This week’s DigitalArt image was inspired by the late great Hank Williams, one of the world’s most influential singer-songwriters of the 20th century. Back in 1952 he wrote and recorded ‘Honky Tonk Blues‘ about a young farm boy enticed to the big city, which was a huge success and was later recorded by many others in the music industry. Later in 1969, the Rolling Stones wrote and recorded the very-well known ‘Honky Tonk Woman‘ and it was this song which finally decided the image for this week.
A ‘honky-tonk’ is essentially a rowdy bar, dance hall or nightclub that provides loud country music, though the name was also given to the style of music being played such as a lively type of piano music with a band. It wasn’t long of course before some establishments also attracted a male clientele interested in the availability of sex as much as the cheap liquor and bad entertainment. And it seems to be this later aspect of the honky-tonk which the Rolling Stones referred to in their song.
We wanted to achieve the look of an old photograph from that era which started with this model sitting at a piano in a bar-type atmosphere. While we cannot know a definite date for the photo we can see that it is sepia-coloured, indicative of older photos breaking down over time. While it has suffered some bending and exposure to the elements it remains clear enough to make out most of the elements.
The woman is seated on the piano stool holding an empty glass. We do not know whether she is the musician taking a break between songs, a waitress having a rest during quiet times, or something else entirely. Perhaps she is waiting for her lover, or as part-owner she is waiting for her drink to be refilled before the night begins. Either way, we can see that her attention has been drawn off to the right-hand side of our photo and she has a slight smile, suggesting that she is content in her role and in how the events of the day are playing out.
Our image was essentially a composite of the original photo of the model, a series of edging and border brush strokes of varying colours and intensity, and multiple layers of different textures to give the aged effect. More layers were applied to create the cracks and marks, and adjustment layers used to change the tone, colour and brightness. Brushes were used to add additional damage to the ‘photo’, while dodging and burning darkened the areas of less interest and brightened the model. The words ‘Honky Tonk Woman’ were added to give the photo perspective, and which were appropriately placed across the front of the piano which gave that music style its name.
But as to who that mystery woman is, we may just never know!
We hope you like it, and would love to know your thoughts on this image if you would be so kind as to leave a comment below for us.
Living each adventure,
Christine and Trevor
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