Jan Clarke

Joined January 2010

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Featured in THE GROUP-GALLERY OF ART & PHOTOGRAPHY on 24.03.2012.

Sorry, couldn’t resist the title!

Some weeks back, I needed to waste some time so I wandered down a street in an old shopping area. I saw this gorgeous, quirky little figurine in a shop window and I fell in love with it immediately.

I bought it and brought it home with me intending to take some photos in the next few days. I put it on the pool table where I thought it would be safe from inquisitive Misty’s paws! Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to do this when I planned.

The other night, I heard an odd ruckus coming from the room where the pool table is. I went to investigate. I couldn’t see anything but suddenly both Streak and Misty zoomed past me, Misty in hot pursuit of Streak. Something looked wrong but they were so fast, I coldn’t see why. Streak’s posture seemed to indicate he was more than a little scared.

Finally, I saw why . . . Streak had his head caught in the handle of a small paper carry bag! Streak has become a little more adventurous lately and is looking at things, and going places, he hasn’t before. That night, he’d gotten up on the pool table and, obviously, looked into the bag with my figurine in it, putting his head through the handle in the process.

Curiosity satisfied, he’d pulled his head out but at a different angle and the handle of the bag had stayed put. Trying to get it off, he’d pulled the bag, and it’s content, onto the floor. Still stuck, he was running everywhere in a panic trying to get it off, with Misty followig him, trying to join in the fun. Somewhere in his frantic dash to escape, the bag had torn a little and the figurine had fallen out.

Eventually, halfway behind the curtain (his favourite hiding place), he stopped when he heard me coming. He must have been terrified by this time as he let me pick him up to remove the bag. As soon as I’d removed it and put him back on the floor, he sat and looked at me and the bag in my hand, with one of the most comical looks on his face I’d ever seen from him! Mind you, it took me several days to find the figurine.

Image construction details:

Opened the image of the “Guitarman” and duplicated it.

I opened a pic I’d taken of some rocks covered in lichen and dragged it onto the figurine. I changed the Blending Mode to Overlay. (I then closed the rock pic.)

I opened a texture image from SkeletalMess and dragged that one onto the top of the layers. I changed it’s Blending Mode to Soft Light. (I always try out several Blending Modes before I settle on one and, in this case, I liked the effect which another Mode had but I preferred the Soft Light. I tried duplicating the layer and using that Blending Mode but it looked awful.) I also closed that pic.

Next I went to Image > Hue/Saturation and changed the hue to the blue you see now.

I liked how the image was looking now but wanted to add a little something more so I found one of my rose photos and dragged that onto the layer stack. I used the Transform tool to make it smaller and then positioned it. I rotated it a bit and moved it again to where it is now. Then I moved the rose layer to underneath the SkeletalMess texture layer and changed the Blending Mode to Lighten. Roses are my passion!

Lastly I increased the size of the image (dimensions and ppi) and saved it as a .jpg for posting.

Thanks for looking and reading. I hope you enjoyed both.

My three images were shot with a tripod-mounted Pentax K100D. All work done in Photoshop CS3. All up, I suppose it took me about an hour to make.

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