I have been working on the Tarot Series again, this time with Claude Duse, another new model, my offering for this week; The Fool and King of Wands;
King of Wands
The King of Wands
This card is of the minor arcana and signifies a dark man (Open to interpretation as it seems to have no reference to skin), friendly, countryman, generally married, honest and conscientious, This card usually also signifies honesty and may mean news concerning an unexpected heritage to fall in before very long. Can also mean Good but severe, austere, yet tolerant.
Card 0 – The Fool
This card signifies; folly, mania, extravagance, intoxication, delirium, frenzy, betrayal, can also represent Negligence, absence, carelessness, apathy and vanity.
I also did a more cinematic version of this card, as well as a slightly different edit as well.
The Fool – Cinematic
Which version do you prefer?
Back again, with another Shift Art entry, it is becoming increasingly difficult working with images that are not my own, it seems. But this challenge does push you beyond your creative limits and boundaries……..and that’s a good thing.
So taking these four images from the selection on offer, I decided to merge the woman’s face onto the body of the mannequin, quite an effort in itself, the tonal range and colours did not match, just to start. So I embarked on a series of curves adjustment and hue saturation layers to blend it all in, including removing the lime green. I used the dandelion and oil in water as lighting elements really, as well as some other images in my stocks. Changed the lighting, backgrounds and re did her make-up.
One thing that did annoy me was her hair, so I decided to do something about that. Using hair stock by Cindy Grundsten (DeviantArt), I added hair; piece by piece, moved, rotated and warped it all into position, as well as re coloured it.
With fingers crossed, I rated another Honorable Mention and something else good came from it, a few people requested a tutorial on HOW I did the hair, so another tutorial was created by request for ShiftArt.com…………….and THAT is a great thing! If you are a member, go check it out.
I was working on a Conceptual Portrait recently and I wanted Origami white cranes, I asked many people, but no one I knew, knew how to create them. So I did what any self respecting adult does in 2017 – I googled it. It took awhile to find just the right set of instructions, and to wrap my head around them, but I did get it done.
This is the website I ended up using
Actually I got kind of good and knocked up lots in a short period of time
And then what did I do with them?
This is very similar to the original image before I added the cranes
I LOVE photoshop…..and I love creative conceptual photography.
I have mostly been featuring some of my art on Tuesday’s Textures, as opposed to actual textures. In saying that most of my images have textures applied or at least interesting texture in the actual image.
So recently I wrote a post about our Awake Aust & NZ get together, on Day Four I ran a workshop with Models Jess Ami and Meellisa Jade; Little Red Riding Hood and Cinderella. Today I thought I would just showcase some of the images from each shoot
Little Red Riding Hood – Jess Ami
Behind the scenes
So much fun and such a natural backdrop at the gorgeous Glen Harrow Gardens, the Reds popping up against the deep lush Autumn greens, late Summer/Autumn berries and blooms.
After my Outback Adventure this is the first piece of art I created…..more abstract than my usual art. I have recently discovered an artist Marcela Bolivar, wonderful stuff go check her out. But I did manage to download some of her creative backgrounds from her Deviantart page, which I have been using. The tree image is by Marko Rautavesi from my Awak Collaboration Group. There is also some Anna Aspnes stuff and my own bits and pieces too. I also employed a fair bit of Typography; also not my ‘thing’ but here I feel it works.
Art is the air I breathe
I was playing around with various blur and blend layers, I don’t normally use; radial blue and Exclusion as well as really off the charts curves layers. I created the glowing orb from scratch. Some backgrounds from Marcela Bolivar from DeviantArt.
Model – Pete Butcher | Photographer – Caroline Julia Moore
I honestly don’t really have anything much to share today, art wise, I am still working on the photos from our trip; let alone any art! But I thought I would share this from Instagram.
This is a new character we have just started working with, he doesn’t even have a name yet! DesleyJane suggested Baron Von Wolfenstein (lol), but I just call him WolfMan…….I am sure something will come eventually.
So a funny story, while we were shooting this at Garfield Water Wheel in North West Victorian Gold Mining area, hubby was attempting to climb up these rocks (quite difficult in these gloves and mask) when a family with small children happened on us……..I was expecting screams when they saw the wolf. They did stop in their tracks and looked very confused, the Mother burst our laughing and explained to the children it was OK, that the wolf was really just a costume. Moth proceeded to remove the wolf head and THAT is when the kid started screaming! Ha Ha Ha, so funny the look on that kids face……….has he NEVER seen someone take off a mask before? 🙂
Anyway this is just a grainy B&W image from the smart phone, I will eventually create some art from the photos taken and will share on here soon.
The Gabriel Collaboration was started by an Nigerian Artist by the name Gabriel Olude; I know him through Awake. He had this idea to share 50 photos of his models, he calls his Muses with 50 other artists. We in turn share with him 20 images of our photos with him, we have our own private Facebook Group and share our creations. Many of us have offered our images to others within the group as well. So what’s the point of all this? Nothing really, but to create some wonderful art with images we may otherwise would not have access to.
Mother Nature – Original Photo by Gabriel Olude
Doorway – Original Photo by Gabriel Olude
Gabriel’s Muse #1 – Original Photo by Gabriel Olude
Roses – Original Photo by Gabriel Olude
On Moonlit Wings – Original Photo by Anna Karina
I am still working my way through so many images, but it is fun…no time constraints, no clients, just pure creativity.
The Kaizen Project worked on some very intense personal works last month, we each picked a cause or charity to work for, we each created a one or more pieces of art which we were going to donate to our chose charity for use as a fundraiser or images for website or brochures etc. Through Big Magic or Karma, Hayley entered my world and I was suddenly made aware of Domestic Violence……I knew it existed of course, but I was never faced with it, not did I know anyone who was a survivor….or so I thought. Though while I was correct in believing I knew nothing about it, I did actually find out many woman I knew through my art, came to art as a means of healing themselves after suffering domestic violence.
Silence from Within
Quieting the storms from within
Duplicity amongst Us
Searching for other worlds
Even though these images were originally sparked from for artwork by the likes of Brooke Shaden and various others, they took on a new life and meaning of their own after talking with Hayley. I wanted to bring her stories to life, her hopes and dreams, feelings of renewal, frustrations and learning to be herself again. These were not long, deep and meaningful conversations……I am sure these will come in time, but snippets of her life. So here is Hayley’s story and it sparked an idea for a new and exciting adventure, time for me to give back, but more on this later.
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I know I wrote last week about the new series I have started based loosely on the Rider Waite Tarot Card deck, and I am pretty sure I wrote a post about the actual deck of cards, somewhere in the deep murky past; I just can’t find it. No Matter Google to the rescue more info here. So…….back on topic I came up with the start of an idea when I found the cards again, but had so much stuff on the go I put it on the backburner for 2017. Slowly my images are dropping into my lap………I am not kidding; it’s like I have a genie or something. I needed to find sword, cup, wand and pentacle for the minor arcana and some of the major. I said one day I need to find a sword, nothing fancy just a plain medievale type broadsword…..but not so heavy. BAM! I walk into a store who were selling the perfect plastic sword, at 50% off! Then one of my models asked if I had anything in planning and I said yes you would be perfect, booked that weekd, BAM! Melissa is just perfect with her long red hair.
Page of Swords
Even the coins in The Sun were recently bough for another shoot.
The Cup happened in pretty much the same way, I was on eBay looking for something else and this randomly popped up, not to expensive and perfect Wiccan goblet for my needs. I had just booked my Date with Hayley (New Model), when my goblet turned up via courier from UK!…….so here is the start of the Cup cards
Page of Cups
Ace of Cups
Models, props, ideas are flowing freely on this one, so many ideas and not enough time to shoot! Already have another shoot lined up soon and now need to find Pentacles (Perhaps I will find something perfect or make it) and a Wand or Staff. Perhaps they will suddenly turn up now, as I have need for them soon.
As you can see most of the images are square cropped, but once a top and tail are added, they can be used to perhaps make a deck of cards. I will post more as they get done, a sneak peek.