I swear, sometimes the title of a post is so difficult. I have sacrificed a few posts for lack of a title. I have several nameless and forgotten drafts buried in the archives. When I am really struggling for a title, I reach behind me and grab a book of poetry. Sometimes it helps to read a few poems. Today, it worked, but not without flipping through a few books. I love Baudelaire, but he is not so great for title inspiration, unless you want something like, “Get Drunk!” or “Don Juan in Hell.” Anyway … Cavafy to the rescue.
I tried a dozen textures on this image, but I preferred it without one. I did add the design on top. I used a calligraphy brush for that. I am using different types of brushes more often, especially when blending a texture or a layer. A different brush can give the blend a more interesting look. But this was a simple b&w conversion with typical adjustments. I added the design after trying on endless textures, painting, and deciding against each one. I liked the clean and smooth background. It just flows better with her pose and the tones. I was undecided about the calligraphy stroke and almost decided against it too, but in the end, I liked its quirkiness.