Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Right choice?





I've just done three self-portraits trying to get something better for an avatar. I needed an image that showed my bead work in a striking way because this avatar appears also on Born Under A Bead Sign. I liked the last avatar because I looked a bit like a mad women, which, of course, I am but this hardly the image you'd like to leave with a potential customer.

In these the blender, kitchen counter and other domestic lovelies have been removed and replaced by solid blue-violet - and I've bumped the color in places, and brightened the light.

It is my hope to look approachable. I chose the bottom one, even though it cuts the cuffs off a little. The middle picture looks like I am about to shape-shift into Munch's "The Scream". Or like I'm demonstrating what "too much" is to a plastic surgeon about to do a face lift. The top one looks a bit deer-in-the-headlights, or like I'm a wise-ass. I am a wise-ass, but it isn't the image you want to sell in this case. This would have been my second choice though - I've softened my face and sharpened the cuffs. Hmmmm.

Whatcha think?

21 comments:

zhoen said...

Yeah, if you are going for responsible, professional, yet arty and appealing, the last one does it. I like all of 'em. Those beaded cuffs are very dramatic.

LJ said...

Thanks Zhoen. Generally I wear one, but I thought a little over the top was in order.

beadbabe49 said...

Don't know if it's the "right choice" because I can never figure out what other people see...but before I read your choice, I picked the last one myself...for what it's worth!
Does the photo enlarge when you click it? That would give those who want a closer look a chance to see just how amazing they are.

beadbabe49 said...

yep...I see it does...well done, lj!

LJ said...

Glad you agree, BB. And PS - photoshop (in my case PSP)does wonders for us all! I usually shoot HUGE pictures, very high res. but if I posted those they would take a year to download when people don't have highspeed. I find this is about right for a monitor. It enlarges a little if you click it (I think).

Kate said...

You're so lucky to have really long, elegant fingers and nice nails. I'm proportionally small and child-like, which is really nice until I want to look sexy and elegant...or buy alcohol! 26 years old and I still have to carry my passport! Lovely photos though, I definitely think the last one shows both you and the cuffs off to best advantage.

Mella said...

Wow - your eyes are stunning! The beadwork is too - but it's your eyes that really pop in all of these pictures, for me at least.

I think I prefer the top for an avatar...

(And now to delve down and do some much needed blog reading - I've been so out of the loop lately. Now that the thesis is revised, it's time to fill my mind with beautifully written twaddle.)

JoeinVegas said...

I intially thought you had some neat tattoos, but then . .
OK, yes, I'll vote for #3 too.

LJ said...

Kate - read the next post, but thanks. Mella - get to it! We missed you. Joe - If I was younger, I'd have a body suit of tattoos. I love them!
Thanks for votes, folks. 3 seems to be winning Mella.

herhimnbryn said...

No 3!

You and your beaded cuffs are stunning.

LJ said...

I will accept all the praise you can heap for my work! As for me? I'm a fairly decent canvas with a good paint job and PSP. Grinning.

Mr. X said...

We like the expression on no.1
But they're all good...

LJ said...

Aha! Another vote for 1. Don't think I look a little loony in that one?

Ariel said...

I like them all, although the middle one looks as if you are trying to demonstrate some sort of DIY face lift!

LJ said...

Yep Ariel! We both thought that. And I also thought I looked like the face could turn into "The Scream"...

enidd said...

enidd loves the beaded cuffs. and photo number three. in a purely platonic way, of course.

Peach said...

Hey - I love photo 2 - very glam and also very good on the beads....

Hello by the way - just passing through my first time....

LJ said...

Hey there Peach! Nice to meet you.

Edvard Moonke said...

lovely in all of them. x

Teri said...

Love all, but my fave is #1. You like a lot like Joni Mitchell in that one!

LJ said...

Tanks EM and T!