“Move as swift as a wind,
stay as silent as forest,
attack as fierce as fire,
undefeatable defense like a mountain.”
~Battle standard recorded in
Sun Tzu’s The Art of War (Chapter 7)
A Digital Composite by Felicia Lujan
Using Adobe Photoshop to Create Digital Composites
Adobe Photoshop is one of the best programs ever written by lovely smart people. I have been using the program for at least 18 years. Right now my favorite tool is the puppet warp. It is definitely one of the programs that I can’t live without. Tonight I created a digital composite in about two hours called “Silent Warrior.” There are silent warriors all around you and maybe even you fight quiet wars? In my new digital composite I reveal myself as a silent warrior. Though the image represents me, it can also be you. It is a highly symbolic piece. The composite brings together four images which include: a photograph of me wielding a sword; an image of long eyelashes; an image of Halley’s Comet; and a mirrored mask. There is also one extraction from my photograph~ I have removed my mouth.
Using Symbolic Imagery In Silent Warrior
This piece is basically a self portrait, however, since I am faceless the warrior can also represent anyone and is not intended to be gender specific. I am holding a sword. The sword is symbolic of my weaponry~ be it physical or mental. I have used an image of Halley’s Comet as my hair, but the image also captures my mind. The nucleus of the comet is strategically placed to represent thoughts or ideas. These extraterrestrial bodies also travel around the sun and expel a curious glow due to solar radiation. The sun is also one of my symbols. The mirrored mask is a symbol of the faceless. A witness to the faceless warrior would simply see their own reflection. Lastly, my mouth was extracted from the photograph and that extraction is of course symbolic of silence.
~Creating “Silent Warrior” Using Adobe Photoshop~
LEFT- Extractions of background and mouth. Extractions were done using the mask technique. Addition of extracted eyelashes. The comet was added using a screen. RIGHT- Mirrored mask is added using a puppet warp and eyelashes are warped to fit the mask eye holes. My photograph was later rendered using a glowing edge technique and a soft glow.