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Funny Girl, Colorized: 1922

Funny Girl, Colorized: 1922

I'm too young to remember Fanny Brice, but I was attracted to the photo's elegant composition and the possibilities of light and color. Colorization of the original done in Photoshop using multiple layers and blend modes. View full size.

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19th century HD

very nice. It takes forever coloring a rug or patterns like that. nice use of gradient colors reflecting the light on the wall.

Lovely Work

Nicely done.

Well Done!

Didn't even notice it was colorized until I read the title and caption. Beautiful!

John Singer Sargent?

This looks like what John Singer Sargent might have photographed rather than painted. Gorgeous!

Nicely Done

About as good a job as I've seen. So very life-like.

Colorizing is not easy

I tried colorizing this photo too, but I think yours is just a little better.

Great job

Nice and subtle, just the way it should be.
Looks more authentic.


VERY nicely done! Love the gradation on the wall, and the nice detail on the rug and floor.

Not second hand

One of her big hits I seem to remember was Second Hand Rose, obviously doesn't apply here! Great colorization by the way.

Best yet.

Keeping the shadow areas dark is well done. Skin color perfect. Wood floor very nice. The colors of the rug are amazing. Looks exactly like ones my grandmother had. Nice even tones overall. Very well done.

Beauty on Beauty

Possibly the best colorization yet submitted! Subtle yet nothing left undone. The carpet is especially convincing. Bravo indeed.

Excellent job

My highest compliment on a colorization job is to say, "I congratulate you on your restraint and your taste." Restraint, in not making the colors too bright, because real life is often dull. And taste, in not making things outlandish.

I particularly like the job you did on the rug. It was clearly a well-worn rug, and you used well-worn color. Of course, the job on Fanny herself was wonderful.


Baby Snooks

Fanny Brice voiced the so-named funny but obnoxious child character heard on the radio in some of my earliest memories of our pre TV days during the late 1940s and very early 1950s. We actually sat around and watched our big wooden console radio during most programs, why I'll never know. Maybe we were captivated because it was a truly beautiful piece of furniture, with a cat's eye dial and amber lights for the station preset push buttons. Thanks for jarring a memory-

In other words

I'm speechless. Incredible, bravo!

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