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On 29 /03/2010 this image has had 1035 views, 339 comments, 80 Favourites, 1 sale and 9 Features.

This image was influenced by my favourite artist of all time – JM Turner. His image of Flint Castle with all the wonderful colours and all the different things happening on the beach was my inspiration.

Here, I wanted to create a modern-day take on that image. My starting point was one of my own photos of Margate beach…

Turner went to school in Margate, which is just near my home and he painted many of the glorious sunsets that we have here. I loved his painting for its wonderful colours and for the sheer life that is going on in the picture.

The New Turner Contemporary Gallery is currently being built in Margate as a tribute to Turner, and it is hoped that it will help regenerate the town, which is now so run-down and forgotten, it is sad.

Here, I wanted to create a scene that depicted lots of activity and people on the beach, at the end of one of those balmy summer evenings.

This was created in CS4. I started with the image of Margate beach (see above) and overlaid it with several of textures which I created myself. Much digital painting was done, using Photoshop media brushes.

Everything in the image was cut out seperately and blended in. The way I do this is to duplicate several layers for each thing that is being inserted, and then use different layer modes and opacities for each. I then use layer masks to paint out the effects that I do not want. I think I might try and do a tutorial on this process at some time, if anyone would be interested.

Most of the people and boats are from my own stock except for the following…
Main Boat
Fisherman with Pots
Two Children holding hands

I really hope that you will like it.

The music I was playing all the time I was creating this was the wonderful Kenny Gee playing ‘Summertime’.

Anna and Robert have only recently moved to Kent, having spent six years living France where they first embarked on wedding photography. They are passionate about photography, and have a real love for shooting weddings, gaining so much pleasure and fun from these special days.

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  • -Whisper-
    -Whisper-about 5 years ago

    What a beautiful scene Anna, so many wonderful details and your treatment is gorgeous!

  • Thanks so much dear Gwen. This really did take forever, but I was pleased with the end result.

    – Anna Shaw

  • SelinaEM
    SelinaEMabout 5 years ago

    Beautifully done….Love the colours xx

  • Thanks so much dear Angel, that is so kind.

    – Anna Shaw

  • Brandie1
    Brandie1about 5 years ago

    Splendidly done.xx

  • Thanks so much dear Brandie.

    – Anna Shaw

  • SelinaEM
    SelinaEMabout 5 years ago

    I would be interested in your tutorial

  • I will have a go as soon as I can.

    – Anna Shaw

  • ps – you don’t need it!! Your blending skills are the best.

    – Anna Shaw

  • linskudd
    linskuddabout 5 years ago

    Again – fantastic work. It is nice to see the start of the journey – and to be able to make a guess at quite how much work has gone into this image, with all the figures and shadows. Well done.

  • Thanks so much my friend. This was a bit of an epic to do, but I really enjoyed the challenge.

    – Anna Shaw

  • Mr-E
    Mr-Eabout 5 years ago

    Very clever homage Anna! Great details and atmosphere (no relation to TinaTurner then? ) ;D

  • Thanks so much Kerry. It was masses of work, but really enjoyable too. (No, no relations!!)

    – Anna Shaw

  • Catherine Hamilton-Veal  ©
    Catherine Hami...about 5 years ago

    This is super Anna. I think you have succeeded in your quest. A fave for me.x

  • Thanks so much dear Catherine – what is with the change of names?—( I like it though)

    – Anna Shaw

  • Helen Martikainen
    Helen Martikainenabout 5 years ago

    Looks great Anna

  • Thanks so much Helen.

    – Anna Shaw

  • leonie7
    leonie7about 5 years ago

    OUTSTANDING art work

  • What a great comment. Thank you so much.

    – Anna Shaw

  • TREVOR34
    TREVOR34about 5 years ago

    Gorgeous image, It would look good on any gallery wall

  • Thanks so much Trevor, – wouldn’t that be nice if it was hanging on a gallery wall!!!

    – Anna Shaw

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