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Photo manipulation by Sybille Sterk to accompany the short story The secret in the wall also by me.

Both the story and the image are inspired by the myth that giants hide their hearts to be invulnerable.


Spiderweb, Alison Ashwell

Dragonfly stock 7, Hatestock

Grasses and Plants PS Brushes, Redheadstock

Grungy and Dirty Brushes, Redheadstock

Nuit lascive, Dazzle-textures

Vintage Grunge Textures, Princess-of-Shadows

Turn Back Time Texture Pack, Princess-of-Shadows

Texture 24 V2, Sirius-SDZ

All other images – heart, brickwall, weeds, ivy, ladybird are my own. Either edited photographs or painted (ladybird).





127 views April 2010

I am a very creative person and it’s my way of dealing with the world, inside and out. I am only happy when I am making things or painting or writing. There are just not enough hours in the day…. I am into poetry and photo manipulation at the moment and also dabbling in photography. :-)

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  • Christian Hartung
    Christian Hartungover 4 years ago

    great piece of work, well done

  • Thank you so much. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • -Whisper-
    -Whisper-over 4 years ago

    How beautiful, love your composition and treatment! And how funny, I am working on an image called the Secret! I’ll post it Saturday… Love your work :)

  • Thank you so much Whisper. :-) Can’t wait to see yours. LOL Some ideas seem to be in the air…. xo

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Anna Shaw
    Anna Shawover 4 years ago

    Sybille – this is beautiful and so amazingly well created. I love it. I am going to go and read the story now.

  • Thank you so much Anna. :-) Wish it didn’t come out quite so dark on RB… :-( xo

    – Sybille Sterk

  • LarsvandeGoor
    LarsvandeGoorover 4 years ago

    a bit dark, but awesome red color, great work

  • I know, I know – it’s RB not me!!! Check it out on my blog the detail is better and the colour isn’t so dark. :-(

    – Sybille Sterk

  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimageover 4 years ago

  • Thank you so much Francis. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Ushna Sardar
    Ushna Sardarover 4 years ago

    beautiful work magpie!

  • Thank you so much Ushna. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • linskudd
    linskuddover 4 years ago

    Oh my goodness – how beautiful – both the story and image.

  • Thank you so much, greatly appreciated. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

    JUSTARTover 4 years ago

    beautiful work

  • Thank you so much for ALL your lovely comments and faves. It means so much. :-) xo

    – Sybille Sterk

    ROUBLE RUSTover 4 years ago

    Very beautiful and dark work hon. I love it ;)

  • Thank you so much Sweetie, much appreciated. :-) xo

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Trish Woodford
    Trish Woodfordover 4 years ago

    Love the title and image, so rich and dark – lots of wonderful elements to it :)

  • Thank you so much Trish. I had fun with this one, despite cutting out the ivy from the background for hours. LOL xo

    – Sybille Sterk

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