Artwork

Female Warrior

Female Warrior

I found this wonderful photograph of a female warrior on Pixabay by ractapopulous and thought how wonderful it would be set in a forest setting.  I know I wanted to create a moody feel to the image so I played around with various backgrounds and I used a tree and a clip art of a rock and grass.  I added the dove just for a softer feel to this moody image I was creating.

Once I had finished with my image… I then imported the image and used various presets on virtual copies of the image..

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One step further

One step further

Yesterday I spoke about powder paint effect and how I am liking what it does to your photographs… anyway yesterday I decided to play around even further.. and I created the above Angel Boy by adding a starry background.. and changing the colour of the background layer to compliment the colours of the boy.

Just before Christmas my son took a wonderful photograph of our little grand-daughter sitting in front of their Christmas tree.. I just loved the photograph.. and I have created a black and white version which is now on wall.

Anyway I played around in Photoshop …  changed the background layer colour, removed elements from the original photograph and added a sparkly overlay to the image.

She is such a little cutie… and I think that particular pose of hers is absolutely beautiful.. once I had finished in Photoshop, I did a few minor edits in Lightroom.

Posted by Bren in Digital Art, Photography, Portrait, 2 comments
Powder Paint Artwork

Powder Paint Artwork

Whilst scouring Facebook today.. I came across a post where they were discussing the use of Powder Paint and giving your images a powder paint feeling to them… Anyway I followed the link and watched the tutorial on how to do the effect.  I downloaded the pack and decided to play around with it…

I love it…

The first image I did was my Ballerina image.

I then decided to play around with yesterday’s image

And my final image was my Moonstar Angel

I can image this type of artistry is good for portrait photographs… especially babies and animals.. I just love the softness that is given to the image… and I really how you can customise the powder effects by using a Colour Overlay.

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Ballerina

Ballerina

Well here we are in 2017 and wishing you all a Happy New Year…  I can’t believe that this month is the 5th anniversary of our photography journey.  Five whole years… where has that time gone.. and I am still as enthralled with photography as I was when we started 5 years ago.

As many of you know recently I haven’t been able to get out and about much due to this friggin hip so I have resorted to Digital Art to fill my time… and here is a piece I created in Photoshop of a Ballerina which has been processed using different Lightroom Presets.

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Moonstar Angel

Moonstar Angel

 

A few months ago I came across a site called The Graphics Fairy where you could download free images to use in your digital artwork.. whilst browsing I found this wonderful angel on a crescent moon… and just loved the colours used in the image, so I based my entire composition on those colours.

Here are the steps I used to create the above image.

  • Opened a 3000 x 2000 px white background in Photoshop.
  • Using the gradient tool I selected the foreground colour as the duckegg blue and the background colour as the cream in the moon and added a gradient to my white background… from bottom to top.
  • Added Galaxy Transparent background to that image.
  • Then added a text layer, lowered the opacity of the text layer to 18%
  • I then added the stars background
  • Next I duplicated the Stars Background
  • I then added the Moon angel as I wanted her wings to be in front of the stars.
  • Returning to my stars duplicated layer I added clipping masks for Levels, Vibrance and Hue-Saturation until I got the gold stars to a similar colour of the angel wings.
  • Next I merged all visible layers and added a dodge and burn layer to throw some highlights onto her skin and to brighten her eyes and the highlights of the stars
  • I deepened the shadows on some of the darker areas
  • Finally I added a vignette before saving and importing into Lightroom
  • Once the image was back in Lightroom I added a darker vignette, brightened her eyes more and did some more dodging and burning… I also added a grain to the image

Happy New Year everyone xx

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Fairy Tale Cinderella

Fairy Tale Cinderella

I am really loving this Topaz Impression… I just love how you can incorporate it into Digital Art.

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Medieval Fantasy Forest

Medieval Fantasy Forest

Medieval Fantasy Forest

For this piece of artwork I wanted to create something that was sort of medieval set in woodland.  To create this image, I created my background texture by using various textures blended together… I found this wonderful medieval woman sitting on a stone wall from Clip Art Graphics and thought she would look brilliant in a woodland…

I added a lantern to give some light to the image… and of course I had to add a fairy and fairy dust… just to give it that magical feel.  I then processed the image further in Topaz Texture Effects 2, and Nik Color Efex 4.

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Realm of Dreams

Realm of Dreams

A composite of an angel girl with lamp… walking across a misty bridge…

Realm of Dreams

Realm of Dreams

Realm of Dreams

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Predator…

Predator…

Abstract art created in Photoshop using an orange and yellow flower.

Abstract art created in Photoshop using an orange and yellow flower.

 

Just sitting here tonight and playing around with abstract art in Lightroom, whilst  getting all excited at the Olympics and our Gold Medals – well done lads… when after processing an orange and purple flower… the final result reminded me of something out of Alien or Predator.

Taken by Bren Ryan

Taken by Bren Ryan

To think this simple flower could be transformed into an alien looking creature was the furthest from my mind…. I did my usual twirling technique… but looking back at the history of Steps 1 to 4… I decided that only two radial blurs were needed so I took that as a starting point for my next twirling actions.

I didn’t like what the results produced at all and I was just about to give up processing the photograph, when I decided to merge the layers and then duplicate the layer and then flip that layer vertical… and hey presto.. one alien looking image.

Now we have a dilemma I think it looks like an alien and he reckons it looks more like an insect… well isn’t that what aliens are… giant insects… 😀 😀

Posted by Bren in Abstract, Photography, 2 comments
On the River – Rework

On the River – Rework

On the River IMG_4725HDR-Rework

Well not a lot has happened since my last post.. still haven’t been able to get out and about and boy is the boredom starting to set in… I do miss my photography trips… hopefully today will be the day that the Doctor can sort out my hip and knee problem … and if not give me some very strong painkillers to get moving… once again.  Anyway this morning I decided to rework a photograph I took earlier this year at East Farleigh in Kent.  I decided to only use Photoshop and Lightroom and I merged my three shot HDR in Lightroom, then exported my file to Photoshop to do some sharpening and add a texture.

As my previous posts have stated,  lately I have been creating abstract art out of photographs to keep me busy… I have thoroughly enjoyed it and I love the different effects you can created from a single photograph.  Playing around with the twirling method in Photoshop is very therapeutic.  Here are some of the images I did in the last week.

I just hope that it won’t be long before I am out there clicking away… have a good week everyone xx

Posted by Bren in Abstract, Landscape, Photography, 4 comments