Another new addition to my Novel and Movie Image Gallery: the Darcy Saga Characters.
Once again turning to Google and especially Pinterest for the wealth of copyright-free portrait paintings of people from the past, I have carefully chosen someone for each character in my novels. Based on my internal vision, I searched until discovering the best example, and then, as necessary, utilized my moderate skills with photo manipulation and GIMP tools to tweak the portrait until as close to perfect as I can manage. In some instances I took portions of two or even three other painted portraits, and melded them together.
For many of the characters I added a background as well. I noticed that the vast majority of Georgian portraits were either painted against blah backgrounds. Also, over the decades the paintings lost color, tarnished with grime, cracked from age, and so on. In those cases the digital image shows the flaws. Again, thanks to programs like GIMP (my favorite) color can be added and most flaws erased. Or, if really bad, deleted altogether and replaced with something better!
Here are two examples, first, using MY version of Mr. Darcy– —
And MY version of Elizabeth Darcy — —
Aren’t modern advancements awesome? LOL! Come on over to my novel gallery and see all the characters.