Oblivion - The Quest for Identity / La Quête de l'Identité by Valentin Florea

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Oblivion - The Quest for Identity / La Quête de l'Identité by 


Source is free to use, comes from an old photomanipulation contest on pst. The old site crashed but this user ( also a mod) kept the original photo and posted it in his album.

Here’s a link with the making of – the Steb By Step.

You can see all elements from original source, including the background which has a Lighting Effects with cloud channel.

The refference for the muscles & bones were taken from poser models.

*This picture is the first step in curing someone from arachnophobia and also a great present if your friend’s birthday is on October 31 -Halloween!!

Cette image est la première étape dans la guérison de quelqu’un qui souffre d’arachnophobie et aussi un formidable cadeau d’anniversaire, si votre ami est né le 31 octobre -Halloween!*

Thanks C.O.R.E for featuring it.

Process of work:
Made in Photoshop with some help from Poser 7. I warped the tail of a dragonfly and made the torso out of it, I used dodge/burn and layers to give shadows & highlights so that it looks 3d.
The spiderweb on top is made out of the wings of the dragonfly, and since Liquify seemed at that time a tough tool to control, i only used Transform & Warp. The Background is made of some blurry vegetation with a cloud channel via Lighting Effect.

500 views 10 Feb 2011


  • Ruth  Jones
    Ruth Jonesalmost 5 years ago

    This is really cool, very creative and clever :D

  • Valentin Florea
    Valentin Floreaalmost 5 years ago

    Thanks, ruthie, for your comment, I thought no one liked it or something.

  • Trish Woodford
    Trish Woodfordalmost 5 years ago

    Wow, very creative and interesting piece – lots of great detail :))

  • I’m glad you like it, Trish.

    – Valentin Florea

  • Anna Shaw
    Anna Shawalmost 5 years ago

    Oh – magic – and so very skillfully executed.

  • Thanks Anna, means a lot coming from you!

    – Valentin Florea

  • dissolvedgirl
    dissolvedgirlalmost 5 years ago

    i love the wiry encasement in place of skin. the trasparency of it, yet the fact that its material is harder than the skin make for a fascinating contrast.

  • thank you:D

    – Valentin Florea

  • DragonFlyer
    DragonFlyeralmost 5 years ago

    Sensational work! Amazing detail – and the concept with the title leaves so much to think about – Really great work!
    K x

  • Sybille Sterk
    Sybille Sterkalmost 5 years ago

    Totally fab. Love this.

  • sable
    sablealmost 5 years ago

    Tres Bon Kensho. I hardy suffer from aracnophobia. Maybe that’s because I was born on the 31st of October……….lol. Fantastic image.

  • Ushna Sardar
    Ushna Sardaralmost 5 years ago

  • Larry Butterworth
    Larry Butterworthalmost 5 years ago

    excellent looking work

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