Way to go!
I remember that project very well -- there were a lot of dark and light lines running across it. You've done an excellent job of getting rid of them! That was a tough assignment and I hope the techniques that were offered helped you. Also nice to see that you added some grain to the background you created to keep it looking consistent with the actual image.
The only criticism I have is that you went a little too far in redrawing his mouth -- the original image has those character lines at the corners of his mouth and lips that are a little more "compressed".
Hi Ken - thanks for the compliment and comment. I actually didn't
redraw his mouth, I just (so I thought) deleted the spots and stripes,
using spot healing brush (which is so maddening and imperfect). But
I'll revisit that and see if I can restore the natural look. I like
that his skin folds and jowls survived this grueling process!
I couldn't agree more about the Spot Healing brush giving unpredictable results.
Now that I look at your work again, I think that what I was reacting to is the light area immediately above his upper lip. Maybe using the Burn tool to selectively darken it....
Yes, you're absolutely right about getting as many of the original features, wrinkles, etc., to remain -- they really add character.
Again, congrats on a job well done!
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