When Twilight Fades by Jean Hildebrant

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This is a photo of my niece that I shot before I had a digital camera. I scanned the photo, added it over and image by CruelDreams that I edited in ps by using the channel mixer, dodging, burning, cloning and added text. Took a photo of a butterfly and selected each wing section separately and cut and moved them into position using transform. Adjusted the opacity of those layers to give each wing section a transparent appearance. Painted with the airbrush tool on a lower opacity over the wings to make the colors tie in with the costume. Also used the airbrush with warm color to add the effect of light coming from her wand illuminating the darkness around her and added touches to her and her wings where I felt the light would hit.

I am an artist working in oils and pastels as well as photography. My subject matter is mainly portraiture and figures. I have been painting for many years and have won awards for my paintings including a first place award in the Pastel Journal Magazine’s Pastel 100 competition and first place in the Richeson 75 competition.
I am married with two grown children and reside in Scottsdale, AZ.

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  • Bill Gamblin
    Bill Gamblinover 6 years ago

    this is an awesome job…very inspiring

  • Jean Hildebrant
    Jean Hildebrantover 6 years ago

    Thanks so much, Bill! I’m having a great time learning PS! It’s amazing what you can do with it!

  • Mariann Kovats
    Mariann Kovatsover 6 years ago

    Awe! Beautiful work! She is very cute!

  • Thank you Mariann! She is growing up so fast!

    – Jean Hildebrant

  • Roslyn, thanks so much, she is a cutie!

    – Jean Hildebrant

  • Roslyn Slater
    Roslyn Slaterover 6 years ago

    What a sweetie. Lovely work!

  • Antanas
    Antanasover 6 years ago


  • Jean Hildebrant
    Jean Hildebrantover 6 years ago

    Antanas, thank you for a wonderful compliment!

  • donlaczi
    donlacziover 6 years ago

    this is so beautiful

  • Thanks so much! I’m glad someone with your talent and eye feel that way!

    – Jean Hildebrant

  • C J Lewis
    C J Lewisabout 6 years ago

    Gorgeous work…well processed :)

  • Thank you, C J! I look forward to browsing thru your gallery.

    – Jean Hildebrant

  • Lauren Zorn
    Lauren Zornabout 6 years ago

    She’s absolutely enchanting & your image is incredible. Fabulous work Jean, my compliments.

  • Sorry to be so long in responding to your comment! I’m way behind on RB. Thanks for such a generous compliment, Lauren!

    – Jean Hildebrant

  • Robyn Lakeman
    Robyn Lakemanabout 6 years ago

    Amazing work and thanks so much for giving the tute on how to do this. We learn something everyday from kind souls like you that give back to the world

  • Awwwwww, it’s my pleasure! I’m learning too so I’m glad to help in anyway I can :-) Thanks for the kind remarks!

    – Jean Hildebrant

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