pub. on giu 20, 2008 Second LifeWallpapers - Backgrounds - Pictures Hosho Self Portrait
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Yes, it is a second life-based photo.
Tools used are: Second life client + photoshop 7.0

Techniques & Tips brief:
A storyboard is written in 3 chapters as I guess, and I am developing it to teach You how to make a photo like this out of secondlife. Chapter one is already published in my gallery so look for: DON HOSHO technique #1
I will explain it here briefly:

1. I got inspiration from a real photo, studied its lightings system, and I answered 2 questions: Why does it look beautiful? What makes it real?

2. I built the shape and a demo skin and tested a photo for the figure, and a photo for the face, to decide what I would do next.

3. I decided to make a photo for the face ( A portrait! ) ... I set the lightings in my studio, and snapped the guy.

4. I have worked on the dark areas to make them stressed more.

5. I have created the highlight on photoshop using the channels! By converting the photo to a black and white photo, I took the white out of the black, then added the white only over the photo.. I used the eraser with different opacities to change the lighting values over the face, depending on my understanding of the light and shadow of a face.

6. I brought textures of a cigarette ( not the smoke, the smoke is a pure secondlife particles ), lips, and placed them over the face... etc.

7. I used my brush with a dark color to fix some of the shade too.

8. I used curves, layers, ctrl-u a lot. Have a nice day.


Wow, well-done portrait. You care a lot for your pics, clear to see.

View 3nitywashere's home 3nitywashere | 12 year(s) ago


View Nikalu's home Nikalu | 12 year(s) ago

Wow, great work. Can see u been working on it with lots of thinking and philosophing. Awesome!

View Aleida's home Aleida | 12 year(s) ago

this is excellent the work you have put into the facial lighting and details really stands out:) unfortunately the outline of the nose is a little bit too harsh but other than that I can say you did an awesome job:)

View Rhondita's home Rhondita | 12 year(s) ago

Don, I'm left breathless by this piece. This an amazing pieces of work....absolutely blown away by it, really.

View Trixibelle's home Trixibelle | 12 year(s) ago

you fully expressed the potentiality of the tutorial! great job!

View pier's home pier | 12 year(s) ago

This is awesome ... just stunning

View Eves_Rodenberger's home Eves_Rodenberger | 12 year(s) ago

Stunning! (I appreciate the lesson from photoshop too as I don't know how to use it).

View Tracechops's home Tracechops | 12 year(s) ago

Jez, if this doesn't win there's no justice in the world! ;o)

View MightyPirate's home MightyPirate | 12 year(s) ago

@Nikalu: Thank u Nikalu, glad u like it :)

@Aleida: Yes it has taken about a week, Aleida.. thank u :)

@Rhondita: Thank Rhondita, I will study Your critic, and come back to You. :)

@Trixibelle: I am really glad u like it Trix.

@pier: You are a great man, You are the reason I am in this contest btw :) I appreciate Your trying to help and I do my best to be there.

@Eves_Rodenberger: Thank u eves, glad u like it :)

@Tracechops: Thank u Trace, glad u like it too :) I would like to help by any way in photshop/gimp

It is a matter of time mademoiselle Pirate. The real winning is that I can show my works to You and be part of Your community.. That is the real prize really to me :)

View donhosho's home donhosho | 12 year(s) ago

awww, yes you're right sweet pea. But I still think you should win lol

View MightyPirate's home MightyPirate | 12 year(s) ago

lol I won as I said, enough You comment on me guys and tell me such beatiful encouragement talk.

View donhosho's home donhosho | 12 year(s) ago

so real! great work... thanks so much for your lesson of photoshop, I have a lot of things to learn!

View Silvia's home Silvia | 12 year(s) ago

OMG! This is insanely cool!

View ShelbyZ's home ShelbyZ | 12 year(s) ago

@Silvia: I am glad I was any reason of help, thank u for ur comment, add to fav, and support.

@ShelbyZ: I am really glad You like it :)

View donhosho's home donhosho | 12 year(s) ago

You know,the explanation of techniques is useful for those that want to learn, but also a bit of a spoiler,taking away some of the know, the "WOW, HOW THE HELL DID HE DO THAT" aspect.

LOL,its way over my head, and personally I'm not so concerned about how you did it...I'm just glad that you did...

Fantastic effort :-))

View PANTELEIMON-AEON's home PANTELEIMON-AEON | 12 year(s) ago

Thank u very much panteleimon.. I agree with You at this point :) I think giving out the general outline of the work is also a nice challenge .. I mean by pushing people to do more realism in their art is to give SL art a push, another artist may come to give a push too, and there is how we develop Second Life Art.

View donhosho's home donhosho | 12 year(s) ago

Steampunk attitude, great !

View numero6's home numero6 | 12 year(s) ago

Donhosho..this piece is totally really. Thanks for the behind the scenes info and the tutorial. Very cool and informative! So cool
Monroe - one of your biggest fans

View MSnook's home MSnook | 12 year(s) ago

Thank u Number06, Glad You could read the style.
Mademoiselle Snook, my pleasure.. and with all gladness I feel after reading Your kind recommend :)

View donhosho's home donhosho | 12 year(s) ago

Don`t know really what to add new to all what´s said above, other than the portrait is breathtaking real and exceptional in quality. Also thank you very much for the tutorial!

View CarlottaCeawlin's home CarlottaCeawlin | 12 year(s) ago

thank u Carlotta, of cours ur comment and fav is very beatiful, and it makes me smile to read it :D

View donhosho's home donhosho | 12 year(s) ago

Oooo Wicked!

View KimberlyMirabeau's home KimberlyMirabeau | 12 year(s) ago

I love this skin. Have a few myself. Great work!!

View Venk's home Venk | 12 year(s) ago

@Kimberly: Thank u very much, glad u like it :)
@Venk: me too .. thank u :)

View donhosho's home donhosho | 12 year(s) ago

Wow... nice portrait! ^-^

View Ann's home Ann | 12 year(s) ago

Thank u Ann, glad u like it :)

View donhosho's home donhosho | 12 year(s) ago

Amazing portrait!

View Lady_Oscar's home Lady_Oscar | 12 year(s) ago

Just awesome.

View Lano's home Lano | 12 year(s) ago

@Lady_Oscar thank u very much :) i am glad u like it.

@Lano: thank u lano, it comes from ur kindness sir :)

View donhosho's home donhosho | 12 year(s) ago

Great start. I feel though, that the 'eye device' does not match the face in colours well. :/

View VintFalken's home VintFalken | 12 year(s) ago

Hi vint, ty very much for ur beatiful comment, however I think to me it is a done portrait not a start. :) For the other point, I also know that most metallic surfaces ( copper, gold, silver ) are fitting fine in chiaroscuro lighting system with any skin color. For who is already a fan of this type of lighting :)) it is a well known advantage for the chiaroscuro lighting system, this is why they use such type of lighting to show metallic object ( take an example some big shot of classy cars advertising ) and those:

I know but it is just me any way :)

View donhosho's home donhosho | 12 year(s) ago

WOW bro this is amazing. your the reson i started learning PS. your doing great keep up the amaizng work

View Chief5000's home Chief5000 | 12 year(s) ago

thank u chief brother

View donhosho's home donhosho | 12 year(s) ago

This is a fantastic photo and it was great meeting you in SL. Looking forward to your lecture at The Photo Institute.

View VerdeO's home VerdeO | 12 year(s) ago

thank u verde0 :) it was a honor to meet u as well

View donhosho's home donhosho | 12 year(s) ago

Oh my god *_*
That's fantastic *_*
Really *_*
I really really really really.....really really really love it *_*

View Magggg's home Magggg | 12 year(s) ago

Thank You very much Magg!

View donhosho's home donhosho | 12 year(s) ago

I love it..good work, and thanks for providing info on how you brought about this picture.

View Trust_Kovacs's home Trust_Kovacs | 12 year(s) ago

This is one of the most incredible SL pics I ever saw. Well done!

View danicast's home danicast | 12 year(s) ago

@Trust_Kovacs: thank u! glad to know i was any helpful.

@Danicast: thank u, wow that's a honorable comment from your side.

View donhosho's home donhosho | 12 year(s) ago

You deserve it for the great work you did ^_^

View danicast's home danicast | 12 year(s) ago

thank u again.. ! :D

View donhosho's home donhosho | 12 year(s) ago

~hello  my  friend    i do have  to  say this is  an amazing   capture    very    powerful but   still shows      your  kind heart.       this  is a fav well   done   ahmad =)xx

View babydoll's home babydoll | 12 year(s) ago

I moderate a group called Fantasy, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

View phaylen's home phaylen | 11 year(s) ago

You need to check this online system where we can make some easy handling  online checkers game but now you can tackle it quickly free online checkers games. Thanks a lot 

View ankei's home ankei | 1 year(s) ago

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