Time for a Nose Job


In-Process: “Politics Is Messy” (©️Robin King)

Several years ago I made “Politics Is Messy.” I knew there was something “off” about it (the nose, mostly) but it was a piece born of anxiety and anger. Once I let the feelings out through the image it was…ummmm…irrelevant. I filed it and walked away.

But its eyes are still worth doing something with. So is the graffiti-like overlay. The nose, though, needs help. It’s not horrible but it disrupts the composition.

Easy to fix! (I hope.)

In a day or so I’ll dig out the original digital file, open it in Photoshop Elements, and reshape the bridge of the nose. If all goes well I ought to be able to do that with a soft brush, “burning” lightly in the bridge area to create a shadow. Maybe I’ll work on the mouth, too, because right now those lips look like two amorous worms.

Wish me luck!


For those who are interested, “Politics Is Messy” is made from a pencil sketch, an acrylic painting, a digital painting, and scans of a magazine article and furious ink scribbling.

7 thoughts on “Time for a Nose Job”

  1. Wow, wonderful creativity, Robin! Hope I catch the re-do of this too; though this is pretty striking already! Politics is messy, who’d a thought, lol! Can only imagine what you felt angry out back then, but always something, lol! All the best, Robin 😊

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  2. You’re so kind! Thank you!!! I’ll for sure post it here after I work on it, even if it doesn’t go well – πŸ˜‚! I was amazed at how much better I felt after I did this one, even though I knew it wasn’t “ready for prime time.” It’ll be interesting to see if being calm when I make the changes will make it a better image or not. Thank you again! πŸ₯°πŸ‘‹

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  3. Omgosh, if I knew what feeling to have to make one of mine “work” – well, lol! Though, when I do get a “mood” and actually consciously keep that in mind as I work, that seems to help; creativity! You knew? Whew! 😊


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