How could anyone resist doing Tom Woodward’s Not Quite Norma Jean assignment?
The past is strange. Remake this classic Marilyn Monroe “expressions sheet” with self-portraits or with the aid of a friend. Bonus points for the involvement of a stranger.
And I thought, if Tom Woodward can pose coyly like Marilyn, than surely my stuffed animal Feldspar can pull it off? And as I worked with the image I made from it it started saying to me, please make me into a GIF, yeah, a Riff a GIF type of GIF.
For the makings, I created Photoshop file with the background a capture of the screen at Retronaut (I liked the frame on it), and in the top layer, a copy of this made with the images of her cut out, so it was a copy of the frames around the images that sits above the 9 separate image layers.
For the photos I worked for hours to pose Feldspar appropriately (sigh, these pompous film stars are so hard to work with, where was I to find green milkbones?). I did the black and white / sepia effects in Aperture using Silver Efex Pro plugin, and exported as 500px JPEGs, which I then imported into Photoshop, sized and cropped to fit in the frames.
I then used the Convert Layers to Frames command in the animation palette, and set about turning on layers in each frame as needed; I set the first and last frames for a longer duration so they would linger.
If you would like to give this a go, you can download my photoshop file as a template, and see if you can get your own images into the layers.
The post "Not Quite Norma GIF" was originally squeezed out of the bottom of an old rusted tube of toothpaste at CogDogBlog (http://cogdogblog.com/2012/12/not-quite-norma-gif/) on December 30, 2012.