Alberto Seveso's 'Portrait of a Perfect Stranger' for TEN
His image "Ritratto di una perfetta sconosciuta" ("Portrait of a perfect stranger"), based on a stock photo from Fotolia, could be downloaded gratis for 24 hours as a Photoshop document. For those unfamiliar with the project, it's "TEN, as in 10 artists, 10 countries, 10 months, and 10 PSDs," according to a press release. "Each user can access the set of layers, graphic elements, and style effects held in each PSD, and appropriate them to use them in his or her own work."
"Honestly, there isn't any particular inspiration [for 'Ritratto di una perfetta sconosciuta'], but that doesn't mean I wasn't inspired," explained Seveso. "I was inspired by the image that I planned to illustrate – every detail could leave me feeling inspired. Then, it happens suddenly and I can't control the inspiration." He carefully selected the photograph and manipulated it in Illustrator and Photoshop. (Watch a tutorial here.) "I don't believe there are important parts of Photoshop, but important moments," Seveso said. "I focus on: 1) choosing a good image, 2) harnessing pure creativity without rules, and 3) saying stop, it's finished, no more changes. Of course, the layer tool is fundamental – without it, I don't know how I would reach some outcomes." His PSD contains countless layers and turning them on and off makes an entirely new graphic. "I also use 'Drop Shadow' to under-light sections, since shadows form the soul of an image."
Seveso is honored to participate in TEN and called it a great idea: "It opens a window to the world of each artist and can be a starting point for young talents to see what we do, where we live, how we work, and how different our lives might be; however we have in common the most significant thing – creativity."
See Seveso in his element at right and read about Serial Cut for TEN here.