Samuel's First Day of Sunbeams
I haven't used styles very much in the past...so I'm trying to experiment more with them. Here I used the "Pencil Drawing" style in PSE8. But it looked too bland. I couldn't see the facial features very well. So I put the pencil drawings over the original photo and took the opacity of the pencil drawings down a bit to let the picture show through.
The big picture was similar, except that I used the BGBlenders brush separately on each layer. I tried merging these two layers together...but when I did that it changed the look entirely. Not sure why that was. More experimentation needed!
The final actually has his classmates in the photo frames instead of repeating him...but I didn't feel okay about putting their pictures up without parental permission...but it is really cute with the different kids in the frame.