Once, a long time ago, my dear friend Lindsay posted this picture of himself:
… and I said to myself: holy shit! That’s the Caterpillar, from Alice in Wonderland. And I knew I had to create the scene – Alice in Wonderland has always been one of my favorites, and the scene with the Caterpillar one of my favorite parts.
So, first, I created a forest. I grabbed a nice sunset through sumac from my stock files. This shot is taken by the tennis courts behind our condo:
So I copied it, erased the sun in all but one of them, blended, pasted, applied gradients, added a leafy floor, and we have forest:
Then I added several copies of one branch…
A real caterpillar would want to blend into the greenery, but this guy needs to stand out more. And the mushroom needed a color adjust, too:
At one point, I didn’t think I’d ever be done with the arms and the legs…
But eventually I got things sorted out, got my friend Carolyn to look annoyed for me (because, remember, Alice and the Caterpillar really don’t hit it off) and got my Alice. Then, all I had to do was add the smoke letters: “Who Are You?”, make the surface of the hookah reflective, and throw in a fractal loop. You know, little adjustments:
and here’s a close up of the hookah just by istelf:
I gotta say I love the purple iridescent glass.