantstobuyone #willmakebooksformoney #toomanyhashtags

I made a set of three accordion books using my civil rights march colorization.

sammdove:

I made my first set of books! #bookmaking #diy #books #whowantstobuyone #willmakebooksformoney #toomanyhashtags

I made a set of three accordion books using my civil rights march colorization.

How do you incorporate skintones into the images you colourize? I have been trying to colourize images, but I can't seem to get the skin to not look like silly putty. Sub layers with saturation blending modes? Something? Any advice you give me would be much appreciated. I love your work - very impressive! asked by Anonymous

Honestly, it’s just many many layers (with the blending mode set to ‘color’) of various colors.  I’ve learned that certain parts of the face generally require different colors.  Parts of the skin that are directly over bone (brow line, cheek bones, jaw, etc) tend to have more yellow, while the nose and ears tend to be pink.  Another thing I’ve found helpful is dropping in a layer of dark red, like a maroon, towards the end and just painting it in over the entire face. I also tend to add a curves layer to help with the contrast of the image, as well as a hue/saturation adjustment layer where I pump up the saturation by about 15-25 depending on the image. I hope this helps you out.

Civil Rights March on Washington, D.C. Buses departing after the march

Original photos by Marion S. Triskosko/Library of Congress

This piece was done as a contribution to NPR, covering the 50th anniversary of this event, a major milestone in the Civil Rights Movement.

Rosalind Franklin, a British biophysicist who is best known for her work on the X-ray diffraction images of DNA which led to the discovery of DNA double helix.

Auguste Rodin, the sculptor behind “The Thinker”

Edgar Allen Poe

H.P. Lovecraft

Ernesto “Che” Guevara, Havana, Cuba, by Joseph Scherschel, January 1959

Abraham Lincoln c.1840

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