Paint away the surface
Create a surreal effect using a paintbrush, a model and a touch of editing magic!
This type of image may appear complicated to create but in fact it is very easy to do. All you need is a model (you can use yourself and the selftimer setting if you can’t find a willing participant) and a paintbrush as a prop. You’ll also need to use some type of image-editing software where you can create separate layers to work on. We used Photoshop, but we also tried this effect with Affinity Photo (which worked just as well using the same process) and Photoshop Elements. In Elements we had to find an easy work-around as you don’t have the Black and White Adjustment Layer feature the other programs offer: we duplicated the background layer, then changed the top layer to monochrome and added a Layer Mask.
To shoot the main image, we hung up a black background behind our model and used natural light from a window to illuminate them with a soft, flat light. We had to increase the ISO setting to compensate for being indoors, and had the aperture set to f/4.5 to ensure all the features on the face were sharp. You’ll need to direct your model to get the paintbrush nicely in position for the shot, and try a few different ideas out if you’re feeling creative!