Old black and white photo of James Dean colorized
I feel like I have colorized too many old Hollywood starlets lately and none of the guys. Not that there is anything wrong with that, but I thought I would switch it up a bit and not pigeonhole myself into one category. The difference between colorizing a woman and a man is a pretty big one. Woman (especially old Hollywood starlets) wear more makeup and the idea is to create smooth looking skin. When colorizing men you have to add red to the crevices and make the face appear more rough. 
I decided to colorize an old James Dean black and white photo, but couldn’t seem to find one I liked until I came across this one. I’m assuming you know who James Dean is so I wont bore you with a summarized biography, but I do find it interesting he is the only actor in history to receive more than one Oscar nomination posthumously.
I am really happy how this colorization turned out. I chose this photo primarily because of the green shrubbery and house in the background, the added color from those details made the image come to life in my opinion. I took my time on the face, adding red in the crevices of the skin and using a light bluish grey over the facial hair to make it more stubbly. 
The full size black and white photo and my colorization are below.
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Old black and white photo of James Dean
Old black and white photo of James Dean colorized
All photo colorization found within Metacolor is completed by hand using a Wacom Graphic Tablet and Adobe Photoshop CC software. All website design, writing and photo colorization/restoration found within is the sole work of Wayne Degan.


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