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The Cheshire Cat—Portraits of Wonderland

Most everyone’s mad here. You may have noticed that I’m not all there myself.

The Cheshire Cat is one of my favorite characters. He's magical and mysterious, turning words into read-between-the-lines poetry. And how can you not love that big grin? Every time I see a crescent moon, I always think of the Cheshire Cat.

Like all members of Wonderland, the Cheshire Cat is mad, but unlike the others, he admits it with pride. I think that's why I like him so much. If you're going to be mad, then why not embrace it? I know I'm weird, and perhaps a bit off, but I embrace it wholeheartedly.  After all, if I wasn't, would I be able to create the things I do? Probably not. 

Now for the big question. Who should play the part? 

Behind the scenes shenanigans with Brendan and Henry.

Like the Cheshire cat, he always has a smile on his face. If you've ever had the pleasure of meeting Brendan, a.k.a. Danny Dynomite, lead singer of Glamnation and Wicked Love, then you're familiar with that wide eyed grin. His light-hearted spirit is magnetic, and if he was ever heavy hearted, you'd never know it.

So, what was it like shooting such a charismatic personality? A lot of fun and full of silly shenanigans, of course! 

Before image.

After all that silliness, we finally got down to business and I got the image I needed to build from. This was not an easy project and I admit, I procrastinated for a few days after the shoot because I was totally intimidated by it, and rightfully so. The file size ended up being so large that I had to separate it into four different files before my computer would let me save it. As you can see, it changed tremendously from the original. 

Fun fact: There are four fish swimming around the smoke that's swirling around the disappearing head. See if you can find them. ;)