Claye has been doing some photo restoration at her workplace. People bring in old photos--worn, stained, and wrinkled--and she reconstructs them. Last month a man brought in this tiny little picture of a schoolboy.
First, Claye had to scan and enlarge the photo. I think at this point I would have called it a hopeless cause. The reconstruction seems nearly impossible, considering the cloudiness, stains, and huge missing sections. Even replacing all the missing stripes on the shirt is daunting. For one thing, the design must be continued in a way that doesn't look unnatural.
The expression is made harder by the very fact that it isn't serene and even, but a serious little pout.
Anyway, here's the results so far. He's still a little blurry, but I think he does look better without the red goop on his face.