This is my entry to the "Kick Your Own @SS" contest [link]
~ here is the link to the old version [link]
and here is the new version [link] This is in the Category 2 Section: Photomanipulations/Mixed Media
The original version was done in April 2007 and was one of my first attempts at manipulation using dA stock. when I first saw this contest info, I immediately thought of this particular image. The only original stock I've used from the first version is the model stock, but I've tried to keep the original feel of the image.
In the two years I've been doing manips I've learned so many different techniques. The first picture was literally just a cut and paste job
but in the new version I've tweaked the model a lot by adding extra hair, a gradient layer to help add shading and did a bit of smudging and skewing. I've also used a more dynamic background and added an extra element in the arched seating area - the latter also has it's own textured overlay.
I love how the use of textures can change the feel of a piece and that's always my favourite bit of doing a manipulation ~ sometimes I can spend DAYS playing around with different blending techniques on the textures until I get the right atmosphere.
Well, I hope you agree that my new version is somewhat of an improvement
Credits - old version:
Credits - new version:
~ Background, including the birds [link]
~ Model [link]
~ Archway [link]
~ Extra hair [link]
~ Texture [link]
~ Texture on arched seating area [link]