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Old January 1st, 2013, 06:49 AM   #1
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My Photoshop statue restoration possibily revealing recently unseen details


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I am looking to get more information on the following statue, I am a graphic designer and was recently browsing the image archives of mourgefile and came across a statue that grabbed my attention, I felt that there was more to this weathered statue and was inspired to attempt to bring it back to life.

I noticed that the weathering occurred from right to left (as viewed on screen) and was caught up by the carving in the hair that looked like a face so I cut the image in half and duplicate the left side of the image, flip a duplicate and place it on the right. Once I made that connection the statue came to life and things appeared which I didn't see before, I learned the beauty and power of symmetry in that moment.

As the face in the hairline was obvious part of the original I've been puzzled with the weird elongated head in the middle of the hair line, I'm not sure If that's a part of the original or just a weird coincident.

I thought i'll post it here to see if anybody knows any more information on the statue, or has seen similar elongated heads in similar statues.

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Old January 1st, 2013, 07:09 AM   #2

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Well with all due respect, this is sloppy, the nose, the mouth and especially the face on top are not much to look at...
Photoshop can do much better than that.
I would say that the statue is from the 17th-18th century... Didn't the French have a lot of sculpturers in that time?
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Old January 1st, 2013, 07:15 AM   #3

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I'm not sure I would consider creating a mirror image of one side of the face to be "statue restoration" because there is no reason to believe the original statue was ever that symmetrical. Sorry, but it seems to me that you are looking for things that aren't there.
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Old January 1st, 2013, 07:25 AM   #4

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I like the smiley face you put in the hair.
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Old January 1st, 2013, 07:49 AM   #5
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Thanks for the feedback, yeah I wouldn't call this restoration complete, the bridge of the nose needs work and there needs to be more tidying up.There's obviously more to it than just the flip as i've edited out a lot of the cracks.

Regarding the symmetry i think it was there, as i obviously can't be 100 percent certain once i connected the flipped image the face in the hair appeared and was very distinct. The elongated head could definitely be a figment of my imagination but I thought to post this for public viewing in the case there was some other similarities in other pieces.
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Old January 1st, 2013, 10:54 AM   #6

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Old January 1st, 2013, 12:09 PM   #7

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Thanks for the feedback, yeah I wouldn't call this restoration complete,
I wouldn't call this restoration at all - you've completely altered the background and lost most of the detail in the texture. It no longer looks like realistic stone. If that was your intent, to make it look more like a graphic rendering than a real photo of real stone, fair enough... but that is not the definition of a restoration.

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Regarding the symmetry i think it was there, as i obviously can't be 100 percent certain once i connected the flipped image the face in the hair appeared and was very distinct.
And why would an artist sculpt a smilie face into the hair? Does that not sound a little silly to you?

It does not look to me as though the place where the smilie face appeared was ever intended to be symmetrical - however eroded it is, the fundamental shapes are still there and they are distinctly asymmetrical.
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The funniest post I have seen in my short membership, thankyou for the NYD hoax. Step away from the crayons.
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Old January 1st, 2013, 05:05 PM   #9
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This is not restoration and reveals nothing.

It, in fact, conceals one entire side of the face and hair, and invents things like a smiley face, that do not exist in the original and were never intended by the sculptor.

This changes the aspect ratio of the face, and makes the face artificially symmetric. ( real faces, and sculptures made by hand are NOT symmetric. in fact... one reason digitally modeled people look so fake is because their faces and bodies are made symmetric, when, in actuality, no human being is truly symmetric )

I have seen other postings on Historum that feature meaningless photoshop manipulations of pictures of antiquities as if that has any bearing on anything... or "reveals something" other than the fact that people are prone to imagine things.

Trust me... if the sculptor WANTED there to be a face in the hair... he would have put a face in the hair.

If you want to understand sculpture... put away the Photoshop and pick up a chisel.
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While we are playing here I would like to see a reconstruction done as above but with the OTHER side of the image used.
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