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Old Apr 21, 2004, 2:58 PM   #1
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Default Book Jacket: Memoirs of an Invisible Man

Since my version of Selvin's idea is causing us all fits (or is about to), and since I'm ultimately responsible for these fits, I thought I'd better be first up. I went looking through my son's basement heap where I found a book I hadn't read.

I then took last week's photo of my husband...



...and turned it into this:

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Old Apr 21, 2004, 3:20 PM   #2
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it would be a most excellent touch if you could complete the back portion of his collar and the rest of his glasses. Maybe with more time...

other than that, good job for being the first to post
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Old Apr 21, 2004, 3:26 PM   #3
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It took such an incredible amount of time to extract those darned glasses that I didn't give a thought to how, if he were invisible, you could see through to the back. You're completely right.
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Old Apr 21, 2004, 3:33 PM   #4
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Barb, this is great!
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Old Apr 21, 2004, 3:46 PM   #5
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Thanks, Betsy, but PKchopper is completely right about that collar. Too bad I've already slid into the lazy phase of the day.
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Old Apr 21, 2004, 7:51 PM   #6
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A) A wonderful BW, as usual, Barbara

B) Great Idea !!! Ain't it intriguing how the mind rebuilds an internal representation of the face in correspondance of the chim ?

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It took such an incredible amount of time to extract those darned glasses ...
Well, if they cannot be extracted easily, why not recreating them digitally or using a "Double Exposure" from a stand alone shot ?

D) I appreciate the balanced positioning of text and the selection of font witdh.

E) Great Job !
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Thanks, Betsy, but PKchopper is completely right about that collar.
Can you not stuff a shirt with towels or something and shape it in a similar way to how it is now and use that? There would be no head to cut out.
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I'd guess it would be at least as hard to get the stuffing in the shirt just right, as it would be to erase the head. (?)
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very cool barbara! great idea.....i think you "could" redraw the glasses and collar......and at first glance not be able to tell it was draw (of course how could you do this without it lol)

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I got thinking about PK's constructive criticism, then fiddled a bit to see how the picture would look if I completed the lines. I ended up rejecting the notion after realizing that the missing parts of the collar define the shape of the invisible face, thus giving a stronger hint of an actual human being inside the clothing.

The existing cover art for the book has a pen (a Mont Blanc, to be exact) poised to write. Holding the pen is an invisible hand, though it isn't quite invisible since the thumb and forefinger block some of the pen where they close around it. Without this artiface, the idea of its being a real but invisible hand wouldn't be strong enough.

Sergio picked up on this. If I'd treated the invisibility true to theory, the shape of the chin wouldn't have been there for him to notice and to use as a base for rebuilding the face.
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