Manga-Inspired Photography

Thursday, 31 March 2011, 8:00 | Author : Kricket
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With the emergence of “Manga Dreams”, a touring art exhibit, cosplay photography is becoming a respected form of artistic expression. Photographers Jonathan Anderson and Edwin Low recently had their work exhibited at the Hamiltons Gallery in London and the next exhibit is scheduled for the Maison Europeene de la Photographie in Paris. If you are interested in viewing their complete collection, you can visit the Hamiltons Gallery – Exhibition Archive and BBC News.

These images have obviously undergone heavy digital editing, but to great effect.  The most subtle of effects include :

  • Enlarging or Lengthening the Eyes
    [Photoshop: Filter: Liquify: Forward Warp Tool, Pucker Tool, or Bloat Tool]
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  • Plasticizing the Skin
    [Photoshop: Filter: Artistic: Plastic Wrap]
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  • Transitioning Sections of the Image into 2-dimensional Cartoons
    [Photoshop: Filter: Blur: Gaussian Blur + Photoshop: Edit: Fade Gaussian Blur]
    [Photoshop: Filter: Artistic: Cutout]

Now, they also seem to have access to digitally-created background images, which will be more difficult to replicate for the average cosplayer.  Nevertheless, we hope this artwork serves to inspire your future photography attempts and would like to encourage you to check out our Makeup Tutorials to see how to create similar effects using makeup.

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