Making lemonade...

Another Tutorial!! Hey just thought I would show you what 6hrs and a photo shot in not the ideal situation can be if you put enough effort and time into it. 
So at comic con the great Rayce Bird, winner of Scifi's Faceoff did a full head werewolf on Daniel Presedo from Adobe. I shot him with a Canon Eos 1Ds mark III, f2.8 at 1/80th sec with ASA of 1600. Now I know that based on my tutorial from yesterday this is not ideal but that is the point here. When your given lemons, well you get the point. My goal was to create an image that harkens back to the wolfman origins in tone and color using only what I had on hand. The masking was straight forward since I shot him against a gray pole it made it somewhat easier. I knew the hair would be the major challenge. I masked around the main body using a hard edge brush set to about 87% hardness then when I got to the head I used channels to mask the hair. After masking I removed the head so I could do some warping, liquifying and building. I wanted the expression to be more menacing and the ears pointed more. I then rebuilt the jaw and teeth and eyes then painted hair, lots of hair. I reshaped the body and enlarged the hands again to make it more menacing. A little perspective control to give him some motion toward camera and built a background of a dark forest. Lastly one thing that really makes images pop and appear real is to create atmospheric effects. Here I chose rain as a aid to push the story along. Having rain falling in front wont do it folks, you have to make him appear wet and dripping. So for those who think its just a photo mash, nope there is a fair amount of painting here. 
Those of you who have taken classes from me know my love of the divine proportions so I have included how it works here. Also the use of my cinematic storytelling and the use of what the human eye looks for in an image, using it to help tell the story in a single image. I hope you enjoy this piece. 
Whether your working in advertising, illustration, publishing or comics. These simple principles will help you tell a better story.