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It's interesting when I work on something like this. I might have an idea, drag the photos into PS and really work at making it happen. I am very stubborn and relentless when I set my mind. But even I know when it's time to call an idea stupid and end the torment.
There are other times, with a single stroke of the brush, I know where it is going... I see it in my mind's eye and all that remains is changing it from a thought to something tangible. This one started with a few strokes at the neck and all of a sudden it was Mary Magdalene or Joan of Arc in sainted death.
A lightbox must.
Also by Bailey Cooper
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