Transforming Myself Into Miss Harley Quinn
I was inspired to create this art piece whilst researching the character of Harley Quinn to create a comic as a part of my Narrative college project. I stumbled upon a poster of her that was used to advertise the 2016 movie 'Suicide Squad' when I realised 'I could do that'... and so I did!
After analysing the poster I dressed myself up and gave myself a red and blue, Gotham City makeover. I set up a simple black background in my bedroom and put my camera on my tripod to take a self-portrait. To create even lighting, I used my remote flash and trigger. I'm no model so it took a few tries to pull the right facial expression and match the poster, but I soon worked it out! After my photoshoot, I uploaded my photographs onto my laptop and searched through them to find the most suitable one. I then uploaded it into Photoshop and set to work.
The main things I knew I had to do were to crop it, add the red and blue gradients, darken some of the contours of my face and enhance the coloured make-up. I constantly reflected upon the poster I was copying as I wanted to make them as similar as possible. I realised that I had to make my face paler and remove the pink tones from my hair and replace them with the red and blue colourings as these were the most important things I needed to change in order to look more like the real Harley Quinn.
I added my own touch by creating lens flare to make my image more cinematic and to give it an open composition. What I like most about my art piece is how I coloured my eyes and used the dodge tool to lighten parts of them. This draws in my audience's attention and becomes the place where their eye will rest. Once I was close to finishing my art piece, I realised that I had to improve the shade of blue that I had created. It was too dark and needed to be more of an aqua/turqouise shade in order to match the colouring in the poster. I used Lightroom to help me do this as I find it easier to use the colour adjustment tools in it compared to Photoshop.
Whilst I was editing my photograph I decided to do a screen recording so that after, I could speed it up to create a video which shows the steps I took to create my final piece. You can watch this video below through YouTube or on my Instagram as an IG TV video.