Compositing for a commission

Recently, a client emailed me three photos and asked if it would be possible for me to composite them together in a drawing.  I’m sure glad I took that Photoshop class last year!  I’ve done composites before, but none as complex as this one.  I was able to digitally snip them apart, put them together, flip, scale and rearrange the pieces, mail the resulting mockup back to my client and ask “is this like what you have in mind?” before ever touching a pencil to paper.  We went through three iterations before it was just right.  The great thing about this was that it eliminated most of the worry on both our parts about how the final drawing would turn out and whether he would like it.

I’d encourage every artist who does commissions to learn some basic Photoshp skills, because sooner or later you will be asked to do some kind of composite, and you don’t want to spend a lot of hours working on it only to learn that your client’s vision was different.


The heads of the circled boy and girl

Donkey and kids

The donkey with the kids’ bodies


The building


The composite of the pieces

A Visit to the Old School final drawing

The final drawing, “A Visit to the Old School”

2 thoughts on “Compositing for a commission

  1. Denise, I cannot agree with you more, about the value of photoshop for this kind of work. As you said, making 3 iterations to get it just right eliminated all the angst over the finished product. This is a gift to the boy in the composite for Christmas. We’re sure there will be a lot of emotions when it’s opened.
    Being our 2nd composite from you, thanks again! We see the first every morning when we wake up and at night before going to sleep.

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