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some of you know some don't know that i've been hiding my face or name in many of my works. mostly as a joke, but partly a secret watermark. i'm betting other people do something like this, hide their name somewhere in the background or such, so post those things up there. your face, i guess a self portrait (though not as the main character since we have self portrait threads), your name or some odd symbol you might hide in there that only some people know about.
i try to hide myself in all my digital work somewhere on the piece. not all of it is obvious, often i just simply forget until the end. but when i see an opportunity i shove something in there. like the general version of me will be in the next coming piece. eventually i'll have a bunch as a collectors series.
in this one i'm doing a superman towards the center, where they are trapped in glass
i almost forgot on this one, but i found a spot in the center of the hat.
i'm found in 2 spots on this one, using something from another piece.
i'm on the right in that glass jewel
you can just barely see me in the moon
the funny thing about this one is that after i stamped the can, there's a guy on the other can that already has my look, neat. and of course tossing my name in there never hurts any.
little by little i manage a way to hide myself. but i don't want to over do it, it has to look natural. sometimes i'll cover another photo in the image. or a piece of a sign. i may replace a name plate in an address label with my name. i try different methods. right now i have 14 different versions of me for this site, from these projects (one of them blinks, but this site nulls that). and another 14 of the hidden versions so i can reuse them as needed. and there are different versions. though of course these do take extra time, but i think the result is worth it.
some of them are continuations
if you read the newspaper article in the ones i posted, this one is the next in that theme.
if you do a search in my gallery using the word - self - all of them should pop up. the self ones usually have a face in in them. if it's just a name, i don't bother.
there was a guy? still a guy? i think his daughter died at a certain age (probably getting the story wrong), and her name was Nina. and he's a sketch artists, all his work he would hide his daughters name, i think 7 times inside the sketch. so when you saw it, you would really have to study the image to find them all hidden in there. it might be in the hair all long and wispy. or in other places.. i think 7 was her age.
Mike, it was Al Hirschfeld who hid his daughter Nina's name in his sketches for the New York Times Sunday Entertainment Section. I have fond memories of searching for Nina's as a child. Sometimes there were 4 or 5 and on a really great Sunday, as many as 9! He hid a lot of them in the hair of the entertainers.
Mike Savad's face floating in a dew drop on a flower petal. Mike's face on the head of a butterfly with a mustache.
Seriously, I think this is an excellent way to brand your work.
It provides another form of security, & recognition.
& it really adds an additional sense of satisfaction for your collectors Mike. Not only do they have a piece of your work, but a piece of you in it.
They can smile smugly if they are the only one aware that you are in it, or it becomes conversational when others join in to find you.
A great way to get all the intricate details of your work observed - which can only lead to a greater appreciation for it.
Kudos . Brilliant, of course.