Skid Row Madonna - I loved making this image. It was from an original B&W and it has so many layers and crazy blending modes – that is how I got the coloring and lighting. I removed a lot and added some other things. And yes I did want that red band of paint going over the woman’s head. I always compare my newest work to what I have already done and I think this is my best piece yet. I try to zero in on what I want to be the main focus and work around that. I also like to tell a story while keeping the focus on the image. I used to be in such a hurry to finish an image but not anymore - I like to work, add different elements and try different things until I get it just right or I think I have it just right! Below is the original image I worked from and a link to it on Flickr.
Original Image from Flickr - Jeffrey