Step 9 Once the microphone had colour applied, I duplicated it to produce a pair which I arranged on either side of the face. I also added in shadows cast by the face, making the mikes appear as if sitting within the hair. I then added a duplicate layer of the original hair over the microphones, plus reflections to lend the work a three-dimensional quality.
Step 10 Now I sketched and scanned in a microphone cable, putting it in its own layer. I left some gaps in the cable where I wanted it to appear blocked by other elements.
Step 11 We want to make it look like the cable is wound tightly around the head and microphones and tangled up in the hair. As I’d put outlines around each of the elements, it was easy to achieve this by selectively erasing parts of the cable – for example, those that overlapped the face.
When working this way, remember that you can invert the selection where necessary, erasing or masking parts of the image as you wish.