Part of my new series of images for licensing on Arcangel-Images – use this code: SYST-0229

When I created the book cover for Elemental Rising, I bought a simple papier-mâché

mask, which I wanted (and did) to include in the final image. However, I also wanted to create an image with just the mask. This is the image I made with it. :-) There is something about masks… something magical and a little scary and something a little sad. It always makes me think of Carnival in Venice but also of the Phantom of the Opera.

Created with my own photographs in Photoshop, no stock used.


papier mâché, mask, paper maché, sad, tears, sea, birds, beach, clouds, photo manipulation, altered art, sybille sterk, magpiemagic, textures, grunge

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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  • annacuypers
    annacuypersabout 2 years ago

    Beautiful composition Sybille, great idea and working out, the blue tones works so well, love, xxo

  • Thanks so much Anna. :-) I like masks – the things they hide as much as the ones they reveal. :-) xo

    – Sybille Sterk

  • KatarinaD
    KatarinaDabout 2 years ago

    Lovely work!!!

  • Many, many thanks Katarina. Greatly appreciated. :-) xo

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Martin Muir
    Martin Muirabout 2 years ago

    Great compostion and work Sybil :)

  • Many, many thanks Martin. Greatly appreciated. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Anna Shaw
    Anna Shawabout 2 years ago

    This is so full of power and suggestion. Fabulous work Sybille.

  • Many, many thanks Anna. Greatly appreciated. :-) There is something special about masks. :-) xoxo

    – Sybille Sterk

  • autumnwind
    autumnwindabout 2 years ago

    I think…feel, so empty…how do the tears even fall. amazing work. powerful. XOXOXOXOXOXOXO

  • :-) Thanks so much Shar. Yep. Excellent question. :-) xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxooxox ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Citizen
    Citizenabout 2 years ago

    Love the concept, wonderfully done, adore masks too

  • Many, many thanks Nikki. Greatly appreciated. :-) There’s so much about maks and the interesting things are not just the ones they hide but also the ones they reveal. :-) xo

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Dwarkan
    Dwarkanabout 2 years ago

    Moving and beautiful !

  • Many, many thanks Dwarkan. Greatly appreciated. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • MarieG
    MarieGabout 2 years ago

    Oh! Gosh!!! this is such a brilliant image….fabulous imagination………………!

  • Many, many thanks Marie. Greatly appreciated. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Sandra Fortier
    Sandra Fortierabout 2 years ago

    Such creativity! Lovely!

  • Many, many thanks Sandra. Greatly appreciated. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • leapdaybride
    leapdaybrideabout 2 years ago
  • Many, many thanks. Greatly appreciated. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

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