This is the original photo - taken on Bloomsday, 16th of June 2007 in the Beaches, Toronto. The picture shows the costumed actors in a scene from James Joyce's Ulysses.
The first step was to clone out the audience in Photoshop - to focus attention on the two main characters and remove unwanted distractions.
Next I imported this image into Corel Painter where all the 'painterly' brushwork and textures were applied.
Finally the layered image was imported back into Photoshop for retouching and to adjust saturation, brightness, contrast and masking.
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