The core problem is that it's really, really difficult to find quality pictures of the faces (of the types of models that I have to use for these sorts of stories). Most of them only have one facial expression (usually a generic smile), and the angles are almost always wrong. Throw in the fact that the lighting is usually wrong, low resolution images, and bad re-touching of photos, and you have a perfect combination for a frustrating process. But when I finally get it right, it's a really satisfying feeling.
I won't say anything I do is seamless, but I do think that a casual observer (who wasn't previously aware of what they were looking at) might mistake the mash-ups I do for real people. And that's good progress, I think.
Anyway, I wrote this little caption story on a bit of a lark. It's not as serious as some of my others (though it may seem so until the very end), but it was fun to write. So I hope you all enjoy it:
As an aside, for those of you who finished the story (minor spoilers incoming, for those who didn't read it yet)...please realize that I do not mean for this story to trivialize terrorism, the job our (and any country's) soldiers do, or the validity of female soldiers. The nature of the "attack" is simply a plot device. The perspective from which the story is told provided a means to disseminate information at a slow (but steady) pace while letting the reader see the feminization of a male. And the chauvinism shown by the antagonists is, quite simply, a part of their culture (I actually had a pretty in-depth backstory for them that didn't make the cut). Much like in the Omar Bell Universe stories, the fact that I write a character with deplorable views does not mean that I share those views. In short, you're not supposed to like those sorts of characters. I guess what I'm trying to say here is that my stories are not to be taken very seriously, and are not meant to be offensive.
I guess I just wanted to make all of that very clear.