Shadowness - Manwathiell Married, 51 years old, 2 children and owner of a family business. Photography and working with Photoshop are hobbies. In 2011 my life went through so... en Missing You <a href=""><img src="" /></a><br />Dedicated to my dear friend Jürgen Doe! (thank you for always being there for me! I can't draw smurfs, so.... I hope you like it!) Credits: Background: Puppy: (image not available anymore) - © Alena Yakusheva - - Fotolia_1580898_L - see original puppy on the "before image" here: Brushes: Sun, 18 Mar 2012 15:55:49 -0400 She's coming after you <a href=""><img src="" /></a><br /><div align="justify"> I had lots of fun doing this! The model's attitude was inspiring and what I would expect from a female Vampire Regent: somewhat aggressive and sensual. <b><i>Some interesting details about vampires I found on the internet:</i></b> Powers: In all of monsterdom, none is more feared than perhaps the Vampire Regent. Vampire Regents need only to catch the gaze of their intended victim for a few seconds, for their mesmerism to take effect. Victims bitten by a Vampire Regent would fall under its immediate control; a helpless servant. Some Vampire Regents (...) are able to summon fog. Flicker: (...) To “flicker” red is a definite warning that mortal combat is potentially eminent, (...) to “go solid red” (glowing) means that the fight response has been engaged— (...) However, to “flicker” in the presence of a lover during a seduction is a compliment and cue to the level of arousal in effect… I hope you enjoy my version of how a female vampire looks before drinking someone's blood . And for those that love blood and gore and distroyed bodies... I'm not the one to follow! :no <u><b><i>CREDITS with my thanks to these amazing stock providers!!</i></b></u> <u>Model:</u> by Marcus Ranum (Website: <u>Hair brushes</u>: , and and a lot of painting with 3 & 1 px round brushes. <u>Backgrounds</u>: and <u>Arch</u>: by me ;) <u>Vampire eye</u>: <u>Tutorial for red eye</u>: <u>Eyelash brushes</u>: <u>Necklace Medallion</u>: <u>Necklace details</u>: and painted <u>Monster hands</u>: <u>Skulls</u>: <u>Torch</u>: Lighting Pack 1 (torch002) - deviations removed <u>Fire</u>: <u>Green lights</u>: (mixed with Filter/Render clouds). <u>Bats</u>: and <u>Crow</u>: Crows-Pack by Superior-Stock at dA (no deviations available) <u>Plants (bottom)</u>: <u>Plants (top)</u>: My special thanks to Alosa at dA, who told me which tools I should pay attention to when I asked about her amazing light effects. I did some research (videos and internet tutorials) that were of great help to improve. Mon, 20 Feb 2012 13:39:07 -0500 Twilight Unicorn <a href=""><img src="" /></a><br />Magic is everywhere. In Nature, in Love, in Friendship, in Smiles. It is part of every beautiful thing and experience. It also exists in the Hearts, Souls and Minds of men and women that perceive it and believe in it. They are, like I am, the Keepers of Magic and Magical Creatures. Only we can see them! And that is why some people state that "Unicorns & Magic do not exist". But they do...Oh yes, they do!! To prove it, I opened the "Secret Gate" I keep to show you a hidden place, where an Unicorn runs free, surrounded by Magic! CREDITS Horse: Horn: Backgrounds: / / / Castle: Leaves and flowers, tree to the right:,_Flowers.html - item 1417 Flowers, tree to the left and near river: Leaves, tree to the left & Flowers bottom left: link does no loger exist, but you can check here: Owl: Flowers at riverside: Grasses far on the pond: Lotus: Waterlilys: Brushes: / purchased: / First original at:, where you can find a tutorial and links to a WIP and close-up images. Sat, 18 Feb 2012 08:15:42 -0500 Delicate <a href=""><img src="" /></a><br />A very small grass that bloomed... I don't have a macro lens yet, so my macros are close-ups taken with the macro property of my camera. I gave it a light purple tint and a glow with PS. Sun, 19 Feb 2012 12:32:07 -0500 Adventurer <a href=""><img src="" /></a><br />This little guy was so lovely and funny! I tried to get a good picture of him for several days, but he would always run away to his mother, or... just run back and forth. Seeing how he played with her mom, how she fed him, how both loved each other, was a real joy. I finally was able to capture his attention by using a straw. I wanted him in a different, unusual position. And my patience finally paid off ! (Some retouches with PS) Mon, 05 Mar 2012 19:13:15 -0500 Secrets in the Night <a href=""><img src="" /></a><br />Taken in Colonia, Uruguay, at the small bay (port). Colonia is a beautiful city that still keeps buildings and streets from the colony times. Surreal corners and endless surprises await to the visitors. Exif data: SONY Model: DSC-H3 Shutter Speed: 100/10 second Aperture: F/8.0 Focal Length: 6 mm ISO Speed: 100 Date Taken: Aug 23, 2009, 6:56:52 PM (Improved with PS and saved as png file.) Tue, 14 Feb 2012 19:41:17 -0500 Comparison - She's coming after you <a href=""><img src="" /></a><br />I can't paint, so achieving this result took me several days. Not to mention the many changes the work went through, as I was not too sure of the final scene I was going to create. I just knew that the model was the inspiration for a magnificent Vampire Regent... I will later upload at my WIP's folder the different screenshots of the changes. Sometimes it's fun to see! :wave Mon, 20 Feb 2012 13:57:36 -0500 WIP Twilight Unicorn <a href=""><img src="" /></a><br />First I found a beautiful horse and worked for hours extracting the background and smudging the hair with the smudge tool. Then I changed the shape of the horn and the color. I had already selected the background that would lead the landscape (the trees you see with leaves now, are the original trees in the first background). Then two other backgrounds were combined to add light (a lot of it was masked), and last I used one with distant trees (to create a forest. I enhanced colors with several new layers, even painting over them, and then using Gaussian Blur and Screen properties. Then I added the water and masked everything but the pond you see. After that I placed the flowers to the left. I used just one leaf to create all the leaves to the left and then I worked with very tiny parts of the purchased flower to create the branches to the right. I changed the shape of those several times, sometimes turning them clockwise or counterclockwise or just moving them until I liked how they looked. Then, I included the owl. The tools I used the most were tools to change the colors (color balance and Hue) and exposure. Even yellow flowers were used (changing the hue). The flowers on the lotus were removed with the clone tool and new flowers were placed. At some images you will see (to the very right of the pond) that I had placed a lady watching the scene, but I finally removed her. Other details also changed, as you can see. I did not count how many layers I had on this work, but there were many (only creating the leaves of the trees, flower by flower in little pieces took a lot of them! And then, matching and balancing each, one by one). This is the best I can do to explain what I did, because I lost the PS file where I created this when I changed my notebook :no. Maybe one day I'll find it among the dozens of backups. Hope this helps ! Sat, 18 Feb 2012 11:10:46 -0500