My blogging absence was due to some infuriating and scary technical difficulties. My laptop decided to completely conk out on me, and once I'd got it fixed Photoshop decided to not re-install!!
As you can imagine, I started to panic! But to cut a long story short, a computer savvy friend of mine came to the rescue and returned Photoshop to perfect working order!
So I am finally back in business!!! (much to my profound relief!!!) And without further a do I shall pick up where I left off; Bayou Arcana character No. 8 out of 9: Morgan McKenzie - the Preacher.
Matt's description of this guy was: "Caught between repenting and sinning, Preacher McKenzie places the blame for his alcohol and laudanum addiction everywhere but himself. Think snakelike, all bones and no meat, his Preacher's collar loose like a shackle round his neck, his eyes sunken in sallow sockets."
His likeness is based on a combination of actors Mackenzie Crook and Brad Dourif.
Fitting Morgan with the right clothes to really emphasize his skeletal frame and state of ill health really gave me some grief, as the Priest's garb of that era masks a lot of the wearer's figure. I discovered that finding the balance between his posture and the robe's size on his body was quite a challenge.
In the end I decided to grant myself a little artistic license and cut the robes closer to his frame. His greying hair hangs thin and lank over pale, papery skin. He handles his crucifix in a hesitant fashion, the weight of his addictions ever present in his mind.