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Thurgood Mashall through Andy's eyes
Now, let's think about Thurgood Marshall a moment. What would Andy Warhol see, and how would he express those attributes through art?
Thurgood Marshall was a man of African decent, who worked his way to the top of the legal profession to become a Supreme Court Judge. In fact, the first African-American to achieve that post -- highly educated, in a serious, lofty judicial position. So what qualities do we want to imbibe into our art?
We'll want to use browns for African American, but also work with blues and perhaps even purples to signify the high state of office. In my opinion, I think Andy would handle Marshall carefully, so as not to degrade the personae. On the other hand, we really can't second guess -- Warhol was a bit of a rebel, taking part in and acting in the popular movement against the Viet Nam war, and against big government. So it's a difficult challenge.
This is also a difficult challenge because of the overall darkness of the image provided by the USPS. While there are good, bright highlights, the overall mood and rendering is dark because of the African skin tones.
Preparing the photo for screen print effect
Two things that carried through all of Warhol's portraits were the cut-out background and the high contrast nature of the photo. Almost all modeling is usually missing and just enough form retained to recognize the face. This is going to be tough with Marshall since he's already dark and offers no 'natural' highlights for a Warholesque high-con photo.
We need to pull Marshall out of that background and get rid of the postage stamp frame. That's the easy step.
We'll use the lasso in QuickMask mode to get a fairly accurate outline around the bust. You'll find it much quicker to handle cut-outs if you go to QuickMask mode (Tap "Q") and then zoom in to Lasso smaller chunks of the cut-out. Select area inside the window, then hit delete before moving on to the next chunk. Once you've 'nibbled' away at the art to obtain a good cutout, you can remove the remainder using broad marquees or free-hand lassos. (Open diagram "QuickMask")
Once the mask is complete, just turn off QuickMask to make the selection, then I recommend saving that selection. (You might need it later, and if you lose it before you're ready to lose it all that work will be down the tubes.)
Choose: Select > Save Selection (at the very bottom of the Select menu) name it and hit enter. (See diagram 9)
With the selection still active, I'll hit Command/J to float a copy of the selected bust to the next layer. At this point you'll want to save the file under a different file name, leaving the original file untouched.
Choose: File > Save As... and rename the file.
Before we go any further, we need to plan the actual Photoshop modifications. We'll also want to set the project up so it will be ready for the final poster and framed prints.
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