I have always been the owner of Burning Violet, my clothing design company that I opened in December, 2010. I’ve now decided to close Burning Violet and now be designing under the name Maja Stina from now on.
My main reason for this is that I want people to make the connection between my designs and I, as a lot of people in the past only thought I was a model and never knew I ran Burning Violet! My second reason for the change is that I feel that the name Burning Violet is not as appropriate for branding my designs, and feel that it is a little on the immature side. I feel that Maja Stina is much more marketable in the fashion industry and industry in general than Burning Violet ever could be.
I will be slowly encouraging fans to come on over from my Burning Violet fan page on Facebook to my Maja Stina fan page, as that page will feature my modelling, makeup artistry and clothing design from now on.
I will, in future, be adding my tattoo portfolio to my website and to my Maja Stina fan page, but I am not ready for this at present because I am not interested in promoting myself as a tattoo artist at all, yet! I’ll be spending the next few months finding a good balance between all of my hobbies (and jobs) and will be deciding on a direction for everything.
Check out the new page, Latex Design, on the site! I will be creating some outfits from other materials this year, also! Keep a lookout.
A photographer recently permitted me to use some photos he took at me on a shoot to retouch! I decided to a more fun retouch with this particular image and wanted to share the results with you all!
The image was shot against a white background (with an infinity cove) and I used a combination of different things to “cut” myself out of the background, replacing it with another.
If you want to replace your background with a different one, my advice would be to not shoot on a black or white background, but a grey one or a greenscreen background to allow for easy removal of the background. The reason not to shoot on a black or white background is because black is very dark and so hard to neutralise and the opposite is the case for white. It just makes things a lot less noticeable/harsh when you are trying to get rid of things that you don’t want to see. The problem I had with this image was that my hair is so light, especially at the tips. It was, in parts, indistinguishable from the background itself and so it meant that a lot of guesswork could have been involved. I solved the problem by reopening the image but on a very low exposure (you can only do this if you have the RAW files really) and then using that as a template for where the hair should have been.
Anyhow, that’s the only remotely complicated process involved with creating this. The swirly things are some stock I bought a while back, though I doubt they are hard to create in Photoshop. The rest was just dodging, burning and blurring. Ta-dah!
I would like to say that this is my first ever attempt at a background replacement, so please don’t be too cruel about it!