My Head Is Huge

No, no, it’s not how it sounds. I’m really quite modest and unassuming. See, here’s the thing: My head is literally huge.

If by any chance you decide to visit Amazon to check out my Adobe Photoshop CS4 One-on-One book, please be advised that the moment you scroll down the page, you’ll be accosted by a gigantic picture of my face.

Which is unfair, because it’s unexpectedly whopperian. By which I mean hippopotamuginormus. Or, if you prefer, leviathanomonstrobrobdingnagian.

So as a special mid-week enterprise, I’d like to invite every last one of you to take this wonderful (but inexplicably Jupiterium) photo of my (disturbingly Gredelian) face from Kevin O’Connor and do both of the following:

  • Turn it into the best possible Big Brother/robot overloard/Wizard of Oz image that ever was.
  • Figure out how to post it to this site, which involves your posting it elsewhere and linking to that image here with your HTML skills. Or, if that’s driving you crazy, email us your amazing damn-Deke-your-head-is-like-some-amazing-elephantine-dirigible artwork to

I’m thinking, for every five people who enter, one wins. Those are like the biggest, most pie-faced, most yikes-your-head-is-like-some-kind-of-inflatable-waffle-of-the-gods odds that ever were. The prize? Obvious. My hot-off-the-oversized-presses Photoshop CS4 One-on-One book, which includes 4 supersized hours of video.

(But not signed. We haven’t figured that one out yet.)

Good luck. Winners next week.

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  • Your head’s not huge…

    the page is too small.
    I don’t have any artwork to display yet, I just like to be the first to post, since we are both up at this hour. I’m still waiting for the Channels & Masks book, when I ordered it, it was for CS3 (is it possible to get it before CS5? Ha, ha, ha!)
    Thanks for giving me something new tonight.

  • Contest entry

    Given the smile, it’s hard to see Deke as an evil overlord or robot… but Deke the Wise and Glorious is easier!

    The Wise and Glorious Deke

  • it´s ok

    well, this is my first post and no I doesn´t have an artwork to post here and I guess I won´t do it too since I am outside of US which are mostly not in the considerations… but just so to speak, your head is not big… atleast not as big as mine normally looks in photos (as I am asian which have bigger feature on face)

  • :-P


  • 1984

    “Deke shall prevail…......”

    Mordy Golding

  • Deke the Interrogator

    “So, if you ever want to see the light of day again, tell us: What exactly do L, a and b stand for?”

  • From Lawrie

    My Photoshop skills are poor at best, and I think I could really use

    some training. Anyway - here’s my terrifying head-based wallpaper.

    Sorry, I didn’t mean to make you look bald.



  • Hey, Punkin’

    The villagers came from all around to see the mysterious face that appeared on the pumpkin in Farmer Dan’s patch. Some thought it was a miracle, others thought it meant the End of Days.

  • A Read Beyond the Ordinar-E

  • Deke’s Back in Town

    The “Wiz” is back and Oz will never be the same…..

    Thomas Thomas Benner p.s. Your “huge head” comment inspired me Obiwan. “Dorothy” has got your back and the doves come from the ending of “Blade Runner” p.s., p.s. A Read Beyond the Ordinar-E (below me) totally rox!

  • Beware!

  • From Carol

    Here’s how I imagine Deke secretly sees himself wink

  • That’s gonna be my new sidekick costume

    Complete with weapon.

  • I’ll save you Mordy

    Right after I get back from the gym.

  • Steve is doubly inspired by Big Head


    Submitted by Steve Newton

  • Now THATs a BIG head

    Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting

  • Hi-Lite of My Graphics Career

    That I could inspire the likes of Mordy….. most definitely the highlite of my graphics career. And I am (for once anywayz) totally serious…. I’m grinning enormously over this. Thnx for the appreciation!

    I appreciate the insight and depth you always provide in your Illustrator training, Mordy, and am eagerly anticipating closely dissecting the new courses you are developing. Yes, Photoshop is very sexy indeed but you have taught me how Illustrator is so very useful and powerful! Your Illustrator training gives a nice scope to understanding Obiwan Deke’s 3 Illustrator courses. I was glad to read that you are recently exploring the wonders of Fireworks as well. Good luck with that…. vector and raster wonderment all at once…. shades of Open Doc!


    Thomas Benner

    The Art Institute of Austin

  • My army of lemmings?

    Are you talking about my enthusiastic and beloved dekeOnline visitors?

    Mordy is a witch! Attack, lemmings! Attack!!!

    Jump off the cliff onto Mordy and rip his flesh!!!

  • I’ll be honest with you people

    These are all very disturbing images.

    But all you had to work with was my monstrously over-huge head, so what did I expect?

    By which I mean, keep up the wonderful work!

  • Silly Deke…

    I am not human, don’t you know that? Flesh? Come on—that’s a pixel thing.

    I just realized Deke—it’s a good thing your head is a smart object—otherwise the huge head would have been all pixelated.

    Mordy Golding

  • destroy the(m)all Deke!!

  • Huge Head Makes Top 5


    I don’t want to make your head much bigger but this blog post made my Photoshop This Week: Top Five. As much as I’d like to manipulate your head (I mean that in a grizzly way not a dirty way) I already have your new book delivered by Amazon yesterday! Plus I’ve been busy entering Halloween contests. Then again maybe I’ll win a second copy to keep at my summer house.


    Head Camp Counselor
    Camp Photoshop

  • Huge Head grow

    Take over world!

  • Deke’n'Furter

    Quick rushed job - hope I’m not too late for deadline!

    Here’s our mad artsy sciency Dr. Dekenfurter looking especially hot. He’s so astounding. :-D

    Edit: Oh, bugger….I thought I knew how to put pics up. :(

    One more try:





  • LOL! Fantastic. :-D


    Fantastic. :-D

  • You’ve made him look so plump!


    Dig it. :-D

  • Wot’s the deadline?

    My guess is that Deke is otherwise engaged in performing his civic duty at the polling booth, and then celebrating this historical period in time by spilling some champagne at a political party with like-minded friends and family. Out with the old (and mindbogglingly awful) and in with the new! :-D

    So would it be cheating if I were to take more time (tonight, hopefully) and make a better job of my entry?


  • Actually, never mind. I

    Actually, never mind. I didn’t give it any time last night ‘cos I celebrated and got very drunk. And I won’t do it today ‘cos I have a hangover from hell.

    Well done, USA!!! Thank you!

    Ugh. My head hurts. :(

  • BOOK

    Hi Deke

          have given up I think the Pygmies up the AMAZON have got the book to practice there blowpipes on I shall wait to see what comes on the shelfs if any due to credit crunch or the cannibals lunch.

  • I owe this site so much

    Not love or gratitude. Content. Yoiks I’m behind!

    Anyway, I’ll make pronouncements on the Huge Head art as soon as I can.

    Dekenfurter and DEK-E are fairly obvious choices. And let’s be real: They’d make a lovely couple.

    But I couldn’t hang out with them. Because they stole My Huge Head!

  • Ahh the joys of a blog…

    It’s like a baby or a pet…requires regular feeding and attention. Only it won’t die and get you arrested for neglecting it…maybe blogs are more like plants then? They whither a bit if left alone for too long, but will spruce right back up with a little tlc. Blogs = plants. Yeah, that’s the ticket!

    BTW, Dekenfurter = awesome. It’s one of those things you can’t not look at, no matter how strangely disturbing it is… I love it.

  • That’s just it

    I as Tim Curry am a freak-of-nature train wreck.

    As all the best train wrecks are. (See why I’m proud?)

    Speaking of which, is Al Franken president yet? I demand a recount!

  • I had to read that twice

    I was sure you said “cannabis lunch”.

    I must be up far too early on a Saturday morning. My reading comprehension has not kicked in properly yet. :-O

    And Deke - I double dog dare you to do your next dekePod as Frankenfurter! Oh, good times…good times! :-D

  • The Shining Poster

    is seamless. Brilliant. grin

  • Big Head

    Hello Deke,

    I hope that I too am not to late, as I just became aware of the contest.

    Enjoy your leviathanomonstrobrobdingnagian head. Judging by your smile I think you like the view.

    rdune moon man edit



  • Hey, Deke/Colleen

    Just wondering if the great and awesome prizes were sent out at all? I’ve been watching my mailbox and scowling at the mail lady for not bringing me my bestest of Xmas presents yet. :p

  • Don’t worry

    mine hasn’t arrived yet either. I am so furious! (No, I’m not ;p - Anticipation is the best of joys after all, as we use to say smile

  • Soon, my chicks

    They took a circuitous route from the O’Reilly warehouse to my desk there at HQ to the trunk of my car through the Channels and Mask book and off to FedEx international.


  • Sounds dodgy….

    I like it! :-D

    So what’s the secret handshake/hat tip?

    And don’t worry - I can totally keep a secret…


  • ok I’m new here!

    well I’m new yet It seems as though I may have found a home!!! Finally:) so to deke and colleen thank you and deke I have spent the last two days religiously watching your cs5 illustrator one on one fundementals. I was such a rookie dabble In photoshop once in a while kinda guy. now I have the creative sweet and making money doing banners web content and photo editing. yet I know how rookie I really am the fact that these fools are paying me is amazing!!!! I mean yes I absolutely do a great job!  they look fantastic it just blows m,e away and I cant wait to actually live and breath the adobe world. I have set my sights on this. I went to berklee college of music and it was 100,000! dollars down the drain. of all the information I learned I make 0zero living with it. but yet I find this to be far more finacially and spiritually rewarding. any ways when are you gonna be done with illustrator cs5 MASTERY!!! ~Munger~

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