Winter World #2 by Richard Maier

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In November 2007, I started work early on a holiday card. I had seen a tutorial on creating circular distortions of landscapes online and already planned on using a modified version of this technique to create little planetoids. Since these were for winter, I wanted them to look crisp and sparkling, like fresh snow in the sun. Over two weeks of work later, things still didn’t look right. I had tried all kinds of effects and filters to get the right look – none of which was just right. I finally ended up doing a lot of painting with the dodge and burn tools in Photoshop, which had me nearly there. The final element was deciding to abandon having a perfectly circular edge and to add the border. Voila! I used this technique to create several more planetoids, which make me think of The Little Prince, but I also liked the effect when the sky was in the center of the images.

“Winter World #2” was my experiment to see what would happen when the sky was in the center of the image rather than at the edge. It worked so well, I made several more. I like how the jaggedness of the edge echoes the shapes of the trees. Uses a photograph from stock.xchng member Ondrej Verzich.


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Digital artist since 1993.

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  • butchart
    butchartover 5 years ago

    love this series…. visually compelling.. makes you work…….. and welcome to the bubble.. i enjoyed reading your bio…….. peace and light..b

  • Kim  Calvert
    Kim Calvertalmost 3 years ago

    Very creative work..looks like a dream world

  • Thanks Kim! …only if you’ve got a mug of hot chocolate.

    – Richard Maier

  • Tibby Steedly
    Tibby Steedlyalmost 3 years ago

    Richard, this is pure magic!

  • Thanks so much Tibby!

    – Richard Maier

  • tinypaws
    tinypawsalmost 2 years ago

    Most amazing Portfolio!!

  • Thanks so much, I’m glad you like my work!!

    – Richard Maier

  • Joy Watson
    Joy Watsonover 1 year ago

    Fantastic work

  • Thanks Joy!

    – Richard Maier

  • Anna Ewa Miarczynska
    Anna Ewa Miarc...8 months ago

    Love it!!!

  • Thanks Anna!

    – Richard Maier

  • Ellanita
    Ellanita8 months ago

    Stunning series Richard…I like them all…..

  • Thanks Ellanita, I’m glad you like them!

    – Richard Maier

  • Carolyn Clark
    Carolyn Clark5 months ago

    Love it!!!

  • Thank you Carolyn!

    – Richard Maier

  • Kim Pease
    Kim Peaseabout 14 hours ago
    This is so beautiful, Richard. You have an amazing gallery. Thank you for commenting on my Bad Hair Day fractal. I am honored. :D
  • Thanks so much Kim, I’m glad that you enjoyed my work!

    – Richard Maier

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